I’m not entirely sure that a weekend unwind post is necessary since I really think all we’ve been doing for the lats week is unwinding, but it’s that time. I haven’t been here because we’ve been so busy unwinding. It feels like from the moment I got out of school on December 19 until the day after Christmas, I was on the run. And since the day after Christmas, I’ve been more than happy to just relax and let the days slip away.
I was in no way prepared for Christmas. Were you? I feel like I was epiclly unprepared. My Sner got in very, very late on December 19th. When I say very late, we didn’t get back to the house until 2:00 in the morning. Saturday morning we were supposed to leave to go to Missouri to visit my grandSner for a few days, but we didn’t actually get on the road until about 1:00 in the afternoon. After a long week at work and a late night/early morning, it was too much to expect to leave earlier than that, so we accepted that it was going to be a late start and wound up spending an enjoyable evening in Memphis, including excellent BBQ at Marlowe’s and a stop at Graceland to take in the lights.
Our visit with the GrandSner was rough as all of them are now. She struggles to remember who people are, and it’s harder for her to remember us since we aren’t there too often, making the journey only a couple of times a year because we are so far away. It didn’t help that the flu and upper respiratory crap that is making its rounds all over the place was running rampant through the nursing home…and that the GrandSner had caught it. The situation in the nursing home was so dire that they decided to dose every resident with tamiflu. When we left Tuesday morning, we stopped by for one last quick visit, and we couldn’t get her to wake up. It was a sickening moment, touching her, shaking her, and then feeling for a pulse in her wrist, panicking when it took an agonizing several seconds to find it faintly beating.
GrandSner’s new roommate – Ms Jo – is looking after her. I suppose it comes full circle because the first couple of years that GrandSner was in the nursing home, she looked after her roommate who was just shy of 101 when she passed. And now the GrandSner is being looked after, which is comforting when we are so very far away.
Our ride home Tuesday was long – 12 hours of straight trucking. We didn’t go leisurely like we did on the way up. The weather was nasty coming home, which made the drive even more tedious. I don’t mind driving. I don’t mind driving in bad weather. But the weather was spectacularly awful. You may have seen the news about the deadly tornadoes that struck south Mississippi on the 23rd. We luckily didn’t drive through those storms nor see their aftermath, but we did drive through torrential downpours that forced a significant slow-down…making a long trip even longer.
Christmas Eve was a flurry of getting shit done. Finishing up buying presents. Buying groceries for Christmas dinner because Sweet Husband decided we needed to host Christmas. Wrapping presents. Cooking. Cleaning.
Our Christmas was wonderful. We got more than we deserved and are extremely grateful for the time we got to spend with our family. They were generous beyond my wildest imaginings. There will be more on that later, but it was really a wonderful day. And all of that stress about cooking? and getting ready to host our family? I could have essentially done nothing and it would have been OK. We ate steak and shrimp and pecan pie brownies. So next year we will plan accordingly.
Since Christmas we have been lazy. I don’t know that we have much left the house since Christmas, except for today. The weather has been awful so that makes it easier to stay home and be lazy bones.
Surprisingly I have taken little to no photos during the last week. I meant to take pictures on Christmas Day, and I did one or two with my phone before just putting it aside and deciding it wasn’t worth it.
Today, however, we made our way to New Orleans. SH had a fantasy football final party, and the Sner, our good friend the Princess, and I made our way to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. After the game and after we finished our tour, we made our way to a very late brunch at Horn’s. Good food, shitty service. I had the cochon waffle and the hot ta-da cocktail. SH & the Princess had chicken and waffles & bloody marys (that tasted like shrimp cocktails), and the Sner had the crabby wife with a tequila sunrise.
And now we are home, relaxing as the rain falls outside, trying to plan what comes next.
Speaking of which – it’s that time.
This gets a little tricky this week because there is a brand new year about to start and despite my best intentions, I’m not ready. All of the prep work I’d planned on doing and had hoped to do hasn’t been done. Sometime between now and the end of the year, I need to get ready.
As best as I can figure, this is what I have to accomplish this week.
- Prepare for our NYE party (it feels like I just did this) – cooking, cleaning, making ready
- Complete my Mondo Beyondo list
- Complete Unraveling 2015
- Review Core Desired Feelings and set intentions that align with them
- Review lesson plans
- Enjoy a lazy weekend with SH before heading back to work
- Cook for the coming week
- Sew drapery linings for the bedroom
- Organize my space
It’s more than I thought I was going to need to get done. But I think it’s doable. All of it is designed to move me closer to being home full-time with this darling family I have:
How was your holiday? What are you plans for the coming week and year? What are you most looking forward to?