New year, different challenges

And I started the new year with a break from blogging and so closely managing my life. Which was good, because work is super busy right now and I think I would be way overwhelmed if I was also trying to *do* something every day. I’m feeling overwhelmed as it is.

I have been incorporating different things into my downtime and my daily habits from last year’s experiment, though, when I can. I think that the experiment broke some of the road blocks in my head about the amount of time needed to do The Things, or maybe just loosened up my approach to them. It funny because I remember spending more time working on something on-and-off in my student days. Maybe someone convinced me somewhere along the line that I didn’t have enough time to work on things in the evening.

This weekend, I’ve been painting again, which is nice. I’m working on a sunrise over the Mediterranean from December. And I’ve been having tickles of writing urges – poetry or thoughts about a couple of my existing stories. I’m thinking I’ll take my laptop into the living room in a moment and work on something (I’m currently waiting for a layer of colour to dry on my canvas so I can build on it).

I’m looking at my journaling exercise writing and trying not to lose that plan. I have to keep doing my self-care so I can continue to move forward and build toward my goal of taking a new chance and reshaping my career.

I took some exciting training last week at work that made me remember one of my potential options for career reshaping – knowledge translation. I might look into getting more involved with it, and practicing it, so that I have a solid basis. I feel like it’s one of the things I’ve been working towards without really realizing it – communicating appropriately for appropriate audiences to help people access more knowledge.

But first, I have a big project to see through, which is stretching me in uncomfortable ways, and I have another big task to do by the end of the month. I will be asking for at least day off at the beginning of March to maintain my self-care.

Just a quick update with some hope, some struggle, and a reminder that we all need to take care of ourselves. Especially this winter with the cold and the snow, which can wear on the psyche, especially in the dark months. Keep looking for the light, and incorporate some hygge to see you through. I’ll be putting on a stew this afternoon, and maybe some fresh beer bread. :) Happy Sunday!

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December 25th-31st

December 25th

Dog in a Christmas Day sunbeam.

Christmas dinner table and tree.

December 26th

On the road again, continuing the Christmas road trip with a southern leg.

Crossing over the St Lawrence River.

Winter wonderland in New York state.

December 27th

Arrived safely in West Virginia, and all the lights are lit.

Sparkle lantern, rather than a snow globe. :)

A winter village, lovingly assembled by my DH’s family.

December 28th

My morning yoga spot, where I’m trying to recover my back from the hotel we stayed in halfway through our trip down.

Some Canadian content in our lunchtime excursion into town.

Some local wildlife wandering through the back yard.

December 29th

Last stop in the Christmas road trip – a grandpuppy in Virginia.

December greenery.

Wine, knitting, a fire, and chatting after dinner.

December 30th

Our trip back north was fairly quick and easy. Some rural Virginia as we trekked cross country to rejoin the 81.

Leaving Maryland for Pennsylvania.

Bucolic New York State and finding the snow again.

December 31st

Nee Year’s Eve party at our friends’ place. Full of fluffy pets, hilarious kids, and lovely adults.

Mmm, fondue…

Fireside knitting and chatting again.

Mmm, midnight pie.

I finished my Hitchhiker scarf! Binding off did happen this morning (January 1st), but only because sleep had to occur last night. ;)

And I borrowed time on my friend’s swift and winder to prep several projects worth of wool – skeins I bought in PEI this summer.

December 17th-24th

December 17th

Broccoli cheese soup from “125 Best Soup Recipes” for dinner tonight (with vegetable broth rather than chicken broth).

December 18th

Moondog on my way home from work.

December 19th

Cleaned out inbox before the beginning of my Christmas break. #winningthebattle

December 20th

Beginning my holidays right with spiked eggnog and “Christmas oranges” (aka clementines).

December 21st

A small light in the big darkness – happy Winter Solstice!

December 22nd

Netflix, knitting, beer, chips, the couch and DH. Time to relax.

December 23rd

Making Christmas dinner – Tofurkey roast with shallots, and the recommended sage, tamari, and olive oil baste.

Making my mushroom gravy to go with the Tofurkey (with the requisite spiked eggnog to help with the cooking).

December 24th

Making salmon and potato pie for Christmas Eve dinner for me – everyone else is having tourtière.

Fish pie!

Golden brown!

Delish. :) (I shared, of course).

December 10th-16th

December 10th

Vegetarian Tuscan sausage, zucchini and thyme pasta – to keep the European feel going, once I was home.

December 11th

Back at it on the 11th, at the ArcticNet conference.

Also, witnessed someone’s lost clementine. So sad. ;)

December 12th

Fuel to keep conferencing, even with jet lag. The day before was rough.

December 13th

A really awesome session today at ArcticNet, my last day at the conference.

December 14th

Friday off means working on my Advent Scarf and enjoying the quiet.

As an added bonus, had Manxmas with my friends on Friday night at our usual pub.

December 15th

Day 2 of the Advent scarf – challenging yarn but lovely colours.

December 16th

Rumballs made for my Crafting Club winter social. They were delicious!

December 9th

Last sunrise in Barcelona

Good omen at Charles de Gaulle airport as we were trying to find our next flight.

That was the cruise at the beginning of December. I was going to post one entry for each day, but I didn’t obviously do that here. I did do it on my Instagram and Facebook, but I will put together a compilation of the remaining December weeks for the rest of it, to catch my blog up. :)

December 7

Docked at Sète, near Montpellier, but Mom and I took a bus trip to see “a medieval city and abbey winery”, then we did a walking tour of Sète in the late afternoon.

Pézenas, the medieval town where Molière made his mark.

L’abbaye de Valmagne, previously a fully working abbey, now owned privately and turned into a winery (hence the wine barrels in the chapel alcoves).

The Canal du Midi in Sète, where they have an annual water jousting competition. It also artificially connects the Mediterranean to the Atlantic at Bordeaux.