- Jan 10: Attend a meeting with Wags for Hope to start the process to certify Lily to go on Hospice visits with me.
- Jan 18: Grad School Orientation
- Jan 20: Classes Start
- February: Direct Service Training for Hospice, after which I can start volunteering 1-4 hours per week directly with patients
- May: First semester of classes end, and I'll turn 47
Speaking of expanding, I'm now doing book reviews for The Internet Review of Books. You can check out my reviews as well as those of many other fine reviewers there, but you may want to start by looking at my review of Dewey (the library cat).
I had to laugh last night when talking about all of this with my hubby. I said, "People who think writing is glamorous or well-paid just don't know the drill." Quite often we are unpaid or at least underpaid for our efforts. Even artists make more than we do. Unless you're Stephen King, James Patterson, or Nicholas Sparks (who has a beautiful house in NC!), you just don't make squat. The thing about writing is - you do it because you love it, because you can't imagine not doing it, because you must. For me, it's how I process my world.
So far, the only writing which has paid off for me is the writing that I do for my day job - technical writing. Speaking of which, I should be doing more of it, because I have a book proposal that I need to start shopping after the holidays.
Yes, I'm probably overdoing it, but I like to be busy. If I have too much time on my hands, I think too much and that leads to a bit of depression for me. And when you don't sleep much, it helps to have things to do. As Sam Elliot so prophetically said in Roadhouse, "I'll get all the sleep I need when I'm dead." (One of my favorite hokey movies!)
By the way, remember the "Seven Things" meme I did a while back? My number one item I wanted to do was to learn to knit. Guess what? I did it. I went to the store and bought one of those "Teach Yourself to Knit" kits and taught myself. I made a chenille scarf for myself and another one for my sister as part of her Christmas gift. Of course there is so much more to learn. I haven't tried the cable stitch yet, for example, and I'm trying to figure out the doggone pattern for the baby blanket I want to knit for my niece's baby. BUT the thing is, I did it. Now I just have to tick off the rest of those items!
So yes, it's shaping up to be a busy year. Despite being an empty-nester, a work-from-home writer, and a person who deals with chronic pain, I'm a girl who likes to be busy - always. Gradually I'm coming to the realization that though my body may have slowed down, my mind hasn't. And until that day on which I cross to the "other side", I'll just keep on going. Because life? It was meant to be lived.
Peace - D