Friday, January 3, 2014

Feel The Burn


I’ve been slacking off on the ol’ bloggeroo lately.

And not without reason.  Lack of inspiration, for instance.  Who uses words like ol’ bloggeroo?  What is this, the old west?

But lack of inspiration and absence of good words aren’t the only reasons I’ve been slacking.  I’m past the timeliness of 2013 recap posts, past the Happy New Year posts, and I can’t bother to write out goals for myself, much less put my dear blog readers through the agony of reading what I have planned for myself this year.  I don’t really have a plan, anyway.  You’re welcome, Mom.

I’m slacking because of that tried-and-true condition that never fails.

Burnout.

Not on writing, oh, dear reader, never on writing.  But on doing.  Doing according to a timeline.  Keeping my eye on the calendar and blowing through tasks like I’m in some sort of Amazing Race of my own, except there’s no Phil Keoghan at the end to inform me that I’ve made it or I’m the last to arrive at my destination, ending the game for me – because I’m the only contestant and this game will never end for me. 

And because blog posting requires a timeline – okay, a self-imposed timeline, but one nonetheless – I put it aside, too, in favor of getting caught up on Facebook and Twitter silliness, reading books, becoming one with all the food and wine in the house, and reading all the magazines, oh, Entertainment Weekly, why must you come every week?

There are crumbs littering the floor, tumbleweeds of hair and dust from all the people and animals that have been through my house in the past week or so rolling ahead of my footsteps.  There are fingerprints on windows, red and green candy foil on the rug, glitter everywhere OMG THE GLITTER and all the Christmas décor is still out.

I’m burned out on doing stuff.

And while my coffee and I sit here and wonder just how much longer I can stand seeing the stockings hung by the chimney with less care than I’d like, I just thought I’d let you know.

Here’s to 2014 and getting back into the swing of things.  Cheers!


OMG we have the worst Christmas decorations.

20 comments:

  1. Ah yes! The dreaded post-holiday ennui. I managed to take down all but ONE of my Christmas decorations before it hit me this year. So I have one lonely thing on my mantle, and I may leave it until next year. It's kitschy. It's quirky. Or whatever. Anyway, here's a shout-out to getting back into the groove.

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    1. That was me last year - I had it all down by the time the kids went back to school. The year before, it was almost Valentine's Day before I had everything down. Surely there's a happy medium...

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  2. We are not back to "normal" yet. The boys go back to school/preschool next week, so I can be in sort of holiday mode until then, right?
    I put away our decorations on New Year's Day - of course I have found some ornament that I forgot in each of the two days since then.
    Here is to a great 2014, Andrea - I am sure we will get into the swing of things before too long. :)

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    1. Thank you, Kim! I've decided that today is the day. To start 2014, I think. :)

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  3. Happy New Year!!
    Hey, there's plenty of time to clean, but Entertainment Weekly needs to be read immediately, because, weekly editions.

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    1. You are so right! And I have four EWs to read. Special year-end editions, you know. :)

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  4. OK, Blogger needs to stop hating on me when I try to put a comment in. Grr.

    I hear you about the new year stuff. I had to drag myself kicking and screaming because, well, I had to. Every one of our Christmas decorations are still out (including the ones that never made it from box to out), but it's with purpose. I am determined to celebrate ALL of Christmas - the entire true twelve days until Epiphany. I just hate it that the second Christmas happens, it's over and everybody moves on instead of celebrating the entire feast. Call me old fashioned. So I am going to continue to admire my tree while I drink my coffee until that day has passed. Now. Once that happens, I have no clue about when the decorations will come down because, well, life. And kids. And jobs. And all of that.

    Here's to a great new year...whenever we decide to get started!

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    1. I love how you put that. I will also keep my tree up until Epiphany is over. Or Valentine's Day.

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  5. I am such a victim of "burnout" right now in so many ways. And I am fighting to find the inspiration I need for the creative things I love, which kind of creates a circle of well... nothing happening. It's so frustrating that I want to go and write about that frustration even, but I am left with a feeling of paralysis. Yes, I hope that this burnout doesn't last very long. And that the ornaments get magically put away, because I sure as hell don't feel like doing them.

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    1. Love to you - I know this feeling of paralysis all too well.

      If you want to know the truth, this weekend I dealt with my burnout by boxing up half of our Christmas decorations and donating them to the local thrift shop. I do feel better that I did SOMETHING, even though my actions caused a few raised eyebrows in the house.

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  6. Andrea,

    I think burned out is how a lot of us are feeling right now, but about lots of different things. I'm not so burned out on writing/blogging b/c I fell off that wagon last year, and am just getting my mojo back. But I'm burned out on winter break, as in break from school. As in trying to fill our days without losing my mind. As in feeling the pressure to be "on" all day, every day with all 3 kids looking at me like, "what's next, mom?" and I don't have the answer. I don't have a plan. I don't have a guide book. And it's looking like Monday school will be closed…not b/c of huge snow here. but b/c of the low temperatures. Sigh. But just know we understand. And you're in good company. We love you. I love you. Carry on!

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    1. Thank you so much, Erin. It does feel good to know that I'm not alone in this. Home with the kids does cause a lot of stress for me, too. Just once I'd like to have a day where there's nothing to do, and no one is standing over waiting for me to call out the next step. Because some days the next step is just to keep doing nothing. xoxo

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  7. I feel your pain. (Thank you, Bill Clinton. I will use that expression until I die!)

    While I have technically put away the holiday decorations, they are in boxes near the door waiting for me to take them to storage. Those boxes attracted other boxes, so there is quite some cardboard festivities going on making it really difficult to get in and out of my place. You'd think that would encourage me to do something about it. You would be wrong.

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    1. It's amazing how easily we can adapt to walking around a pile of boxes, isn't it? We have an old coffee maker waiting to be sent back to the manufacturer that is filling a corner of our dining room. I dust it off, and wish it a good day each week. It's been there for months.

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  8. I totally hit that burnout phase in December. There was dimly too much to do, and I definitely slacked on the blogging. Something had to give. I've had a little time off now and am slowly checking things off my list, but I'm glad I took some time off. I needed it. Glad to know I'm not along! Happy 2014!

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    1. Thanks, Kerry! The good thing about time off from the norm is that when you get the time back, you feel free to come up with a new plan. I look forward to the new plan.

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  9. I am SO with you. I just got home Thursday night to a whole house that is still decorated and as we left it when we left on the 26th...I can't find the will to put everything away! We are having dinner guests Friday, which I hope will be my incentive to actually get this place tidied up, but we'll see. :) Happy 2014!

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    1. It is discouraging to come home to so much work to do. I like the idea of doing a little at a time, but starting it up is always so daunting! Happy 2014 to you, too!

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  10. I have to get all the stuff down and put away a few days after Christmas. I just do. Makes me feel ready for the new year. when it lingers…that's when I start feeling sad. I like that you're so chill about it. :)

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    1. I admire your motivation to get it all down right after Christmas. I just don't have it in me. Oh, well. One of these days... :)

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