November 25th, 2005

A very good couple of days so far.


1. Gathering at old and dear friends with excellent food. Got to talk at length with a nurse practitioner specializing in hospice care. Good food, good company, and professional development to boot. Yay!

2. Gathering at home with roommates cat_paw and schometortoise. crywolf as guest. More very excellent food (go, cat_paw!), and scattered but entertaining socializing.

3. This morning: reading in a warm bed with a cat purring near my head.

4. Mid-day: got to read an entire book while accomplishing nothing else in particular. Some reading done in the tub with freesia and orchid bubbles.

5. Late afternoon: went to the gym to work out. 2 miles on the treadmill, and got the beginnings of a weight training plan in place. I'd forgotten that weight training is one of the forms of exercise I actively enjoy. Getting the positive feedback loo pgoing shouldn't be that hard.

6. Later today: sponge a ride of crywolf and take the leftovers, including four pies, a cheesecake, and quite possibly five pounds of turkey, to a holiday gathering with my swordfighting friends.

Very, very thankful for good friends, both very old and relatively new; kitties; and a baseline level of health and fitness which has allowed me to treat my cancer earlier this year like an almost trivial health challenge.

Only my financial life sucks, and part of the reason for nursing school is to fix that, so if I can be patient, I can even solve that one.

Christmas Eve/Christmas Day plans?

I'll need to check with the roommates, but before I do that, I thought I'd check in with folks.

If I volunteered to host a Christmas Eve/Christmas Day event, would you/yours/people we both know if invited/ be likely to come out for part or all of it? I know that Lansing is a bit more of a hike than you've had to travel to get to my previous events.

For those unfamiliar with my previous events, you are certainly welcome to celebrate your WinterHolidayofChoice at it, whatever it should be, but they are largely about making sure no one has to be alone, including me, of course, on a day where the cultural pressure to be in a group is cranked up about as high as it can go.

Hmmm. I'm going to go see if I can figure out how to make this into a poll.

Considering hosting on December 24 and 25.

Poll #620022 Plans for December 24 and 25

If I volunteered to host a two day event on December 24 and 25th, would you be able to come?

Sorry, no, have other plans.
Sorry, no, too far to drive.
Maybe, depends on the weather.
Yes, for a few hours.
Yes, for a good chunk of it.
Depends, tell me more about the event.

If you're considering it, which factors will influence your decision?

Activities planned.
Food provided.
Who'll be there.
Whether I have enough gas money.
Last minute changes in other plans.

Poll to follow...

...about an event I'm thinking about hosting.

If you're not interested, but you know people who might be, feel free to email me or post a comment to one of the posts about it.