Well, the holiday is over.
That sounds so sad!
We’ve had a pretty busy holiday season. I don’t mention work (you know, my other job) very much around here, but in December I took a new position with the County. For the first time since graduating from college I’m no longer a Planner or working in the Planning Department. I had to move offices and I’m getting use to new co-workers, new office space, new routines, new personalities, new office supply order procedures…
I’m excited about the job, but this kind of transition always involves a lot of CHANGE. And I’m not a big fan of CHANGE. As a matter of fact, I pretty much dislike CHANGE with a capital D. That doesn’t mean I’m going to discard unexpected opportunities, it just reminds me of that old saying, “if you want to hear God laugh, tell him your plans.” He doesn’t always answer your prayers in quite the way you expect.
And if you’re considering a significant future career change, might I suggest that you save it until after the holiday season?! You’ll probably save a lot in Advil.
But one special blessing that came of out of this wacky timing was that I got the opportunity to be off from the 23rd until today! Yep, I got to spend the whole Christmas and New Years holiday at home with my crew! (Except for a couple days on the road to visit Bea and Papa–Mr. Fix-It’s grandparents.)
And what did we do for a week together?
We played with new toys and we picked up the house and we made cookies and hot chocolate and we went to the toy store and we watched Cars 2 fourteen times and played some more. We took a few naps and we read a few books and we made turkey sandwiches for lunch every day (except Speedracer, who ate peanut butter and jelly) and we battled with light “saviors” and wore our “bathrooms” over our clothes and did the chores every day in the daylight!
It was exhilarating!
And then, wonder of wonders, the kiddos went back to school yesterday and Mr. Fix-It and I were both off for the New Year holiday together.
Did you get that?
When does that ever happen? (At least without costing us an arm and a leg for a good babysitter.)
So we ran errands together. Alone.
We used our anniversary gift card from Grandma and Grandpa Hohner to go to lunch together. Alone.
We went shopping for Speedracer’s upcoming birthday together. Alone.
And we stopped at the grocery store together. Alone.
It was glorious.
Especially the grocery store part.
But this morning we were up and at-um in the dark. We did the morning chores in the semi-dark. And we’ll feed up tonight in the pitch black once again. We’ll be getting back into the swing of piano lessons and walking the dog and perhaps Speedracer will lose a bit of interest in beating up on everything with The Sword of Thor. (I sorta doubt that last one, but you never know.)
I’ve already talked a bit about my New Years resolutions, but I’m finding a lot of inspiration from June Fuentes over at A Wise Woman Builds Her Home and I think my New Years planning is going to continue for a good part of this month.
Are you doing more than just making resolutions this year? Are you making plans for the New Year? I w0uld love to know what you’re looking forward to in 2012!