Friday, January 04, 2008

Post-Holiday Doldrums


The holidays are over.

The decorations have been dismantled, boxed up, and stored away.

The sale racks have been picked over. The gift cards have been redeemed. And the recycling truck has hauled away all of empty present boxes.

The New Year was rung in with all the pomp and fanfare we could muster during a windstorm.

Now, it's time for life to return to normal.


For me, the weeks immediately following Christmas and New Years are the equivalent of coming down from a soda and candy-fueled sugar high. The more sugar you eat, the faster you fall and the harder you crash.

For the last month, our weekends consisted of shopping in Scottsdale, and an afternoon at a theme park. We attended a cocktail party, a block party, took the boys to the movies, and got reacquainted with old friends. Q and I went dishing with old friends, met new friends, and I acquired enough Fiesta to fill my trunk.

Yes, there was definitely a lot of sugar this holiday season. It's all over now. And I'm crashing hard.

Q went back to work on Wednesday. (Yay! Now I don't have to watch Monk reruns all day!!!) Now, my days are spent doing laundry, looking for
undervalued dishes on eBay, and thinking about what to fix for lunch. I know I'll be missing these times once the spring semester starts. But for now, they're little more than one big yawn.

The boys will return to school on Monday. In the meantime, they're dealing with boredom, too. Kyle's best friend is in Ohio with his dad, and many of the other neighborhood kids are sick. He's been passing the time watching screamer videos on YouTube, while Lucas makes collages of world flags, Siamese cats, and old school game consoles with MS Paint.

2 comments:

Mark G. said...

"For me, the weeks immediately following Christmas and New Years are the equivalent of coming down from a soda and candy-fueled sugar high."

Me, too... especially when the stores put the decorations on sale and the lawn and garden items start coming out. :-(

Ms. Val said...

Mark, I thought you'd LOVE this time of the year. Think about it. You can go into any store and buy $5,000 worth of Christmas decorations for only 10 bucks!