I'm alone in the condo, listening to the washing machine wash the first of what is going to be many loads of laundry. And also listening to the remnants of the turkey bubble on the stove as I make turkey stock for later use in soup. There are no other sounds, because I have been left all alone. Deep sigh of pleasure.
Daniel and the kids are off to lunch with Daniel's family. Given that we ate out on Saturday night and Sunday brunch, and had a big dinner here last night, I bowed out of lunch today. My system cannot take another high salt meal. I'm so old. It's kind of pathetic.
Also, I have lots of laundry to do and review blog posts to catch up on and then there's the GRE prep math book lurking on the counter. For the past month I've been saying "oh, I'll study and work on my admission essay the week after Christmas when Daniel's home to watch the kids." And now it's that week and I'm procrastinating by de-decorating the house and doing laundry.
Christmas went pretty well here. The kids started opening presents, one at a time, on the 23rd and continued until Christmas afternoon, so they're pretty happy campers. I'm proud that we spent less than $100 total on gifts for the four of us. I know we wont be able to keep that up when the kids are older, so I'm enjoying it while it lasts.
I am a little annoyed at one participant in the Christmas festivities- me. I am getting so used to being home and not having people around that when people show up with stuff and noise and disorder, it absolutely freaks me out. I was snippy on a couple of occasions this weekend and overreacted to minor things and wanted to slap myself at times. Seriously, I'm almost 35 years old... WAY too old to be acting like I did. New Year's Resolution, behave better!
Speaking of turning 35, now that we're done with Christmas, we can all focus on this big (and kind of scary) birthday that's only 3 months and 2 days off. I'm requesting a party from Daniel, but I'm not sure if we'll have the time/energy for that or not. And, given the things I detailed in the previous paragraph, that might be a good thing :) I also requested a new purse, then I won the purse I wanted last week on a Facebook giveaway, so that's taken care of!
Anyway, algebra calls. Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas!