This post could rightly be titled “Week Unwind” as I’m coming off a week-long break from work, but it doesn’t make sense to change it for just one post. I have enjoyed being at home, surrounded by my puppies and with Sweet Husband, and I am not at all ready to go back to the weekly grind of raveling to Hattiesburg and being away from home. I so am not ready. But as a friend said to me many years ago, because I like sleeping indoors and eating, I’ll do it.
How was your Thanksgiving? If you celebrate, did you have a good time with friends and family?I think it was perhaps the best part of the break. I missed getting to see the Swadleys and my Missouri family, but it was good to see Sweet Husband’s aunt, uncle and cousin. SH was responsible for smoking the turkey, and while it took much longer than we anticipated, requiring the bird to be finished in the oven. He did a great job of it – brining it, injecting it, covering it a delicious rub, and stuffing it with fruit. We also brought oysters to the party, which SH grilled in his special concoction.
SH’s mom and grandma outdid themselves with the food. There was pretty much anything you could have wanted…except mashed potatoes. SH missed the mashed potatoes. I was happy with the dressing and baked sweet potatoes but you know how that goes.
I maintain that I’m not so much for Thanksgiving food – it’s not my favorite meal of the year. I’ll eat it, don’t get me wrong, but it’s not my favorite. I enjoy the deviled eggs, but there’s nothing that I truly look forward to…unlike at Christmas, when I look forward to my father-in-law’s boiled shrimp.
Friday, SH and I made our way to New Orleans for our annual tradition of hitting up the race track with friends. We go for a few hours, spend a few dollars on a couple of different horse races, and then come home. I used to enjoy doing a little shopping on Black Friday – mainly to watch the craziness that is people who are obsessed with getting deals on crap we don’t need any way – but I didn’t even look at the sale papers this year. I had no desire to get out and be a part of that when there was good time to be had with friends. We bet on four or five races – small bets…$2, $3, $5. I think I won $5.40, and SH won $2.80. Didn’t even pay for the bets we made but it was a great time. I’m glad it is a tradition we decided to join in on.
Other than that, SH and I didn’t do a whole lot over our week off. Before break, I had an incredibly long list of things that I wanted to accomplish. I am always ambitious when I have time off, and y’all have seen my regular weekly intentions so you know what I mean. As I was struggling to get started on that incredible list Saturday morning, I made the decision that there were really only two things that I needed to accomplish over the holiday break: clean my house and rest. And honestly, that is about all I did. I got the lining that I needed for our bedroom drapes, but I didn’t do any sewing. I didn’t edit photos; I didn’t take photos; I didn’t blog. I just rested.
And that was the exact thing that I needed, apparently. I am not at all ready to go back to work, but I am rested and calm. I hope your holiday was just what you needed too.
We have come to the end of a week and the end of a month, which means it is time to set intentions for the coming month and week – although I’m really just going to focus on the over-all month.
- Complete plans for 2015
- Focus on ways to connect with SH – this week proved to me that this time apart is beginning to take a toll
- Send out Christmas cards (I didn’t get this done last year, which makes me sad. I love sending Christmas cards)
- Complete the photo challenges that I’m taking part in for the month (officially there are two – FMS Photo-a-Day & Susannah Conway’s December Reflections)
- Complete Reverb 14 – I’m following along with Kat McNally (& have a guest prompt!) and Project Reverb
- Read 3 books during the month of December
- Exercise consistently
- Eat healthfully
- Create a workable plan for my creative projects
It’s a lot, isn’t it? *sigh* I know. However, I intend to focus on the first five on the list. I intend for the new year to be markedly different from this one, and in order for that to happen, I’ve got to lay some pretty firm groundwork.
What are your plans for the month of December? I know it’s a very, very, very busy one. What are a couple of things you intend to focus on in the coming month?