As with many people I know, December gets in the way of almost anything I like to do in my free time. Even my daughter told me I need to get back to my sewing machine!
What have I been doing?
1. Spending more time with photographs. Uploading them, cropping them, deciding what to keep or delete, sorting out duplicates (of which I have many because I tend to be disorganized). Here are a couple:
I plan on taking the 365 challenge this year: every day a new photograph. Maybe that will also be a blog?
2. Finalizing the article (on the evidence-base for relationship-based interventions for children with autism). We have a final draft now, and one of my co-authors will return from Norway on January 5, so sometime in January we will re-submit it.
3. Sorting and printing my photos from Senegal. I hope to have a show nearby in 2015. Here are a few I like:
5. Words With Friends on my iPhone and iPad. I admit, I am addicted to it. I know it is a waste of time but I love playing it!
6. Organizing stuff. This could be a full-time job for me. I spent a lot of time this vacation week sorting stuff and throwing things out, and the house looks just as cluttered as before, but I feel a sense of satisfaction about ‘getting things done”.
7. Curtains. My mother-in-law lives locally in her own apartment. She is legally blind, on oxygen, and is slowly losing her strength. But she complained about her kitchen curtains, so I volunteered to make some for her. I did not follow a pattern and it did take me a lot longer than I had expected. Her wallpaper is green and yellow, but she wanted red. I bought a quarter-yard of green and red fabrics and we put them up to the windows. And you know what? The red looked better.
And I bought new curtains for my living room, which required me to hem them. However, I do not have a good photo of them. (and that fact is propelling me to take 365 photos this year so I can become better at using my point and shoot camera).
9. Christmas Shopping. Do I really have to tell you this? I would think it was obvious!