Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Still the Season

Okay, now that we're past Christmas Day, I wish we'd been able to do more to observe Advent and Christmas. I like the special music, the lights, the TV specials, the movies, the cards, and even the gifts. I'm just not wild about getting/giving LOTS of gifts, and especially not all the crap that seems to flow around at this time of year that otherwise doesn't enter my life. (Scented candles, you know I'm talking to you.)

This year I was so irked at the lack of space in my office and the lack of time to deal with it that when I received some random gifts from people I don't know well (of things I would never myself use), rather than find a way to pass them on to someone who would enjoy them, I just tossed them. Which I'm not happy about either, but there just wasn't space to have them sitting around.

For the record, let me say that I received some wonderful presents from my family and my husband's family, and even from Buster's daycare, and I hope they enjoyed my presents to them just as much. I am not, after all, a Grinch or a Scrooge.

So, since there are still 7 days left of Christmas proper, I have pulled out Christmas music to listen to while I write my Christmas cards. I have put up the cards we've received. I may even dig out some ornaments to hang around the house. We did manage to have a little tree and Nativity scene out all month, thanks to Nana and Fisher-Price:

And finally, my apologies to anyone who followed the link in the previous post to the Advent Conspiracy video on YouTube and then got sucked in by endless numbers of clips of animated cats/dogs/babies set to Christmas carols (like, for example, The Dude). Here's a link to a crap-free version (about 2/3 of the page down, titled "Enter the Story".)

On the 5th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...

An evening all to myself!

Friday, December 18, 2009

'Tis the Season

Done with the gift drive for this year, and off from work for ten days. We leave for Ohio on Sunday.

Working the gift drive leaves me so busy that I don't have much time to think about gifts myself, or spending time in the stores, or going to parties, or any particular preparation for Christmas other than trying to take a few moments here and there to reflect. I like this.

Here's a video that moves me, from the Advent Conspiracy, an organization seeking to reduce the consumer aspect of Christmas.

I do like Christmas cookies though.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Aahhh!

I went for my first run in almost three weeks today and it was glorious. Painful but glorious.

(Painful in an unexpected way - my lower ribcage was all tight! From all the coughing I suppose.)

I've heard a good rule of thumb for deciding whether or not to run while sick: if the trouble is above the neck, go for it, if the trouble is below the neck, take care. My troubles have finally moved to and above my neck so I decided to go for it. I actually started yesterday - with the cold/snowy weather we've switched to using the Green Monster to take Buster to daycare, which is the same stroller we use when running with him. It was so cold yesterday I started jogging a bit with him just to keep warm, and lo and behold, I didn't fall over in a coughing fit (at least not until I stopped). Plus I am finally sleeping more like a healthy person and therefore waking up early enough to consider exercising before work.

So last night I laid out my best winter running outfit, set my alarm, stayed up too late and got woken up early by Buster (par for the course), switched my running outfit completely around (also par for the course), dropped him off and went for a little run. Only 20 minutes to start with but a girl's got to be smart about these things. Then back home for oatmeal, hot chocolate, yoga, and a hot shower. Heavenly.

I am so grateful to be feeling mostly normal again.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Happy Holidays!

So, here's the holiday scorecard thus far:
  • 2 cases of flu (not H1N1)
  • 1 case pinkeye
  • 1 delayed trip to Ohio
  • 1 missed race
  • 2 extra days missed work
  • 38 voice messages waiting for me when I got in this morning - but no voice to answer them with.
Coming up:
  • 1 insanely busy work schedule
  • 1 insanely busy rehearsal/recording/performing schedule
  • 0 chance to go shopping (and $0 to go shopping with)
Looks like the Christmas cards will be late this year!

On the upside, after spending a couple of days sick at home with a bouncing-off-the-walls Buster (sent home from daycare for the aforementioned pinkeye), work today was positively restful.