2016, the Best Year Ever, is heading into it’s last few weeks. Today is the last day of November. The house is decorated for Christmas, we’ve had a little snow and the Thanksgiving leftovers are still delicious.
I’ve been waking up around 6 am ever since we switched off of daylight saving’s time and I love it. I’ve been sleeping well but when I wake, I’m wide awake and the first thought in my head is usually ‘how can I beat this day senseless?’
I’ve been on fire, work wise. Despite my still painful tendon, I’ve been beating my personal goals week after week. I know: if I painted less there’s a better chance the tendonitis could heal but I can’t stop. I recall a story I heard years ago about a painter (let’s say Picasso: all the good stories are attributed to him which is fair, since none of the good paintings are) who was wracked with arthritis and continued to paint every day, despite the pain. Someone asked him why he didn’t quit, since it hurt so much. He gestured to his canvas and said “the pain goes but the work lasts.”
Besides, it doesn’t actually hurt while I’m painting.
My annual calligraphy job was delivered on Monday. Last night, I lined all the envelopes while watching Person of Interest.
My parents turned my on to this show. They loved it while it was basically a cop show with an Equalizer character but they bailed when it went all AI, sci-fi, the fate of the world is at stake. In other words, as soon as it got really good.
Shaw and Root are two of the most kick ass women I’ve ever seen on TV. I don’t mind that they’re gay but isn’t it a bit of a cliché to say that women who can kick men’s asses must be gay? I mean, sure; maybe they are but must they be?
On the other hand, the only other romantic storyline this show ever pursued was a chemical fizzle. Shaw and Root at least have that. Plus, it’s network so not a lot of time is spent on the private, boring stuff. In the internet age, do we really need to show people having sex? I think not.
Soccer might be fun to play but I don’t want to watch that, either.
I’ve got a bunch of new designs I want to get into the shop before the Christmas party next week. I have to get at our Christmas cards, Zack has already requested the next batch of cookies, I have to buy new containers, do a bit of shopping, help Katie finish up the last touches on the nursery and just in case I have a few extra minutes, I’ve been taking a painting class in Chaska. I decided it’s time to learn how to use oils. It’s fun!
I love having too much to do.
At the moment, I’m reading Island of the World, by Michael O’brien. It’s written in the present tense (Ugh!) but the story just ramped up considerably and I’ve heard too many good things about it to abandon it, so I’m pushing onward and reading it anyway.
The heavy, wet snow we got last week has all melted away but it did take the last of the leaves off the trees. Now that November is all but over, it finally looks like November out my front window. Except for the grass, which remains stubbornly green. We had rain all day on Monday, including two bouts of hail. There was even thunder in the morning. It poured on us while I took Josie to Hastings to catch a ride back to school but when I got back home, the sun had set, the storm had moved east and I could see stars in the sky. Typical Minnesota weather, changing every 20 minutes.
I expect we’ll have ridiculous amounts of snow this winter. Jay will say it’s the most we’ve ever had!
He says that every year.