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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

'Twas Two Weeks After Christmas...

'Twas two weeks after Christmas when all through the house,
Not a twinkled light twinkled to the joy of my spouse.
The stockings were nestled all back in their crates
Along with the snow globes and fancy red plates.

The ham, long since finished, the soup from it, too.
The yams were delicious, but those days are through.
The fire'd gone cold, having not one more log.
And the fridge, it was suddenly void of egg nog.

The paper 'twas crinkled and thrown in the trash.
The bows, piled high then jumped on to smash.
A plain silver tack was all that remained
In the spot 'twhere the mistletoe used to be hanged.

The poinsettia was dropping one leaf at a time.
It's depressing to see it as bare as a vine.
So to the back porch that plant had to go,
In hopes that no neighbor would see it like so.

The tree, it was gone, and the ornaments, too.
The needles were brown, not much I could do.
With one kid in tears it was dragged to the curb,
"To cut down a tree for a month is absurd!"

The children were sent back to school on Tuesday, 
The toys, long forgotten. The bill, on it's way. 
Their rooms are still messy with nowhere to sit
With all those new toys, like that model car kit. 

My house now feels empty and quiet and cold.
"You should be happy." To myself, I am told.
But, alas, I'm all misty and just have to say
A year 'til next Christmas seems a long way away.

Friday, January 07, 2011

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of This Year's Resolutions

I rather dislike New Year's Resolutions.

It's simply another way for me to feel badly about my lack of accomplishment. (Yeah, whatever. I know I have four kids. You know what I mean.)

Having said that, here's my "If-I-never-had-to-sleep-or-tend-to-the-needs-of-my-four-children-or-those-of-my-darling-husband" list of New Year's Resolutions: (note the implied disclaimer)

*update blog more often
*re-do kids' rooms
*lose 15 pounds ("And this time, I'll keep it off!" - name that movie)
*play with kids more
*"play"with husband more - need I elaborate?
*plant beets in my garden this year
*find the courage to get a lumineer on my front tooth, which is dead and discolored and makes me not want to smile : (
*finish my 2009 (no, that's not a typo) scrapbook before 2012
*improve photography skills - maybe even take a c-c-c-c-class. In my spare time, of course.
*learn how to upload more easily said photos onto blog-- is it just me, or did this recently get harder? Anyone?
*put more energy into dinners
*make more friends (are there really ever enough?)
*pay more attention to Emerson - he's so his father's son...
*improve laundry "system" (read - fold it before it becomes Mt. Laundrymore and swallows a small child). P.S. I hate this one. It's on my list every year. Often, it's the ONLY thing on my list of stupid Resolutions. I've said it before - if I wasn't so irreplaceable I would fire myself.
*Lastly, figure out what the heck to do with myself before my youngest starts kindergarten in the fall (note to self: see above list.)

That was fun.

Now I'm going back to bed.

Wake me when it's over.

Oh wait, I just thought of one more thing for my list:

*find happiness in everything I do - even irritating things like stupid lists of New Year's Resolutions.

Good night.