I'm sorry for being quite absent here. Life just got really busy suddenly/unexpectedly and I had to pay close attention. I've ...traveled out of town with my family in tow for the honor of judging district 5 addy awards (I was one of four judges and it was really interesting!) ...had my lovely sister-in-law and niece stay with us for most of last week ...needed to catch up on a big chunk of work to meet my deadlines ...experienced a bit more of the blues that made me shy away ...and got some news to share (soon). I also finished up my gift giving, which I wanted to write about here, but I just didn't make it to a computer in a timely manner. All in all, I'd like to sum up this gift giving month by saying that it did wonderful things for me. I started noticing times where I could act instead of just think. I saw that little gifts made big differences (as much as big gifts, really). I also noticed that once you were tuned into looking for opportunities they did present themselves more easily. However, I also need to report that the gift giving didn't relieve me of all the wintery blues that I'd hoped it would. It did help, but it didn't "do the trick". I hate to say that, but it's the truth. I think the only things that do it for me are either meds (which I've tried before but don't like for various reasons) or sunshine (seems like the way to go, doesn't it). Anyway, this is a weird blog post (sorry) but I'll publish it anyway. The sun's been out for 2 days here. And that's made all the difference.