A few weeks ago a college friend of mine challenged me to write something for the class notes section of our alumni magazine. She and I had chatted some about how we do not do the typical things that tend to be reported in the class notes, as we are not lawyers or CEOs or other "important people doing important things", which was the reason for her challenge. We both spoke about feeling a bit disenfranchised when we read the magazine.
As she follows my blog and has been watching my stash report, she suggested I could write something about my quilting. Which reminds me - I need to update the end of the year figures here. Anyway, I think this kind of makes a nice summary of 2014.
Having never been a D. poster child despite graduating in the top 10% (or was that top 10? I don't remember anymore) of our class, my achievements have been hardly noteworthy in these hallowed pages. But E. encouraged me to write something anyway and maybe give voice to the many others who are like us.
In 2014, I read 108 books. I wrote in excess of 200,000 words, a few of which can be found at my blog http://www.carolburris.com/life_with_nin/. I used 94 yards of fabric from my stash, completing, among other things, 11 quilts. Seven of these were for various charities - children in foster care, residents of a nursing home, people encountering the domestic violence unit of a local police department. I also completed my first landscape quilt, tying for third place in my quilt guild's annual challenge. I knit at least two sweaters, one for each of my children. I spent as much time as possible - but never enough - with my 4 granddaughters in person and on Skype. I took long walks with my husband of 38 years and my miniature dachshund, spent too much time on Facebook and improved my personal fitness. I also traveled around 9000 miles on Amtrak.
Pretty much a typical year for me.
Obviously, there are quite a few projects that never got reported here on the blog during my computer issues/travels last year. So I'll be catching up on some of those in the next few weeks.