Holiday travel happened all over the country last weekend. Family members from all over the map are pulled by mysterious forces to their mother's (or mother-in-law's) house to celebrate. We are no different than those anonymous traveling masses; family visits are wonderful - but so is walking through your own door when you return from that little jaunt.
Here are a few things I really appreciate when I return from traveling:
- My home is never more treasured than it is in the first few minutes of returning.
- In my house, I have my own chair. Boldly, I can even ask my children to remove themselves from my official chair without guilt. It's a middle class throne.
- I can spend as much time as I like in my bathroom. It's a middle class throne.
- Bed time and rising in the morning is decided by yours truly.
- Hubzam and I have the biggest bed you can buy without going the custom route (after sleeping in a regular bed with my spouse for two nights, I realize I am spoiled).
- I can do things alone instead of taking a vote for every decision (What do you want to drink? When do we want to eat lunch? Does anyone want to play a game? Who wants to take a shot at the neighbor first? Oops...that never happened. I can't imagine why I said it).
- Thank the Lord, I don't have to wrap anything more in 2014. Women are supposed to love wrapping presents (my friend informed me of this), but I don't fit that mold. If I had my way, everyone would just conceal gifts behind their back and say, "Okay, close your eyes....now open them! Merry Christmas, this is for YOU!" and they'd have a beautiful unwrapped gift in their hand. Festive!
You'll have to make a few decisions this week:
- What are we doing for New Year's Eve?
- What am I going to do with all the leftover ham?
- Why is it that the really good stuff is never left over, no matter how much you make?
- Are we doing "it" alone or do we have to coordinate schedules with our besties?
- Christmas tree down - or up past New Year's Day?
- How long can I keep these extra cookies and safely consume them without dying?
- How many pounds will said cookies add to my annual diet resolution? (The fact that it is annual should tell you something.)
- Should we call all the kids and cook a big meal on New Year's Day?
- Are we going out or staying in for New Year's Eve?
- Does anyone care? Does anyone have a preference?
- Can anyone tell me how to force my dear Hubzam to go to a movie theater? Okay...that wasn't fair - he did go to UNBROKEN with the extended family while out of town (great movie, by the way).
- Should we invite people to our home on New Year's Eve?
- Can we do that without alcohol?
- If we do it with alcohol, what do we buy and how can we water it down enough to prevent any potential inebriation?
- What will the guests say when they realize that they will never get loaded at one of my parties? Do I care?
- If we decide to roll out the full-on geezer mode, what movie will we rent?
- Should I rent two, just in case the first one bombs?
- If I go geezer-eve, and invite no one over, is that an automatic "no cooking" day? We've got those pesky leftovers, after all.
- Who decided that fireworks are part of New Year's Eve? Once again, my dog is going to freak out and that isn't the way you want to start a new year, is it?
- Can this be the year that I insist that people quit saying "pigs in a blanket" (when everyone knows that "widdle weinie wrap" is much more descriptive and cute)?
Obviously, I've got to get on it. How many widdle weinie wraps will one person eat?