Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The glass is half full

I went back to work on Monday after having the holidays off.

Eh. So what.

So a lot.

This was a first for me.

Because if you want your newspaper on your doorstep on Christmas Day, we poor schlubs of the fourth estate had to work in order for it to get there.

But no more. I have been out of newspapers for almost a year, and I couldn't be happier.

Even better, my company actually SHUT DOWN for 10 days at the holidays. This meant that for the first time in -- I kid you not -- 28 years of parenting, I was at home during a school winter break.

I see a lot of Facebook statuses, tweets and plurks bemoaning the fact that the kids and/or husband were underfoot for the break and let the hair-tearing begin. It makes me laugh, really.

Because over my working/parenting career, I would have given my left arm to have the chance to spend my kids' vacation at home with them.

It's kinda sad, really, that the first time I had the chance to do it was when my youngest child was 15 -- and much more interested in hanging out with her friends than hanging out with her mom.

So I took the it's-all-about-me approach to my holiday. I went nowhere. I did nada. I accomplished nothing.

I watched a marathon of Maury Povich "who's my baby's daddy" episodes. (Now THAT'S television, people!)

I read a book or two. I played Facebook games. I got a mother-daughter pedicure with the Roo-girl. I saw a Christmas Day movie with my family.

I had coffee with my girlfriend. I sang Christmas carols at my parents' holiday party.

I watched in horror as my fantasy football team went down in flames. I had lunch with my husband. I rang in 2010 with appropriate fanfare and pastries from Z-man's restaurant.

I enjoyed.

Hmm. On second thought, I don't think I accomplished NOTHING after all.


songbird's crazy world said...

good for you, Janet!

Karen said...

It's better late to the party than to never arrive. I'm so glad you were able to accomplish nothing for once. You def deserve it.

Ramit said...

Uh you rub it in very well don't you? I was working all through! Boo hoo!

Happy NU year!

LceeL said...

One door closes, another door opens. Welcome to 2010, my Dear. Never look back.

Mommy, I'm Home said...

When I left newspapers, I was amazed that in the "real world" people didn't work every holiday and nights (well, OK, maybe most people). It's a great thing being out here in the "real world"...

Janet said...

It's a healing time!

Simply Jenn said...

Hi there, you. I've missed you!!! First, I'm JEALOUS! This is the first year I've had to work during Christmas break because I'm a ^&*&@# "clinic" employee now (and OF COURSE extremely important research goes on during the week between Christmas and New Years). Second, is it weird to say I'm happy about J Bear's outcoming? I don't really know how to say it right, (so don't hurt me, okay?) but I was sure she was part of your homosexual crew and yet there was never any mention of it. I am glad, glad, glad you took the bull by the horns and had that discussion, although you're right I can't imagine an easier house to come out in (my sister-in-law's girlfriend's family has DISOWNED her when she came out to them and now she is only allowed around her family if said SIL is not there and is NEVER mentioned.) People piss me the hell off- but you, grumpy though you may feel- I always think you are sunshine! So don't worry, I'm still reading you every day, I've just become yet another asswhole blogger.

Point? I don't think there was one- I just wanted you to know I did NOT forget you my sister.

(And by the way, FIND me on facebook- you know my name ;) )

karisma said...

Well, Im glad Im not the only one who likes having the kids around. Lucky Or I might be little mad by now hey?

We were supposed to be having a break the past few weeks but I think we did more than we normally did so I need a break from my break! Doing NOTHING is always nice! I wish! LOL!

Wendy said...

when i was working FT i always longed to be at one of those places that actually just closes during the holiday week. sweeeet!

Suzanne said...

I'm glad you got to see how the other half lives! :)

Granted, 20 plus years in retail, I didn't know what it was like until last year.

Pretty nice break you had there.

Debbie said...

I am so happy for you! That is just what you have needed after the way your year was ending:) I love time with my family - doing nothing. That's what I'm good at.

Roger said...

If I didn't like having my kids around... well, you know. I'm glad that you took advantage of your time off and was able to recharge those batteries. Would have been even better if you got paid though, I imagine. Unless you did. I used to work for a pharmaceutical company that had that break and paid us as well. SCORE!! :)

Burgh Baby said...

I'm with ya'. There are many times that I decline invites to things because I like hanging out with my kid. Really.

A couple of days of doing nothing sounds pretty blissful, though.

Janet said...

Sounds like a very full and productive holiday to me!
Yeah, I'm not minding both kids at home, it's just the fact that I can't go anywhere or do anything.

Jaina said...

That sounds absolutely blissful. A belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!

Jaina said...

Crap. I did it again. Maybe next year I'll get the greeting right? A belated Happy Hanukkah. :)

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