I had a great multi-stage Christmas consisting of a weekend with the future in-laws, flying out to spend a few days in Vancouver with cousins and family that spanned 3 continents, and then back home for Christmas day with my parents, brothers and SO. I feel incredibly thankful for my diverse and growing family and that I got to see so many of them in the last 2 weeks.
Work is still crazy and shows no sign of slowing down. My department consists of 4 people and I am currently the only one left (1 quit, 2 on medical/stress leave, it's not a good trend). Despite that, I am doing my best to compartmentalize and find joy and relaxation where I can, which is going reasonably well. I am recognizing that some things might slide but it's not the end of the world. I got a couple week extension on one of my work deadlines but shortened my vacation, I shoved Christmas presents into gift bags instead of wrapping them all with pretty paper, I've been visiting Kachina more than I've been riding, and I'm only writing blog posts when the I get the opportunity, that's what balance in my life looks like these days.
(you can get a photo with my eyes open or Kachina's eyes open, you apparently can't get both :-P )
While I've been quiet on the posting and commenting side, I do still read a number of your blogs when I get the chance and I appreciate hearing about all of your life and horse happenings. I make no promises but my plan is to write some year end wrap up posts to summarize all the stuff that I haven't written about from the past few months, and then hopefully I'll be able to start out 2018 in present tense.
|Christmas treats and visits|