Personal – December #Reverb16 Week 1

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We’ve reached the point of the year with Project Reverb where it goes to a daily prompt.  As I already have so much to talk about, I’m going to limit myself to one post per week where I address as many of that week’s prompts as seem appropriate.  They’ve made it easy for me on the weekends, as there are Instagram challenges instead of full posts.  If you’re interested in seeing my response, head on over to my account each Saturday and Sunday.

And now – on with the abbreviated week.

December 1 // Intentions: Let’s set our intention for the month of December on writing, creativity, and expression. What do you hope to get out of a month of writing each day? What is your favorite part about writing – the idea, the first words, the final sentiments?

So I already write every day – well, every non-federal holiday weekday, so this month’s reverb challenge isn’t quite the same challenge for people who have been out of the habit of writing every day.  But for me, it’s a different kind of challenge – it’s a way to stretch my writing muscles and try new personal topics that I wouldn’t necessarily have chosen on my own.  It’s a way to reach out to larger community of writers who are doing the same challenge and to encourage them and be encouraged in return.  It’s further proving to myself that keeping this blog new every day for an entire year was a good idea, and that I’m really getting something out of it.

December 2 // Cozy: Some of us live on the Tundra, while others live where the tumbleweeds roll.  Either way, we still have to nest when December rolls around.  What keeps you cozy through the wintertime?

Do you see that ridiculous picture up there of my cat?  Wrapped in a blanket and with a funny-looking cat-trapper-hat on?  He looks cozy to me.  And he’s sort of epitomizing what we do.  It’s our first real winter in the new house, so we’re still trying to figure things out.  We had a rough summer where we didn’t have insulation (lol previous owners!) and we didn’t want to run the A/C all day every day and rack up an even higher electricity bill than we were already dealing with, so we learned how much heat we could deal with, and how to make the situation work.

We have insulation now, but it’s another negotiation process.  How cold is too cold – for us, for the girls, for guests – and how warm do we set the furnace?  How do we make sure that air circulates properly in a house with a system that appears to have been put together without thought for anyone in particular’s comfort?  Anyways – we’re still in that negotiating phase.  My mom came by to babysit earlier in the week and laughed at me when I told her what the thermostat was set at.  I think we seemed cheap- or crazy – to her.  Maybe we are.  But in the meantime, it’s figuring out what the right amount is.  And wearing layers, cozy socks, and snuggling under blankets with a cat sitting on your lap.

Details: This post is part of Project Reverb 2016, which sends a daily writing challenge for bloggers during the month of December.  If you’re interested in participating, sign up here or visit their facebook group.

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