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Holiday Amnesia

Of course the holidays were more fun when I was a child and could just sit back and enjoy them with none of the work. I have gotten a little less enjoyment each year in scheduling when we can possibly get a tree and how we will find some extra Jacksons to pay for it and ultimately slogging out the same decorations to adorn it.

I know I sound terrible. And the tree is my FAVORITE PART OF CHRISTMAS!

But I have reached a new low this year…

This year, I can’t even remember it.

That’s right. I can’t remember what happened.

It was a blur of buying gifts, wrapping gifts, buying ingredients for cookies, going to holiday events which seemed to be happening not only every weekend, but then every night of the week. I remember the holiday party at work, and how much I was looking forward to it. That night, we saw a listing for a dog online who would turn out to be part of the litter we would ultimately adopt our new pup from.

Then, there is a blur.

Puppy arrives

I know a dog started living with us between Christmas and New Year’s. We went to my sister-in-law’s New Year’s Eve party. We took the dog. I think. My husband and I had birthdays too, but I only remember coming out of a sickness fog to return to work.

Did this really happen?

I am finding items around the house that I don’t remember. They all turn out to be my son’s Christmas presents he received. I know when we got the puppy there was a mad rush to remove items from her path that she may destroy or eat. But having them out of site also put them out of my mind.

Maybe I am just out of my mind.

Has anyone else ever experienced this, or is it just me?

Maybe the 24 hour stomach flu that went through our house had a coma effect? Except, well, I am the only one experiencing this problem.

Oh well. I have always said that Christmas should be like the Olympics—we should take a break in between them. Even Christmas every other year would be more palpable.

Maybe the Jennifer’s Holiday Amnesia Episode of 2017 is Santa’s way of granting that wish. He managed to grant all my other wishes this year.

Your past shapes you. It can’t be undone.

New Year’s Resolutions – 2012 Edition

My first New Year’s resolution for the year 2012 is Total Health. This does not mean that I am going to stop eating and chain myself to a treadmill. Although, my waistline would benefit from such behavior after my “It’s Christmas, I can eat whatever I want”, “It’s my birthday, I can eat whatever I want”, and “My son is having surgery, I can eat whatever I want” attitude. No, Total Health is a manifestation for my family to not get sick or need surgery in this year or the ones to come in the future. This also includes my dogs, as Parker snuck in surgery in 2011 between the surgeries of my son.

My second resolution for 2012 is Financial Fitness. (Or should that have been Total Fitness & Financial Health?) I want my household’s incoming income to be less than the outgoing payments and bills. I want us to have an obscenely huge emergency savings fund. Or, more reasonably, at least begin our obscenely huge emergency savings fund this year and fertilize it to grow in the years to come.

My third resolution for 2012 will probably be the hardest to keep; more so than spontaneous good health and a job in the middle of a horrible recession. I want to Buy American. As much as possible.

It is hard to find Made in the USA products on the shelves of our stores. But I need to take a moment to step back & realize when I could search for the same product online. Or when I am ordering from a catalog (who DOES that anymore?), to only order products that say “Made in the USA” and not the items that say “Imported”. The only website I have found so far is The Made in America Store I have not yet ordered from them, so I cannot vouch for their quality or service. But I deeply feel like their cause is a good one. Imagine how much money we could pump into the United States economy if we all bought just one more item Made in the USA in 2012.

Happy New Year everyone!

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