End of the year, part 2


     "Watercooler" talk today...Bridgerton. I would never knowingly in my ancient age, pick up a paperback romance.  Watching it is entirely a different thing!  Beautiful costumes, music, gardens, etc.  Not to mention the eye-candy of the Duke.  I generally love anything from Shonda Rhimes, and this was just so good!  Eight episodes to watch during a gloomy, cold day.  I mentioned it to my two part time staffers today, one had watched it, the other will be jumping on the bandwagon when she gets home from work.  So nice to have something to talk about that is not political!


     Lots of unfinished "business" for 2020...my Goodreads goal was not met, and won't be, unless I add lots of children's books.  They count, don't they?  I've updated my planner for the year with birthdays, appointments, etc., so that' s ready to go.  This week finds me preparing for one of January's book discussions via Facebook for the library.  It is This Side of Paradise by one of my very favorite authors, F. Scott Fitzgerald.  The book takes place beginning in 1920...think of the 1918 Pandemic, prohibition, smoky jazz clubs...I hope the discussion is lively.

     One more day of work until a two day holiday, then back to work on Saturday (boo).  I still have lots of organizing to accomplish before the stroke of midnight Thursday.  Too much stuff!


End of the year...


      Another year draws to a close...just a few more days of this dumpster fire named 2020.  It hasn't been bad for me personally, but the nation and worldwide suffering is really almost too much to comprehend.  Surely 2021 will be better.

     The work hours have been a little strange the last couple of weeks.  I've been trying to squeeze in vacation hours which must be taken or lost by the end of the year.  It's been unfortunate that my one full time staffer has lots of vacation to use during this time too.  We've been using half days, and the occasional full day, and it has resulted in not working together for the past two weeks.  We're both working today, so it has been "catch-up" time with plenty of conversation.  It was kind of hard to motivate myself to come into work this morning...way too cold out!  I supposed retirement can't come too soon, but I still hope to hold out until the end of  May.  Then I will transition into watching Vivian while school is out.  Here's hoping we can have adventures this summer!

     On the agenda for next week...organizing for the new year.  I would like to start out the year with some semblance of order in my life!


A few of my favorite things...

 Day Designer   

I've been using Day Designer products for four years.  I love the allotted space for each date and the format for the planner.  I was gifted one the first year, and purchased the next two from Target or Staples.  This year I sprung for the original sized planner.  Here's hoping that 2021 will actually have something to plan for, other than retirement at the end of May! 

Peg & Awl Sendak Artists Roll

I've admired this product for a few years.  I finally ordered one this past month and love it.  There's room inside for a variety of pencils, brushes, tools, and papers.  Neat, organized, and ready to go.

Johnny Was Masks

Masks...while I'm tired of wearing them, I do get a kick of finding new and interesting ones.  Johnny Was has several varieties, mostly priced at 5/$25, with free shipping.  They ship quickly, and as a bonus, I'm on the mailing list for catalogs.  Overpriced clothing, but it's interesting.  I'll just stick with the masks.

Alabama Chanin School of Making Kits

I have loved Alabama Chanin clothing since I bought the first AC book in 2007.  This year I've "collected" four key pieces to work on in the above mentioned retirement phase of life.  The wrap top is my latest purchase, now nested alongside the Long Skirt, the Factory Dress, and a partially finished poncho.

Ugg Boots

I have hated Ugg boots for as long as I knew what they were.  I thought they were ugly, clunky, and in-general unattractive.  Since then, and since chemo nearly three years ago, I've suffered from cold feet and general foot pain.  Ugg to the rescue.  They're comfortable, cozy, and yes...still unattractive.  They don't hurt my feet, so that's a plus in my book!

I have lots of favorite things, but this is just a small portion of things that have brought me joy this year.
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Milagro Tree from Sundance Catalog

 Wow...can't believe it is December already!  What a crazy year.  I rarely know what day it is OR what month it is.  I'm trying to burn vacation days...a half day here and there, and those fabulous whole days scattered around the weekend.  When we came back to work in mid-May, there was really no place to go or things to do, so it didn't even occur to me to take a vacation.  Now it is use it or lose it time...we can only carry over 80 hours of vacation into next year.

So...what have I been up to?  Not much.  Still prepping for retirement...in this case purchasing things I want/need before I cut the employment cord.  Lots of painting and art supplies, Alabama Chanin School of Making kits, embroidery projects from Dropcloth designs, punch needle and rug hooking supplies, fabric...lots of fabric.  I have serious intentions to make quilts, something I haven't pursued in years.  

All Christmas presents are purchased and wrapped, so I'm ready for our tiny family holiday.  We Thanksgiving-ed in our little pod.  I'm glad that Megan takes all of this COVID stuff so seriously.  I'd rather isolate now so we can be around in the future.

The house is having a good Christmas so far...new carpeting, another robot vacuum, and regular maintenance upgrades.  The garden has been "put to bed"...just last Saturday...just in time for our first snow of the season yesterday.  I'm hoping for a quiet, productive winter.

Aldi Wine Advent Calendar

Baking and cheese making...

In the "learn something new" part of my life, yesterday I learned how to make mozzarella cheese.  Making and baking French bread w...