You may have noticed we took a break from podcasting this week. We had planned to record a show in person: I was going to visit Kristin after traveling to Western Massachusetts to see my family post-Christmas. But the stomach bug and winter weather conspired against us and my visit was cut short. Despite our efforts, we simply couldn’t make it happen.

My winter break was supposed to be long and luxurious. I had planned days of lounging around the house. I was going to clean my closet and organize the boys’ rooms. I was going to shop for new clothes and shoes and cook meals to keep in the freezer. I was going to do my work for the Little League Board and have my Odyssey of the Mind Team over for practice.

I did none of that.

Days tending to sick ones before falling victim to the stomach bug myself left little time for extras. My Christmas tree needs to come down today and there are random bags and boxes and giftwrap in corners of almost every room. I have had almost two weeks off from work—a glorious respite from the long drive and the grind of getting out the door every morning, packing lunchboxes, checking homework—and yet it all went by so fast!

I did get to see a couple of movies over break. That’s quite an accomplishment for me. I saw Les Miserables with my mother-in-law and Parental Guidance with my parents, the boys, and their cousins. That’s a super cute movie for multiple generations to see together.

Yesterday I strapped on the snowshoes and took the dog out for a romp in the snow. Sometimes I am simply amazed at how beautiful it is around here in the winter. These photos are taken from the field behind my house.




Today will be spent packing up the remains of Christmas and getting ready to go back to work and school. Luckily it’s a short week. Re-entry has its challenges.


4 Responses to Winter break

  1. Melissa says:

    While I am always bummed when I have to wait for a podcast….yesterday on my way home from work I kept hitting refresh on my subscription button in the car just hoping that you had released a new one…. I am also proud of you guys for just saying ‘No’ for this week.

    Life as a Manic Mom is just too much sometimes. We need to care for ourselves more and worry less about the ‘should’s’.

    One thing you might try with the holiday decor packing and meal freezing is hiring your sitter to do the work for you. I commute 3 hours per day and have young children. No wonder why we still have 50 moving boxes that haven’t been touched since our move this past summer plus Christmas decor everywhere.

    So I hired our most favorite sitter to come over for 6 hours three days in a row this week while we’re at work and daycare. She’s going to unpack moving boxes, pack up Christmas decor, haul stuff to Goodwill, brown meat and assemble meals for freezing, and more for us. Ahhh, so worth the $200 we’re paying her. I may even be able to park my car in the garage by the weekend!

    Great job, ladies, on passing on the recording. Take care of yourselves.

  2. Shawn says:

    Sorry you weren’t able to cross items off of your to-do list, but glad you are all on the mend. While we (your listeners) will all miss you this week, we understand! It’s like what you told Jane Porter when she couldn’t make it to the Escape…..Manic Mommies understand! Re-entry will be quite a challenge for J and me in the morning, too! Happy New Year!

  3. Lisa says:

    Loved reading your post. Just looked over the to do list for Xmas vacation and the big things did not get done. We just moved as well on the day of the storm sandy in nj!. And, totally think of you and your ventures with the dog. We just got a puppy the day after Christmas! Not planned, but nobody could leave the pet store without it.

    Glad you’re all feeling better, and got out on your snowshoes. Looks gorgeous there. Been a fan and an adamant listener for years. My nine-year-old son loves listening to the manic mommies.(Or maniac mommies as he calls you, and me.) Everything you say, he can relate to. Of course I leave out the R-rated episode.

  4. Leah says:

    I knew you were an overachiever, but seriously, Odyssey of the Mind??