Monday, January 4, 2010

Out with the Old

I’m bustin’ out of last year as fast as possible.   Mr. Help-I’ve-Fallen-And-I-Can’t-Get-Up Snowman demonstrates the effects of certain (last year) unbloggables.  They can knock you off your feet for a while.  But not long…

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There are always friends around to pick you back up.  Give you a kick in the pants, smack you straight and set you back on the path.

And I’m moving forward.

Packing up Christmas was easy this year.  

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I’m going to miss my magical reindeer relatives though.  And I certainly look forward to meeting up again with them at years end.

I’m sure they’ll look over the other holiday magic while it’s resting.

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Oh, and before I forget.  I want to wish a special Thank you to ‘Some Lady’ who left me this little planter along with a delicious nut bread.  I wasn’t home when she dropped it off.  And my kids just said it was from, ‘Some Lady.’  So thanks ‘Some Lady’.  I guess it’s time to teach my kids how to politely ask for names if they don’t happen to remember the familiar friendly face.

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So Christmas is packed up and we celebrated a New York Time New Years Eve with our little girls.  How smart is that.  Celebrate New Years at 9 on the Pacific Coast, watch the sparkly ball fall, then send the kids to bed so we can all be well rested for the first day of the New Year.

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And I know you are all about busting out to see my new cabinets in the kitchen.  Thing is, I really don’t want to reveal them until they are done.  That might still be awhile. but seeing as we are out with the old and in with the new.  I’ll show you the old cabinets next to the new ones.  Exact same doors and drawers, just given a clean fresh start.  

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I will definitely have to add some knobs to them to keep the filthy fingerprints from mucking them up.  Okay, who am I kidding, of course they will get mucked up, but hey, they are looking so fine, I’m motivated to keep them that way.  My kids often find me sitting on the plywood floor just looking at them, all the while grinning like they hold some secret magical  enchantment in them.  It’s called Hope. 

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Yup, Hopes been using the cupboard under the sink as her special get-away.  So whenever it get’s quite I’m likely to find her and ninja kitty there playing.

I’ve got some exciting news. 

Wait for it.

I read a book.

Can you believe it I actually read an entire book cover to cover.

And why, might you ask it this great news?  What educational skill was I lacking, you might be pondering?

Here’s the thing.  I love reading.  I’m what you might call an extremely avid reader.  Someone who get’s so sucked into stories, it’s like I’m right there with the characters and they are sooooooo real.

Go figure… so why am I doing the happy dance that I actually read a book. 

Well it’s Honking Big News because it’s the first one I’ve been able to read since the Unbloggable happened last July.  I tried over and over again to read, to escape, but my head was so buzzing with all the crazy Unbloggable thoughts I couldn’t concentrate on a single sentence.  I found myself reading the same page four times and not being able to tell you what it was really about.  And I thought I’d lost that enchanted escape. The dang door was shut pretty tight.

But somehow, over the holidays, some magic happened that calmed me enough to read again.  Maybe it’s because I started dreaming again, who knows?  And as I read the last page of an extremely satisfying story I tingled with the excitement of now being able to go back to my extremely large pile of wish reads.  Just had to share that wonderful news with you.  Who’d have thought that reading a book full of words could be so satisfying?

I can just feel that this year is going to be okay.  We’ve still got some large nastiness on the horizon, but I’m ever so hopeful that we’ll come out of it still standing, still hoping, dreaming, and living in the magic.


Sara said...

Hope springs eternal! Hugs!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

That's a LOT of accomplishment! LOVE the cabinets--that clean white is so fresh looking. I've got Christmas packed up, too, but I leave snowmen and red berries and wreaths up for another couple months.

utmomof 5 said...

The cabinets are looking good :)

Christmas was packed up two days after this year -- I was just ready for a new clean start!!!

I love reading too!!!

laterg8r said...

congrats on the cabinets :D

love that you are reading again :D

~Mama Cayman ;) said...

Hooray for a new year and fresh outlook! I am SO happy to hear that you are able to read again, Fawndear; what a wonderful way to escape and dream. I am an avid reader as well, and although I haven't had the kind of time I usually would devote to reading in quite awhile, just knowing I have worlds waiting for me to explore is something I enjoy thoroughly.

Congrats on getting Christmas put away so quickly! We are leaving it up until Epiphany (January 6), because we are honoring Amazing Husband's family's traditions this year.

BTW, I am on pins and needles to see the new kitchen cabinets, when they are ready. What an amazing start to a new year for you--way to go!


Natalie said...

What book did you read? :-) Just kidding, I'm in the middle of so many different series-es that I take a while to figure out what happens in what book. Glad you got new white cabinets, but personally I like the brown too, maybe better. I'm not saying throw out the white- I'm just saying I'm more of a brown-lover. But everyone needs a healthy dose of clean snow-white white. :-)