Five Things Friday: just five things I’m thinking about or things that made my week, or things that I otherwise feel like sharing.
I sent out a little NaBloPoMo appreciation-holiday-surprise package to Engie, the NaBloPoMo giveaway winner, last week. I had a random number generator pick a number and Engie’s was the 8th comment on my blog post.
Thank you again to everyone who participated in NaBloPoMo, or supported us in any other way, this year. I am just so stoked about our little blogging community. As Engie so eloquently said in her post “people are so encouraging and smart and wise and witty” (100% YES!) and I am so happy and thankful to know all of you and call you friends!
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Today was my last workday of 2022. Technically, it would have been my last workday yesterday, but I agreed to finish up a couple of things before the holidays. One, I had to get some preliminary figures done for a report. Oh, only ten or so, and it always sounds like you can ‘whip up a figure in a couple of hours’, but in reality, it takes much, much longer.
Two, I also resubmitted my data release for review. I had already responded to all review comments but had some data issues to figure out before resubmitting. Not an easy task, but I am so glad I got it all done in time to resubmit today. I really didn’t want to drag it into the new year. And now the ball is in someone else’s court for a while. It feels really good to not have to think about work for a little while and to figuratively have wrapped up the year with a pretty bow. A nice little gift to myself.
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Oh, and speaking of gifts, I found out today that I got not one, but two end-of-year rewards: a Time-Off and a Cash Reward. It’s not a given in my industry (I work for the government after all), but they sometimes do give out rewards if there is extra year-end funding and if you received a good performance review. I was surprised because my supervisor hadn’t mentioned anything, but I am quite pleased, to say the least. A nice surprise before the holidays!
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On a different note, I restarted my half-marathon training this week. I know! Who does this in the week before Christmas? Well, me apparently. I am that person. Quite honestly, I didn’t have a choice. I signed up for a half marathon in early 2023 and I pretty much missed the first couple of weeks of training already. Luckily, I am not quite starting from scratch (since I started training again earlier in the fall), but I definitely have to get back into it. No time to waste, and I definitely can’t wait until the holidays are over.
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Phew, and now it’s Christmas Eve tomorrow. Can you believe it? The last couple of weeks really sped by. I am a little bit surprised that I got everything done — unless I am forgetting something major, ha.
But no, I think I am prepared. I am super excited that I will be able to take the days between Christmas and New Year’s off. It’s always a bit of a weird time for me emotionally (for you, too?) and I enjoy having the time to myself. Although this year, we will have company after all. We’ll host Jon’s mom for a few days, which should be nice.
Have a lovely holiday weekend, friends!