Thursday, December 27, 2007

The Doldrums

Yesterday I was up and rearin' to go. I had even started a post about getting this ship back on course. So what happened? Today I've got to say I'm actually feeling a little depressed. I don't know if it the fact that my house looks worse than it ever has, or if it is because all the specialness and magic is over and we are just left with the trash and a dying tree, or if it is because it is Thursday and I have to *start* my week midway through (which never works out well). It could be that I have to go to the grocery store and get back to menu planning, or that Kid is off for another two freaking weeks. But either way I'm just not feeling it today. Today I'm longing for my child-free days when the days after Christmas meant sleeping in, visiting family, eating cookies, and lazing around reading for hours. When I didn't *have* to do anything.


Anonymous said...

I always find myself a bit depressed after Christmas is over as well. I have such a long hype up to it and then... BOOM! It's over. Now there's nothing left but clean up. I HATE putting up Christmas decorations. And we have so many of them. Ah well. :)

BTW - if you need endorphins (as you said in your tag), you can always have sex. That releases good endorphins. (See, Mr F? I'm trying to help you out!)

Mrs. Furious said...

yeah. I'm definitely feeling a bit shitty. Our house is a wreck... and we can't even really clean it up until we find a place for all the new stuff... and neither of us has the energy for that. Our house is small enough to begin with let alone with a giant evergreen in the middle of our living room!

sex?!?... what's that?!

Chris Howard said...

I don't get depressed when Christmas is over (I don't ever get depressed, actually). But it is a bummer having to put all the shit away, not to mention finding a place for all the new shit. And, as I'm sure you can imagine, It's a multi-day effort to put away our Christmas stuff properly. And we're going to have to clean out the shed before we do, because everything's just thrown in there.

My advice would be to take it easy for a day or two (as much as possible), and then hit all the cleanup with a vengeance. After that, then I'd restart your normal routine. Just a thought.

Mrs. Furious said...

Oh I absolutely need to get back into my normal routine... that is definitely part of the problem. The "control" of my usual routine spills over and so unfortunately does the "out-of-control" of the past few weeks.
Once I get the groceries and laundry started things should feel a little more managable (hopefully).

anyway... glad you all are back! It was a little weird with the lack of Howard presence last week. :)

Amy said...

Yeah, yesterday was *supposed* to be the start of getting my eating/exercise back on track. It's like I look forward to xmas to be over to get back into a routine, but when it comes time to do it, I'm feeling too out of sorts to actually do it.

Danielle said...

I'm with you, although I feel less "depressed" than I do "overwhelmed". My house is in an absolute state of disorganization right now and I just don't know where to start. I am not a neat person by any stretch, but I do NOT feel good about messes of this magnitude. Uggh...

Chris Howard said...

anyway... glad you all are back! It was a little weird with the lack of Howard presence last week. :)

We've been lurking, just haven't had time to comment.

Speaking of routines, I'll finally start exercising again tomorrow. Today was my first day back at work, but I came in early to make sure I didn't have too much piled up. Thanks goodness I hit the gym twice on the cruise. It wasn't much, but I really think it helped.

Gigs said...

It's definitely the lack of organization that is making me out of sorts. I put each persons new stuff into a box of their own, and that helped (a lot actually) in terms of how my living room looked and how I felt. However the boxes are still in the living room, which is not where I ultimately want everything. And of course the boys keep pulling stuff out of them! I am actively looking forward to putting away all the Christmas decorations, as that will instantly cut all the clutter in half. I'm with you, getting back into the normal routine is key!

Mrs. Furious said...

"I look forward to xmas to be over to get back into a routine, but when it comes time to do it, I'm feeling too out of sorts to actually do it."
EXACTLY. I was kind of feeling like the 26th would be my New Year's. I did get rid of all the cookies and "trash" and I did workout yesterday... but I've got a ways to go before I'm back in the swing of things... and I might not be able to do that until Mr F goes back to work next week.

Mrs. Furious said...

"I am not a neat person by any stretch, but I do NOT feel good about messes of this magnitude"

You know I feel you on that one!
I went grocercy shopping and when I returned Mr F was all crazy and pissy from the mess... it is a nightmare and then we just feed off eachother's stress and pissiness (not really a word I fear)!

Mrs. Furious said...


good idea on the boxes. I suppose I could just try and use the new totes for that...

and the decorations are coming down ASAP. I usually leave them up until they come for the trees (2nd week in January)... that is just not happenin this time. Baby waddling around and all the crap is just a total disaster!

I think we are headed to IKEA tomorrow for more bookshelves for the playroom... then everything should actually have a place it can be put away.

Mrs. Furious said...

so how did the "white trash" turn out?!?!

"I am not a neat person by any stretch, but I do NOT feel good about messes of this magnitude"
Oh I hear you, it was really hard for me to make my rounds this past week!

So did you end up needing those bigger pants on the cruise or what?

Robin said...

I have to agree with this post and everyone's comments. I was also looking toward the 26th as my new year, and I just can't get in the swing. AND my pants are tight. Grrr. Feeling fat and bloated just makes me want to eat. You would think it would make me want to go to the gym...but no.

My goal for the next holiday season is to be 5 pounds under my goal weight, so I have some wiggle room!

Robin said...

Oh, and the house is a wreck and it is making me crazy.

Robin said...

Oops, one more thing.

Kara had her 12 month checkup today. She is 19 pounds 2 ounces which puts her in the 25% and 29 3/4" long which puts her in the 75%. The doc was happy with her weight, which made me happy. She looks great and is doing everything she is supposed to be doing developmentally. So that is one less thing to stress about.

emmyjw said...

I am righ there with you! I went down to the basement today only to be hit with the ten loads of laundry that have stacked up since Friday. That just made me want to cry when I added it to the huge mess upstairs. I think I need to add a closet addition to the back of the house and just shove evrything in there...

MommyTime said...

I LOVE Ikea for the storage stuff...little boxes to hold crayons, bigger ones for puzzles whose peices jump out on their own, spring-loaded baskets in bright colors to hold puppets, and all of it with lids and costing $4.99! All that crazy-color Swedish design for kids might cheer you up. I say go there today. I totally get the let-down feeling, which I usually have in spades. I can't tell you why today isn't so bad, though I wish I had a tip to share. One things that has helped me is to have something new to be excited about -- a pedometer, in my case. Small, but a fun new challenge. Perhaps you need a little something just for you that isn't about the house, the kids, or the pressure of trying to create a *perfect* holiday?

Mrs. Furious said...

" Feeling fat and bloated just makes me want to eat."
lol... so true!

and Yay! on the Kara news! what a relief :)

when I was at the grocery store I seriously just wanted lie down in the aisle and have a little cry... but I persevered.... I too have mountains of laundry to do today. Baby is out of onesies and socks and I am down to capri pants (not so great for MI winter!) so we are in a desperate way laundry-wise!

Mrs. Furious said...

does the big bakery blueberry muffin I got myself at the grocery store (and then salthered with butter...oops!) count?! or how about a margarita? (I could use one of those... this would all seem so much more tolerable if I was a little sloshed!)

funnily enough I did get a pedometer for Christmas... and I completely forgot to put it on. Maybe I'll go set my info right now!

MommyTime said...

hmmm...perhaps there should be a post-holiday mommy margarita run organized?!? Know what I do with my dear friends who live out of town (or even those who live in town on a snowy night)? I get into my jammies after the kids are in bed, make myself a nice stiff drink, cozy up on the couch, and phone a friend who has time & inclination to do the same, and we talk and pretend we're in a bar together. Some people might call this a lame mommy date, but I love it. Also, you can get sloshed and not have to drive...handy any time but really great when the drive would be all the way to Boston!

totally unrelated: you can blow Kid's mind with my reindeer footprint photos...might elicit a smile for you too

Mr Furious said...

Mr F was all crazy and pissy from the mess...

Nah. It wasn't the mess...I had tackled that and already finished the playroom. It was Canine that was pissing me off—going apeshit at the vacuum, barking like a goddamn lunatic at you and Kid even though he could see who was in the driveway...

But I suppose coming home to me screaming, "SHUT THE HELL UP!!!" wasn't exactly a warm welcome!

Deb said...

I was on a roll this morning, but I, too, have petered out. Strep throat is running through the house, so maybe it's just sickie blahs. Sex... whatever.

MommyTime said...

p.s. I'm realizing the actual point of my comment is not clear -- which is, NO a muffin you eat *while doing the family grocery shopping* does not really count as doing something for yourself. I was thinking more along the lines of pedicure, haircut, martini, or or thing that has nothing to do with obligations of any kind, rather than something that just vaguely sweetens accomplishing the obligation.

Preppy Mama said...

I hate it after christmas for a couple of weeks until I get into a "real" routine again. But there is something so depressing about it all being built up for one day and then....back to normal.
We had a case of the croup for Christmas so little man didn't even get to enjoy it! I think that depressed me most because you totally live for their little faces opening the presents and their excitement. Oh well, until next year I guess.
Maybe I am pissed about having to take down all the decorations and seriously, this year I am throwing out the tree with the lights!!

Mrs. Furious said...

you're reading my mind... I totally want a haircut. Maybe tomorrow after our Ikea run!

I have made dinner, done 2 loads of laundry (so far... stain treated 5) and am about to get on the treadmill so I'm pulling it together a bit!

strep?!? that sucks.
"Sex... whatever."
word to that

God I'm sorry about the croup. Actually feared Baby was coming down with that on Christmas Eve but she has kept it at a normal cough & cold (thankfully!). Anyway, that really is depressing!
" this year I am throwing out the tree with the lights!!"
I've seen it done!

Chris Howard said...

So did you end up needing those bigger pants on the cruise or what?

I needed the bigger pants before the cruise :). It felt good to have some pants that fit. And I didn't weigh myself, but I think I'm the same or a bit lighter than I was before I left.

"Sex... whatever."
word to that

That wouldn't work for us, but suum cuique.

Heather said...

What's the post-treadmill update? How we doin? I've got the mehs but not the full-blown blahs. But one more day with my parents could definitely push me over the edge.

Mrs. Furious said...

"I think I'm the same or a bit lighter than I was before I left"
Wow... You've gotta be making cruise history with that one!!

I do feel better (a bit) I only had time to do 30 minutes so I pushed my incline up to 12 and did intervals with that. I am now going to have a piece of chocolate cake... that should improve things for a few minutes at least!

katieo said...

Kids home from school. Husband home from work. Neighbors out of town. Lots of weather. Bad driving. Christmas mess.

I had the same pre-kids thoughts today on my way home from Target. (Although whenever I do that I start to feel guilty like I'm going to get home and the house has burned down or something.)

I feel your pain. Trying to get back into your routine when no one else's is in place is maddeningly impossible.

Mrs. Furious said...

"Trying to get back into your routine when no one else's is in place is maddeningly impossible."
Ding ding ding ding ding... we have a winner!

I have been working out after dinner again which is kind of helping me get our evenings back to normal (somewhat)... but until Mr F goes back to work it is going to be an uphill battle!

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