Hello! I didn’t mean to disappear last week, but such is life around the winter holidays. Before leaving for Michigan on Friday, December 21st, my boss and I (finally, finally) resubmitted our grant, and I’m optimistic about our chances for landing some funding, assuming this whole fiscal cliff business gets worked out in time. Immediately after submitting the grant, I had to wrap things up at work, go home, pack, and leave the next day for the holidays with my family.
What’s that saying about how the more things change, the more they stay the same? I’ve had a good holiday up here, in the cold and the snow. My family is well. We are celebrating my sister’s engagement to her now fiancée, Scott. We are also grappling with the first holidays after my brother’s death. While my brother Scott was not a fan of Christmas, the passage of time is often marked by family holidays and birthdays. We remember him, even as the time we shared with him in life slips away from the present time.
It’s also been an incredibly busy week, which is why I disappeared with nary a word to all of you! Being with my family is a total immersion experience—I stand in awe of those of you who are able to blog during the holidays. I am clearly unable to reach such heights of greatness. (I’m catching up on all your blogs, too—it’s nice to have a little collection of posts to read! I have missed you.) But today I’m having a quiet day with my sister Theresa and her Scott. While they putter around her house, I’m looking at Christmas photos and writing this blog post. We had a nice breakfast of scrambled eggs, fruit, and pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. Later today we will probably head out for a wintry walk in Maybury State Park and maybe hit up Ann Taylor Loft’s 50% off holiday sale. I’m still in my pajamas, looking something like this:
Aren’t I lovely? Yes indeedy. Hee hee! (My six-year-old niece took that photo—she brings out the silliness in everyone!)
Anyway, happiest of holidays and a fantastic new year to you! I am excited to do my year-end post and new year’s resolutions (I see Chrissy has already posted hers!). I’ve also been working on another post in my freedom series, but that one is more personal, and with blogging, it can be tricky to figure out what is okay to share. Until then, be well!