Reverbs #5 - #10

I can't tell you how long I've stared at these prompts, willing myself to come up with something and desperately trying to remember most of my year. As I've said before, I have a ridiculously bad memory. I can't remember what happened for most of the year. Maybe this was not the best challenge to take on, in retrospect. Prompt: Let Go. What (or whom) did you let go of this year? Why? (Author: Alice Bradley)

As someone else said, I'm glad I didn't have to let go of anyone this year. It's possible I didn't let go of anything, either. I certainly can't remember anything specific. I have a general policy of not holding on to the past.

Prompt: Make. What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it? (Author: Gretchen Rubin)

Last night I made my own Christmas stocking! I might post a picture when it's all done, I might not. I feel like the items I make are hacky and home job-looking, so I feel shy about plastering them all over the interwebs. Before that, I made my husband and I PJ pants - and I successfully sized mine down after they were done so they would fit better. Those I may post, because I like them.

As for wanting to make something, I have everything I need for the the Crepe Sew-Along, and it's started.... and I haven't. I'm going to just have to revisit the posts and catch up. I don't have the space or the time other than on weekends to really lay out fabric, cut pieces, "waste" a couple of hours puttering away. There's always something to do.

Prompt: Community. Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2010? What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2011? (Author: Cali Harris)

I think rather than discovering a new community this year, I've discovered that I truly am a part of our community here in Madison, rather than a peripheral person or a hanger-on. It's a subtle but very important difference that makes me feel quite secure and loved.

Prompt: Beautifully different. Think about what makes you different and what you do that lights people up. Reflect on all the things that make you different - you'll find they're what make you beautiful. (Author: Karen Walrond)

Er? I can think of a lot of things that make me different. I can think of a lot of things that make me beautiful. But beautifully different? What does that even mean? I guess if I had to choose something, it'd be what I call my "healthy sense of silly", which has delightfully rubbed off on my husband and leads to some rather ridiculous insides jokes and laugh fests when we're alone. I'm the nerd who does silly voices, laughs at 8th grade humor, sings songs to the cats, dances to bad music, and plays with her food. Why not? Life is hard and often disappointing. Take joy where you can and create happiness.

Prompt: Party. What social gathering rocked your socks off in 2010? Describe the people, music, food, drink, clothes, shenanigans. (Author: Shauna Reid)

I don't so much party.

Prompt: Wisdom. What was the wisest decision you made this year, and how did it play out? (Author: Susannah Conway)

I think, and this is going to sound odd, my wisest decision was a mutual one with my husband: we took our tax refund and instead of paying down debt or replenishing our savings, we blew it on our Colorado trip. And what a wonderful decision. We made memories there that we'll never forget and spent time with some dear friends, and got to see one couple's babies before they got too old, and climbed up mountains, and drove down them (well, Hubs did- I shut my eyes and prayed), and saw a ball game on one of the prettiest nights of the year, and spent time together in love. Pretty neat.