Thursday, December 31, 2009

A letter a month

Whatever you want to call them - resolutions/goals/plans - there are some things I want to do this year. I'm going to do my best to make keep my perfectionist tendencies in check, and be reasonable. (We'll see how that goes...)

One thing I know I want to do is write at least one letter (yes, as in snail mail) each month.

Here's where the idea came from:

I had a client earlier this year who was having all kinds of computer/email problems, and I ended up needing to mail her proofs, etc. Folding up the letter, placing it into an envelope, sticking a stamp on it - I was surprised how much I loved and missed the tactile experience of sending physical mail.

I just finished reading Jane Austen's Persuasion, as well as a memoir by her nephew. And that kind of literature always kind of makes you want to sit in parlors and leave calling cards and wear long dresses just to go walking down the hedgerow (what exactly is a hedgerow anyway?) and hand write newsy letters and maybe go to a ball. Ok, maybe that's just me.

Some of my family just doesn't do email. And I've been meaning to work mailing them letters or cards into the schedule for some time. This is much more doable than the letter-a-week notion I had in my head at one time.

So that's the plan. I'll keep you posted.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Resolve not to do this.

One time a motivational-speaker-type person I knew through work asked me if I had any New Year's resolutions.

I had been been rolling some ideas around in my head that I figured could qualify as resolutions, so I said yes. "How about you?"

She replied, "Oh, no. I don't make resolutions. I make goals."

Um, ok.

I get what she was trying to say - that she had definite objectives rather than just empty intentions - but it sure felt like a setup to me.

I resolved not to talk to her about that kind of thing again.

Monday, December 28, 2009

In summary

{After PerPoTues, it was all just a blur...}

design projects + fighting off a cold + shopping + getting that cold + networking + spending too much time on hold + wrapping + business holiday cards + family cards + laundry + computer issues + backing up everything + wanting to sleep + getting everything set before Christmas + delivering client gifts

{and then}

buying trip food + packing + traveling north + bundling up + taking in snowy views + family + food + more family + gifting + unwrapping + more food + coming home

{but it didn't stop there}

more wrapping + different family + more cards + out-of-town friends and (you guessed it) family + baby shower #1 + getting sick again + calling to say I can't make baby shower #2 + taking a nap

{up next}

recovering + reevaluating + readying myself for the year ahead

{Hope to fill you in more soon!}

Saturday, December 26, 2009


May all your days be merry and bright!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Perfectly Poetical: Couplet

From LSL Buttons

Ok, maybe I've said this before, but...

I so can't believe it's time for another Perfectly Poetical Tuesday already! My, how time flies!


Because it's December, and people's calendars are uberfull, let's keep this ubersimple!

You can write about the holidays or whatever strikes your fancy (after all, Every Life Writes a Poem). Just make sure you link to this post. Then come back, link up, leave a comment and enjoy visiting your fellow poet-bloggers!

Also, for the first 5 PerPoTues participants who comment here, I'll tweet a link to your post. (Include your Twitter username, if you'd like me to mention it.)

How 'bout if I start things off?

December showers

Gray drizzly December days make my heart sing!
They bring me hope for wildflowers in the spring.

[your turn....]