I am doing NaBloPoMo this month. 30 blog posts in 30 days. Come join me. #nablopomo2023
You guys blow me away. I can’t tell you how happy my heart is witnessing all the interactions and comments that have been happening between the NaBloPoMo-bloggers for the last 10 days. Can you believe we’re already a third through the challenge? I love all your enthusiasm.
We had a few more people join late, so if you haven’t checked the list recently, make sure to take another peek. The full list of participants (26, as it stands!) is here.
Oh, and also many thanks to everyone who decided that blogging every day in November was too much, but reading (and commenting) every day is not. I think I speak for everyone when I say that we all surely appreciate the support.
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Thanks to everyone who read yesterday’s post and chuckled, commiserated, or thoughtfully but firmly brought me back down to earth from my Type-A-ery. “Data can really never be 100% perfect (YES, KAE!), the world is not going to end if I “pull some numbers out of the sky” (THANKS, BIRCHIE!), and that “others really don’t have as high of a standard and likely don’t value mine” (TRUE, TOBIA).
I’d like to report that I was right though: my colleague appreciated my thoroughness and letting her know about the inconsistencies that I discovered, just so that she is aware, but she also said that it doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things and I should let it go if I can still sleep at night. She already knows me well. Haha.
I decided to let things go for the most part (I agreed with my colleague that I wouldn’t be fixing one of the issues), but I have done a little bit of extra research on the other issue and I think that it can be fixed without it becoming too much of a time sink. So I will do that (for my own peace of mind and for the integrity of the data).
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My Dad had his hip surgery earlier this week and I was so happy and relieved to hear that everything went well and that he was already up and moving around the next day. My Dad is in his early 70s, so recoveries are not the walk in the park that they used to be, but I also believe that his recovery will be easier because he’s in good shape for his age. He’ll be going to a rehab facility for three weeks the week after next (it’s pretty much standard in Germany) and hopes to be back to exercising again ASAP.
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I scheduled my (end of the year) annual physical for later this month with my primary care physician. I’ll be very excited to tell her that my episodes of unexplained chest pressure (which were not heart-related but possibly related to low stomach acid – according to my own research – but also maybe not because it was never confirmed by a doctor) have significantly subsided in these last few months. I don’t know if I did anything that made the difference (if so, I am not consciously aware of what that was), but I am of course stoked that my issues have improved. I hope it stays away.
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I am excited to share that I’ve gotten a few inquiries if I am going to host another – my eighth! – annual Secret Santa (Mug) Swap this year. It is exactly what you think it is: a holiday swap, where you’ll receive the name of another participant and then put together a little Christmas package for them and put a smile on their face this holiday season. Honestly, it’s one of my favorite things to do and I am happy that others feel the same.
Suzanne shared her thoughts on the idea of a “Favorite Things Party”, a concept that I I recently shared in my monthly link list, and it got me thinking if I should make this year’s Secret Santa (Mug) Swap a “Secret Santa Favorite Things Swap”, but I think I leave this up to you guys (unless you want to leave me some feedback in the comments).
I mean, technically, you can all decide what you want to include in your swap packages. A mug, other holiday items, or one of your favorite things that you’d like to share with your swap partner. There are really no hard and fast rules. It’s just about spreading a little holiday cheer.
So, I’m giving you a heads-up to come back tomorrow to sign up, if you’re interested.
Last year, I opened it up to people from Canada and Germany. If I can get at least two people from each country to sign up, I can match people within each country and keep postage reasonable. So, recruit some friends!