The Truth? It’s Under The Rug

Well, Christmas is over.  Those of us who survived have a week to take a breath and collect ourselves before being plunged into the New Year.  For those who didn’t make it, I’ll offer a moment of silence to mourn the loss, as I will miss you….

I hope you enjoyed the Christmas present I got all of you:  I spared you a Sunday blog post.  My holiday from trying to write something semi-entertaining, if not a tiny bit relevant, is a holiday for you, too, since you didn’t have to read (or delete) another failed attempt 🙂  I do thank you for your patience, because (in theory) practice yields improvement.

As anticipated, I got my gift of writing on Monday.  It is after ten o’clock on Monday night as I write this post and I just printed the first draft of the short story I set out to write today.  Yes, the one I planned to write back in September.  As an added bonus, I also took time to beta read a short story for a fellow blogger.  I finished reading all 100 pages and made some notes, which I will review and organize over the weekend.

I could end the post here, leaving you with the impression that I’m a master at managing my life; that I’ve got all the balls in the air and haven’t dropped a single one.  But let’s face it:  that would be dishonest.  And I don’t want to be responsible for anyone plunging themselves into a pint of Haagen Dazs because I made them feel inadequate.  (However, I do recommend Mint Chip.)

So instead of dressing reality in expensive jewels and calling it an heiress or sweeping the facts under a dirty rug, I’m going to share just a few of the things that did not get done:

Neglected cookies have no colorful frosting to wear
Dishes don't wash themselves (no matter how long you leave them in the sink)
Whaddya think - should I just let clutter spread like ground cover and forget vacuuming?
Eh, I still have two more pairs of jeans... laundry can wait
I hate folding sheets. The dryer is as good a place as any to store them, right?

I have one more night without the kiddos, so I’ll see what I can tackle on Tuesday night!  If I don’t get any of these things done, I can always see how many more levels I can complete on Angry Birds 🙂

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What did you do over the holiday weekend – relax, work or play?


14 thoughts on “The Truth? It’s Under The Rug

  1. nrhatch December 27, 2011 / 8:35 AM

    This post made me feel inadequate. You took photos and uploaded them and inserted them into the post and made us smile.

    In contrast, I am being so L~A~Z~Y! I read magazines yesterday, slept 11 hours last night, and slept 10 hours the night before. I have NO ambition. No motivation. No get up and go.

    Maybe I’m fighting a bug or a virus.

    Yeah. I’m sure that’s it. 😆

    • jannatwrites December 27, 2011 / 6:13 PM

      Eleven hours of sleep? I’m envious, Nancy! I think your body is trying to tell you to rest up, so I’d definitely obey.

      My hubby commented that I was as lazy as him (because I stayed in pajamas all day). He had no idea how much I really did get done 🙂

  2. Debbie December 27, 2011 / 9:47 AM

    Janna, you got a LOT done! In contrast, I barely scratched the surface of my “To Do” list. I hate to take a blogging “vacation,” but I’m seriously considering it, just so I can tackle some of the projects that are molding there. Ah, well, at least blogging/commenting is writing, isn’t it — even if it doesn’t add to the word count on my novel, ha!

    • jannatwrites December 27, 2011 / 6:14 PM

      If things pile up to the point your mind is jogging in place, then something has to give, Debbie. When I have too much stuff to do, I find my brain can’t concentrate long enough on any one thing, and nothing gets done.

      Blogging is writing…just not the kind that gets a novel done. Good luck to you, Debbie!

  3. Carl D'Agostino December 27, 2011 / 10:14 AM

    Christmas cookies with no frosting or sprinkles ? Harumph. Probably did not decorate the tree either. Dishes don’t wash themselves? Oh, so that’s why……….

    • jannatwrites December 27, 2011 / 6:16 PM

      Yes, Carl, the Grinch stole Christmas (or at least the frosting) at my house. Good news is he left the (fully decorated) tree alone 🙂

      Self-washing dishes…there’s a gadget I would buy!

    • jannatwrites December 27, 2011 / 6:18 PM

      I’m so sorry! My house drives me nuts because I used to be neat and orderly, B.C. (Before Children.)

      Thanks for stopping by, Mikeyinterupted.

  4. philosophermouseofthehedge December 27, 2011 / 3:58 PM

    Naked cookies! A new trend….so healthy…less stressful…so promoting creativity (let your imaginations color them any way you want). What a great way to end the year!

    • jannatwrites December 27, 2011 / 6:21 PM

      Funny you should mention ‘naked’ cookies, Mouse….I almost put that on my picture caption, but I was afraid I’d end up with tons of porn site spam 🙂

      I like your spin on the cookies. It sounds much more innovative than ‘I was too lazy to make frosting.’ Thanks!

  5. pattyabr December 28, 2011 / 12:29 AM

    Your post made me smile. There were many a Christmas that I looked into and got totally overwhelmed. A few years ago I thought lets skip it. Then one year I read the book Skipping Christmas to help me relinquish my angst and laugh really hard. After I felt better then I got into the Christmas spirit.

    I had last week off of work preparing for Christmas. I worked pretty hard and I completed my task without becoming overwhelmed. That in itself was an accomplishment.

    Let us all now enjoy the season now that the season is in full swing without any other trappings

    • jannatwrites December 28, 2011 / 11:14 PM

      I’m glad you had some time off so Christmas didn’t stress you out. Christmas shouldn’t be stressful, but sometimes it’s hard not to get caught up in the preparations.

      I agree, lets enjoy the season 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Patty!

  6. pattisj January 1, 2012 / 9:58 PM

    I’ve been working on the dishes-in-the-sink experiment and think you are correct.

    • jannatwrites January 1, 2012 / 10:55 PM

      If you unlock the key to getting dishes to do themselves, you’ll be a very wealthy woman, Patti! I hope you are able to select the best dishwasher for you and get it installed before the dishes get too out of control 🙂

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