Well, hello there Bloggy friends. Hope ya'll don't mind- I took a little hiatus for the holidays. What have I been up to you might be asking yourself? Or not- but I'm going to tell you anyways. Basically- A whole lot of nothing uber-productive. I always have high hopes for my Christmas vacation. Grandiose plans of productivity that will knock your socks off. Usually, reality sets in and I get just enough done to make it through the day and continue this theme until after January 1st and all schedules are back on track.
This year I think part of the problem is how the holidays have landed on the calendar. We have no real catch up days on the weekend since the holidays are falling on the weekend. Alright- I know I can only blame the calendar for so much....so I'll fill you in on a little of what I've been doing...
Last week was a blur getting ready for Christmas- so we won't even count that. Day after Christmas, travelled out of town for another Christmas party, so that day is out for getting anything done.
Monday after Christmas, cleaning up from Christmas, cleaning out the refrigerator and trying to figure out how I can possibly get out of cooking for the next seven days. Admit defeat and go to grocery store. Tuesday, Beloved and I go on outing for our business...(I was working people, again this doesn't count.) Wednesday more cleaning up from Christmas, finally remove the remnants of any presents still lingering in living room or under tree. Start removing select decorations from various rooms and stacking on dining room table. Think about having children bring the Christmas bins down to motivate me to start the big tear down. Get distracted and start making "Christmas Crack." Walk around feeling very ADD and do a little bit here and a little bit there but nothing monumental. Thursday arrives and I decide to be helpful and offer to input a calendar year's worth of receipts into our accounting software for the business, just because Uncle Sam kind of likes you to have documentation when it comes to tax time. There goes the afternoon.
Tomorrow will be spent making the traditional New Year's Cabbage Rolls and helping Eldest get set up for a New Year's Eve party that she has just decided to host. That will bring us to New Year's day- when I definitely plan to take the tree down. Sunday will be organizing the start of the new calendar year for school and work beginning again.
I might also mention that in between all this nothingness getting accomplished, I was cooking more than ever- 3 full meals a day plus snacks and cleaning the kitchen at least six times a day plus the never ending laundry. Something about being home for an extended period of time brings out my inner chef and makes me pull out the cookbooks and try new things and bring back oldies but goodies from the recipe files.
I also have managed to watch every Reality TV Marathon that has been running on every Reality TV show I watch-plus adding a few new ones to the repertoire. (Can I just say that "Jerseylicious" is like watching a train wreck of tanning, makeup, hair and nails like nothing I've ever seen. I'm mesmerized!)
I've been staying up way too late and sleeping in, as well. With all that said, I'm thankful that I'm able to take this time every year and indulge myself and family as we spend this extended time together.
What have you been up to this holiday week? What are your New Year's Eve plans? Do you have any traditional holiday foods that you make for New Year's Eve/Day? My family goes the sauerkraut and pork or cabbage rolls route. NEVER do we eat chicken on New Year's- according to my Grandma Rosso, if you do you'll "scratch for money" all year long. Will you be Bowl Watching and snack food eating on January 1st or something more formal? Whatever you plan to do- be safe and enjoy the last bit of 2010.
Wishing you a Happy New Year!