Friday, January 8, 2010


I could see my breath this morning in the car.
AFTER I had already dropped the kids off at school.
That says something about the level of cold going on around here.
It doesn't make me smile.  I want to go back to bed and wear socks all day.  Except then my feet would stick to the kitchen floor because I haven't finished mopping up the conglomeration of hot chocolate and sugar that now coats it.  But I did load the dishwasher, does that count?

I think this cold-melancholy state actually serves me right.  I had been feeling sorry for Juli who had to eat mangoes and kiwis and go to the beach for Christmas.  She asked me one day to describe the feeling of unprotected skin as the freezing air hits it first thing in the morning.  I felt lucky to go into my cinnamon scented house and stare at the Christmas lights.

Now today, Juli is snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef.  And going out on a big boat to watch for whales.  And her kids are out of school on summer break.  Again. Which means she doesn't have to sheepishly send any of her kids to school with their homework not completed.

I have to play board games with (very bored) Benson and try to figure out long division and help draw comic strips for a book report.  (Have I mentioned that I stink at homework?  Not fun for me.)

So this morning I am reminded that everything has its good and bad.  I don't want to trade I just want to figure out how to see more of the good than bad.  I'd make that a resolution but then I'd have one more thing on my list of things I have to remember.  I think I'll just go play Guess Who.  Again.

Post-script--I mopped the kitchen floor, washed two loads of laundry and read a seed catalog so I'm feeling better all ready. woohoo!

Post-post-script--okay the laundry is still in a pile on the floor but my kids need chores, right?!


sariah said...

I'm certainly on the same page with you but I'm forcing myself not to break open the seed catalogs yet! Otherwise I may be tempted to start planting tomatoes in cups all ready.... I did that once in February and even that was way, way too early. :-}

Juli said...

Sory you have the winter Blahs. I am seriously relieved that Christmas is over so I can stop comparing it to other Christmases in other places. But before you go wishing you could be on a boat in Australia, you should know that of the 100 people on the boat, 90 threw up. The seas were rough and we had 2.6 meter swells. For two hours. I've never been so miserable in my life. Seriously, I think I'd rather give birth. It was worth it though. The reef was beautiful. I feel like Jacque Cousteau.

Kendra said...

Yeah, why were you feeling sorry for Juli again?
January is the hardest month. We can get through it together!
p.s. I'm stratgetically stacking my laundry baskets at the end of my bed. I'm up to three high.

Harmers said...

We just need to start a new tradition in January to combat the winter blahs. I vote it has something to do with families going to warm beaches for awhile.