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Week in Review: People Time and Alone Time

We got 6 inches of snow on Friday night, and it’s been very cold all week long. It’s beginning to look a lot like…

On the one hand, it’s been a very social week, and I’ve had a lot of time with friends and colleagues celebrating the end of the semester and the upcoming holiday season.

On the other hand, my roommate headed out on Thursday night, giving me a few quiet nights and mornings in the apartment to myself. It’s been a nice balance.

Linking up with Meghan for this week’s Week in Review!Alone time: Finished up a revision of my final project for creative nonfiction workshop. It’s starting to feel more like a chapter in a memoir and less like random thoughts spilled on the page.

People time: After final revisions were due, I went to our final creative nonfiction workshop meeting, which was also a potluck. I made this roast pepper and pumpkin hummus, one of my favorite low-FODMAP fall backs.Several people very kindly accommodated my special diet. The professor ordered gluten-free pizza, and one of my classmates (the same one who heroically came and took me to Urgent Care when I blendered my finger) made her homemade banana bread gluten-free, as well.At the potluck, we all shared a brief excerpt from our work this semester, and then my sweetie and I went together to swing dance. We almost missed the dance!–they got out an hour early this week–but we went out for snacks and drinks at Old Chicago with the swing dancers afterward and got to see our friends.

Alone time: I’ve been cleaning my wound and splinting and dressing my finger each morning and evening. I’m finally done with the antibiotics, though, and I’m going to get the stitches taken out tomorrow. I’m pretty good at doing up the bandage by myself, but my sweetie was in town on Wednesday and Thursday, so he helped me out when he was around.People time: Said sweetie and I opened our Christmas presents from one another and had a pajama pants party on Thursday night. It was lovely and a little goofy.

Alone time: Posted quite a bit to the blog, including a What I Ate Wednesday, a new recipe for gluten-free, dairy-free cookies, and a collection of 12 low-FODMAP holiday treats.

Alone time: Went to a couple of spin classes that for some reason totally kicked my butt. Whew!

People time: Went out with a friend after one of said spin classes at a new speedy pizza place in town called “Mod Pizza.” We talked about teaching and life and enjoyed gluten-free pizza. Mine had pesto, arugula, bacon, mozzarella, feta, jalapenos, and I asked for roasted red pepper in place of the artichokes (high-fructose, sadly.)Alone time: Worked on grading my students final assignment, which is a resume and cover letter. I can get through these suckers fast: 15-20 minutes a pop.

Alone time: This one started out as a “people time.” Friday night, I had planned to go to a tacky Christmas sweater party. I had packed up the snacks I was bringing and even took a tacky Christmas sweater selfie.Sadly, it turned out it was on Saturday…the day I had scheduled to go to see my sweetie at his folks’ house out of town. Oh, well. I spent the night trying to grade (I didn’t get through very many) and watched an episode Downton Abbey. It was nice to be by myself, honestly. It was in some ways good the party wasn’t that night, too, because the snow started about 5:30, and it was blizzard conditions.

People time: After a morning of running errands, I got on the highway and drove (carefully) to my sweetie’s place. We spent Saturday night driving around looking at Christmas lights and got in a lovely walk on Sunday morning enjoying the bright sun and the bright snow. Best thing about going for a walk when you live in the front range: you come around a corner and you see:

Has it been cold and snowy where you are, too?

Have you had much chances for alone time yet this holiday season, or has it been people people people?

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  1. Cora says:

    I spent a lot of alone time this week – especially this weekend. I couldn’t really do the social thing. I know I’ll be around other people 24/7 for the next week so I think I needed to stock pile my “me” time. But in general, I find all the group stuff – and holiday shenanigans – extremely draining and need to really balance it out. Sometimes I wish it wasn’t that way, but I guess its just who I am.
    Sounds like you had a week super balanced out with work and lots of fun and friends. We have so much snow here. And I’m on my way to a place where there is going to be even more. And -40 degrees Celsius. Jealous? Come with me?

    1. Joyce says:

      Aaaauuugh! -40 Celsius? Hang in there girl!

  2. Kate says:

    There is a Mod Pizza near my work that I’ve been meaning to try. We went to a very similar place called Blaze pizza and we liked it a lot! Hard to mess up pizza though.
    I am all about the me time/people time in good balance. It’s funny because I’m a total extrovert when it comes to meeting/talking to people, but I have no problem spending the entire day by my lonesome.

    1. Joyce says:

      The Mod Pizza concept is pretty fun. 🙂

  3. Diane Wahto says:

    I love reading your blog and seeing your pictures.The sweater is laughingly outrageous, and the food looks scrumptious. I’m glad to hear your finger is healing and that your writing project is coming together.

    It’s cold here, too, but the rest of the week promises a warm-up. I haven’t been to the Y or out walking for a couple of days. I hate that.

    Soon, I’ll see you up close and personal. In the meantime, stay warm.

    1. Joyce says:

      I know what you mean about not getting out. It really makes a person feel all cooped up. 😛

  4. Wow that last photo is beautiful! Glad to hear your finger is healing quickly! It’s been very cold here the past few weeks we had a little snow but mostly freezing rain and lots of ice.

    1. Joyce says:

      Ick! Freezing rain is the worst. The roads are even worse than with snow without the winter wonderland effect. 🙁

  5. Reading your weeks in review is a pleasure every time because I feel I really get a glimpse into your life. The many pictures, your feelings about what happened and just the way you write – I like it. And hope that wasn’t an odd thing to say.
    Anyway, your week sounds good to me. Minus the snow. I might be a winter baby but I can do without the white powder. Or rather the cold weather and slippery roads.
    It’s nice you got to spend time with your boy and his family. A pyjama pants party sounds like my idea of a good night.
    What is your final project in the creative nonfiction workshop?
    I actually have so many more thoughts on your post but know this is – surprise, surprise! – getting lengthy already again.
    Happy Monday, Joyce!

    1. Joyce says:

      Thank you for the kind words, Miss Polkadot. My final project is a revision of an earlier piece we wrote earlier in the semester: usually a stand-alone essay, but I did a chapter in my thesis, which (I think) will be a memoir.

  6. All that snow!! We got a bunch here too last weekend although it’s turned to lots of ice now. Shudder.

    That pizza looks amazing and I’m glad you were able to get some gluten free eats. How thoughtful of your friends and colleagues.

    Happy holidays and thanks for linking up.

    1. Joyce says:

      Oh no! Ice is the worst. Be safe, and happy holidays to you and you family, as well!

  7. All the snow is so pretty. We had ice and rain this weekend, not nearly as fun! And that would totally be something I would do, get all ready for a party to realize I had the wrong day. At least you can laugh about it now. Have a great week and Happy Holidays!

    1. Joyce says:

      Ha! Yeah, I wasn’t that upset to miss the party. Be safe with that ice!

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