After so much build-up, anticipation and stress levels through the roof, it’s all over. Done and dusted for another year. How was it for you?
My cat enjoyed basking around in the mountain of paper and shiny bows. Of course there were the inevitable arguments, but thankfully most of the problems happened before Christmas, leaving the day open to less grief. In terms of presents, I got the PJ trousers and diary I bought for myself, from my folks. My ex, my closest friend but who sadly doesn’t live anywhere near me and I haven’t seen in absolutely ages, bought me the awesome PaperMate Flair pen set I’d blogged about recently, plus a lovely Burt’s Bees set. Happy girl!
One of the things my brother bought me was a pair of hiking boots. That’s right. Hiking boots. They are beautiful boots and I am grateful at such a generous gift, but my body can’t make it back from town without getting the bus let alone from a hiking trail. He has no concept of what I’m going through, and he never asks how I am, though anything I say is usually countered by something to do with how my problems would be cured if I started going to the gym. I’ll leave that conversation there as it only serves to irritate me at the ignorance of some people.
The turkey worked out really well, and a few games of Jenga and some stand up comedy on DVD helped keep things light throughout the day.
On Boxing Day I popped into town for some fresh air & a change of scenery. It was a slow walk as I wasn’t feeling too healthy & my rib is still hurting like hell even now. Surprisingly, it was quite quiet. I think more intelligent of folk were at home, snuggled in the warm, doing their sales shopping online.
By 4am Wednesday morning there was a thick covering of snow. I dug my car out to go to the supermarket a little later on, and never had I been happier to get home as it was absolutely freezing!
I’ve got to thinking a little about next year and reflecting on 2017. For now, I’d like to enjoy the quieter downtime after Christmas and save the heavy thinking for another day. Overthinking and stressing are certainly two things I have practiced like art forms, and my brain needs a break.
What about the blog? For the New Year I’d like to give things a little refresh. I’ll be buying a template so InvisiblyMe will be offline in the near future for a little while when I revamp things.
I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas, or were able to make the most of what they could. Whether you liked it, loved it or hated it, it’s all over with now. Make the most of the post-Christmas downtime because then it’ll be time to dust yourself off, reflect over the past year, and look to the New Year with some hope and positivity. If you’re not feeling it, then take heart – Things can be brighter, and I truly hope it is a healthier, happier 2018 for all of you!