Back to Normal - Such As It Is

Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Well, the tree and Christmas decorations are down and put away for another year.

After our "holiday" dinner yesterday afternoon, we took everything down. Taking down Christmas decorations is my absolute least favorite chore of all time. So much so that I have a tendency to look for excuses not to put up the decorations at all, just to get out of taking them down. I've never done so, mostly because I can't bring myself to articulate why I hate it so. I suspect it has to do with the holiday let-down, although I'm usually relieved when the season is over and we can get back to normal (such as it is). I still have to write thank-you notes, though.

I have things to look forward to for the coming year.

My Smart Boy continues to grow and develop into a Smart Man, and will be a HS Senior in the fall.

My Smart Man and I will celebrate our 10 year anniversary this spring, and plan on taking a cruise in the fall to celebrate.

I'll be travelling to Montreal in July as part of my University's study abroad program.

We're hoping to travel to Ohio, home state of my Smart Man, for the Christmas holiday. This one's still iffy, as saving for the cruise has the priority.

I have a job I love, with reasonable job security and a decent salary.

And most importantly, I have family and friends whom I love, and they're all doing reasonably well. I can't ask for much more than that.

4 comments:

Jeri said...

Best wishes for a fantastic 2008! Sounds like you have much to look forward to.

The cruise, especially... I've been on one (balcony cabin is well worth it!) and can highly recommend a lifestyle that includes cabin stewards and dedicated waiters.

Janiece Murphy said...

Jeri, I resisted taking a cruise for years, mostly because I know far too much about how a ship that size really works, and I was afraid I'd spend all my time worrying about fire hazards in the Main Space.

I've decided to allow the rum drinks to do their jobs, and give it a go. We'll see if I end up driving my Smart Man up the wall...

Steve Buchheit said...

You took the tree down before Three Kings? For shame. :)

Have a great 2008, Janiece. Just memorize where the good life boats are and then step back because you're not working on the boat, it's someone else's responsibility.

Janiece Murphy said...

Steve, the tree just looks way too depressing without gifts under it. Besides, I was tired of having to watch my dog the ass every minute to make sure he wasn't chewing the thing. Easier on all concerned!

I plan on enjoying the cruise - if I can't "let it go," then it's time for more rum!