life: on not feeling the spirit

I’m having a hard time getting into the holiday spirit this year. For lots of reasons. It’s been a rough year—rougher than some, not as rough as others, but in this moment, I’m just not feeling it. It’s been pretty hard to put on a smile for folks at work, especially with the usual party madness. I’m not a party person to begin with; I don’t seek out situations wherein I need to expend energy to make people think I’m excited. I’m also not a religious person; the “true” meaning of the holiday season doesn’t really do it for me. I follow the traditions because they’re traditions, and I grew up within the faith (more or less), so I guess Christmas is as close as it gets. As of this moment, I have next to no decorations, and no desire to spend more money augmenting the few winter-themed items on display in my living space.

I have a jar forest, a snow garland, and a pine cone tree I made years ago . That’s as good as it’s going to get.

Tomorrow, I’ll put on a brave face and try not to wear myself out with the effort.

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Home for the holidays

I knew I wouldn’t be able to travel for the holidays, and my energy levels are still really low after getting over the flu, so the boy and I spent a mini-break weekend at Disney to celebrate the season at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

Here are some highlights from my trip. I got to see the castle all done up like an icicle, rode the new Little Mermaid ride, got my first set of ears, and became very dizzy at the mad tea party.

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Pink Domo says Happy Valentine’s

It’s going to be a very rushed Valentine indeed as we prepare for the Canadian invasion… an unplanned for visit from some of the Cuban ex-pat relatives fleeing the arctic chill for a week.

The new job is going well, but it seems I’m never home long enough to get anything done, so prepping for this visit has been somewhat er… haphazard. I just barely managed to get all the supplies I needed for yesterday’s pre-Valentine’s baking experiment, so the “made from the heart” part of my gift for Bunny is covered, with the surplus going to the fam as “sorry, can’t afford proper gifts right now” offerings.

I need a nap. A proper one. My free Friday was not the least bit restful and I’m in for a long week.

And now I’m off to go hide things in my car’s trunk to make our place seem neat and tidy. But not before posting some gratuitous baking pictures…