I haven't been writing here, but I've been posting up a storm over on my livejournal site. A lot of what is there is frivolous, but sometimes I just need distractions.
Right now, I'm stressed over the potential for my vacation to go seriously awry, given how the situation in Bangkok is not resolving itself quickly. I've been in my worst news junkie mode, mostly by reading The Bangkok Post about 12000 times a day. United is only offering deals for those whose flights are through 15 December for now, but I am thinking hard about alternatives. The problem is that it's hard to get tickets using miles over the holidays, so the service between Seoul and Cambodia is not really viable. The theory seems to be that the King's Birthday (which is 4 Dec) will settle things and I certainly hope that proves to be the case.
I'm also still somewhat stressed about my mother, who is doing okay. But she is still resisting giving a key to the house to one of the neighbors. I can't seem to get her to understand that it doesn't really help for me to have a key since I'm a good 5+ hours away. Frankly, her mental health concerns me as much as her physical health does. On the plus side, it reminds me of why I am determined to do things while I am able to. I don't want to live like that in a world of regrets.
As far as goals go, I did accomplish a fair bit over November. I learned entrelac, but I am not going to check it off the life list until I finish an actual project. (That will probably be a scarf, by the way.) I also finished one nalbinding project (a bag, which I still plan to felt) and am almost done with a second (a pair of mittens).
I wrote more of the Madagascar travelogue and, more importantly, finally downloaded all the photos from my camera to the computer and labeled them, which had been a real barrier to working on it.
The American Revolution walks also got checked off. One of those did involve a weekend out of town, which was combined with a storytelling festival so offered a lot of fun. I also checked off two more state capitals, so there was progress on another goal. But I really do need new walking shoes and have no idea how I will find the time to shop for those.
As for my Bible reading progress, I got through Hosea and Joel and still find the prophets to be frustrating going. I guess I like more actual things happening, instead of flowery language and vague threats. There is still a chance I could finish the Old Testament this calendar year, but it seems unlikely.
Finally, I did make some decluttering progress, including putting a bunch more things up on freecycle. I have plenty more to do, alas. But I have some incentive to make everything but the den presentable since Robert will be here in a couple of weeks.
So here's the short list of December goals:
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