Happy New Year!
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
I want to know why it is that New Year has such a huge effect on me. Every January 2nd (I'm usually still partying on the 1st) I feel like a totally new me. This morning, when DSSH's alarm went off, I didn't roll over and cover my head with the blanket. Nope, I jumped out of bed, made my bed, took my laundry downstairs, unloaded the dishwasher, and started cleaning up the post-party kitchen right away. I even started on my painting for Pablo and Monster Man. These are things I've been trying to get myself to do for 2 months now. My first feeling was that New Year's is almost like a baptism. Every year we get to ignore past mistakes and simply move forward. But that can't be it, I can pick any day of the year and call it a "New day." Then it dawned on me, what I'm feeling is total freedom from the holidays. Think about it, starting in October we begin, against our better judgement, buying, eating, and creating all sorts of sugary things. We start making, or buying costumes. We start decorating our homes. It is all fun and good but then the ball just keeps rolling on into November. The Halloween candy is barely out of the cupboards when the pies start a-baking. No sooner are the turkey leftovers finally gone and we start baking cookies and licking candy canes. All the while we are constantly running to the store to buy forgotten "must-have" items. And our house is never really clean, or if it is we can't really tell, because of all the decorations covering every shelf and table top. No wonder I was having trouble shaking my booty, by booty was tired and full and wanted a break. I can't tell you the excitement I feel at not having to rush to the store for anything. I finally put the scissors and tape away. All the decorations are put away and I can finally say that my ENTIRE living room has been vacuumed. And when one of my children asks if we can do something, or go somewhere today, I'm going to say, "sure!" and I won't even look at my calendar or list everything that has to be done before I can leave the house. I really do love the holidays, and I will be just as excited for them next year as I was this year; but, for now, I am so glad they are over. I guess I've just had WAY too much of a good thing.