Friday, December 26, 2008

The Day After

Merry Christmas to everyone I didn't manage to greet in some way yesterday. I hope you all had lovely holidays, assuming you weren't puking or dealing with puking or recovering from puking. My condolences to those who were.

And Happy Hanukkah where applicable. I don't know anyone who actually celebrates Kwanzaa, but I think that starts today, so have a good seven days!

We had a nice, quiet holiday, just the four of us. Did presents, played Wii, went to a movie (Bedtime Stories, very funny, though Adam Sandler is always better when he doesn't go all the way to total idiocy), had stir fry for dinner. Yep, stir fry. That's what they wanted!

So now we're on Transition Weekend.

As I've mentioned, December is a difficult work month. Everything seems to back up as we concentrate on the holidays and associated activities. Between now and the end of next week, focus shifts. This weekend I don't actually do anything. It's the last week of regular-season football, and tomorrow we're doing Christmas at my inlaws. Today I'm running errands, including using a gift card that will make one of my Christmas presents (an espresso machine) complete. And Sunday, we'll probably take down the tree and stuff, instead of waiting until New Year's Day. Not sure, I might get outvoted on that one. :)

So for the next few days, I'll be slowly making lists of everything I have to deal with after the first:

  • Losing weight Getting healthy. I lost 15 pounds in 2007 and kept off every pound this year...until this week. I don't know why. I haven't changed my eating habits at all, just substituted Christmas cookies for other junk food. But I jumped up four pounds. Plus, after my exercise plan fell apart in May, I completely dropped it this fall. And the kids start soccer again soon. So we're going to be increasing our activity levels next week, and I'll go back to the club the week after, when they go back to school.

  • Writing. My agent hasn't exactly been sitting by her computer waiting for my revisions, but now I have no excuses. I need to get back to them. Luckily, I have a plan for that, too.

  • Taxes.

  • Spreadsheets. I have to set up my organization schedule for next year, reconfigure my to-do list to accommodate some regular obligations, get the old pages out of my day planner, etc. Luckily, my office/desk are clean because I had company. The one bright side to that. The cleaning, not the company.

  • So let the transition begin! (And let the Patriots lead us into 2009 on a positive note. Go, Jets! *gag*)

    This is a day late, but hilarious enough to share all year round. Slightly NSFW.


    Cindy Procter-King said...

    Happy belated birthday, Natalie!

    Did I ever tell you I was supposed to be born around Xmas? My mother claims I was three weeks late, which is why I was a hefty 7 lb. 2 ounces (hefty for her babies), compared to my brother and sisters, who were all in the 5 and 6 pound range.

    Natalie J. Damschroder said...

    Thanks, Cindy!

    I don't remember you telling me that, no. Shows how smart you were, even then! LOL

    So what day is your actual birthday?

    Cindy Procter-King said...

    January 13th. When I was born, I had hair hanging over my ears. My first baby picture, I'm about a month old, and it's clear I've had a haircut, LOL.

    Natalie J. Damschroder said...

    So from one end of Capricorn to the other. :)

    LOL on the hair!