Many of the distractions this week were about wrapping up loose household and financial ends for the year. When I was working on my mother-in-law's requested Christmas gift of printing my whole blog, I realized there were a few loose ends I never revisited. So for my last day of blogging this year, I will wrap up loose ends, because I know you've all been wondering:
I made a resolution to fix the area surrounding the campfire pit, and then promptly forgot about it.
When my husband was away in January I let my oldest daughter get two rats. I then proceeded to agonize over the expense of getting the rats neutered, although my daughter was adamant. It would be $100 per rat; and this is a creature that has a 4-year life span. After a month or so when the rats were old enough, I made the decision not to spend the money. Come to find out, my daughter's desire to have them neutered was because young male rats have ugly pink male parts that grossed her out. By the time I decided not to have them neutered, they had grown hair over the objectionable parts; so hairy balls saved me a ton of money.
At the same time I got my older daughter the rats I got my younger daughter a rabbit. It was a rescue rabbit and she thought she always wanted one... until one came to live in her room. It was a sweet rabbit when he was getting his way, but he seemed incapable of litter box training. My daughter wouldn't admit how miserable she was as a person who doesn't like gross messes in general. I think she held on to the rabbit out of guilt, but I only got the rabbit with the understanding we could return him if he didn't work out. Only after the rabbit growled at her during one of his little tantrums and she found he was doing his business in a cupboard did she admit she was miserable and wanted to take him back. We took him back to the rescue facility, making a donation of the extra food we had.
I never biked to Florida. I got a recumbent bike to help heal my knee that had somehow gotten messed up (probably from lack of movement). After my knee was healed, the bike sat. It's the reason I don't buy exercise equipment in the first place. The wireless keyboard and mouse I used to blog while biking somehow ended up in my daughter's room. And although it's a sunny day today, we are just beginning winter and I think may use the bike again in my continuous New Year's resolution to get in shape. I'll hang on to it into the New Year and see what it brings. It may have to go the way of the rabbit.
The fobs for my car never did start working again and I ended up buying two of the wrong kind of new ones, sending them back and getting two of the right kind, getting them reprogrammed, breaking one of them and spending the money to have it fixed. A whole lot of money went out, but I can once again start my car from inside my house on those cold, icy mornings.
I adjusted to my tri-focal glasses finally and now hate to be without them. One eye is better than the other for distance, but I cannot read anything without glasses these days. It's nice to always have them on when I'm out and about.
I never went back to the elementary school library to help. I pulled out of my blue slump after my morning in the library. Then this school year I've discovered the high school band teacher's mess of music that needed to be filed and organized.
I am still part of a writer's critique group and the recorder for the Plateau Area Writer's Association. I decided not to "technical write" the Protocols and Policies document, instead depending on the officers to update their own section.
I still get spasms in my side when I've been standing or walking around a lot. I think it's because I sleep on that side all night and it is probably protesting it's abuse. I don't sleep the other way because it faces my husband and then he breathes and snores in my face. Oh the things we put up with when we are married!
The high school band director remained at the school to the delight of this parent and the kids. This school year band program has gone much better than last year's with it's constant change of band directors.
I tried writing a Captain's Blog for several of the days this month just for something different and because summer days can be somewhat boring. It seemed to fall flat with my readers, getting no comments, but especially because the bathroom remodel kept us stuck "in port" most of the summer. Try writing a faux ship log when you aren't going anywhere.
This was the first year my kids' schedules determined some of our summer. I'm going into next year with trepidation, knowing my life as I knew it is over.
We remodeled our patio in the summer of 2010 and the family room in November 2010 and it just went downhill from there: This year I totally reorganized my computer/craft room, put a new sink in the hall bathroom, tore apart and reorganized my pantry, unexpectedly remodeled our bathroom which took all summer, got a new/used stove and reorganized the kitchen a bit. I just want to announce I have no plans in 2012 to do any sort of remodeling or major reorganizing (yeah, right).
My 1/2 inch haircut only lasted until December.
My resolution to change my evening schedule to a more productive one did not hold. I had to be honest with myself; by 5:00pm I'm tired and really don't have the energy or brain capacity to do something productive.
I finally pulled out the last fescue grass in my garden. It was the toughest and biggest one yet and I'm sure the neighborhood heard my frustrated grunts and groans. I tried to only curse in my head and not out loud, but it got done.
The new/used stove cooked our Thanksgiving dinner perfectly, so even though there are things that annoy me about it, it will stay until it dies. And you know Murphy's Law says it will live forever.
Gift building - I made photo books for my daughters of the the Aki-con anime convention. It was a challenge because I had to sleuth out my daughter's pictures on her laptop and use my brain to figure out how to get them off her laptop. Then I realized I only needed to get them to the Costco photo site, not actually onto my computer. We also had family pictures done as a surprise for grandparents and because we hadn't had one in three or four years.
I also learned my younger daughter does not believe in Santa anymore either... what is the world coming to?
The solar lights worked great until it started raining. I took back the six sets I still had the receipt for. The last four I kept because apparently without a receipt I could only get a refund for the last price they had on them, which was less than half what I paid for them.
I have been with Weight Watchers a year and have lost 20 pounds. But I gained back at least 10 of that and probably more after this holiday season. I will be rethinking my strategy and level of commitment for next year.
The wireless headphones still do not work. We are now waiting for a cable so we can switch the TVs. Now the issue will be if we can connect our home computer to the TV from the bedroom. Stay tuned on this issue.
So along with all the lessons learned, some good some bad, there is the wrap up of the dangling ends of my year. Tomorrow we start over.
Happy New Year!