|Photo by PJ Taylor|
January, where did you go? How is it that we are already midway through the month?
Our simple Christmas came and went without much fanfare. Eric worked on Christmas Eve and Day until 5pm and you know what? It was fine. We had a very nice dinner on Christmas Eve: ham, stuffing, rolls, veggies, Martinelli's and PIE.
Then we went downstairs where I had set up the small group of gifts from his parents and me and opened them, just the two of us. It was easy and intimate and perfectly OK that it was only us. Eric made it an early night because of work the next day. I played on the new iPad that "Santa" gave me.
On Christmas morning I slept in for the first time in ages, dragging myself out of bed at (shock) 8:30am to quickly shower and dress and hustle over to some friends' house who had, generously, invited me over for Christmas breakfast. The food and company was very nice as we noshed on eggs, fruit, homemade rolls and cocoa for over an hour. By the time I left, at nearly 11am, I was sufficiently stuffed.
Arriving home I called my mom and wished her Merry Christmas. She, too, was by herself that day, so we had a lengthy chat until nearly 2pm. I spent the rest of the afternoon downstairs on the sectional, alternately reading/playing/streaming on the iPad. Eric arrived home, we had leftovers from the night before, and, suddenly, Christmas 2014 was at an end.
The New Year was much the same, except that this time, Eric was working graveyard. I was committed to staying up until midnight--not because I'm a celebratory person--but because we have 3 kitties (18, 5, 4 months) who wouldn't appreciate the neighborhood fireworks without a little soothing from me. I utilized the time by working on my Relief Society lesson for the following Sunday and was happy to have the time to focus. The next night I worked on the upcoming Relief Society newsletter. Two productive evenings, if I do say so!
The last couple of weeks have been about settling into the day to day, post holiday routine. My real commitment right now is getting a grip on eating right again and counting calories. The last 3 days have been terrible! Tomorrow--Thursday--is usually "skip the gym" day, but I haven't earned it this week, so I'm going. We have our big cruise vacation coming up in just 2 months, so there is time to do what needs to be done. It's just a couple of pounds, no big deal, but I do not want to start lapsing back into bad habits.
|Yes, this will be our cruise ship! Yee!|
Speaking of our cruise, we bought our plane tickets yesterday, which makes it feel even more official! Thank goodness for air miles, because we got them for a steal.
On a personal note, I think we all do our share of soul searching at the beginning of a new year. I'm not a big New Year's Resolution person, I never have been, but I do make an effort to be self aware.
So what do I want to do this year? I want to be better. I want to be better at recognizing my flaws and conquering them. We all have them. I want to get rid of some of them. A little internal housecleaning, if you will.
What do I want right now at 9:35pm? To sleep! It's been a good day spending lots of quality time with Eric. Do you know what a blessing it is to be married to such a good person who wants to spend time with me? I'm grateful for him every day.
Good night, Friends.