I decided to gift my poor neglected blog a post. What I have been up to? Had a phenomenal Thanksgiving with MVP and Mandy here (everyone but Danger Boy was home) that was low-key immediate family (including my 21-year old nephew who is living with us) which felt just right. The day before is actually my favorite day because I love the warm camaraderie of the bustling kitchen, although our new tradition of a day-of bike ride and the dreams of a lottery-win-bayside homesunder a sky drawn with cornflower darkening to cerulean has its charms. As do the tables in the sand set with holiday-themed floral arrangements.
I got new running shoes when we visited our local Road Runner outlet and wore them exactly once the Monday before Thanksgiving before falling victim to a chain of maladies that has kept from exercising for almost a month. I think I might be over it. Holding my breath.
Work is insane and fulfilling. My second job is the same. I am working hard with International Eating Disorder Action --we now have a website along with our blog (that's the kind of thing I mostly write these days), Twitter (@IEDACtion) and Facebook group. We are loosely organized to be more adaptable to react quickly than a group like F.E.A.S.T. (which is hands down the number one family resource I recommend); I think we can complement each other and magnify our respective voices.
I am also stoked to be receiving and providing support with a new FB-based parent support group--Eating Disorder Parent Support or EDPS. It's co-ed, well-moderated and for carers only, which is important to me. Once you learn enough to start following the money, you recognize the value of independence from those who profit (irrespective of the good they do) from treating eating disorders. Of course this is not to say there cannot be incredible collaborations, it's just a consideration. I am thrilled to be working with so many smart, passionate people.
Though it seemed an iffy proposition for a bit, we will have a respectable semblance of Christmas here. Thank you Amazon Prime. We are almost tree-only on decorations this year (my 40-year old self is appalled; my 50-year old self is giving that self the finger).
Christmas Cards are out though no letter--posting to FB I think. The cinnamon rolls were a breeze this year--Social Butterfly was a lean mean dough-rolling machine today. As well as a remarkable cleaner upper. I covered the bar and dining room table with peanut clusters, put them in bags and realized that left us with none so I will be reprising that activity in the next couple of days.
The last three weeks, with the one week of back jacked-ness and another two of super-cold, have made me very aware that lack of productivity makes me cranky. Me no likey.
I missed Mr. Fix-it's work party, but am going to make at least three that I am really looking forward to. This is the time of year when my friend Sandra and I sometimes (not every year) find ourselves closing a party down and paying for it the next day. It's always worth it. Nothing solid for New Year's Eve, but I can be really happy with a movie and sushi.
I cannot believe SB is going to Australia in two months (I am also insanely jealous) and DB has one semester of college left. Mind Blown. Truly.
So that's the post-7% beer followed by a hot bath state of the state from me. I am nostalgic over the days of Jen's Holiday House Tour, but the only constant is change and I accept that. If I don't post here before 2015, my wish for you is a holiday and a new year filled with fun, family, friendship and fulfillment.