Okay, so I could talk about how crazy the past month+ have been with the endless gift making and Christmas preparations, and the horrendous stomach virus that visited us, and the flooding of the basement with sewage followed by the digging up of our yard to have a septic line replaced, and the aggravating cold virus that visited us and still refuses to go away, and the loss of our internet for over a week and... But I'm sure you've all had your share of crazy, hectic, and sometimes sucky life as well over the past month, so we'll just skip going into details about all that.
We had a lovely Christmas with my parents and brother joining us here for a few days. The view was beautiful out our sliding glass doors with snow blanketing the yard and trees and swamp. If not for the overwhelming horror that unfolded a few short miles from here on Christmas Eve morning (you may have heard about the murder of the firemen and the loss of seven homes to fire), I might have been able to describe it as the perfect two days in our little world.
I've been counting my blessings a lot in these past few days. And grappling with ways to make life a little more sane within my own frazzled head. My blogging has been next to non-existent lately, as has been my reading. I've missed them both immensely. I'm not really making resolutions for next year, but I'm going to strive for change nonetheless. Last year, I proclaimed it was to be my year of "just because." There were moments when I lived it, but far, far, far more moments when I failed to. Hopefully this year I'll tip that balance to more successes and less failures. And "just because" still fits neatly into my plan for 2013...where the goal is to "simplify, de-stress, and be just a little bit more selfish." I don't know if that means I'll be blogging more or blogging less myself. But if I succeed in my goals, it will mean I'll be reading and commenting on blogs more often and yet feeling far less guilty when I can't. (I just hit that damn "mark all as read" button after our week+ without internet, and I am determined to make that the last time I feel guilty about having to do so.) Anyway, lots of pondering yet to do over how exactly to accomplish my goals, but ponder away I shall. (Any suggestions would also be greatly appreciated.)
My sincerest wishes to you all for peaceful days ahead, and for a bright, joyful, and full-of-awesome-opportunities 2013!!!!!