As you can tell, it’s been quiet around here! I’m living up to the recipes I’ve published on the blog this time of year, though – I made the chicken pot pie last night, and it was a good night to stay indoors and eat it, since it got down to -4F around here.
Soon enough, though, I will have to face the prospect of actually going back to work and earning a living, instead of sitting around eating chocolate and homemade gingersnaps. I made a set of detailed notes my last day of work, as I usually do, to remind myself of just what the heck was going on, so I’ll have that to lean on. I learned back in my New Jersey pharma days that if I didn’t do that I tended to sort of blank out come January, and only remember some key item around, say, Valentine’s Day. Which brings up the question of just how key it must have been, admittedly.
But that’s the question I want to ask people, because I’ve also known people who deliberately have tried *not* to write down all the things that they were doing in December. Their take was that the really important stuff would make itself known, one way or another, and that some of what seemed to be a priority before the break was actually not such a big deal.
I can’t quite bring myself to do that. My December note-taking is partly a list of priorities, and partly just a reminder of what I was thinking about and how I was thinking about it. All that is subject to revision after the break, naturally, and sometimes I have indeed looked over the items and thought “Nah, that can wait” (or even “Who cares?”) But I do feel that I want access to my fully informed previous thoughts, and I can’t always be sure that I’ll arrive in January with all of them still attached, what with all the pie-making, bread-baking, sleeping until noon and whatnot. So which way do you lean?