Sunday, December 13, 2009

Busy weekend, busy season

I sure don't know how this year has flown by so fast. Sometimes I feel like the Red Queen alá Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass - "It takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place."

I sure did a lot of things this year, including an amazing trip to the Himalayas of Nepal in May, and a trip to China in February and Mexico in September. Maybe that's why the year has gone by in a blur. Approaching the winter solstice, I always reflect on what has happened in the past year. I think this has been one of the most interesting of my life, but I don't know that I've really accomplished all that much. Well, I take that back, actually. I found out what it was like to live in a stress-free zone while I was trekking in Nepal. I try to remember what that was like when deadlines are looming as they are now. And, yes, I know - I'm not giving myself enough credit for all the things I accomplished this year - that's just me, and I don't take myself too seriously.

As winter approaches I'm trying to reflect on all the happy things that I experienced during the year. The short days together with the overcast skies are hard on me. Seasonal affected disorder - yes, that sums it up pretty well. I don't mind winter per se, but the days without sunshine are not my favorite ones of the year. However, I'm starting to appreciate those gloomy days for the photography opportunities they present. I really like bringing out the contrast in the clouds as a backdrop to something interesting in the foreground. There! I feel better already ;-)

I hope everyone who follows my blog has an enjoyable holiday season. I'm looking forward to watching Emma, my miniature dachshund, discover her presents under the tree on Christmas morning. I feel another YouTube video looming in the near future.


Kipkimo said...

Hi Andi,
Thanks for taking me (and I am sure many others) along on your trips to China and Nepal this year (are there any blog chapters from Mexico ?).
Well, if your year didn't feel like accomplishing much, I wonder what it takes for you to feel accomplished. You forgot to mention your wood turning, and music and I understand you also worked a bit this year and had some time for the family, etc., etc.
Give me only half of what you did and I will be very very satisfied.
Happy holidays and I look forwards to participating in your next year !
Best regards, Kipkimo (Tokyo, Japan)

Andi Wolfe said...

Thanks for tagging along, Kipkimo.

I've been so busy since returning from Mexico that I've hardly done any photo processing. I hope to remedy that situation over my holiday break. Once I have a good set of photos, I will definitely be posting pics.

I have several other blog posts that I'd like to add - two more from China and a visit to a Carousel factory last spring. See? It HAS been a really busy year!

Regards - Andi

Anonymous said...

ah, andi -- winter solstices MEANS the return of the light, a time to rejoice and celebrate gaining about a minute of light a day. can't you feel it already? :>)

so next Monday, tear off those clothes and dance around the fire, because the light has started to return!

your glass is half-full and starting bubble up.