Category Archives: Holiday

Hitting the Reset Button

Remember back in the olden days when we first had video games in our homes? If you were playing a game and didn’t like how things were going, there was this magic little button you could push and everything would just start all over. Just hit “reset” and you got a fresh start. Now, this sounds like a great thing, unless you happened to be playing a 2 player game and you were beating your little sister, who then decided to hit “reset” and all your hard work was erased in the blink of an eye. Then it was a terrible thing and you suddenly had homicidal thoughts about your own flesh and blood. But right now I want you to think about it as a great thing.

Don’t you just wish you had one of those buttons some days? Or maybe weeks or years? I know I do. The last couple of years have been tough for me. The relocation didn’t sit well with me. That’s why I haven’t written. I’ve thought about it many times, but I didn’t want to explain why the long absence. But I spent most of the last 2 years in a deep depression, a dark place that was of my own making in many ways. However, 2014 did bring me some very bright spots and many happy days. I laughed more and remembered how to have fun. I reconnected with friends I love and was able to spend quality time with them. We had good times with friends we’ve made here in Savannah. And to top it all off, I had family with me on Christmas for the first time in 8 years. There were memories made that I will treasure forever.

This place is too beautiful not to enjoy it.

This place is too beautiful not to enjoy it.

Most of all though, I realized that life has to be lived. You get out of it what you put into it, and if you aren’t putting any fun into life, you won’t get any out of it.

So I’m hitting my reset button for 2015. While I could make many resolutions, I’m just making a statement: This year, I’m going to live my life and not just let it happen. That’s going to encompass all for me. I’m going to do away with the negativity and focus on the fun. Every day I’m going to wake up and LIVE.


How can you lose a week?

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I can’t believe it’s been almost 2 weeks since I last wrote. I have such good intentions of keeping up to date this year so this is really disappointing to me. I’m pretty sure I’ve lost at least a week of my life somewhere, though. I’m looking at the calendar thinking “how on earth is January more than half over? Wasn’t it just Christmas last week?”

I guess that’s what happens when we go from the somewhat more relaxed days of the winter break to back at it full swing. Now I know some of you are thinking “Are you insane? There’s nothing relaxed about the holidays!” And for many people I know that’s true. For us though, it’s actually not too bad. In a way, we are forced to have a more laid-back holiday. Due to our crazy work schedules, we aren’t able to travel home to be with our families for Christmas. While that certainly stinks and we really miss spending time with our loved ones, it also makes for a nice, quiet time for our little family to be together. We don’t have to run from one place to another for days to attend many holiday gatherings. We had two Christmas celebrations with our “Tennessee families” but they were spread out. Christmas day was at our own pace, although still not ideal since Kev came home for working the night shift, we opened gifts and then he went to bed for a few hours. We went to spend Christmas day evening with our godchildren and their family, which is the next best place to be when we can’t go home. So despite the fact we weren’t able to travel we had a lovely holiday.

Fast-forward a couple of weeks, and we’re back to our usual, crazy hectic schedule. Wildman is back to school, scouts and hockey (which is sometimes three times a week) and Kev is back to working at the college and attending class along with working nights. On top of all that sometime within the first two weeks of January the biggest project of the year that I am personally involved in at work comes up. In my position, I usually just make sure others hit their deadlines, but I’m not personally responsible for the actual work. I’m a facilitator, but not the doer. Once a year, that all changes. There’s a big project that a small team of us has to make happen in a short amount of time and no matter how well we plan ahead, it’s always a dash to the finish to get it done. That week this year was last week.

To say it was hectic would be an understatement. I honestly don’t really remember 2 of the days last week at all. And while I’m working on this project, I have to let my day-to-day work be covered by someone else. That means on Friday when the project was done and turned in I had to come back to my desk and sort through everything as if I’d been gone for a week on vacation – the difference though, is on vacation I’d usually be keeping up with email, and I hadn’t even done that for days. I was completely out of the loop on most the work the team was doing.

So I guess I can see where I’d have lost a week. It’s that, or maybe because I discovered Pinterest

Hopefully I can keep track of my days better from now on. I really don’t need to be losing any time when I don’t have enough of it as it is.

Starting all over again

I really had no idea it had been so long since I posted a blog. The truth is, I’ve thought about it quite a few times – so many, in fact, that I think I convinced myself I had posted some of them. And they were really good, too. Great, I dare say. There was the one about Thanksgiving, and the excellent one about the Christmas tree. Oh and that other one about the family…

Of course all of those would be outdated now, and I’m sure I wouldn’t be able to write them as well now as I did in my head a few weeks ago. So instead I’m starting over. It’s a new year and while our routine is about to settle back into the “normal” chaos this week, it is a time of new beginnings, right?

Actually, this time of year isn’t a new beginning for us. We’re in the middle of both Wildman and Kev’s school years and hockey season. We’ve had a nice change of pace for a couple of weeks with the holidays, but starting tomorrow we’ll be doing the same things we were doing 3 weeks ago. That doesn’t mean the beginning of the year is insignificant though. It is a good time to make a point to start things, or rather, start things over. Like this blog. My healthier eating. Planning meals ahead of time and living within our budget. Cleaning the house more often.

Ok, so maybe it is a little of a fresh start. But while January 1 may not be a big, new beginning for us, 2012 will likely be a pretty significant year. There will be a presidential election, an Olympic games, and it’s a leap year. Kev will turn 45 and I’ll have a milestone birthday of my own. There is the potential that the world is going to end, although I’m not really planning for it. Oh, and a little event in the spring in which Kev will graduate from college.

Beyond that little event, I’m not exactly sure what life is going to throw our way. That may be the actual “New year/New beginning” time for us. But right now we don’t know. And really, I don’t have too much time to think about it at this moment because tomorrow is back to school and hockey practice, and there’s Den meetings on Thursday and hockey practice and games on Friday and Saturday. And I don’t have anything planned for dinner.

So while I’m starting over on a few things, I’ll continue along with all the usual things as well. I hope your new year isn’t more than you can handle, and that it brings you some laughter and fun along the way. That’s what I’m wishing for my new year as well.

A little taste of home

It’s been a family weekend for me. Nope, I didn’t go to Ohio and none of our family came to visit. Instead it’s been a weekend with our other family – our godchildren, their mother and grandparents.

Our godkids – Jo and JM – are a nine year old girl and a six year old boy. They live on the other side of the county from us and we never seem then as much as we’d like. In the past their grandparents have had a big 4th of July party complete with fireworks, but this year things are a bit different.

On Saturday and Sunday Jo had a softball tournament. This is the second time I’ve gotten to see her play, and I’m so happy to have that opportunity. Then JM spent the night with us on Saturday. Sunday we all spent the night at Mamaw & Popaw’s, which was a blast.

Now we are sitting here waiting for a small town parade to start. This is the part that is reminding me of home. My hometown is the kind of place that has festivals and parades. There are deep-fried foods and folks selling their homemade wares. Later there will be families sitting together in lawn chairs and on blankets watching fireworks. We will be doing that same thing later as well, and I can’t help but think of how this parallels home.

So this holiday weekend we’re having a hometown, family weekend, when though it’s not my hometown or all of our family. We’re with people we love, enjoying time together. That’s a little taste of home.