This holiday season has been more crazed than usual, what with finals after the break. Nobody seems to think this is a good idea, but the schedule remains as is.
And now it's new year's eve and I get to look back at the things I've done this year. Maybe that will motivate me to work harder through finals, you never know.
Books I read East of Eden, The Poisonwood Bible, Sarah's Key, and started the Song of Ice and Fire series, getting through the first two books and am currently halfway through the third. I've been reading War and Peace, The Handmaid's Tale, and On Food and Cooking, but haven't finished them yet. And then there's academic reading, but I'll spare you.
Food I discovered swiss chard, kale, and belgian endives. How could I live so long without knowing swiss chard? Tragedy. I also cooked a bunch of seafood for the first time: scallops, swordfish, shrimp, clams, and muscles. And I roasted a turkey totally on my own--another first. Parsnip is on my list of things to try for next year.
Lifestyle N and I moved into smaller apt (N estimates 5/8 the size of our old place) and got rid of some stuff on the way. I've been going through maniacal bursts of cleaning/organizing to get rid of more stuff we don't need. I started my conversion to the GTD system and am using Omnifocus. It's not perfect, but it helps. I also quit facebook for most of the year, reactivating my account only recently. I might deactivate it again soon, but we'll see. Oh yeah, I also started grad school.
Misc N and I usually watch a single TV episode a day as together downtime. This year, we've worked through Modern Family, Merlin, a good chunk of Star Trek TNG (in order), The Good Wife, and maybe a few others. I also started and finished 2 paintings (sold one!) and have three in progress. I made a quilt for my recently born nephew. And there was the garden project over the summer. N and I went to a family reunion in Colorado, spent Christmas in California, and went up to Boston to see family, but that was the extent of our traveling this year.
And next year will bring some good things too. No resolutions, or abstract or specific. Just studying for now.