Monday, January 5, 2009

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I sit down at the computer and my mind goes blank. It's really a pain in the ass, because when I'm standing in the shower my mind is churning up all sorts of ideas, and how the hell do you write them down in the shower? By the time I get out, towel off, and get dressed, it's all gone.


In spite of all the events (100th birthday of a recently dead person, 50th anniversary of my parental units (OY!), a massive solstice party, and general Ho-ho-ho-ing) that were going on the weekend before Christmas, somehow I was able to suspend my anxieties and need to control the uncontrollable, and actually have a good time. That may sound silly, or inconsequential to you, but to me it was grrrreat! I can usually work up a good stress on command, over just about anything, but this year I adopted the "Jimmy Crack Corn" philosophy and let somebody else do the worrying.

After hosting 36 people for the Solstice on the 21st, having a dinner party for 10 people on Christmas Eve seemed really easy, almost effortless, comparatively. I am good at it, but anyone could be, given a little planning and organization.

The very best part of this past Christmas was just hanging out with my guys. The last two weeks were so relaxing that we were all more than a little grumpy this morning, having to get back to work, school, etc. "Only three more months until Spring Break, guys!" I cheerfully informed my tearful tween and his morose, younger sidekick.

(Sometimes it's horribly and sadistically satisfying to cop a positive attittude in front of the kids - don't judge me if you don't have kids, and if you do, seriously, give it a shot - it always cheers me up!)

So how are you all doing?


FairiesNest said...

So That's what happened! All your worry was magically transferred to me and I went crazy ...okay more crazy... Thanks sis!...just kiddin'. Although that CPSIA shit is still making me have to reach for the happy when again is the revolution? Anywho, welcome back! 0XX

Vodka Mom said...

I have been worried SICK about you.

and I am SO glad you had a wonderful time.!! Welcome back to bloggyland.

Maggie, Dammit said...


Welcome back!

tysdaddy said...

We used to have Solstice parties at the co-op where local writers gather to read and schmooze. I'm so glad your big bash went well.

As for me, well, I'm staying busy.

And I do love getting all positive with the kids. It drives them loopy, and they end up giving me those "You're Crazy!" looks, but at the end of it all, they're smiling.

Good to hear from you . . .

flutter said...

I miss you!!

Arizaphale said...

Yup this time of year has left me with a big fat bloggy blank a lot of the time! Hanging with the dudes is the best though isn't it? I know I'll be more than grumpy in 3 weeks when I have to go back to school too (just thought I'd rub it in!!)

Lara said...

Welcome back! I love your 'annoy them with happiness' attitude. I'll have to try that... I'm always looking for new & creative ways to drive my kids nuts.

As for losing your ideas... may I suggest bathtub crayons? You can write on the walls and then wash them off later. You couldn't write a whole blog post, but maybe a few key words would help trigger your memory later?

Of course, then you'd actually have to clean your shower later, so maybe it's not such a good idea..

Csquaredplus3 said...

Great to hear your holidays were pleasant for you! Love the "Jimmy Crack Corn" philosophy - I'll adopt that if you don't mind.

We were grumpy yesterday morning too. We all could have used one more week of break. Our boys were troopers though and we pointed out the fact that every other family was feeling like we were.

I bet your dinner parties are delicious and fun!

Happy New Year!

A Free Man said...

I know what you mean about mind going blank when you sit down in front of the computer. Words always come to me at times when I've got no way of recording them. SOunds like your holiday season was a great one. Glad to see you back!

Gypsy said...

Sounds like your holiday went well. :) I'd love to go to one of your dinner parties. Look. I just invited myself.

Me? I'm recovering.

we_be_toys said...

The Faerie Cynn: You know, I almost wrote in here how much I appreciated you taking the stress hit this year, but I didn't know if we'd hit the point where it was funny yet. Anyway, thanks so much for letting me off the hook - it was a grand season!