Hi, Mom

My mom texted me this afternoon and asked where a new blog post was. She’s probably the number one reader of my blog and consistently checks for new posts. I actually had a post in mind for this week, but I just never got around to it. This week feels like the home stretch and crunch time, and all I want to do is cocoon myself in blankets and avoid all responsibilities.

We got snow Sunday night into Monday, and it officially feels like winter now. The sun is usually already setting when I leave work at 4:30 p.m., but today, but the time it was 4:45 p.m., it was pitch black outside. I’m not happy about any of this. I don’t like the dark and cold and dreary, and it’s hard to find the motivation to do anything. I saw this post on Instagram awhile ago, and it made me feel a bit better about how I feel this time of year:

I haven’t really watched any Christmas movies aside from parts of Home Alone, Home Alone 2, The Santa Clause, The Santa Clause 2, and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Well, I’ve also watched a few Hallmark movies, but I don’t feel super festive this year. I’m not sure why.

Today was my last day in the office for 2022. I’m going to work from home tomorrow, Monday, and Tuesday, and then I’m off until January 3rd. (Work is closed from Christmas to New Year’s, and I’m using three vacation days next week before they expire.) I’ve spent the last few weeks getting all of my work done before vacation, and I still have a couple of things to take care of tomorrow and Monday. It doesn’t help that I project I started ended up taking me a lot longer than I thought and ended up making my brain hurt.

I’m attending three holiday parties in a row, starting today and ending Saturday. I can already tell it’s going to be a lot of socializing for me, so by Sunday, Josh and I will probably watch football in silence. As an introvert, I can only handle so much socializing/talking/being around people before I need to be alone for a while. I’m by myself tonight, so I’m just watching TV, relaxing, and wearing comfy clothes. (I do miss in 2020 when we didn’t have any parties and I didn’t have to worry about socializing.)

In case anyone is curious—like my mom—I’ll be working on some end-of-the-year posts over my winter break: my winter break plans, year in review, and monthly recap; I’ll also work on drafts of posts for early January, like my bucket list for 2023 and books I read in 2022. I’ve been working on the year-in-review post on and off, and I did so much more than I thought—I can’t wait to share it.

So, yeah, here’s a post for this week that’s just a jumble of what’s been going on. I’m just trying to take it a day at a time and do things that bring me comfort. I hope you all can do the same.


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