... and all I can really think about is how few projects I got done this year that I would have liked to give for presents.
When I try to think back through the year and figure out why I haven’t been as active this year, it doesn’t take me long to remember in the past 12 months I’d gotten engaged (March 31st), planned a wedding (complete with kilts and a piper and an Irish Band and a reception at an Irish Pub), and then was married by October 14th.
That took up some of my time, yeah, but… it didn’t take up all of it. I still had plenty of time for a full-time job and a part-time job and spending lots of time with my new wife and visits with my family and a honeymoon to Connecticut. What it did do, however, is sap a lot of my energy. And I think that is what my problem ended up being – a lack of energy.
So maybe this next year, I’ll have the time AND energy to get back in the shop and work on my techniques and work on organizing my shop and make entries for some contests I have coming up (one due by the third week of February and one due by the first of March) and play around with veneering and maybe try to restore a plane or two and work on refining my hand-tool skills…
So what do I want for Christmas this year? I don’t think I’ll ask for much…
Here’s my letter to Santa:
All I’d really like for Christmas is a little more time and energy to be able to keep up with giving my family and friends the love and attention they need and deserve… and then still have just a little bit left over for myself.
P.S. Oh, and if you happen to have any leftovers in that sack of yours… I’ll take anything from Festool. :)
-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com