It’s been a nice week to be off from work. I didn’t get nearly as much done as I’d hoped–and I’m a bit sad that I have to return to work tomorrow. I don’t feel ready to deal with the office arguments over logos, databases, and whatever.
Yesterday, we celebrated the holidays with DH’s extended family for what they call Big Christmas. All of my FILs siblings and as many of their children who are in the area participate. We rent out the American Legion, and it’s always the first Sunday after Christmas. We exchange names which is a bit awkward for me as I don’t know these people well at all. But I got lucky this year and was able to get a few ideas for gifts.
Big Christmas starts at noon. Lunch is sometimes potluck (but I think that this year one of the aunts prepared everything). Then everyone plays games, watches football, catches up with each other. I learned to play Rummikube and taught a few people how to play Farkel. In the middle of the afternoon is the gift exchange. I got a set of lovely blown glass ornaments from DH’s cousin as well as a nail care set. I look forward to playing with it tonight.
Then it was off to my brother’s for his annual New Year’s party. I’m not sure if it was the fact that I wasn’t drinking or if there was something else going on, but I was incredibly self-conscious all night. It seemed that whatever came out of my mouth was taken the wrong way or misunderstood. The one highlight was that the white elephant gift I brought was a huge hit. It was a nice party–although it did get loud once the kareoke started. That combined with the earlier loudness of Big Christmas really started to take its toll on me. I could feel tears welling up for no good reason–although I was alone for a lot of the night. We left about 1 am to drive home.
It hadn’t snowed all week, but we had a lot of rain, until yesterday evening. The roads were kind of bad, but by the time we left the snow had stopped so we were able to get home without incident. We could have stayed overnight, but I wasn’t in a good frame of mind by that point and just needed to get home.
I’ve been lacking in the energy department today. I managed to finish washing my clothes, but I still need to clean the bedroom and set up the bed with the new linens. I think it will be nice to start the new year with a new looking bedroom.
Maybe the energy drain is due in part with the weather. It continues to be rather dreary. Although the sun was bright earlier. And maybe it’s the knowledge that my little holiday break is coming to an end.