I've been hibernating, but I'm starting to come out of the cave. I'm a different person now, that's for sure. There's more grit, less giddy trusting in life, and I'm pretty much not hip with putting up with anything anymore. I have less patience for some things that have always bothered me, but I've always stayed quiet about because I'm a Nice Girl. But in other ways I'm more understanding, and in awe of the human spirit because people go through so much, and they are so resilient, and I'm amazed at that.
In celebration of my shedding of the hibernatory cave, and entering the springtime (albeit in December), I'm making some early resolutions. I will spend time doing the things I like to do, and not doing the things I think I ought to be doing because it will make somebody else happy (and my job does count as something that makes me happy, so that can stay).
1. I will do a Renaissance English History podcast at least once every 6 weeks, starting this weekend. Like, no kidding. It's on my calendar. I'm getting back on that train.
2. I will figure out how to work my new d60 camera which I've had for nearly 6 months.
3. I will also figure out how to photoshop my photos to make them look even more awesome.
4. I will not be ashamed of the amount of Peter Cetera I listen to.
5. I will really (and I mean really) read all the classics I've never read but always meant to. At least one a month.
6. I will do NaNoWriMo in December. It won't be the same as doing it in November, but I'm not going to wait until next November to write my book.
7. I will not feel guilty because I don't send out Christmas cards. Seriously, Christmas cards were only invented to get people to use the new Penny Post in Victorian England, so it's a bit of consumerism that I don't need to feel guilty for not being part of.
8. I will also not feel guilty about the fact that I listen to Christmas music all year long. And I don't just mean classical Christmas music like the Messiah, but rather, I listen to schmaltzy stuff all year long. And I don't care.
9. I will unsubscribe to my RSS feed of the New Yorker because I never read it, and it just makes me feel guilty for all of the intelligent conversation I'm missing out on. Vanity Fair can stay, though. It doesn't make me feel as guilty.
10. I will listen to the Harmonia Early Music Podcast every week because it is awesome.
11. I will drink more water and less soda.
And finally, I will figure out a way to do something with my grief that is productive. Whether it's my camp/retreat idea, or something else, Baby Teysko will be honored, and his little life will have more meaning than he could ever imagine.
So that's what you can count on me for ongoingly. I might break down and lose it from time to time - that's to be expected - but I'm coming back into the world.