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.