Right now I’m still recovering from the flu, so please pardon me if this post is rather scatter brained. I’d really rather be sleeping right now. XD And I never ever say that, so that tells you that I’m either sick or depressed. 😂 Otherwise I prefer to be doing something productive and useful.
Anyway. No more rambling. Probably. Note to self: in the future, try to only write posts while not sick and when it doesn’t feel like someone is standing on your chest, but also do so when you aren’t trying to listen to friend’s YouTube videos. You aren’t great at multi-tasking.
I also have the Dear Evan Hansen songs stuck in my head, so that probably isn’t helping my mood at the moment…Seriously though there are some beautiful songs.
There was a lot of celebrating this month. Yoveil’s birthday came first. MY BABY TURNED SEVEN. SEEEEVEN! NOOOO! How is that possible? I was just looking through old photos and wailing about how everyone is getting so old. *sniffles* We don’t have any babies left in the house and man I really miss them.
I sadly had to work on Yoveil’s birthday. She was very devastated because not only did Daddy and I have to work, but Baruch was also doing a week long program to help with his dyslexia. She was sure that she wouldn’t have any fun and that no one would be able to celebrate.
However, she ended up having a nice day. I did a bunch of fun stuff with her in the morning before I had to go to work. Then she had a special meal of *gags* corndogs. I was extremely glad to have been at work during supper and missed those dogs because there are very few things that are grosser. We had a beautiful cake and gifts after I got home from work. It was super fun. ❤ My baby is ancient now – she begs to disagree, though.
A fishing pole from Grandpa! She was thrilled.
Yoveil’s birthday cake. Isn’t that so pretty?!!
Next celebration was Thanksgiving. That was SUPER fun. I was sure that I would have to work on it, but we split up the holidays and I got Christmas and New Year instead. So I was quite happy.
Tragically, though, the stinkin’ flu decided that it would visit us that week. Jehosheba and Baruch got it on Wednesday. We didn’t know if we’d even be able to have the big Thanksgiving meal. But they rallied and praise God we were able to celebrate!
It was a lovely day, everything I hoped it would be. We started the day with getting up very late. XD I wrote for a long time and then those who were hungry had banana bread for breakfast. We spent a while playing various Thanksgiving games. I was very pleased that Yoveil & I won on trivia over Jehosheba and Nahum – aka The Lofty.
Of course they say that it’s just because there were too many turkey related questions and not enough on the actual Thanksgiving story. I still count it as a win.
We ate our big meal around 3 PM. Everyone helped with the cooking and baking and it was all super delicious. We had the usual things – stuffing, turkey, potatoes, pretzel salad, homemade rolls, cranberry sauce. I feel like I’m forgetting something but I’m tired and don’t want to go look through my journal. Let’s just say that it was all super delicious.
We took a nice long walk to get rid of (some) of that food so that we could make room for the desserts that I now regret making such massive batches of. We just finally finished them and everyone was very pleased.
Baruch for all of the nights we were having Thanksgiving desserts: Ah, man, you know, I’m just kinda full. I’m still sick, I think. I don’t want any.
Baruch, the night after all the desserts are gone: We’re having ice cream tonight? Oh yes! I feel so much better, I think I can have a whole giant portion now. Phew, I’m so glad that the flu is gone.
Me: *glares* Of course.
I got the flu the day after Thanksgiving. NOT FUN. I literally laid down around 11:30 in the morning and pretty much slept the rest of the day. I didn’t even want to listen to my beloved audiobooks. It was very much not enjoyable.
At work two of our clients had birthdays. That was fun and stressful at the same time. I really do enjoy celebrating birthdays with them clients. It makes me happy to see them so excited. But man, those birthdays tend to be more chaotic days that normal and that stresses me out. One of our clients has a really big family and all of them decided to come visit for her birthday (which I am SO glad of. People are so important to her). But man, the house was absolutely packed. People were running everywhere and making a ton of noise and generally being chaotic. Once everyone was fed and watered with ice cream, me and the two other introverted staff members retreated to the kitchen. We all co-miserated about how much we hate crowds and loudness. One of the staff members literally curled up in a little ball in the corner of the kitchen while she ate her slice of cake. I really wanted to do the same thing, lol.
What do writers think about when they hear the word NOVEMBER? That’s right. NANOWRIMO! This was my second year doing it and honestly I wasn’t sure I even wanted to. I put off plotting and brainstorming until the very last minute and then found a random short story idea and decided, “Hey, this would be perfect to turn into a novel because I’m sure I can stretch the one page of notes into 50,000 words. It’ll be no big deal.”
Turns out that I am not a very good panster. I prefer to have a very detailed plot. Last year I had forty pages. This year, one.
The result was quite sad. I’m far too embarrassed by the story to ever THINK of letting ANYONE ELSE read it. But hey, I’m proud of myself for at least writing 50,000 words in November and completing NaNoWriMo for the second time. Next year will be better, I promise.
I realized that food had become way too important to me. The stress of work and of NaNo basically made me into a frantic eating machine. When I wasn’t eating, I was thinking and dreaming about food and how much I wanted it. It had taken a place in my heart that was supposed to belong only to God.
My friend Rosy and I decided to do a fast. I am sooo glad that she did it with me, it made me very happy to know that there was someone else just as miserable as I was. LOL, not really, but I am so thankful for her companionship. You’re amazing, Rosy!
The water fast lasted a week. At the beginning I thought, “Hey, this won’t be a problem at all. Sure, I’ll be hungry but it’s worth it.”
Well, my optimism died on day three when I was extremely hungry and there were still four more days left. Let’s just say that I learned a ton during that week, that I prayed a lot, drew closer to God in many ways and decided that fasting for extended periods of time was extremely not fun. It hurt like a lot. *shakes head* I thank God for giving me the strength to complete the fast, though. Praise him for his goodness. ❤
I’m 19 and I don’t have a driver’s license. *melts* SO ANYWAY this month Daddy and I started driving lessons. I really thought that I would destroy the van on the first time, but I didn’t thankfully. It went much better than I expected. Daddy is a good teacher and very calm, so that helped. XD Eventually I will get my license. Hopefully sometime next year. XD We’ll see.
Other than that? Not a ton happened. I had quite a few sales on my Etsy shop which made me happy. There’d been a lull but the holidays inspired people to spend a bunch of money. Thanksgiving is commercialized. Hurrah. I also realized that I should have set my prices with the insane shipping costs in mind because I actually spent half of my profits on shipping. WHY PEOPLE WHY.
I spent a lot of mornings before work anxiously pacing the house and wishing I could stay home, a lot Saturdays being miserable and almost wishing I could be at work and a lot of time taking long walks and freezing my fingers off because hey it’s already winter here. But at least that means that we can start listening to Hanukah and Christmas music. Gotta love that.
Why do I even write these posts anyway? Probably just for myself, lol. I enjoy looking back on them years later and seeing how we spend various months of our lives. Hopefully you are partially entertained by something here.
Happy Holidays, friends.
How was your November? What did you do? How do you celebrate Thanksgiving? What are you looking forward to in December.