The exams themselves were challenging but doable, and the most difficult aspect was definitely the physical. Since finishing on Friday, though, I've been getting more sleep, resting my hands and spending as much time as possible outside, and things are looking much better. The swelling in my right hand has even gone down a bit.
Henry has been accompanying me on my walks:
(I think Henry looks hilarious here!)
He also distinguished himself at my parents' Christmas party by saying a particularly exuberant hello to a friend who happened to be holding a glass of red wine (on a carpeted floor). Oops.
Besides walking, I've also been reading for pleasure, cooking interesting things, and knitting a scarf after finally catching on to my friend's patient instruction. I'm using wool from local farmers who use no dyes, so you choose your yarn by the name of the sheep. How cute is that?
I tend to think the word "balance" is over-used, but the last few days have reminded me what a difference it makes when I take good care of myself. I don't just mean food - actually, I haven't been eating nearly as well as I usually do, but there's no point depriving myself at Christmas - but rather taking the time for rest and thinking and the things I love. And I've still got a week and a half off!