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December in Paris

December in Virginia

When most people think of December, visions of festive Christmas trees, holiday shopping and spending time with family and friends often come to mind.

For me, December means all of that and more: the USHJA Annual Meeting, year-end deadlines, the crush of last-minute holiday orders and a lot of juggling. It all usually trickles to an enjoyable end just before Christmas.

This year, unfortunately, a variety of (mostly) unexpected events seemed to conspire together to challenge my natural state of being. Without boring you with great detail, they included ice and snow storms (yes, that’s plural), a dead iMac (and corrupted back-up drive, ugh), the need for a new vehicle (time-consuming but admittedly a highlight of the month), multiple canceled flights, two missed business trips, one missed holiday (stuck at home for Thanksgiving without power due to above-mentioned ice), and, sadly, a death in the family.

Therefore, I’m looking forward to a fresh start. For the next two weeks I’m going to tie up the remaining loose ends (my iMac will be out of the hospital tomorrow!), crank out the remaining work hanging over from these delays, and I’m not going to let the weather keep me down again.

I read a funny quote the other day that went something like this: “When life brings you lemons, don’t just make lemonade—add it to your next cocktail!”


  1. So much happening at once, but it sounds like a much needed fresh start is just around the corner. I am also looking forward to January for a fresh start. A few months ago, I developed a bad case of tennis elbow that has hampered everything I try to do. I have 5 out of town guests coming for Christmas, so it should be interesting…

    Have a Merry Christmas, Tricia!

    • So sorry to hear about your elbow; I hope it is well on the way to being healed! Best of luck with your preparations for the holidays, and I imagine you will be ready for a nice rest at the start of the New Year! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season with your guests and enjoy that precious time together!

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