Holiday Season Has Arrived!

The holidays are a busy time. Somewhere between the holiday parties, family get-togethers, and present wrapping posting tends to fall towards the wayside. Expect that to continue until the New Year. In the meantime, here is a quick update what’s happening these days.

Holiday Happenings

Thanksgiving brought a trip back to Yakima for me. Reina met up with some law school pals for a Friendsgiving so I headed over the mountains to fill up on on Turkey and see the folks. I ventured out for Black Friday the next morning but came up short. Of course the only things I wanted weren’t on sale. The trip was capped off with some Bale Breaker Bottom Cutter and a big UW win in the Apple Cup.

The full week at work afterwards was brutal, as it always is. Finals week(s) has arrived for Reina. I never considered going to law school and seeing how much time and effort she puts into it confirmed that I made the right choice. She rocks at it though and I’m constantly astounded at how much she does. Though, I did manage to make it through the weekend without taking a nap so I’ve got that going for me.

Work has been ramping up for me as well. December is always a busy month at the office. I do a lot of forecasting and data analytics for my company and the year’s end always means reports need to be rebuilt or tinkered with before the next year starts. My life is full of spreadsheets. If you follow me on Twitter you’ve probably noticed a lot of excel related grumblings that don’t make sense to anyone. Excel does that to you.

Luckily we managed to find the time to grab a Christmas tree and decorate the apartment. The holidays are easily our favorite time of year and this is the first place we’ve had where we could really go all-out. So we did. We even got our cat her own stocking and ugly Christmas sweater, because we’re those people.

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Our cozy little apartment.

It even managed to snow a bit in the Seattle low lands early this morning. By snow I really mean some of the tree tops were frosted as I drove into work today. That didn’t stop the Seattle weather men and women from jumping outside in their arctic parka’s to capture the three snowflakes falling in the Pike Place Market.

Coming Down the Pike

As I mentioned, I do have a few irons in the fire. Obviously continuing to grow this website remains at the top of the priority list. I also have a few writing projects laying around on my desktop. I’ll post more on those here as I make progress on them in the coming weeks. If you want to see tidbits earlier, you can follow my writing account on Instagram (@connorgriffinwrites). I post there 3-4 times a week with anything from what my writing desk looks like to small poems I’m working on.

New Years means not so new resolutions. I’ve decided to get a head start on those and snagged a gym membership. This year has a little extra motivation as I’ve got to get in shape for our wedding! I’m no fitness expert but I enjoy occasionally writing about my workouts. Staying healthy is a big element in my life so it gets its very own category here. Check there every now and then to see what I’m up to at the gym.

Finally, I stumbled across a great Seattle community group that has started a Tool Library and Maker Space on Capitol Hill. Growing up on working my friend’s farm and having an engineer for a father I was always tinkering on projects. Apartment living isn’t exactly conducive to working on the kind of projects I like. Apparently power-sanding in the bathtub is frowned upon in most apartment complexes. I have a bunch of projects that have piled up over the past years that I will finally start working on now that I have a space to do so. A stand-alone post on the Tool Library is in the works so keep an eye out for more on that soon.

We’ve got to get through the holidays before I can really get cracking on any of that though. The holiday season is easily Reina and I’s favorite time of the year.. Be sure to follow me on social media to keep tabs on all the fun stuff we’ll be up to in the coming weeks. Check in here every now and then too. I might not be posting as much, but my sanity starts to go if I stay away too long.

Happy Holidays!

-C

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