Friday, December 23, 2011

Time to Catch My Breath

Have you missed me?  It's rare that I go a full two weeks without a single post.  But sometimes life happens that way.

December has been insanely busy.  And I've been sick since December 1st.  With the never-ending knock-you-on-your-ass head cold.

I normally have about one day every other week out of the house (in the office or traveling for work).  This month I have been away from home two days per week - every week.  For those of you who work 5 days a week away from home, this may seem like no big deal.  To me, it has been exhausting.

I had a 14 hour day traveling to/from and attending a Continuing Legal Education Seminar in Philadelphia.

Followed by a 1/2 day of jury duty during which I never left the  juror's lounge.

Despite being sick, I've had 5 days of meetings in the office.

And my company holiday party.

Despite being sick, I launched a huge records retention project this month. A project I'm in charge of... and sweating over...

Despite being sick, Christmas presents were purchased,
yes... from the comfort of my computer chair!

And they were  wrapped.  I finally finished yesterday!

We've have several frosty days.  Mixed in with a lot of unseasonably warm.

We haven't had snow since that freak storm in October.

I've been sleeping - a LOT.

Despite being sick, Christmas cards and a newsletter were created.

Envelopes were addressed.

Cards were mailed. Later than normal for me, but done.

Despite being sick, I started a Tai Chi class.

Despite being sick, the Christmas tree was put up and decorated.

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care.

Our Christmas Eve boxes have been filled (new pjs and ornaments).

Despite being sick, laundry was washed and groceries were purchased, meals were made, and life went on.

But... because I was sick...

... what you see on this blog post is literally all the pictures I've shot this entire month!

... I'm behind on all of my online courses.

... not a single JYC/December Daily page has been created and I think I may need to just let it go this year.

... I haven't been blogging.  I haven't been commenting much, but I  HAVE been reading your blogs and keeping up to date!

Yes, life does go on with or without me.  I'm as ready for Christmas now as I can be. And ready to enjoy a week off work and some time to slow down.  And catch my breath.  And maybe create a little.  I'm ready to leave 2011 behind.  I'm ready to embrace 2012 with open arms.

I wish for each and every one of you a blessed Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.  See you soon!


Karen said...

This month you really have proved the old saying - Children get colds, men get flu and women get on with it! Hope you are feeling much better xxx

humel said...

I've missed you - good to hear from you! Sorry about your lurgy, I hope you're properly better so can enjoy Christmas fully xx

Anonymous said...

And may 2012 be blessed with good health and happiness! The Merriest of Christmas to you!

Jo.C said...

Sorry to hear you have been unwell - it is such a busy time - the later part about not doing anything bloggy or crafty I can relate to as I am in the same boat. Hope you have a fantastic Christmas xx

Amy said...

Oh Cheri, what a month you have had. Merry Christmas to you all and I hope 2012 is filled with calm and good health!

Melissa said...

Wow, Cheri, what a busy month you've had. Hope you are feeling wonderful for Chistmas and that your home is filled with love & laughter!

Merry Christmas!

Maya said...

Wow, you certainly need a week off (or maybe two)! Hope you are feeling better! Wishing you a healthy and happy 2012!

scrappysue said...

Hope you will be feeling better soon Cheri. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas! x

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

Oh sweet Cheri. You're a freaking ROCK STAR to power through and accomplish all this stuff while being sick. I'm another one who will be very glad to see 2011 over and done. Merry Christmas to you, dear friend! Feel better soon!!! xo

Cheryl said...

So glad to see you back! You amaze me, Cheri. I *wasn't* sick, and I didn't accomplish half of what you did! I am shooing 2011 away with you and am so ready for a new year. I hope you are feeling better and that you had a wonderful Christmas with your family. *hugs* (PS. Your newsletter is GORGEOUS!)

Ginger said...

It's good to see your post Cheri, Merry Christmas to you and your family. I wish you much health and happiness in 2012 :)

scrappyjacky said...

It's good to see you back, sorry you've been poorly...and amazed at how much you've still managed to accomplish!!
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

quiltingfool said...

I was afraid you might be sick when you didn't add to your blog, and I didn't hear from you. You accomplish miracles even when you feel terrible. It's scary what you can do when you feel good! Glad it was "just" a cold though, and not something worse.

I will also be happy to see 2011 gone, and hope the new year brings us all health, love and prosperity. Love you all, Mom

Kelly Quinones Miller said...

Your holiday letter was beautiful. I'm even more impressed now that I know you were sick!

Hope you're feeling better and that you give yourself lots of time to catch up.

Sian said...

Cheri, I have been thinking about you and wondering if your health has been holding up over the Christmas season. I absolutely loved your card and the fact that you included your family letter in it - that made me feel like part of the family! Thank you. I hope 2012 is a wonderful year for you - I think you are ready for one

alexa said...

How amazing to fit all that in, whilst feeling so poorly - truly, you have stamina... Hoping you can begin 2012 feeling rested and ready.

Jan C. said...

For what it's worth, I did think your holiday card and letter were spectacular--probably the best-looking newsletter I've ever received in a card! Sorry you've been so sick, and I hope the new year brings you much improved health. Happy New Year, Cheri!