December 28th, 2006


Post-Christmas recovery and year in review

My Christmas was nice. Quiet, not too stressful, got stuff I like, already got the harp I've been pining for since I was 11. :)

I hope yours was at least half as nice!

Yesterday, we decided to install my lights. This was for 2 reasons: 1) the box holding the lights has been taking up valuable EMG real estate since the studio was built! 2) I was really, really croning for some light. Now, I have light!

It was not as simple as anticipated.

First, the last run of ceiling boards had to go up. That took some time. Then, we discovered that we'd put the wires in the wrong places, so Jake had to climb into the attic and we had to place them differently. That took more time. Then we discovered that we had to jury-rig some of the unfinished switches. So we did that, and I wired in the lights and installed the bulbs, and we turned the power back on. Nada. No response from the switch. Got the voltometer out and found no juice going to the switch in question. Opened up the fusebox... ah. Upstairs lights had never been wired in! Fortunately, it was well-labeled, so we killed the power to the house and wired in a whole new fuse!

Horrah! The lights worked! Switch on: lights! Switch off... still lights?? Doh! We'd wired one of the downstream switches wrong! Undid that, and they work WONDERFULLY. I want to get a tanning mat - these suckers put out LIGHT. Very good for the mood. I play with the switch everytime I walk past it. *grins* Just 'cause I can. :)

So I've been feeling a little uncertain about what I've *done* this year, feeling like it couldn't possible be enough. I mean, hey, I didn't get 50K words written in November, let alone 400K for the year like SOME people on my f-list. I didn't get an agent. I didn't sell billions. I didn't put out a piece of art every month. (Well, not a MAJOR piece, anyway, turns out I did finish SOMETHING every month...) I did, however, get two tarot readings that totally unnerved and excited me, and they agreed in their messages right down to the heart-of-the-matter card being the Sun in each case. So, maybe... just maybe I'm on the right track.

I also sat down and figured out what I DID get done this year, and holy moly. I guess I wasn't sitting on my hands...

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I will have to do a big thank you post in a bit - I've gotten the most wonderful cards and gifts from you guys. Thank you! *love*