I started gathering the Christmas decorations late last night and putting them on the hearth in anticipation of putting them back in the attic today. As much as I enjoy the holidays, once they’re over, I’m ready to move on to the next thing.
I think everyone in this house would agree that the next thing needs to be a hair appointment. I’m three weeks overdue for color maintenance and the roots are, as my mother-in-law says, “past cute”.
This year, our season was longer than usual since it began the day before Thanksgiving when the boys attended their last day of school for the year. When I first saw the school calendar for the year, I wondered what we were going to do with such a long break, but now that it’s almost over, I find myself wishing we had two more weeks. We fit a lot into this break – We saw penguins, ate at the Varsity, got peed on by a cow, were reprimanded by hotel management, consumed a wheel of brie, turned 40, and somehow managed to survive all of that without ending up as the lead story on the 6:00 news.
Now that the holidays are over, the boys are happy that they can return to the store (I banned all trips to Target/WalMart two weeks prior to Christmas. It saved me the agony of hearing “But this is what I REALLY want for Christmas” after I had already bought their gifts). They did get to accompany me on what seemed to be daily trips to the warehouse club to pick up milk, cream, butter, and brie (oh, that gym return in January is going to be a killer), but they didn’t argue because they quickly figured out they could ditch me for the game aisle while we were there.
I had to laugh at JJ who sat on the floor holding the Bakugan game that had been on his list for four months. I called out to him as I walked past on my way to checkout and as he put the game back on the shelf I saw him whisper to it, “I’ll see you Christmas morning.”
While the boys look forward to a more normal schedule, I’m looking forward to the annual Purging of the Junk that we have going on right now. I’m getting new carpet installed next week so everything has to be off the floor. I spent most of yesterday hauling clothes out from under beds and emptying the closets and restacking the shelves to prep for this little project.
I spent most of last night popping Advil and laying on a heating pad. I ain’t 39 anymore.
We tackled our bedroom, the boys’ room, and the two hall closets and today’s agenda calls for the office, living room, and dining room. I’m off work this week, so it’s a good time to be doing this, but I can think of a thousand different ways I’d rather spend the last week of my vacation. Still, it’ll be a good way to start the new year and will free up my schedule in January to do important things like getting my eyebrows waxed.
And getting in shape for being in a swimsuit in front of my husband’s co-workers in mid-February.
What are you doing this week?
Have a nice day.