Sunday, January 06, 2008
back to it
this morning we arose and rubbed the last bits of vacation dust from our eyes. we drank tea and ate oven pancakes. dan and tashi sit on the couch, reading erik the viking, a book i gave dan for christmas. we've declared it a lazy sunday, despite five loads of laundry, and empty frig and a living room which is more like an obstacle course. my one big chore of the day is to drive into the beautiful virginia countryside to pick up a brand new rice cooker i scored on freecycle.
oven pancakes: add powdered sugar and watch your cholesteral
our tree will remain up, despite the fact that the tree recyclers will come by this week. i like to obtain our tree a couple of weeks before solstice and take it down several weeks after. it makes me sad to see all the holiday decor disappear so soon after christmas. even though the consumer calendar demands we move on, it is still the season of darkness, a time to continue encouraging the light to return. this doesn't have to happen with electricity and neon, but candles, greenery and symbols of hope need not be cast aside so quickly. the pagan festival of brigid or imbolc approaches, one of my personal favorites.
it's actually been a rather exhausting vacation. i am trying to look forward to getting back on schedule, going to bed earlier, eating fewer sweets, managing my time better and moving on to some new projects. but it has also been a thoughtful vacation, and i look forward to putting some of those thoughts into action.
wishing you all a smooth return to the regularity of things.
tashi, jesse & classmates after the dress up relay at their tenth birthday party