Tuesday, December 27, 2005

So, this is what it feels like to relax

Last Friday most people who work at the university got to go home around lunch time. That morning at work, I was fantasizing about napping, perhaps indulging in a bubble bath or kicking back with a non-school book.

Alas, my fantasy was never realized... at least not that day...

Couldn't chill out. Instead, I felt like a chipmunk on speed (not that I'd know what one of those looks like, but we can imagine...) I zipped from one end of the house to the other, not knowing that to do. So, I sorted a semester's worth of recycling in the basement (scary stuff!) and took it to the depot. I did a b'zillion loads of laundry. Cleaned both bathrooms. Cleaned the kitchen. Put together some Christmas parcels (now known as "New Year's gifts"). Finally, about 5:00 p.m. or so, sat down and turned on the T.V. for an hour, which is just another way of saying I fidgeted, while pretending I was relaxing.

Christmas Eve was spent with friends and Christmas Day was with family. While I was at Aaron and Nicole's on the 25th, Aaron kept apologizing, saying he hoped the day wasn't too boring.

"Are you kidding?" I asked. "I'm delighted just to have the chance to kick back and do nothing!" Well, we did go for that Christmas Day walk, but that was just fun time, really... Followed quickly by some rum and egg nog and naps all around before digging into turkey. Mmmm.... turkey....

Needless to say, Christmas Day was wonderful and the blissfully warm weather we've been having made for excellent driving conditions for the trip to Red Deer and back.

Yesterday involved some serious Boxing Day Power Shopping with Alia and then, when I got home, I finally started a non-school book I've been dying to get into... Watching the English, a book about the customs and traditions of the English, sent to me by Adrian, one of my many English cousins. So far, I must say that it is an excellent read and I'd definitely recommend it.

And so, here it is... December 27... and I finally feel like I'm starting to wind down...

Now with any luck, I'll get those parcels and cards mailed off tomorrow!

13 comments:

katt said...

Every brave girl you are Sarah, attempting the shopping race on boxing day. The only thing that happens on boxing day at my house is the Turkey leftover dwindle to nothing and there is no line up for that. New Years Chrees to you and yours.

Sarah Elaine said...

Katt - I'm not really a shop-a-holic by any means... This is just a tradition of sorts that I have with my friend, Alia. We are both hugely efficient (as in shopping, so in life...) and find this a practical way to stock up on wrap, cards, etc. We were done by 10 a.m. and having coffee by 10:05!

Turtle Guy said...

Hmm... sounds like you had a most enjoyable Christmas break - short as it is... enjoy what's left, girl - soak it in!

ipodmomma said...

I like that, New Year's parcels...

we got a few last boxes in the post yesterday, the kids were enjoying their late pressies...

glad you got to put those tooties up and RELAX.... ahhhh.... very nice!

and yeah, a dryer is a lovely piece of machinery... that one served us well.

D said...

You accomplished so much - nice job! Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas. Great news on the knee report! Hopefully you will be running soon! One step at a time right?

Bill said...

..hey Sarah.....slow down and relax :-}...really enjoy your blog..it keeps Tracy and i up to date w/ what is happening in your life...

Have a great New Year

Cheers !

robtherunner said...

I completely understand the excitement of being able to read a non-school book as well. I got through one so far and am trying to get through another before I start classes again, but I will admit that the second book is from a class I had last year in which the professor cancelled the book due to time constraints. Have a great time relaxing.

Constantine said...

While you relax have a Sapphire-tonic on me. It's sure to foster better R&R!

Granny said...

Hi Sarah - I missed catching up on Christmas. Early Happy New Year to you.

runninturnip said...

Being American...what's Boxing Day?

katt said...

Tried to say Hello on your web page through my blog, but for some reason it would not download your site. Good plan on the get the
Christmas supplies early and for less. Still think you are fearless. The 10:05 coffee with friend sounds good.
Have a wonderful New Years.

zouzou said...

"Chipmunk on speed", eh? That would be in the realm of chip and dale, and I'm not talking the studly ones in bowties and no shirts either! I never could watch that cartoon, I couldn't understand what they were saying. I think you must have calmed down quite a bit when I last saw you!

pip pip, looking forward to our magical adventure tomorrow!

zouzou said...

P.S. don't Americans get a Boxing Day? poor things. They don't get Family Day either, I hear. Or Queen Victoria's Birthday.