Happy 2018! We’ve arrived. Not as exciting as a new decade, but I’m hoping we’re a year closer to a post-Trump political landscape.
Although I say I don’t do Christmas real big, it does tend to take over December. For some reason I felt inclined to spend time being with people all month. It was easier than usual since at Christmas time there is more of a tradition to pop by everyone’s homes without a lot of notice or preparation. I was visiting back and forth with family a lot. Although we put up a Christmas tree, I didn’t do any other decorating or baking, and it was perfectly OK!
I took time off work and finished all my Christmas shopping in 3 days, rather than dozens of trips after work or on weekends. One of the days, I went to the mall and lunch with my sister and mother. I was very proud of Mom for being willing to navigate the mall with her walker, which is still new for her. On another occasion, my dad wasn’t feeling well while recovering from a cold, so he asked us to accompany them on a day trip. It was the first time Dad ever asked for help with driving, and I was so impressed that he asked for help.
I attended staff holiday parties, one for the whole library system and one for my local branch. The first one always falls on the same night each year as Rom’s work function, so we each go solo to our respective events. The local library party was cozy and we had a great time playing Scattergories. Sounds librarian-ish, eh?
Last December, with much trepidation, I went out for breakfast with the early-morning swimmers who work out at our local pool. This year I attended my “second annual” swimmers’ breakfast! I am much more comfortable with the gang now. Plus, we all got to joke, “So that’s what you look like in clothes!”
I treated a co-worker to lunch on the occasion of her retirement. We attended “library school” (our library degree program) together 30 years ago (eep!) She has worked for the same library system the whole time, although in various roles. Meanwhile, since 1987, I have worked in 7 jobs in 3 library systems. That will delay my retirement, but I have no regrets.
I was thrilled to get back in touch with another library friend from far away. She has also been working at her library for 30 years! But her workplace is restructuring, and she has to apply for one of several new jobs after all this time. What a shock after 3 decades!
In other friend news, a church friend for whom I had the greatest admiration died of ovarian cancer at the age of 44. She had been sick for a year, but totally owned her life and decisions. She handled the whole process with an amazing combination of gravitas and joie-de-vivre. I will never be able to think of her without smiling because of her sharp and sparkling, yet matter-of-fact demeanor. (The dumbo octopus swimming is one of the cute sciencey things we used to share!)
Rom and I attended a jazz concert of A Charlie Brown Christmas. The drummer from the Vince Guardaldi Trio, Jerry Granelli, lives in town, and he performs it every year. However, Mr. Granelli is so ill that I would be surprised if he is able to perform again next year – I hope I am wrong. His drumming was marvellous!
Of course, we went to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi which we both liked a lot. Although (nod to Girls viewers) I still can’t get over seeing Adam as Kylo Ren 😊
I usually take a few days off between Christmas and New Year’s, but this year I worked. It was quiet at the library – a very rare occurrence! It was much busier today as people came in to load up on books and DVDs before the big storm. On Christmas Day we had an ice storm with gale force winds and a neighbour’s tree fell into our yard – but caused minimal damage. Rom and I went over to talk to the neighbours and they appeared with a chain saw and removed the tree the next day! We were worried about a recurrence today – the winds were brutal – but we only had our window boxes go flying about.
For New Year’s Eve, Rom and I did our usual thing of going out to lunch instead of dinner at a lovely spot, then did nothing in the evening, and it was perfect. Of course, my real tasks for the New Year were to finish my new budget, analyze my grocery spending for 2017, and similar “wrapping up” tasks!
Coming up you’ll see a grocery tally post, something about my new obsession, and a resolution or two.
How was your December?