One of the greatest things about my job is that we close for two weeks over Christmas. Not only do I have two weeks off (on top of my holiday allotment) everyone else does too--I get nothing but spam in my inbox while I'm away and there's no work piling up. Everyone returns pretty happy and refreshed and it's probably the BEST benefit ever.
The first week does tend to get sucked up by the run up to Christmas--shopping, cleaning or travelling, parties, and that initial need to sleep as much as possible.
It was worth it for looks like this:
Santa Meme and Memere got him the WiiU he's been wanting since they came out.
The time after Christmas is far far better in my mind. It's quiet. We're all home (Craig gets almost the same time off from his employer) and while we're a bit lazy, we also catch up. We have pyjama days, movie nights, lots of computer game time, and for me, a whole lot of fibre fun.
I finished a few things. Sallah Cowl in Indigodragonfly Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock
A Frankensweater in Collinette Tagliatelli. It used to be this sweater that I frogged. And then it was supposed to be a proper Collinette pattern but everything went wrong so I winged it. The collar and cuffs are some leftovers from my Carnaby Street sweater and it's a super jaunty oversized sweater on Emma (I may borrow it, but fear my jaunty days are long passed).
I even warped the loom!
In between all this, I got crazy and catalogued my entire stash of yarn and fibre--it's now all photographed and logged on Ravelry. Tomorrow I'll probably download and see if I hit "stash neutral" for 2014 (where I used at least the same amount of yarn that I brought in). I put a few things in the goodwill pile and had a nice hard look at what I have.
I love it all. But I should probably knit, spin and weave from what I have for a bit.
I went for a few runs--that felt good. I will say that I don't think the TVT surgery worked as well as I hoped--I still leak a bit. It's MUCH better than before, but I was hoping for perfection and well, that may take a bit more time. At least I can cough and sneeze and stay dry.
I saw some friends, had some beers, read a book, took a long bath, and baked.
Then I went into full #womanwhogetsshitdone mode and finally filed all the kids school memories and report cards into their memory books--I was about two years behind. And all of our Epic Road Trip photos are now downloaded, put on Flickr and backed up on the external drive.
Like I said, this break is for Catching Up--I don't fool around.