Monday, November 28, 2011
The Thanksgiving weekend is over. I made it through the hectic pace of getting ready and having so many people over. I even made it through the couple of down days that I usually go through when my daughters are here and then have to leave. So, I guess this means it's time to get into a regular routine. Heaven knows, I've been going full force crazy for about three weeks now.
So, I got up this morning at my regular time, did my exercises, walked two miles and am now doing my sparking. But I sit here thinking that I really do want to get into a somewhat regular schedule. Be like normal people for a change as opposed to having great intentions in the morning and getting side tracked somehow during the day. I want it to be my New Year's Resolution that starts right now.
I'm sitting here at the computer listening to the lawn service cut the grass for what will probably be the last time of the year. I'm also looking at my Christmas tree that my daughter helped me put up on Friday. It's actually my first "grown-up" tree. I just didn't have it in me to put my usual ornaments on the tree. They are all memories of my daughters and I know that neither one will be able to be with me on Christmas day. I set a couple of them out just because, and may set a couple more out here and there as decorations. But I want to think positively this season and definitely don't want to dwell on something that can't be helped and would make me sad. So why not start something new right now?
I'm going to switch my exercise routine around. It's more than overdue. I'm going to keep practicing my job skills and interview questions as I keep plugging away at trying to find a job. I'm going to journal more consistently: I've gotten better at that but not good enough. It might give me some insight on ways to improve myself more.
I'm going to watch the Christmas specials. My daughters and I have kinda made a pact that we'd watch them together. It will be a way to feel like we're together. Maybe we'll Skype during some of them. At least we'll email and remind each other of what's on when. Granted, I'm still trying to get used to my new TV. I feel like I've got remotes all over the place. It's so great that my daughter and son-in-law bought me an early Christmas present.
I've decided that I'm going to spend a little time each day getting ready for Christmas. I don't want to have a last-minute crunch like I did with Thanksgiving, despite my good intentions. I want to take the time to reach out to friends and family and spend a little time talking with them or visiting with them. I want to be able to help family with their preparations. Isn't that what the season's all about anyway?
I'm anxious to see how I do, what I've accomplished and how far I've come in the next month. I want to be an improved me before the new year starts. My birthday is January 2 and I really want a new and improved me as compared to my last birthday.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
I'm not as down today as I was yesterday, but I'm still feeling some residual sadness. I'm still trying to stay busy. I'm planning my week out and realized that there's quite a few things on my calendar already, which is good. I know that if I stay busy, I won't concentrate so much on not having my daughters here with me.
It's a rainy day today, which never seems to help my spirits. But I did make it to church this morning and stopped at the grocery store on the way home. The church is having a formal tea fundraiser this coming Saturday. Another lady and I are in charge of the cookies that are served for dessert. So, I've got one batch already made and cooling off.
My daughter and son-in-law had gotten me a flat screen tv for Christmas and hooked it up. But they weren't able to hook the DVD player up to it for lack of some kind of wiring. We ran out of time, so we weren't able to go back to the store and get what was needed.
I don't watch too many movies, but I do throw in my walking and exercising DVDs in, especially in the winter when I can't go walking outside. So, a friend of mine is supposed to be on the way over with something that will work. I'm hoping so. The holidays are rough enough on the exercise and diet routine as it is.
Actually, I've always found that January and February are always hard for me to keep on track. I don't know if it's the "mammal hibernation" thing or what. So, needless to say, I want my DVD hooked up!
What really would be nice would be if Santa could bring me a job where I'm active. But, I guess I'm actually over the age limit that he brings gifts to. But, I'm still hopeful something will turn up for me in the new year. I'm counting on the fact that companies usually wait until the new year at this point in time to hire people. I'd be in Heaven if I could at least get something part time.
Friday, November 25, 2011
I had a 9 am job interview followed by an appointment to deliver Avon, so I was up and at 'em early. My daughter and I went to the pharmacy to get some photos enlarged and ran to Kmart to get some frames and a new tree stand while they were being developed. She's having lunch with her dad and grandma right now. I really need to be running to the banks while this is happening. When my daughter and son in law get back, we're going to put my Christmas tree up. A friend called and wants to take us all to dinner.
The time always goes so quickly when she's here. I'm still looking for a way to make it stand still for awhile. At least with this visit, I know when she will be back up. So, when she leaves I can think about the positive and try not to let myself get too down that she's leaving.
I had such a hard time when we were all Skyping with my youngest at dinner last night. I was able to hold back the tears when talking to her, but they still came down right afterward. We're used to seeing each other this time of year if we are apart and she's the one I was living with from June of last year until June of this year. I love my babies too much, I guess. But, on the bright side, I know I will see both of my babies in April for their birthdays. I can't wait!
Thursday, November 24, 2011
I have my daughter to help me cook. I have both my daughter and son-in-law to help me get the house ready. The parade is on while we are finishing up. My family will be over later to spend a wonderful afternoon together watching football games, eating possibly too much, and teasing each other as we normally do. We will be watching the games on my new Christmas present from my daughter and son-in-law: a new flat screen TV! I was flabbergasted as we went yesterday to get it. I got to wash the dishes we dirtied in my new dishwasher - a gift from a friend. I've got a good life! Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends and Happy Day to all others.
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