Archive for December, 2013

2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 25 trips to carry that many people.

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When I think back about Christmas in my past, I find it interesting that I don’t particularly remember what I got as presents, as much as the people and the moments we shared. My memories are about playing with my cousins when I was young – enjoying the Christmas dinner – and after I left home, coming back to be with family and friends. And as I grew older with my own family, there were the rituals that evolved.

For the last few years, board games have been a part of Christmas Day. Being called upon to be an arbitrator in Scrabble disputes or participating in a cut-throat game of Monopoly, it is fun to watch the family dynamics take place. It has become clear that despite the commercial pressures and build-up to the day, the important thing is not the what, but the who.

Penny waiting for her turn at Monopoly.

Penny waiting for her turn at Monopoly.

And this year, not wanting to be left out, our old lab/border collie cross decided she was going to play with us. In the middle of the game, she came downstairs and plopped herself between two of the kids and waited for her turn. Another Christmas memory for us all.

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Christmas Time

I must confess I am not the greatest fan of Christmas. I understand and appreciate the spiritual significance, but the materialistic nature of the season does bother me. I enjoy the camaraderie of the season though and this year we had a lot of fun at our office. A pot luck dinner followed by a scavenger hunt (in -20’s wind chill) was a great exercise. But the following day, I came into work early and found my cubicle had been ‘decorated’. 🙂

A Christmas theme for my cubicle.

A Christmas theme for my cubicle – btw, this was taken at 8 am – still pitch black outside

The funny part was that the people who did this scavenged decorations from around the floor and a number of visitors commented on the lack of ‘Christmas cheer’ in the workplace. Apparently the two large ‘trees’ in the foreground were ‘borrowed’ (with permission) from another floor. After the initial shock wore off, I found myself enjoying the trappings of Christmas. Unfortunately, it will all be gone when I get back in January.

A cheerful work environment.

A cheerful work environment.

Merry Christmas and a joyful holiday season to all!

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I haven’t contributed anything since early September. I now have a better appreciation of the term ‘writer’s block’.

It is not as though I haven’t had anything to write about. Possibly, there has been too much happening – one has to cope with the basics before venturing further afield.


Dog Days

After a busy few months, a few things have finished up. It has felt quite strange to have an evening for myself. Now time to revisit some things that have been left by the wayside over the last little while.

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