Reality is that I have "blogger's block".
I don't feel like I have anything to say that anyone would want to read, and when I do, I don't have the time or energy to put it together (hopefully coherently).
So, let's see if we can break the block by writing this little apology. Actually, it's not really an apology, given that it's my blog and I can write whenever I want. But I guess it is an apology in the sense that I know that when I read a blog regularly, I miss it when they take a break, so I apologise if you've missed me.
Okay, let's see if we can break the block by giving a quick recap of what's been happening around here then.
I finally started work at one of the big Australian banks and finally, after two full weeks, managed to balance at the end of the day without having to re-count and re-check all of my work. I literally did a dance!
Working full-time for two weeks was great and really hard. It was awesome to be working again - spending so much time around adults, learning, and using my head all the time. And it was hard not being around my Little Big Fella, trying to keep my house up to scratch, trying to fulfill the commitments I'd made as a non-worker, sitting almost all day, trying to get plenty of sleep and keep up with my workout program.
There were Christmas parties and birthday parties, often on the same day!
And, of course, there was Christmas!
My grandparents were going to join us this year but unfortunately that didn't work out. But we had a great day! The Little Big Fella got way too many presents, again! And we had a fun time playing with all of them :-D
The Big Fella had a sleep in the afternoon (he'd done a string of night shifts with very little sleep in between) and I got a little down, I think because I'm used to Christmas day being full of people.
In the evening we visited some friends. They'd gotten together with others in their street to hire a blow up waterslide and the Little Big Fella had a good go on it. There were a few drinks and lots of laughs. It was a great, relaxing way to end the day.
Boxing Day saw us follow a tradition that began early in our marriage, with Lord of the Rings, actually. The Big Fella, the Little Big Fella and I went and saw the Hobbit at the cinema, 2 hours away. It was expensive, and mildly frustrating a couple of times, but I think it's definitely a tradition we'll continue whenever possible.
The days between then and now have been very quiet and homely. We've caught up with a couple of friends who've remained in town, been to the local pool, avoided the few shops that are near (and all of the ones further away!), practiced on my scooter and the Little Big Fella on his little motorbike, put up our pool and hidden away in the airconditioning from the high 30s to 45 degree days, and slept our way into the New Year.
Do you remember last New Year where I mentioned that I don't like it? Here's the link if you want to look it up. I actually happened to wake up 15 minutes before midnight this year and during that time I remembered some of the really bad New Year's Eve "parties" I've been to.
One included being at church (not the bad part - I loved going to church and spending time with the people around me who I considered my family), where the guest speaker actually continued speaking through the countdown to the New Year!
Then there were others (probably most of them really) where, possibly because there was no alcohol involved, we were trying to stay awake until midnight so we could count down, yell "Happy New Year" and go home to bed.
But this year I've added another reason to not like New Year. And I suspect there will be plenty of people who disagree with me, which is absolutely your prerogative.
Many people seem to think that just because we've changed the number that we write to designate the year, their life will change... without them doing anything differently. Then they whinge their way through the year, get to the other end and complain about what a horrible year it was and how they can't wait for the new year to begin.
Ummmm, sorry folks, that's not the way it works!
If you want your life to change in any way, big or small, you have to make a change! Whether it's a new year or not! And change is hard! Which is why you haven't done it yet. And, not only change for a minute or a day, but consistently! And that sometimes feels impossible!!!
Anyway, I guess I'm off on a tangent, but I guess that means I'm cured of "blogger's block"!
I had a quick look back through my 2013 posts, just to see what I've recorded about our year for you.
- We've had chickens,
- been flooded in,
- the Little Big Fella started kindy and turned 4,
- our house has been painted and we have new furniture,
- we've played with friends,
- the Little Big Fella has spent a lot of time in superhero costumes,
- I joined the CWA and was Treasurer for our playgroup,
- the Easter Bunny and Santa visited, as did my brother, and the Big Fella's parents,
- we visited our old town a few times,
- I rolled our car and we got a brand new one,
- the Little Big Fella and I flew to Melbourne,
- I went to my first "real" concert and P!nk was AWESOME!
- I got a 2nd and 3rd in the state CWA photo competition,
- we went to the local race day,
- I've (possibly excessively) considered various aspects of parenting,
- I cut my hair short (again),
- the Big Fella and I exchanged rings in a private (and moving) ceremony... in our car,
- I've gotten back into papercrafts with some of my friends,
- the Little Big Fella played his first sport (soccer),
- we went to the May Day Fair, and the school fair,
- we've been fishing and swimming and backyard camping,
- we've attempted a sleepover with the Little Big Fella's best friend,
- the Little Big Fella finally worked out how to ride his motorbike by himself,
- I've raised the concept of letting men be manly,
- the Little Big Fella gave some of his face-skin to the concrete, and shared his hand with a knife (thankfully not needing stitches),
- I had some bad days and some bad weeks,
- the Little Big Fella had his first visit to the dentist,
- we had backyard fires and front yard fires, and fires at friends' houses,
- the Little Big Fella played with (manufactured) snow for the first time ever,
- we got airconditioning in our living area!
- the Big Fella turned 40,
- we got a shipping container/workshop,
- the Little Big Fella learned how to teatowel fight,
- we did Halloween again, and ate too many sweets,
- I had a girl's night in,
- I re-learned how to tie balloons and got to do it at two different events,
- the Big Fella and I lost weight, and the Big Fella's kidney health has moved back to the "normal" range,
- we've been to local footy games,
- I ran my first ever fundraiser, and it was a success!
- I've found a million reasons throughout the year to be thankful for my friends and family,
- I totally got into the Christmas spirit in the lead up to Christmas,
- we've had LOTS of fun times with friends at the park, at playgroup, at their houses, at our house,
- we've laughed, a lot,
- the Little Big Fella had his Prep Transition days, and loved them,
- we've spent plenty of time splashing around in water,
- the Little Big Fella and I have done a fair bit of cooking,
- and I've returned to being ScooterShell.
Now take a deep breath because 2014 is going to have lots of big moments in it too! The Little Big Fella is starting real school, we're going to Melbourne in March (as a family), in May (possibly just me) and September (just the Big Fella), I'll be getting my full motorbike license, there'll be birthdays and parties and playtimes and homework and events and competitions and Halloween and Christmas and work and love. Put that together with whatever "deep" thoughts I dump on y'all, as well as all the random things that you never expect or plan for...
Can I go to sleep now?