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  1. Miranda
    January 5, 2013

    Excellent metaphor. I’ll wave as I am swept past you.
    Have a Happy New Year!
    SF Bay Area

  2. Louise
    January 5, 2013

    My new year has started with a much more literal rush of water: we just purchased the boat that will be our home for the next decade or two.

    And the brand name of the stabilizing system is “Naiad.” Such a coincidence that you post this, today!

  3. Amy G.
    January 5, 2013

    I think we are all in the same boat here! I’ll wave to you as well and try not to go up on the rocks.

  4. ellemarcheseule
    January 5, 2013

    Yes to this. I’m not waving, I’m drowning. ;)

    Happy weekend to you, too.

  5. Mona
    January 5, 2013

    Happy weekend to you too..I am glad I was not the only feeling that way. I started back on Wednesday and suddenly realized how super fit I was before the holidays putting in long days without tiring. : )
    Still I enjoyed it all very much.

  6. The Preppy Princess
    January 5, 2013

    You know, I’m still looking for my feet, there was certainly a splash, perhaps even a wee bit of an undertow. (Which really doesn’t go with the river analogy, but you’re a forgiving woman, so I feel safe saying that.)

    May 2013 be kind, exciting and remarkable.

  7. déjà pseu
    January 5, 2013

    I love this imagery. To add a bit more Nature metaphor, yes this week was a bear.

  8. materfamilias
    January 5, 2013

    Very nice extended metaphor! Impressive that you can find time for this while being propelled through the rapids.
    My own work rhythm is always governed by the starts and stops of terms, with any research and other off-the-side-of-the-desk projects and committee work coming to the fore or getting pushed to the back burner according to the demands of students. And much as I love students, it’s been great having this post-New-Year’s week without them. I spent a few pleasant days on a very quiet campus getting my lecture notes and assignments written up and printed. Next week will be the adrenaline-demanding start-up here, but at least I get to see it coming quite clearly, so that, unlike you, the current’s unlikely to sweep me off my feet. . .

  9. Sandy
    January 5, 2013

    Now I know it’s Saturday. Yes, I’m gently testing the waters with my toes. Not rushing in at this time of year. Need to get used to the temperature.

  10. Linda
    January 5, 2013

    Lovely. Thank you.

  11. Susan
    January 5, 2013

    I have to sheepishly say we are still on holiday, not going back to the real world until tomorrow afternoon. Excellent post Lisa.

  12. Candace
    January 5, 2013

    Surfing a 15 footer awkwardly with a 9 foot log (surfboard). Staying afloat and upright thus far, but carrying my life preserver in case the new tax laws bring a riptide.
    Happy Weekend!

  13. kathy
    January 5, 2013

    Well, I’m glad to be back at my studio happily painting away. The holidays are always more of a torrent for me, although I do enjoy them. Nice post.

  14. Margaret Goohouse
    January 5, 2013

    Water is such a lovely metaphor, as it can have so many personalities, and lends itself to so many literary allusions.

    In my case, the introductions have gone like this: Margaret, meet Scilla and Charybdis.

  15. Amanda
    January 6, 2013

    Oh I was waiting for a fresh start, so I was more than ready for hopeful 2013 to begin. It feels good, it feels happy, it feels real. As I write the sun is shining through the window and the sky is crisp, bright blue. I am really positive, and gleeful, and I hope the same for you.

  16. Marilyn
    January 6, 2013

    Missy, your words are art. I just sigh when I read them. xoxo

  17. M
    January 6, 2013

    Another perfectly timed post as I am back to work on Monday. I get to test the waters for a week before the deluge of students. Will still pack a life preserver just in case.

  18. Ida
    January 6, 2013

    As a UK resident gazing out on flooded fields,I think
    a passage from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s ‘The Ancient Mariner’sums up my thoughts on water.

    And all the boards did shrink;
    Nor any drop to drink.

    So true for many of our small hamlets,villages.
    Hopefully the Spring like weather we now have will
    help dry some of the cottages out.Ida

  19. Bungalow hostess
    January 6, 2013

    Oh I am of the sleepy persuasion and wakening from a slumber so deep it feels like I have been hibernating!
    Love your watery metaphoric post.
    Next week will be a challenge.

  20. Northmoon
    January 6, 2013

    I can relate to your excellent metaphor. I’ve got some huge waves waiting for me next week as I’ve been off sick for an extra 3 days in addition to being from Christmas to New Years. Work year end deadlines looming on Friday, and I’m still feeling feverish and muddle-headed. Next week is going to be brutal.

    Hope you are able to swim with the flow!

  21. misswhistle
    January 6, 2013

    Such a beautiful picture and what a wonderful idea. It’s going to be a great year; I know it! xx

  22. Paula
    January 7, 2013


    New Year is less wet, more frozen around here Which makes us prone to slip. :-)
    Except for 2013. This year came with floods. And 24 hours non-stop-rain and another 24 hours non-stop-rain.
    Which leaves us with room for metaphors but lots of sandbags, which feels very akward in January and does not ressemble the winter we use to have around here.

  23. Philippa
    January 7, 2013

    Yes, I am being entertained by the Naiads this year too. Not much change there, then! Here’s hoping you find a wetsuit and some sturdy footwear.


  24. first milk
    January 8, 2013

    I do not know much about gods; but I think that the river
    Is a strong brown god

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