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: 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?