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After Christmas catch up

Thursday, December 26, 2013





Well, it's not that bad. I was up half a pound yesterday.....but it coulda been a lot worse!

We ate out three times during DH's 5 days off. Each time, I ordered what I wanted but rather than devouring the whole thing, I cut it in half, boxed it up and put it out of sight. Once, I actually cut this huge big sandwich in fourths!!! And 1/4 was plenty! I was satisfied with what I had eaten and not overfull . . . . that's nice.

Aside from DH's trip to the ER on Monday, we had a very peaceful Christmas at home.
I can remember back to when I was a kid, I never cared for the busy-ness and commercialism surrounding Christmas. I remember family members getting so stressed out because of the pressure to buy just the right gift for this person, and if they buy that for that person, they feel they have to buy something of equal value for this person, and they can't leave out this other person, on it goes until the credit cards (and adrenal system) are maxed out.

This is the second year that we've stayed home which is exactly what we both really wanted to do. However, all those years of programming are still there and it was sort of weird. Now that Christmas is over, it's sorta anti-climatic, almost depressing. I found myself questioning my motives and rechecking 'is this really what I want?' 'is DH doing this just because of me?'

Although I do wish things could be different, but they're not. And when I consider the reality of the drama and trauma of the alternatives . . . . I have to admit, yes, it is the best decision.

Despite the best intentions, sometimes even Santa can't win.



Hope your Christmas was everything you hoped it would be!
Now let's keep on rockin' in the new year!!!
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  • DARLENEK04
    We also stay home. I would have liked to go see some of the kids,
    but had to see my surgeon and have some tests done, which indicate
    my gallbladder is only functioning at 6 % and will come out the 7th.

    I am always sorry to see the commercialism of every holiday, it is sad
    but we had to go get some dog food at W/mart Tuesday, and darn if they
    did not already have Valentine Day set .....

    Holidays used to be about being with family, having a lovely visit, maybe
    a meal or picnic...now it is who can spend the most money...

    Our kids are spread all over, 5 different states, so only 2 live within 20 miles
    of each other....their weather was so bad and my issues so we stayed home
    and talked to them on the phone....

    Happy New Year,
    DArleneK
    1004 days ago
  • THOMASINA57
    We stay home by ourselves too as like you, I don't like the craziness surrounding the shopping, gifts etc. I do miss my family though, but being a ferry trip away makes it difficult for me to just "pop" over for a quick visit and when I stay to long, they all wear me out with the fast pace.

    I'm happy you had a peaceful Christmas!
    1007 days ago
  • SYDLETZIII
    You have better will power than I, if it had been me, those sandwich would have been gone in 10 minutes without second thoughts, which is why I stay away from any establishment that makes food.
    1009 days ago
  • STR458
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    1009 days ago
  • MARITIMER3
    We celebrate Ukrainian Christmas (Old Christmas, January 7) as well as December 25, and traditionally our decorations stay up for 12 days after that, so we have a long way to go.
    Gail
    1009 days ago
  • TRESSWANN
    felt anti climatic today too. But we are getting quieter and quieter. I never liked the commercialism and have always tried to find a moment of peace each year
    1009 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    Glad your Christmas was as you wanted . . . quiet! Ours too, though we did travel to my parents. But it was a nice time.
    1009 days ago
  • 2BDYNAMIC
    emoticon As I mentioned before ........... we too, stay IN and away from the melodrama!! ............... There comes a time when one stops to place value on their own peace of mind and solitude and stops being a door mat or whipping post to others just because they ARE BLOOD relatives and think that gives them special privileges!!!! ................. emoticon I no longer know what they do for kicks, but NO MORE kicking this kid!!! ........... I must have missed something.............. your hubby went to ER Monday? ............. (I mighta missed a blog--will come back) ..........
    also emoticon for posting on my minnow-paws blog!! (we gotta find humor where we can, right?) .............. lol ............. Take care!
    1009 days ago
  • FELINEBETTER
    It sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas, Cathy! Great to hear! Mine was quieter too -- and I can go appreciate that!!!

    We're all going to kick some serious butt in 2014! I'm so glad we're friends!
    1009 days ago
  • CHANGING-TURTLE
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    1009 days ago
  • GABY1948
    Yes, 2014 will be the year to MOVE ON MORE!
    1009 days ago
  • FISHINGLADY66
    Happy New Year!
    1009 days ago
  • SPARKFRAN514
    The Twelve Days of Christmas 12/26 to 1/6/14 so we have 12 more days to enjoy the season.
    On the first day of Christmas
    my true love sent to me:
    A Partridge in a Pear Tree

    we also had a quiet and fun Christmas i am visiting my brother in the Denver area and the fun continues for us . glad you had a peaceful day and made good choices i tried emoticon

    1009 days ago
  • BIGPAWSUP
    Woo Hoo!
    1009 days ago
  • SUNSHINE99999
    Let us keep moving in 2014. Happy New Year to you and hubby. emoticon
    1009 days ago
  • WALLAHALLA
    We enjoyed a quiet easy day at home. When my son was born, we were the only ones in the family with a child. I put my foot down and refused to go anywhere on Christmas. Any one who wanted to visit was welcome. No one in the family is willing to drive 30 minutes to get to our house, so we have the day to ourselves. Personally, I love it. No drama, and a lot less stress when I don't have to try to please everybody.
    1009 days ago
  • KELLIEBEAN
    I agree on the physical and financial stress. That's not how things should be. You had a great Christmas, much to be thankful for!

    Let's rock into 2014!
    1009 days ago
  • MUDGE4
    I'm jealous of your peaceful Christmas! Good job sticking with the right portion sizes!
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    1009 days ago
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