>Christmas on the menu

> It’s a quiet time at work this week. We have Christmas on the menu in the canteen and lots of people have either started their holiday or are winding down to it.

Over the next week it will get more and more hushed and subdued here. It’s a very academic, scientific environment anyway so is already quite quiet.

On top of this, though, we also have the news about our plant up at Teesside closing. This was the news that broke on the day I had my feeling of doom and gloom. This has also taken the shine from the season for many.

I’m working up to Christmas Eve this year, although we often get sent home early. On Monday I have to take my car in to have the bumper repaired following my little dink a few weeks ago. I’m getting a hire car but if it’s huge, I’ll be working from home on the Tuesday. I’m hoping they only have it for a couple of days as I’m gatecrashing my sister in Leicestershire on Christmas Day, just for the day, and I’d be happier driving my own car. I won’t be back in work until the new year, Tuesday 5 January.

Next year I’m looking forward to possibly 3 holidays – 1 writing weekend, either a writing week or a walking week, and Christmas in Canada. I also want to get at least one house job done, well 2. I want to get the lower stones repointed front and back (I’m getting too many pet slugs in the living room), and I want the outside of the house painted. Either brilliant white or daffodil yellow. I’ll be doing all of this without credit so will have to … [whispers] save up … BUT, if I don’t save, I don’t get. Simple as.

I’ll be working on my goals and resolutions over the holiday. I slipped by the wayside this year, but already my targets include:

  • write at least 1 article per month
  • write at least 1 short story per month
  • write at least 1 chapter of a novel per month
  • write at least 1 filler per month
  • enter at least 1 writing competition per quarter
  • complete at least 1 non-fiction full-length book
  • complete at least 1 full-length novel
  • produce 4 magazines
  • get started on departmental brochures
  • launch new website
  • go for at least 1 walk per month

And this before I even think about it. Notice there are no “sell” words here, as that is technically beyond my control. Some may think I’m lowering the bar slightly, but I’ll review it every 3 months and increase (or decrease) it to suit.

Let me know if anyone found any of my ideas giveaways useful or inspiring.

Yesterday I finally got my domestic Christmas cards written and posted, so there’s another job jobbed. I also planned a few short walks over the coming weeks.

Today’s picture came from the BBC.

11 thoughts on “>Christmas on the menu

  1. carolwarham 16 December 2009 / 1:14 pm

    >I've agreed to stay on an extra few weeks. I will officially finish on Wed 21st April and this time it won't change.I'm very interested in Caerleon, but it will be nearer the time before I decide.

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  2. Diane 16 December 2009 / 1:37 pm

    >Probably me too – or at least after Fishguard.

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  3. Becky 16 December 2009 / 2:29 pm

    >Good idea to have a list of resolutions..and reading your list got me thinking about mine too. Some things we can plan for , others are out of our control, but sometimes those things, give us no option but to make changes, and the changes can actually do us good in the long run. I'm working Xmas eve AND Xmas day !!!

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  4. Diane 16 December 2009 / 5:54 pm

    >I don't think I've ever worked Christmas Day, not even when I was nursing, or freelancing full time. I wouldn't mind volunteering, though, at our nearest soup kitchen, drop-in centre, or residential home.

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  5. Abi 16 December 2009 / 6:33 pm

    >I like your planning for next year. I try to plan each week in advance but it doesn't always work out. I always feel really despondent if I can't make my targets each week. I'd love to go away for a writing weekend, a retreat sounds heavenly for me but its not an option as I have three young children.

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  6. Diane 16 December 2009 / 6:46 pm

    >When I was freelancing full time my diary was planned 3 months in advance and I'd panic if I had empty blocks. Plans do change, though, so I always do mine in pencil – always had a tangible diary, even when it was also online.Childcare is an issue but they won't be so dependent forever. Your time will come. Alternatively, if you had someone to look after them you could start with just a half day or full day workshop, or do a retreat at home spread over the time they're in school or day care.

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  7. Becky 16 December 2009 / 10:28 pm

    >I've just added Boxing day in for full measure lol ! Did you used to be a Nurse?

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  8. Diane 16 December 2009 / 11:27 pm

    >Did it for 2 years when I left school but got out before doing any full qualifications. Conditions and pay were appalling and I only got offered London. So I jacked.

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  9. Lacey Devlin 17 December 2009 / 1:47 am

    >Wow you've got a lot to get through for 2010 😀

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  10. Teresa Ashby 17 December 2009 / 10:13 am

    >Good luck with all those resolutions, Diane.

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  11. Diane 17 December 2009 / 11:14 am

    >There are still a few things to be added, Lacey.Thank you, Teresa.

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