Grace in Small Things No. 551

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  1. Hoar frost has covered everything here in Saskatchewan, and it is absolutely magical.
  2. My mother made one of my favourite deserts from childhood, and it was just as delicious as I remember.
  3. I got to read my nephews a book while they cuddled up on my lap tonight, and they still smelled sweet from their bath.
  4. I am finally sleeping well again after more than a week of insomnia, which makes everything seem brighter.
  5. After tonight, the days start getting longer again!

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Say happy birthday to me and make the world a better place at the same time! Heifer International "…links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Our animals provide partners with both food and reliable income…" This year, I am raising $1764 ($42x42) to celebrate my 42nd birthday on December 29th.
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A Few Quiet Moments While I Get Ready for the Holidays

Even as a child, I found Christmas stressful, so, from the moment I stepped out on my own as an adult back in 1993, I have abstained from decorating and putting on fancy dinners. There was one year when Aidan and I decided to have a quiet Christmas alone, and I wound a few garlands around the lamps and put out wrapped presents, but he contracted the worst flu of his life and spent two days literally wrapped around the toilet with a blanket. No more garlands for me.

Despite my Spartan approach to the holidays, though, it still manages to ramp up my anxiety, because other people make holidays plans that include me — oh, humanity, with the giving and the taking with the same hand — so I decided to set aside some quiet time for myself in the middle of packing and wrapping presents.

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I have finally found the perfect way to boil eggs that peel well. I need a few more test runs to prove it, but they are lovely and warm in the palm and easy to eat.

I am wearing my new favourite tunic. It is a deep pumpkin colour, and I may actually show you a picture of it one day. It's proof that I may be the only white North American capable of buying cheap Korean clothing online that actually fits.

I sipped hot, thick coffee and let the steam tickle the end of my nose.

I counted out supplements for my holiday travel. I love the soft, small sound of the capsule clapping together as I pour them out and shuffle them from right to left.

And I found this lovely pomegranate. She's a grandmother of a pomegranate, older and textured, but I'm going to crack her open and see what's inside. I bet she's sweeter than most.

This hour of quiet has me back in the spirit. A few things are left undone, but I am not. I think I need to leave something undone more often.


Say happy birthday to me and make the world a better place at the same time! Heifer International "…links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Our animals provide partners with both food and reliable income…" This year, I am raising $1764 ($42x42) to celebrate my 42nd birthday on December 29th.
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The Personal vs Professional Online, Alienation, and Staying True to My Roots

The Personal vs Professional Online, Alienation, and Staying True to My Roots

I don't hide the fact that I generally suffer from depression and anxiety with an extra dollop of seasonal depression to round it out, but I don't write about it much anymore, either. The more entwined my work life has become with my online identity, and the more entwined my online identity has become with my life in general, the more anxious I am about sharing this side of myself.

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