Tuesday, December 26, 2006

The Greatest Workout of the Holiday Season

I have just completed the GREATEST workout of the holiday season and I didn't even have to put on my tennis shoes or a sports bra. Was I getting a jump start on my new year's resolution? Not exactly.....I was cleaning up Christmas gifting!!! OMG, it's probably one of my least favorite things in the world to do, but it's mostly done. I just spent the last 2 hours folding up gift bags, sorting through gifts, deciding which tissue paper and boxes to keep and which to pitch. I also was piling up cardboard boxes and taking them to the basement for Jason to break up and put aside for that far off day when paper recycling goes again. (Our paper recycling is every other Monday and as luck would have it, this past Monday - Christmas - would have been paper day. So we have 2 more weeks until it goes again!) That's a month's worth of newspapers and regular accumulation of paper goods along with the unbelievable amount of holiday boxes. And I'm mostly talking bulk cardboard since we (and everyone else, it seems) did so much online shopping this year. But I have to tell you, the house looks waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better than it did when we got home this evening. I think this at least should buy me a little more time to sleep in the morning. Maybe 8am? Jason should be pleased, although I left most of his stuff alone, albeit in nice neat piles for him.

But all in all, we had a nice 2 1/2 days of CHRISTMAS! Christmas Eve was spent at Jay's grandmother's who doesn't live too far from us. It's a bit wild in her Essex rowhouse, but we're all family and get along just fine. Then it was home to get the kids in bed and to make it look like Santa had been here. After we were done with that, Jay and I decided to open gifts from one another since it would be ever so much more peaceful and we'd actually be able to look at what we got instead of pulling kids off of us or telling them to stop doing something. And I must say, my wonderful husband was very good to me this year - as usual. He got me some nice clothes, some doodads for around the house, but then he hit the big one. He got me an mp3 player!! I've been jonesin' for one for ages and talked a little about IPod, but was constantly told what crap ITunes was, etc. So you can imagine how surprised I was to open my new Sansa e270. It has 6Gb of memory which can handle oodles of songs, some small videos and photos too. It also can get FM radio and do little voice recordings. It's really the bomb.com. I am thrilled with it and can't tell you how much I love it. He, of course, did lots of research when he decided to buy me one and found that this one got the best reviews. He didn't want to go up too much more in memory since most player above this have "moving parts" inside (e.g. discs) that can break VERY easily. So this is actually a flash drive and while I do not plan on treating it with anything other than kid gloves, it's nice to know a little bang won't kill it. I've already been having loads of fun ripping songs off of CDs and loading them onto my player. I heart it!

So since I finally had a few minutes to play w/ my new toy, it meant that I went to bed late. Not a bad thing if we didn't have to go anywhere, but we were expected at my grandmother's in Western MD at 10am. Oof! We ran around like crazy people and got out of the house in a decent amount of time but didn't arrive until nearly 11am. But it was nice to see my 3 awesome cousins and my aunts/uncles too. Caroline is quite taken with my dad's brother, Doug, and says he's her pal. I guess back in March was when she first became aware of him and he did something funny and now she always proclaims that Uncle Doug is so silly. I think he's her secondary grandfather now. Although it's not surprising considering he's only 2 years younger than my dad and looks a lot like him - but I do remember as a kid thinking he was funnier than my dad. The day was full of gift opening, eating and other such merriment and we even got a short visit with my mom's mom who came for a few hours from the nursing home. She's had a very tough last few months and was having a good enough day to come out.

All in all it was a wonderful holiday and even though I'm pretty exhausted right now, I'm very grateful for my family and for their generosity. Although I must say that I loved watching all of them open the gifts that I had picked out for them. That is my favorite part of Christmas.

So on the slate for tomorrow is to just stay home. Let the kids play w/ their millions of prezzies and just chill. I have a feeling our laundry is on the menu, but that is managable. I also have to start thinking about what we'll be having for dinner on New Year's Eve when we have 2 other couples and their kids over for dinner and fun.


Amanda said...

Sounds like a great day!!!

Make sure you share your menu for New Year's Eve

Anonymous said...

I totally hear you on the toy over-load! I feel like I'm living in Little People Land! Don't get me wrong, I love it and all but man did she get lots of them for Christmas (and plenty of other stuff too!)

~ Viv