In review

My 2011 in review. I did this last year and it was fun to see how much the year can hold, so I’m doing it again. I can tell just how crazy and busy last year was since there were months I couldn’t remember at all what happened and had to refer to my own blog!

January: I return from lovely Yorkshire and resume work on my Thesis. I read a lot of books and survive the darkness of January.

February: I institute the new annual holiday of St Elfleda’s Day. I visit friends in Oxford and attend a palaeography masterclass in Bangor, Wales.

March: Spring arrives and part of me begins to wake in the sunlight. I begin work in the garden and make a new friend, the pretty Miss Kitty.

April: Ros wakes up to a nightmare come true thanks to my fantastic prank for April Fool’s. More work, more gardening, and joy comes at Eastertime.

May: With Faith’s help, I finally learn how to crochet. More work in the garden. I present at a myths and fairy tales conference in Cardiff, Wales. The month ends with my birthday and delicious cake.

June: A month of writing: I finished a chapter of my thesis and wrote a novel, The Golden Crab for JuNoWriMo. I go to Stirling for to see the newly renovated 16th century royal apartments.

July: A month of travelling: I present a paper at the IMC in Leeds and attend the Triennial International Arthurian Society Congress in Bristol. Between the two I spend ten days in London attending proms, plays, reading in parks, and going to museums.

August: More gardening: the courgettes and blackcurrant harvest begins. The Lammas fair comes and goes. I jump on a jet plane to visit Sarah in Ohio.

September: I attend the wedding of Felicity and Thomas G. in Oklahoma, visit Kelly in Texas, and visit my parents, also in Texas. I leave the U.S. with far more books than I brought with me, and come home in time for the apple harvest.

October: I watch more television than read books, furiously crocheting a baby blanket. Preparations for NaNoWriMo, and Survive November begin. Some friends and I celebrate Halloween.

November: The busiest of all months: I write a conference paper, a book review, and a novel, The Hero for NaNoWriMo. I work 20 hours a week at the museum, while also staying on top of various other commitments.

December: Another busy month: I write another chapter of my thesis, perform and participate in various Christmas services, and work 15 hours a week at the museum. Ends well with a visit from my parents for Christmas and with amazing my mom with London’s New Year’s firework display.

Happy New Year! Here’s to whatever adventure 2012 may bring!

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