Happy Sunday! The last two weeks have been every bit as intense as I thought they would be, but thankfully they are now behind me. Work was particularly insane with two inventories, budgets, board meetings, finishing up the monthly reports, and getting it all done with the same short staff we have had almost all year. Then, to top it off, there was the mother of all bombshells dropped on Friday afternoon that will have major repercussions for 2015. To say that I am exhausted is an understatement, but I have not been doing much this weekend as my own form of recovery. I do have to work Monday and Tuesday, but I know it will be quiet and much more relaxing than it has been. I plan to use these two days to do some system clean-up and prep work for the new year. I’m actually looking forward to a more leisurely pace. Of course, the prize of having the rest of the year off is even more enticing!
The kids are officially on winter break. Holly also has a dance break, for which she is thankful. I know she was beginning to feel some aches and pains, so a break will be great for her recovery. Connor will be using this time off to catch up on missing homework assignments and start studying for finals. He’s going to need all of that time to get everything done and needs all the help he can get in order to improve his grades to meet our expectations.
Jim’s company holiday party was this past Friday. His company really knows how to throw a party. This year, they rented out a resort for a Hollywood theme. The rooms were individual themes within the main theme. One was Napa Valley. Another was world influences. The most popular rooms were Casino Royale, complete with gambling tables, and The Wonderful Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This one was by far my favorite room. Not only did it hold all of the desserts, but they made the room look like the Great Hall during the holidays, complete with “floating” candles, broomsticks, cauldrons, owls, and the Sorting Hat made out of chocolate. There was Butterbeer and a mini-version of Honeydukes. I could have stayed in that room the entire night! We had a great time trying new foods, playing blackjack, and hanging out with Jim’s coworkers.
Jim also has a short work week this week, something we are all anticipating. My parents will be coming for Christmas, and we are looking forward to quiet days, traditions, games, movies, and relaxing. I’m in a bit of a reading funk, so I am also hoping to find that one book to get me out of my rut. I have plenty of options from which to choose!
In other words, things are definitely winding down for the entire Shannon family. I suspect this site will also become quiet as I am in need of a break from everything. I will be back in 2015, of that there is no doubt, but I want to take these next two weeks to reassess some things and potentially make some slight changes. It’s been a rough year personally, and I want to make sure I am both mentally and physically prepared for whatever 2015 may hold.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful Sunday and a peaceful holiday season. Have a great day and week, and happy reading!
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I am so sorry about the bombshell at work! It sounds like your job is such a source of stress for you – I hope that changes in the New Year.
Thanks, Carrie! This year has been particularly stressful – some of it self-induced. I am really looking forward to the new year because all of the upheaval has to die down soon. At this point in time, if things do settle down, I won’t know what to do with myself!
Butterbeer…mmmm. 😀 I think I’m going to whip up a batch of that on Christmas.
It’s a good time to reflect, evaluate, and make changes if changes need to be made. Enjoy some time off!
I hope you and yours have a great holiday.
It was very good but also very, very sweet. Add a little rum to it, and I can see it making an excellent hot beverage on a cold winter day.
Thanks, Jennifer! Have a great holiday season!
The bombshell comment made me cringe!! I know how those can be. The university/division I work for has a tendency to drop bombshells right before long breaks. I suppose they think the extra time off allows up to simmer down. Not so. This year, no bombshells were dropped.
My kids and I are off for a good chunk of time but The Hub’s business is not doing well and he can’t take the time off this year. It was hard to send him off to work today with all of us home. But tonight, we’ll have dinner and watch a Christmas movie. Gotta get them all in but can only do it with the Hub.
Have a wonderful Christmas!!
I think they dropped the bombshell too late. Too many people were already gone for the holidays. So we have people in shock today, next week, and then the following week. I can’t tell you how many times someone came up to me to ask me if I was okay. I’m sure this will last for a while.
I understand completely. Jim is off tomorrow, but he has to work next Monday and Tuesday. It makes it difficult to plan things when work interrupts everything. Have a wonderful holiday!
Like you and a few other bloggers I know, I am taking a break from now until the end of the year…I also am reevaluating what I’m doing on my blog as well as just enjoying hopefully some quiet time, reading, listening to music, and watching TV and movies, maybe even going out to a movie with my wife.
Glad you’re getting some downtime with your family this week. Hope you get time to enjoy it.
Thanks, Bryan! This year has been a rough one professionally. I just need some time to unwind and reflect without my own internal pressure to post or read. I’m really looking forward to seeing the Alan Turing movie this holiday season. I do love me some Benedict Cumberbatch!
That sounds like a seriously impressive Christmas party! Hope you have a fun and relaxing holiday break!
Thanks, Megan! You too!