Sunday, December 11, 2011

On Hiatus

This will be my last blog post of 2012. I'll try not to disappoint. But I warn you I'm kind of not in a great head space. Lately I haven't really been feeling the blogging bug; I'm going to chalk that up to how much I kind of don't like this time of year. Thank you, shitty-ish childhood Xmas memories of my parents fighting. They should have gone to counseling like us. Bah humbug. Sometimes it is hard to get over childhood pain. I should be thankful I suppose that mine is relatively minor, yet it still casts a pallor over this season for me.

Our holiday cards are all in the mail. We've started getting a few, too. The husband's name has appeared first in about 90% of them. Sigh... (Inside I'm screaming go read your ETIQUETTE!)

I recently had a stomach bug and lost a little bit of weight due to some gross GI tract issues. The result? I officially lost count of all of the "You look so great!" comments I've been getting this week. Sad commentary on the society we live in, eh? Where sickly whittled down = better looking in the eyes of many.

We're off to my parents' house 2 time zones away for a long winter break starting later this week. I seriously can't wait. I love how we get to pretty much stop being a mom and dad when we visit there - once we walk in the door the kids suddenly start to look to my parents for every need. That right there is the best Xmas present ever.

In other news, some members of my Pretty Good book club have decided to have a discussion about changing the way we choose books. The current book selection method is as follows: each of the 12 members is asked to host one monthly meeting anywhere they like, and choose the month's book, and reserve copies for the rest of the group at the local library. The problem giving rise to the need for the "discussion" is that 2 of the members have been waiting until the last minute to choose a book from the long library list - leaving us with some truly horrid book choices. Instead of talking to the offenders directly, it looks like we are all going to choose as a group the books we'll read each year - there will be no individual choices anymore. Hmm. I guess that will help raise the overall quality. Yet there have been a handful of times when the assigned book an individual selected was a little more esoteric, or funky, or a classic, or great stuff that book clubs don't typically read. I fear we're going to lose that, and we'll migrate into Traditional Book Club fare. And I reeeally don't want to read "A Thousand Splendid Suns." No offense.

In merrier news, my kids are awesome. DD met Santa the other day and told him to fuck off. "No Santa, Don't Hold Me! Go Away, Santa!" Awesome. Her brother, on the other hand, couldn't get enough of the big red man. While on his lap, DS took the opportunity to question Santa about how he is able to fit all of the toys for all of the world's children in his small sleigh. Santa was stumped. He muttered something about his elves working overtime and making multiple trips, and carrying a lot of toys in his bag, too. At this rate, my guess is we'll have a believer for about 1 more Christmas season, tops.

Have a great rest of the year, all! What's happening at your house these days?


Lisa @ Trapped In North Jersey said...

enjoy the time at your parents house! It has been crazy here too, I am ready for a vacation.

Got It, Ma! said...

I hope you have a really restful break. I will miss reading your blog while you're gone, though. I totally understand feeling puked out with it. I feel that way frequently. Usually something happens to get me excited about it again. I hope the same thing happens for you.

We're into the typical pre-Christmas madness. I just leaped the final hurdle of my daughter's birthday party which means I get to start the sprint to Christmas. Early December birthdays are tough, but she so darn cute and smart and funny that I can forgive her for being born at such a busy time.

Hope the book club change turns out to be a positive one. I will send you any particularly good titles that I come across. Have you finished Room yet?

I hope you have a lovely Christmas with your family. Take care of yourself.

Anandi said...

I think you can probably heavily influence your book club's picks by making a list of 5-6 books you'd like to read in advance of when you decide. I'm guessing most people won't go through this effort, and then you won't be stuck with Oprah selections ;)

I *think* the woman who wrote "Book Lust", Nancy someone has a blog somewhere. Her show on the local NPR station is fascinating, but I always hear it in the car and can never write down her book recos.

We are pretty chill here. Cards are done, shopping was minimal (kid only, charity donations for everyone else, and a few small presents for hubby). I need to work on calendars for the grandparents, and hope to finish that tonight ;)

feMOMhist said...

cheers and have a lovely holiday.

bad Santa

mom2boy said...

Have a great holiday and I hope the new year brings many more blog posts!!!

Cloud said...

I like @anandi's idea for how to influence the books you read.

But... I talk a big game, but I never get my books selected by my book club, so what would I know? I am perpetually on the fence about dropping out so that I can pick what few books I have time to read! But I like the people, and its one of the few things I do that gets me out of the house without kids in tow... so its a tough call.

Happy holidays! I hope 2012 finds you in a happier head space.

paola said...

Have a wonderful holiday. Enjoy the rest.

Zenmoo said...

Happy holidays Hush! Enjoy your break - you've got to let kid & their grandparents have quality time eh?

Re: the book club - if you need suggestions to fill a list as per Anandi's suggestion, try the Telegraph (uk) book review section - I'm typing on my phone other wise I'd provide a link but if you google "Telegraph book review 2011" you should get there. They have a range of genres & subjects - some of the music books sounded interesting.

And yeah - don't read a Thousand Splendid Suns - I thought it was awful.

Claudia said...

Hope you had a great vacation! Was your first sentence some kind of foreshadowing/dropping of a hint? Your last blog post of 2012...
Hope not!