2014: The Highlights

Crocuses in the Jardin des Plantes, Paris
It’s cold out. Have some crocuses from Paris.

2014 is over. It wasn’t the best year, but it wasn’t the worst either. Here are some of the highlights:

  • I read 28 books. Most of what I read was fluff, but hey, it still counts.
  • I made a new friend.
  • I learned how to make red curry. It basically involves mixing red curry paste and coconut milk, but I’m still excited about it.
  • I made a skirt and some cushion covers for the couch.
  • Despite not finishing any projects, I actually knit a fair bit this year. Enough that people in my French group now associate me with knitting.
  • I wrote several thousand words over three projects. Two are unfinished, but one is coming along and might have some potential.
  • I played a lot of board games.
  • I organized my pots and pans, and I got rid of old clothes and a ton of random junk.
  • I cut my hair. A lot.

Miscellany

It’s been a while since I posted a general life update, so here’s what I’ve been up to:

Bella Keeping an Eye on ThingsBella went to the vet two weeks ago for a weird sore on her back and some feline acne. Both of those are recovering nicely. She also had a needle biopsy for what turned out to be a benign lipoma. (I keep wanting to type benight, which my spell checker does not recognize as a word, though it does recognize benighted.)

I’ve been doing a fair bit of cooking recently: lentil soup in the slow cooker, a slow cooker cassoulet that’s quite tasty but a bit too heavy for summer, and a shrimp and corn salad that’s actually rather good. Unfortunately, my sink is now full of dishes. I think the cat needs to get on that.

The garden seems to be doing well, though the raspberries have stopped producing. I’ve got two figs ripening on Mr. Fig (which is what I’ve named the fig tree.)

I have new glasses. They are quite heavy, but I like them anyway.

My sleep schedule seems to have been completely thrown off. I really want a nap, and perhaps I’ll take one, though I’m not convinced it’s the best idea.