taking it easy

You may think that the last two weeks of December were all about taking it easy. And they were. I left work early, took work off, allowed housework to fall by the wayside, and indulged in Christmas gift–fawning (and this year may be one of my favorite gift -giving and -receiving years--but that's pretty much every year). I slept in, took naps, and mindlessly ate Reese's Minis. I watched movies, TV shows, and home videos. So wouldn't it be time for me to stop taking it easy?

But here's the thing. I'm giving myself permission to ease into real life again. Yes, I'm going to work full-time again and waking up early every day, but perhaps this time around I won't let the messy apartment get me irritable. I'll clean the bathroom, but it just doesn't have to be tonight. I'll do laundry, but maybe not all of it all at once.

{Note: This quiet refusal to take a decent self-portrait is not too uncommon. As one of the only pictures of the two of us I managed to get during the Christmas season, this less than ideal SP is what I have to work with.}

In addition to cooking and cleaning and bill paying, I'm going to make time for knitting, sewing, reading, and spending time with Josh. Just because I have to return to real life doesn't mean that I can't ease the transition a little with some of those things I so enjoyed doing on vacation.


Jill said...

You are wise to figure this out now! I have wasted years being frustrated with myself and all that I thought I had to do, when really I was the one putting those deadlines and clean-freak tendencies onto myself. It's much better to go with the flow and enjoy your evenings at home than to be in a frenzy all the time.

Jill said...

P.S. Tell Josh that he's going to be so glad you guys took self-portraits like this years from now. I wish I had more pictures from my early-married years when we were so young and optimistic and giddy about everything. Pictures like this are a gift to your older selves!

michelle said...

Hear, hear! Enjoy those evenings at home! I'm easing my way back in, too. Today I took a break - sat down and worked on a scarf for awhile, in the middle of the day!

I agree with Jill that these pictures are a gift to your older selves. We have, probably, zero pictures of the two of us early on.

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