We're in recovery mode today. I slept in until 11:00. It was 10:00 the day before. I can't remember the last time I did that. But I needed it.
There were several nights of being up until one in the morning wrapping things.
Christmas eve was spent grocery shopping, getting bagels, making sure that Tigger was at the service an hour early (turns out he was supposed to be there even earlier, but no one told me), stressing over whether Pumpkin would be able to stay composed while bringing the gifts up to the altar (he did), cooking Christmas Eve dinner, going across the street for dessert and gift exchange, getting the house "ready for Santa," and finally collapsing into bed sometime before two in the morning.
We went through the gift opening far too quickly the next morning and I had to face the task of packing to go to my mother's. Years ago we stopped trying to get to both sides of the family, because it was always too much for me, but this year I somehow got roped into it again. We visited with Piper's family for a few hours and then continued on down to Connecticut. My mother might have been happy to see us but I wasn't much company. I think I yawned the entire time we were there.
The electronic gadgets the boys got for Christmas kept them from fighting for the six hours we were in the car, but I was really, really happy to get home. I was too exhausted to cook, I can't even remember what we had for dinner last night. Did we have dinner last night?
As I have done for nearly ten years now, I have taken off the week between Christmas and New Year's. Because I am on contract, I am taking this week unpaid, but it is worth it. As so often happens, I had a major deadline right before the holiday, and I really appreciate the recovery period.
So I have seven days to put my house back in order, put together a website for a school funding group that I serve on, and possibly another site for my mother. This means I have to dig into what I did nearly four years ago to host and set up this blog.
So I'm taking the time to tweak a few things on this site, finally centering the banner collage I created a few months ago, rewriting my about page, and thinking about starting another blog.
Say what? Like I don't have enough to do?
Well, we'll see if I am able to go through with that last one. I'll let you know.
I know this week is going to go faster than I want it to. I really want to do absolutely nothing this week, but I know I will have a limited amount of time to just putter once the job starts up again.