Anybody else still feeling like they’re recovering from a Holiday Season Hangover?
My halls are still decked, and I’ve got ZERO motivation to take it all down and pack it all up.
Thank goodness the boys keep watering the tree we cut down the Friday after Thanksgiving and it hasn’t started shooting dry, pointy needles at us.
Fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas required careful organization and time management (an exhausting challenge for this ADDer) to get all the traditions done – decorating, shopping, holiday cards, knitting, baking, wrapping, meal planning, grocery shopping, and LOTS of cooking and hostessing.
Add in two school field trips to chaperone, two class holiday parties to photograph (the photos are still waiting to be edited), and a germ invasions that kept kids home from school and finally left Mom sneezing and coughing on the couch and, well, come Christmas morning I’m sad to admit, I just wanted to go back to bed.
All the while, my Feedly list of posts to read grew and grew. How do these bloggers do it? How do they keep the content stream flowing with gift guides, meal plans, DIY decorating, etc. I know, I know – they’re organized, they have an editorial calendar and they stick to it, they work ahead – blah, blah, blah, yadda-yadda-yadda. Here’s where I pull out my ADD card . . . pleth!
Oh wait, I almost forgot to mention the oven that decided to crap out Christmas morning! Two quiches became one big strata (thankfully the broiler element was still working!) and the fancy potato casserole became ordinary mashed (that I fancied ’em up a bit with a few tablespoons of herby Boursin cheese). Thank God the Cranberry-Orange Pork Roast was safely tucked in the slower cooker!
While I fretted in the kitchen, the boys ripped through their gifts and had a blast.
The rest of school vacation flew right by. We skated with Uncle Jason, shoveled snow, played with new toys and games . . .
Isn’t that rustic cabin adorable. That’s Bretton Wood’s brand new (it just opened New Year’s Eve) Stickney Cabin, located at the top of the Telegraph T-Bar. Stickney Cabin is the perfect mid-ski day pit stop – get away from the crowds (not that there ever are any at Bretton Woods), the kids can have a hot chocolate and roast marshmallows, while Mom & Dad enjoy a platter of cheese, meats & crackers and a cold beer. Curious? Check out Outdoor Mom’s Top 10 Reasons to Love Stickney Cabin.
Come Monday morning, the Handsome Husband went off to work and I gladly dropped the boys off at school, only to return to a home jammed with overflowing laundry baskets, skis & gear that needed to be stowed away, duffel bags that needed to be unpacked, a fridge and pantry that needed restocking, Christmas presents that still needed to find permanent homes, while others needed to be returned or exchanged, and a long list of miscellaneous errands that hadn’t warrant priority on the pre-Christmas “To Do” list.
And maybe I could finally get back to some kind of regular workout routine! Write a blog post? Yeah, right! Who has time, energy, motivation or focus? Not lil’ ol’ me!
So I took a deep breath and gave myself permission to focus on quieting the “noise” in my world – this housewife didn’t need anymore pressure.
But I’m happy to report that, as of this afternoon, all chores, errands, returns and exchanges have been completed. I’m going to enjoy one more weekend with my lovely Christmas tree, then Monday morning the sucker gets stripped & tossed and the ornaments and decorations will be packed away til November 28th.
Come Tuesday morning, it’s back to the suburban mom & blogger life, which seems so much simpler than the past few weeks.
Resolutions? What about the resolutions, you ask? And, wait a minute, wasn’t there a blog anniversary overlooked along the way? Where’s the thoughtful, reflective post on what I’ve learned and accomplished during my 3rd years of blogging, and all the exciting stuff to come? (Holy crap, January 2nd marks three whole years?!?! I’ve never stuck with anything this long!)
Sorry folks, I got nothing. Sure, there’s a list of stuff to get done, goals to work towards, and then there’s the “languishing list” of projects I’m too embarrassed to admit are still undone. I’m formulating a plan to start tackling them all, one item at a time, but for now I’m going to get back to doing what centers me best – writing.
How were your holidays? Have you been suffering through a Post-Holiday Season Hangover? What’s your strategy for getting back on track after all the festive fun is over?