Monday, January 4, 2010

New Year

I'm back.

That cold I mentioned in my last post? Took me down, baby, took me down. It started off mildly, one of those colds you think you can beat with a round of vitamin C and a lot of grapefruit juice. Ha! You know when I finally felt better? Yesterday. That's right, my friends, the cold lasted three lousy weeks.

I hate those kind of colds.

But I feel better now. Travis and I just got back from our morning walk--forty brisk minutes in the 20-degree cold--our first walk in--yes, you guessed it--three weeks. I just cleaned out my e-mail box and in a little bit am off to buy a sharply-discounted 2010 calendar.

I have to say I'm happy to have Christmas behind me. I'd hoped this would be the year we'd simplify things, but with my parents' coming, that wasn't going to happen, and having a cold kept me from always making the wisest decisions. Let's say I spent more money than I'd planned to. And I decorated more than I planned to, and cooked and baked more than I planned to ...

What I'm saying is, this wasn't the most spiritual Christmas I've ever had.

But now it's the new year, and I feel good again, though my jeans are tighter than I like. I have some big writing projects ahead of me, but not much travel until the end of March. Resolutions: Stand up straighter. Go to the Tuesday night fiddle jam over at the music store at least once. Have more people over to dinner. Seek community, in spite of myself and my proclivities and predilections.

That's it. That's as resolved as I get.

I am going to try to post more often, and soon I'm going to post a picture of the sweater I made for my dad for Christmas. Guess what? Not only did it fit perfectly, it was beautiful. A knitting victory after my awful defeat at the silky hands of a lace shawl. So the year ended in interesting ways--with me sick and tired and stressed, but also amazed that sometimes things work out exactly as you planned them.

More soon.


debbie bailey said...

Glad you're back! I'm glad Christmas is over too. Onward and upward. I read Shooting the Moon, liked it, and sent it to my son in Iraq. Happy writing!

Gumbo Lily said...

Hooray! You're back! I'm so glad you are well once again and have ventured out into the 20 degree world. It's cold, isn't it? I like your resolutions mainly because they are exactly the ones I need to do too.


Pom Pom said...

Hi, Frances. It's so nice to hear your voice. I hope your January is somewhat restorative. It sounds like you have a lot to do. I can't wait to see the success sweater!

Left-Handed Housewife said...

Debbie, Glad to hear you liked STM and hope your son does, too. Let me know!

Jody, It's very, very cold. I don't mind it so much, except when it's windy, and then I mind it very, very much.

Pom Pom, I have my fingers crossed for a restorative January. I'm trying not to feel like I have to do a million things all at once. Sometimes, though, it's hard for me to chill out, or at least to chill out without feeling guilty about it.

Tracy said...

I'm glad you're feeling better. That 3 week cold sound a bit like a light flu kind of thing. I felt exactly like that a few years back. Laid me flat...and colds don't usually do that.