So I accomplished one of my 2023 goals last weekend. I completed the town's Turkey Trot 5k! And I wasn't even last. There were about 550 runners, and I was 3rd from last. All 3 of the last in were women over 60 and I was 17/19 in that sub-group.
I'm taking my running back indoors for the winter but I'll probably aim to run 3 5ks next year.
Otherwise I spent a few hours of Thanksgiving Day with a friend's family. It's nice not having to think about where to go (I have a standing invitation to Thanksgiving at her house), but I also felt as though I would have been fine on my own for the day.
When I was in my 20s and on my own for Thanksgiving for the first time (I was in Michigan in grad school and my family was in Los Angeles and it didn't really make sense to go home just for the weekend, especially so near the end of the semester), finding a place to spend Thanksgiving was a big issue, and it was something that I worried about well into midlife. But these days, I actually feel as though so much of my free time is taken up by thinking about things relevant to work and that I'd rather have some truly free time to myself rather than fulfill a social obligation.
Other news: I still haven't made any additional progress in decluttering since my friend's visit in August--and, predictably, the dining room table is a mess again.
In particular, the "cat room" (storage room/someday guest bedroom/study/workout space) is a mess.
Meanwhile my best friend in town, who has been retired for over 15 years, has been feeding feral cats around her house. One of those moved indoors a couple of years ago. Another lives in a heated bed she keeps on her porch. Both are females. The indoor one is friendly and the outdoor one is not.
Then there is a young male who is very affectionate who has now moved into her cellar, who she refers to as "your (i.e., MY) next cat." He seems interested in meeting her indoor kitty, which is a good sign. Meanwhile it is my busy time of year and I don't have time to clear things out or organize! My schedule is light the last two weeks of the year--maybe then?
I'm also still paying off Buffy's final expenses, and I had intended to adopt two kitties together so they could keep each other company because I do spend lots of time at work--especialy this time of year. My heart is ready for more pets but the house isn't. Unsure what I'm going to do.