Archive for December, 2010

Should Auld Acquaintance, And All That

Friday, December 31st, 2010

It’s come around again, it seems. Inevitably. After the hubbub of Christmas there’s a very brief pause in the maelstrom, a cessation of tornado-type winds in those few days between the 25th and the 31st.

But then a new kind of chaos builds, and I find myself feeling somewhat pensive. I didn’t used to feel this way — I think it’s a function of age, personally — but increasingly I find myself recalling the past year and disseminating it into “did” and “didn’t do”, and feeling ever-so-slightly dismayed that the “didn’t do” list seems so big. Whether it actually is or not can be the subject of debate — in my head I always intend to accomplish more, but on the practical side it just doesn’t seem to happen.

Unless I someday figure out the secret to giving up sleep.

Nah.

I don’t know about you, but New Year’s Eve seems to creep up in an imposing, gargantuan sort of way. I find myself both dizzily excited and anxious about the year ahead. Every thing about it says “new” (including its name, amusingly enough :P ) — and you can use any euphemisms or synonyms you want. Starting over. Starting anew. Clean slate. Empty page. In some ways that feels great. Fresh, right? A chance to set goals, try new things, make changes. We all want to be better than we already are, don’t we?

Actually, it’s intimidating, frankly.

I used to make resolutions almost religiously, but I’m notoriously bad at keeping them. I’ve tried everything from grandiose plans to minuscule tweaks. I think goal-setting is important, but the mindset has to be there. You’re not going to write five books or lose twenty pounds or learn something new unless you’re prepared to make the changes in your life that will help you reach that goal. Chips and chocolate in the cupboard ain’t gonna help.
But it’s important to challenge yourself. Stagnation isn’t good for anyone, either. There’s got to be a suitable happy medium, doesn’t there? Small chunks. Little changes. Focus on only a couple of important things, not a dozen random whims.

So what have I decided? I’m not sure yet. I do know I want to write more books. And now that Ms. Junior Peanut is six months old it’s time to take a little better care of me. I don’t think I need any new hobbies this year — it’s also important to be realistic about time constraints! — even though there are things out there I’d love to learn. Maybe those will be pushed to 2012 or 2013. Who knows? But I think as a general answer creativity and health/fitness are the keywords for this next chapter.

In the meantime, thank you to all the faithful readers out there. I appreciate you coming back regularly more than you know. (At least it means I’m not just talking to myself, here!) So raise a glass with me — here’s to a new year filled with nothing but good health, happiness, love and friendship…and realizing that instead of pining for what could be, maybe what we’ve already got is pretty damned good.

See you next year, my friends.

xox

Merry Christmas To All

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

My sincerest wish to all of you is that you’re able to spend this time surrounded by friends and loved ones. May your day be filled with laughter, love and treats — of the edible *and* under-the-tree variety.

The merriest of Christmases to you, my friends. :)

Shout-Out Time!

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

Hey there, everyone!

I know I’ve been a horrible Hostess with the Mostess lately. I blame germs.

Dumb germs.

Anyway, I see by my stats that folks are still stopping by and I wanted to just give you all a big ol’ Hey Howdy and thank you for checking in on me.

I’m not dead yet. (Though recently I’ve been feeling like it. But that’s another story.)

Everybody getting ready for the holidays? We’re slowly getting there. The next few days will be a flurry of cleaning, wrapping and baking. I’m tired just thinking of it. But whaddaya gonna do?

Anyway. Speaking of cleaning, the downstairs bathroom is calling me (it’s got a horrible voice, too) so I’m off to vanquish scum. Hope your day is more exciting than mine.

ps. If you’re looking for a last minute gift for someone special — or even yourself — an ebook can quickly and easily fit the bill! Check out the sidebar over yonder and pick out a li’l somethin’, if you like! Ciao!

If It’s Friday, It Must Be Benadryl

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Oh, don’t worry — I’m not taking Benadryl. I’m breastfeeding, remember?

But holy Moses, do I wish I *could* take some. This cold is knocking me for a loop — hence my conspicuous absence from the blog as of late.

I must now get this wee family of mine up and at ‘em, but once that task is complete, I’ll be back to give you some Friday Footage. Honest.

*ETA: The Footage is imaginary. It’s a test of your imagining skills. That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it. :P

Ho, Ho…Hack

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

I can’t seem to shake this bug, folks. I’ve been under the weather for over two weeks now. I know that “they” say common colds can take up to 14 days or more to go away, but this definitely sucks dead bears. And of course we’re heading into prime socializing season.

Figures.

And on top of that, poor Ms. Junior Peanut has her first cold, too. Last night she finally slept through without waking up (thank God!!). It’s hard to see them when they’re sniffling and snorting and coughing. Poor li’l monkey.

Anyway. Today I’ve got to package up parcels to send out, get groceries and finalize my shopping list for (hopefully) one last trip out on Thursday. Oh, and tonight is the Offspring’s Christmas concert. It’s a busy day after all. (And that doesn’t include laundry and a house that desperately needs cleaning. Ugh!) Well, what gets done, gets done.

Stay healthy, gang!

Like Mother, Like Daughter

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

So I sit down on the living room couch this morning to feed Ms. Junior Peanut.

The Offspring, seeing that I’m about to start breastfeeding, immediately declares, “I’m going to feed my babies, too.”

I suppress a snort of amusement. Don’t want to stifle the kid’s creativity, after all.

A moment later, she plunks herself on the couch beside me, her own little pillow on her lap, and two baby dolls in her arms. She positions one across her belly, approximating the same breastfeeding position, relaxes back with a sigh, and turns her head to look at me.

“So,” she says with impeccable comedic timing and nonchalance, “What’s new?”

I couldn’t help myself — I started to laugh. (Hell, the memory alone makes me chuckle.)

“Whaaaaaat?” she asks in that pseudo-wounded tone that only children can make.

“You’re cute,” I replied.

And she was. It was certainly a good way to start off the morning — with a chuckle.

What made you laugh today?

Brr!

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Okay, it’s cold. I’m sitting here typing and my fingers are almost frozen. Looks like winter has arrived in Northern Canuckland at last. Ah, well. This is why we have heavy coats and boots, etc. But it doesn’t mean we have to like it.

Some of you may be wondering how last week went. Well, it didn’t, really. I got off to a great start and was really gung-ho for the first couple of days…and then things petered out. We did pull out the decorations and the tree Sunday, but the living room is still a mess, and my floors aren’t clean yet. So this means I’ll have to work around all the tchotchkes (I have no idea exactly how to spell that!) and O Tanenbaum and try to tidy that way.

Meh.

At the same time, I think my poor bod is fighting a bug. I had almost no voice there for a bit, and I feel somewhat like I’ve been run over by a Mack Truck (”I ain’t no dang Mack, I’m a Peterbilt!”… Sorry. One too many viewings of Cars, there…) But it doesn’t seem to be getting worse, so maybe it’s getting better. Who knows? B.E. was kind enough to get some chicken soup for me yesterday and I had two cups of tea (one in the morning and one in the evening) and the hot liquid was heavenly.

Anyway. Today’s a zoo with Yours Truly heading off to the dentist (boo!) first thing, and then Ms. Junior Peanut and I are off for our Roots of Empathy session (yay!), and then tonight B.E. and I are off to see Harry Potter! (DOUBLE YAY!) So not much will be accomplished around the house, but that’s all right. That’s what tomorrow’s for!

Catch you on the flip side, gang!