Coming Soon to a Life Near You: The Holiday Rush

Well, it’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving is in 4 days. Then the day after Thanksgiving: one of the busiest shopping days of the year, and a few weeks after that, Christmas is here, then New Year’s…you get the drift. This year I have so much to be thankful for. A new husband, a new home, a new job, and I look around me and for the first time in my life I have little to stress over. Things are good.

I still want to go into wig-out mode though. Why? I’m still searching the answers to that one. I think it’s just the holidays. I’ve been trying to get things ready around the house for a couple of months now, and the list of things to complete is too large to complete by Thanksgiving or Christmas. Why is it that I feel everything must be Martha Stewart perfect in order to entertain guests? Why can I not be comfortable and just let others see my home in its daily disarray. Not too messy, but not too neat either. A load of clothes left unfold that needs to be put away. The day’s pair of shoes tossed underneath whatever table I settled into first at the end of the day. These are the things that make a home feel like a home.

The houses I enjoy visiting most aren’t those that look like the cover of a Better Homes and Garden magazine. They are the ones that have the clutter, the imperfect decorating schemes, dust on pieces of furniture that were overlooked the last cleaning round. These are the houses that I want to take my shoes off in and stay awhile. They are the ones I feel at home in. They’re lived in. Why can’t I obtain this same attitude when it comes to my own home? Is it because I read too many books by Emile Barnes years ago? Though her methods are tried and true by many women, the techniques she teaches almost drove me to insanity. I guess the answer is just finding your own middle ground.

While I baste my turkey, prepare my dressing, and prepare my house for entertaining, this is what I’ll be focusing on: trying to discover my middle ground. If you stop by, don’t expect to see everything in order ready for a photo op. But do come by expecting to kick off your shoes and visit a while:)

Published in: on November 19, 2007 at 5:27 am  Leave a Comment  

Ups and Downs of Dieting, and Life…

Well, it is apparent that I chose to ignore my last blog entry. No menus were ever posted. No particular reason, except that I got busy with life. Life, even when it is good, is a roller coaster. I’ve been busy settling into my new home, my new role as wife, my new job, and wow, have there been tons of adjustments! The kids are settling in well at school, making friends, trying to find their place in this huge town. I’ve been doing the same.

Things were rough a couple of months ago. I was so homesick and ready to return home. My daughter was targeted by a group of bullies much like the movie Mean Girls, and I felt so helpless and scared for her as her mother. After days of crying, praying and yearning for the small town I came from, I came to realize that even in big towns, you can find good people with small town hearts and morals.

Now that I’ve come to grips with the fact that I’m not in Kansas anymore, I’m ready to look ahead to all my new adventures. Decorating my new home bit by bit, trying to find the time to unpack those unattended to boxes. More trips to the goodwill, and most excitedly, holidays in my new home with my new husband, and our new family:)

And on a lighter note: I’ve lost about 5 pounds since the last entry. (It’s a start. Now I’ve just got to get my butt moving. Trying to find time to make it to the gym. I’m confident I’ll find it. Until then, it’s mind over matter.)

Published in: on November 16, 2007 at 7:15 am  Leave a Comment