Can you believe it! Today is the last day of 2009. Where did the year go? I mean it seems like just yesterday that we were looking at 2009 and wondering what the year would bring....I had better not go down that road I am thinking. I see pot holes and bad places and so....
Let's talk about what you do when the end of the year rolls around. Do you make New Year's Resolutions? Do you take an accounting of the year past? Do you roll out of bed on January 1 and do nothing except watch football on TV? Do you do all of those things?
Heck, it is my blog so I am going to tell you what happens around here at Chez Knit when the end of the year comes a knockin' on my door. I may even open the door a crack and let you see some of the things that are in store for me/us next year. So strap on your reading glasses and get a glass of Chardonnay cuz this may be a long one or not. You just never know.
So, on the last day of the old year I do several things. I did have to do a bit of actual, paying, work today but other than that I spent most of the day getting my office into tip top shape which is what I do every year at the end of the year. Things sort of get.....
And then there were my book shelves which were in really sad shape. I have to admit to a rather serious case of "Bibliographic obesity" which just gets worse every year. These are the shelves AFTER I cleaned them out.
Here is some of what was cleaned out. There are several more bags that you can't see. Where do these all come from?
And then there is this area. This is my desk (obviously) and there are things piled on it and when that happens it is really hard for me to get things done. I don't have a picture of the "finished" product but rest assured that it is all clean now and ready to go into the new year.
I also take time to finish up my journal for the year and get the new journal out. I will be honest and say that this year I wasn't as thorough in my journaling as I have been in years past. Maybe it was because I spent more time talking to you than the journal...
Tink, tink, tink......is anyone out there?
Then there is the book list. Every year, on the last day of the year I finish up with my book list for the year and do some addition and things.
Yes, I keep a list of books that I read over the course of the year....it is part of my Book database. And yes I know that makes me a really nerdy person. What can I say, I was born to spreadsheet. I can tell you that right now there are around 2500 books in the data base. I keep a record of author, title, contents, when finished, where it came from, number of pages, when it was published.
So this is the "accounting" for books this year
Total books read in 2009 - 97 (just shy of the usual 100)
Fiction - 60
Non-fiction - 25
Bio/Memoir - 12
Total number of pages read - 30,880
So now, tomorrow, when 2010 rolls around I will be all ready with a clean office, a spankin' new journal and all sorts of possibilities for reading material. I can hardly wait.
And next year???? Well next year holds things like a wedding and I think somewhere around March I might hit the half century mark. But that might only be a rumor started by nefarious people. And who knows, there might be a trip or two that are in the works. Maybe more than that.
Oh and there might be a blog anniversary coming up. Should I do a giveaway? Is there anyone here who actually reads and would respond. Oh heck I think I will do one any ways. If no one responds then I will just keep the thing for myself.
So, Happy New Year all. See you next year.