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December 3rd

Front ~ Girls Night at the Pittsburgh Symphony

Back of December 3rd ~ A Pocket Page with "Symphony Stuff"


Christmas Eve at Lee’s

I have the most wonderful neighbor Lee.  She’s an older gal, but young at heart, with a quick wit and sharp tongue.  I love her like the grandmother I’ve never had.  We are the same in many ways, Lee and I.  We’ve both been married to rich men who treated us rotten.  We’ve both left those men in a manner than did nothing for our well being.  And we both love life and see great possibilities ahead of us, despite the struggles in our backgrounds.

For Lee, it means loving a wonderful man who she’s loved for decades (and only recently become free to “be with”), while struggling through the health troubles that come from being in her 80’s.  For me, it means preparing to love a man with reckless abandon, completely aware of the risks and the hurt that could come on the other side of the love.

And then there is Lee’s lovely daughter, Kimmy.  She’s a wonderful women who loves art and opera, and who is quite firm in her beliefs about the way the world should work.  And Lee and I listen to her stories and struggles from a similar perspective, both having been there – only Lee a little longer.  And I watch her take in our perspectives and grow, change, and consider new ideas.  Her future is so bright.  I love watching her realize that fact.

This is the second Christmas Eve I’ve spent with these wonderful women.  And in many ways, they are the family I’ve never had.  A grandmother and a sister.  Tonight there was great food, hilarious stories, and wonderful fun.  I wasn’t lonely tonight, because Kim and Lee were there to share the evening.  I’m incredibly thankful for my wonderful neighbors.  I am so hopeful that I get to know them more in 2011.  Here’s to wonderful neighbors and Christmas Eve.

Today Eryn Is…

Reading – Fire Sale by Sara Paretsky

Watching – Royal Pains

Writing – Letters of Recommendation

Enjoying – the cold weather

Excited for – a Christmas dinner at Dozen Bake Shop this Friday!

December 7th

My December 7th page is actually an envelope lined with sticker snowflakes on the inside.  After today, it now contains a letter I wrote to myself.  The idea is that next year, on December 7th, I’ll not only open and read this letter, but respond to it in a 2011 edition.  I wrote to myself very honestly, asking questions about my future, commenting on my present, and asking questions on what will be my past very soon.  I hope that next year I’ll remember some details that would have otherwise been forgotten and feel encouraged by my progress.

The front of the envelope has today’s date and a portion of my to-do list for the day/week/month.  Honestly, if I checked everything off the list by the end of this week, I’d have a much nicer holiday season.  My goal really is to enjoy this Christmas season, so I’m really looking to check things off this list as quickly as possible!  I was really thankful for a simple and heartfelt December 7th page.  And while I work to catch up on Days 1-4 and 6, I’m going to try to stay current for the rest of this month.  Hope you’re encouraged to jump in where you are and document your December 7th!

Front of Envelope with To-Do List

Inside of Envelope with Snowflake Lining

Back of Envelope with Sticker Seal/Closure


Journal My Christmas 2010 ~ Manifesto