It’s been fun

I figured I should officially sign off, since some of you have asked or emailed about whether I will be blogging again in the future.  I do not plan on posting here anymore.  Thanks for your interest and concern.  Everything is great, I just lost the desire to blog.  Not blogging has freed up an enormous amount of time, which I use by not cleaning my house!

So, thanks for all your friendship and support over the last 5 years.  Go well.

Aloha

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Every year Mr. Darcy has a business trip in February to some lovely, sunny place. And there is much rejoicing. This year we went to the big island of Hawaii.  I spent the entire time trying to figure out how we can move to Hawaii. There must be a way.

Meanwhile in Yakima, they had 0 degree temperatures and like a foot of snow.  Hee!  Best timed vacation ever. The day we came home it was 55 degrees and sunny, so the snow has just about melted.  This winter is certainly looking up.

January is my undoing

So, hi. Long time no talk. How are you? I’m pretty good.

Here’s the thing… January paralyzes me. It is so dark and gloomy. The sun might appear for 10 hours combined throughout the entire 31 monotonous days of January and maybe I am photosynthetic or something, but after 3 weeks of gray skies my leaves start falling off and I wither up.

I can’t seem to manage anything extra. I get the kids where they need to be. I do the absolute minimum housework possible. I make dinner, do dishes, and exist. I don’t start projects, I don’t finish projects, I don’t take pictures, I just sit here and wilt and hope for sunshine.

I know what this is, I know I have seasonal depression. I know that I should get one of those lamps, I know that exercise would help, I know. I don’t feel sad. I just don’t have any energy to get on the treadmill or do anything besides sit on the couch, watch TV, read books and daydream about someday having a winter home on the equator.

I almost came here and announced that I was ending my blog, but decided it isn’t wise to make permanent decisions in January. I’m sure when the sun comes back I will have something to say. So, maybe check back in the spring?

Merry Christmas

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I tried this first two years ago when Lydia was just a squishy, immobile little tot. It worked better that time. And have you ever dreamed up a photoshoot, got everyone in their costumes, and then had the sun blare in through the window and ruin everything? I hate that.

But, anyway… Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

Eight random thoughts arranged in list form

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1. It is Jane Austen’s birthday, folks. Go do yourself a favor and watch some Pride & Prejudice. Or read it. Reading is always nice. I stayed up wayyyyy too late last night reading our book club selection (Edenbrooke) and I think that book was wanting to be the next P&P, but it really wasn’t. More’s the pity. I stayed up until 2 a.m. to read about a chick that twirls herself into trees and rivers like a toddler.  I miss you, Jane Austen.
2. Is your December insanely busy like mine? Good gravy, I still haven’t even finished decorating! And then I wonder if there is any point in decorating when Christmas is 9 days away.
3. I heard a bunch of people complaining about their pre-lit trees’ lights not working, and I was all, “Pffft, our pre-lit tree is just fine and we have had it for 5+ years.” And then I plugged that butthole in and noticed two areas with no lights. Snap.
4. Our Advent calendar is laying on a bench instead of hung up. I bet it would be fun to actually move the candy cane each night, but no. It’s just laying there.
5. Kitty’s teacher brought in an Elf on a Shelf for their classroom so now my kids are aware of the blasted things. I’m resisting as much as possible because I really don’t need another thing to forget about each night during December. Plus also, those things are terrifying. I told Kitty we couldn’t have one and she said, “But, I love them! If you won’t buy one, I’ll ask Santa for one.” FREAKIN’ SANTA.
6. My basement is almost put back together.
7. It still hasn’t snowed, which is AWESOME. There is snow on the forecast for this weekend which is perfect timing as far as I’m concerned. School will be out, the kids can play in it and I don’t have to drive in it. In a perfect world, it would snow from December 20-26th. ONLY.
8. I never wrote up that Top Ten List about my mom’s bad cooking because… well, things that my siblings and I think are hilarious apparently don’t always translate to more functional humans. My sisters laughed and laughed over my other Top Ten List, but I’m not sure it was so funny to anyone raised outside the barn. ANYWAY, so instead of a list, I will give you this dazzling little nugget: According to Brady Family Lore, my mother once put green beans in cookies in place of chocolate chips. Any of you involved in a cookie exchange this month might want to give those bad boys a whirl.