OMG. There are no words for how excited I am about the beer for Day 12. I saved it until as close to Christmas as possible, but popped it open last night to record – mostly because I was working at Moveology this morning and knew things would be crazy today. I was so delighted that I had Kevin to share the “opening the wrapping” moment with, even if I had to explain my delight to him.
So here’s Beer 12, sitting in my recording spot… and let’s go through the cut.
Welcome to the shortest of Blogmas posts! The days are getting short, the number of social plans I have are getting long, and I am sort of ready for a night at home. I am always trying to find mildly fun (or interesting) things to do while enjoying the Beer Exchange beers, mostly for content reasons.
But on this day? On this semi-worn out day?
I made some dinner and then took a bath while enjoying Beer 10.
Oh! But this is very funny. Megan’s five or six year old nephew helped with the wrapping of Beer 10 by giving the beers names, not numbers. But he got bored partway through, so Megan and her brother (aka the dad) had to name the rest to keep it going. So my beer was named Karol. Named by a child, his dad, or his aunt?
It’s sort of delightful kismet that I’m posting about Beer 6 today. As you may be able to tell from the above photo (if you’re a Full Circle Theatre super fan and follow our YouTube channel), Beer 6 was enjoyed while I was live streaming! On Sunday night, a group of Riverona performers got together to play some games and chat about the show to raise awareness of our IndieGoGo Campaign. And tonight our campaign closes! Such synergy!
But this post is not about Riverona. You have already read enough posts about that show. (And you’ve definitely read more in the future.) This post is about Beer 6… well, technically Beer 4, but I drank it as Beer 6 because of Weirreasons. Anyway, I’m not going to overcomplicate it. Just follow me through the cut!
You know when you have one of those life experiences that makes you stop and think “We’re the grownups now”? I fully just had one of those last night. It was nothing serious, nothing life-changing. In fact, it was something I have done lots of times in the past. Together with friends of the blog, Megan and Hans, I went to a Friendmas party at our friends’, Scott and Dee’s, place.
I know. I really hyped this up and it’s just a fun holiday party.
But here’s the thing. I distinctly remember always going to a yearly holiday party that one of my dad’s coworkers put on when I was a kid. I remember a table of snacks, peanut butter marshmallow squares, adults wearing Christmas sweaters, and singing Christmas songs while his wife played the piano. And this party felt very much like that. (Minus the singing with the piano. I feel like very few people are actually that wholesome.)
But, you know. We talked about mortgages and our to-go easy meals for weekdays. We played a (modified) version of Name that Tune. There were cute outfits and holiday-themed sweaters everywhere. People brought their very well behaved dogs! Dee and Scott put together a super aesthetic selection of delicious snacks (peanut butter marshmallow squares not pictured but definitely included).
My beautiful friends! Today has been so much of a day. So good, but very energy consuming. We had a major work retreat at the Jubilee Auditorium today with a ton of great knowledge transfer, resource discussion, and QI exploration.
Also, I delivered an hour long presentation on effective communication to reduce cognitive load and supporting struggling learners to a type of audience I’ve never presented to before.
Also also, I found out that a poster presentation abstract I submitted to an international congress in April was accepted. (It’s times like these that I am so glad that I have the blog. It will one day be so nice to have a record of exactly which day all of this happened, so I don’t have to rely exclusively on my memory.)
But it’s also days like today where I am so glad that I have the Beer Exchange as a content avenue during Blogmas, so I don’t have to come up with something new to write about today with my very tired brain.
So without further ado, let’s get into it! Beer 4, here we come!
The community! (You’ll notice this is going to be an on-going theme throughout Blogmas this year. Community, surrounding myself with people, is just what I’m looking for in this season of my life.) As I write this post, we’re all typing away in our group chat, discussing the beers by number and not name so there’s no spoilers. The conclusion from everyone who has experienced Beer 3 so far is that it is a whole lot of beer in one single tall can.
No, we didn’t get to have the kick-off party, but we’re still a team and that’s so cool. There are a couple things that we took away from our years in our homes that are, like, not the worst. (Look, I know that is the most tepid statement ever, but I said what I said.)
So why don’t we just move onto Beer 3 instead? You know what to do… follow me on through the cut.
Heeeey friends! Guess what is back, back, backpack again in the year of our Lord 2023? (And, yes, there might be a backpack involved.) My dear friend Megan is not laid up with a broken ankle this year and that means it’s time for a Beer Exchange!!!
Yes! A Beer Exchange! One of those fun things that you hear people talking about but no one ever really pulls together – 12 people each choose a local beer to buy 12 tall boy cans of and then we all take one of each beer. Plus the beers are wrapped up, so we have no idea what we are drinking. It is fun and festive and more social than buying an advent calendar. I am psyched.
I love doing things with my friends.
And having content for my blog.
So you probably guessed what today’s post is all about – it’s about the first beer from the Beer Exchange! And, not just that, we had a kickoff party with a few of our participants so this post is also about that. Woooooo!!!
Yes, that means that I am starting this post in the afternoon and will finish it when I return home from the party, potentially a bit tipsy. Because I don’t know what the first beer is yet and I will be enjoying it at the party with my friends. But don’t worry… as always, I will make you have to work for the reveal of what the first beer is. So follow me through the cut to find out what we had for Beer Exchange Day 1…
Here’s the thing. I failed wildly at Nanowrimo this year. Like, to the point that it was good that I didn’t announce it because I would be embarrassed at my numbers. But, I had my Masters convocation, looked after Rylee for a week, got insanely sick for the first time in two years (not COVID) and got cast in a play. So I was doing all sorts of good things. But now that things have slowed down… now is the time to really work on developing a daily practice of writing, even without a set word count.
So, I’m going to do Blogmas! Like Vlogmas, but written down.