On Black Friday, we went shopping. Of course. This is just the natural order of things. We came home with some shirts and really not much else to report.
But when the dust settled, we…
Spent the day moving nightstands into the master bedroom (finally!). Assembling lamps that we have owned for two-and-a-half years. Purging cookbooks I have never opened. Chucking out a broken coffee maker (RIP Keurig) and swapping in the 12 cup station that we received as a wedding gift. Replacing our massive Cold War-style microwave with a sleeker, brighter model inherited from my aunt. Discovering that we could return our new, hours-old vacuum to the store because my brother happened to leave one in my parents’ garage. Actioning an on-the-spot paint job to address the dings and scratches that have slowly dappled the walls since Marcus’ move-in five years ago.
It was an odd sort of refreshing of things. Preparatory nesting before the December onslaught. The chance to cross projects off of our list that we’ve been meaning to address since January (please tell me that I am not the only one).
This year has been a whirlwind. It was only last week that I was explaining to friends how even though Thanksgiving was pretty much the latest that it could possibly be, it still didn’t feel like it was time yet.
Clearly that ship has sailed.
Tomorrow is December 1, whether we’re ready for it to be or not.
This year Sarah, Meredith and I are coming together to host Reverb. For the next 31 days we’ll be writing on a prompt a day, to reflect on 2013 and project onto 2014. Sign-up now and join us, to write on just a few prompts or to write on all of them.
For some of you, it might be a great way to shake off some writers block. For others it might be a chance to figure out what on earth happened to 2013. For me, I know that it is the best way to create a sense of sanctuary and peace as the year-end rush presses on. It is the best way to create a quiet place for me. I so hope you will find this as well.