December was overall a good month for me. My students finished their fall PBL and I took 19 kids to the elementary to read their manuscripts. They loved it. I also had my observation, but it was on the day we had classes visiting for my students to present their manuscripts, so it won’t count. Perhaps if my appraiser had come in the actual legally required window, we’d be all done with it. (Yeah, a little salty.) I had a major upset with the yearbook program, and my kids and I are just like “Whatever.” I am so proud that I have a GREAT group of kids this year who are very supportive of one another.
I did receive some amazing and some disheartening medical news this month. I had an appointment with a new pulmonologist and he was phenomenal. My sleep study is scheduled and he is very adamant about addressing my needs and resolving my sleep issues. Finally some relief! I also scheduled an appointment with my PCP to start on anxiety medication. It was a big step that I have been talking about for months but kept chickening out on. I finally had enough and made the appointment. When I went for the appointment, my doc backtracked to my bloodwork from October. My A1C was 6.5. He diagnosed me with diabetes and put me on cholesterol medication. I went back the following week for an anxiety medication. Another relief!
During the holidays I slept A LOT. It was marvelous. I spent a lot of time snuggling with my two pups. Baby was diagnosed with arthritis, ironically in one of her front legs. I was amazed that Cera didn’t destroy anything while she was home alone for Baby’s vet visit. I think she is finally learning! She has also figured out how to ask to go outside to go potty instead of sneaking off to do it in the house.
This was the first Christmas I actually got to spend with The Man. He always flies home to Boston for the month. Our holidays were low-key and simple. He got both of us FitBits and I have been tracking different things, like my sleep and food. I got some other practical gifts, like a fuzzy bathrobe and the pregnancy pillow! No…we are not pregnant. The Man got it in an attempt to better my sleep – and my snoring! I have liked it for the most part. Often I’ll lay in bed at night reading or playing my game before going to bed, and it’s perfect because I have a pillow on each side to support both my arms on and can relax a little more. The Man says he thinks it’s helping with the snoring as it’s been much quieter most nights.
We went on our 2.5 mile walk every other night in the cold weather. Even though I hate the cold, it was very invigorating!
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I've been coupled up inside working (for free, off contract time) and just walked out of the building. I have seen an impressive snowman photo @akphoenix89 so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Now how long do I need to defrost? ♨️❄⛄ #texassnow #texasblizzard2017 #prayforwarmth #surprise #winterhascome
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I finally found the perfect ornament for this year. This is our first Christmas together because he always flies to Boston for December. I didn't like the "first Christmas" ornaments in our stores. In the last year, Richard has taken to saying "Always" to me, very Princess Bride "As you wish" like. I found this and ordered it last night. Fingers crossed it arrives in time. 🎄🎁🤞🤔❤ #firstchristmas #perfect #firstchristmastogether #firstchristmasornament #ornament #christmas #always #asyouwish
Average Rating: 4.0
Pages Read: 1,405
Favorite Book: Hope at Christmas
October Visits – 1,097 | November Visits – 1,547 | December – 1,082
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While I only met one of my challenge goals, I did fairly well on several others. I was disappointed I didn’t meet my Goodreads goal this year, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles. I did read a fair number of my holiday reads, and I was impressed with my numbers for NetGalley. I hoped to get to 35 books (and I would have if I’d met my Goodreads goal), but I’ve got a plan for my 2018 challenges in place. I’ll be saying goodbye to the Shelf Love challenge while adding a few new ones that help me focus more on my main goals.
- Goodreads – 52/52 completed — 100%
- Alphabet Soup – 18/26 completed — 69%
- Audiobook – 6/6 completed — 100%
- NetGalley – 33/50 completed — 66%
- Shelf Love – 21/52 completed — 40%
- December BINGO – 21/25 completed — 84%
- Winter BINGO – 7/25 completed — 28%
- COYER Winter Switch – 6/25 completed — 24%
This is the first big batch of books I’m reading for 2018. I spent some time thinking about it and put them in an order I want to read in so I’m not wasting time later trying to decide.