Happy 2015!! Did everyone have a great holiday season? Are you ready to dive back into work? I, for one, am not. I realized how happy I have been staying home with the kids and not having to deal with the politicking, late hours, and stress of work in general. I am also a bit nervous because our new CFO starts tomorrow. The old CFO is the one who hired me, and the entire department had a great camaraderie under his leadership. You never know what a new person will bring to change the dynamics or what changes he will make. Anyway, that is all for tomorrow. Today is one last day of peace and quiet.
These past two weeks have been absolutely heavenly. We watched movies and introduced the kids to favorite TV series. We played games, read, cooked, shopped, and just relaxed – something we all desperately needed to do. Jim spent most of the last two weeks fighting some variation of influenza which left him feverish and achy off and on for a good two weeks. Connor got caught up on homework assignments, and Holly read and danced around the house. I think she is in full-blown dance withdrawal given how often she practices steps or positions or combinations. She has also become quite the Nancy Drew addict. She even shared her feelings in yesterday’s “That’s What the Girl Read” post. While I don’t have the full set of the original series, I do have many of them and she should be more than halfway through them by the time school starts again on Monday. I love to see her so excited about such a fun series!
Christmas was very good to all of us. Jim got the coats – a Harley-Davidson leather riding coat and a Wisconsin gameday coat – that he wanted. Holly received a new iPod Touch, and Connor was gifted with his letterman’s jacket. I lucked out with a new wireless Bluetooth speaker I’ve been wanting. Nothing bookish, but that’s okay.
For those long-time readers, they will know my husband loves cars. He trades cars as often as women change purses. He always manages to get trade-in values more than our loans, so I cannot complain. Then again, after almost 20 years of this, I’ve gotten used to the idea of a new car every year. So, it would not be a new year without a new car. Enter our new Toyota Prius. We picked it up this past Friday and have been enjoying the technology and the comfort. Considering his former car was a two-door sportscar, this four-door hatchback is a welcome change. It will also help with my daily commute when gas prices do decide to increase again. Besides, now that I’m a vegetarian, the hybrid car is a given, right?
We finally have snow again! It was odd having a brownish-green holiday season. I am one of those that feels that if it is winter, we should at least have snow on the ground to match the season. Of course, this also means it is a great excuse to stay home, cook, and just prepare for the upcoming work week, which is exactly what we will be doing today.
I hope you are all enjoying your Sunday and have a great week to come!
Happy New Year, Michelle! A new boss AND fiscal year-end…glad you had such a good holiday break to rest up for it all! And I hope you enjoy the new car–my stepdaughter has had a Prius for several years and has been very happy with it.
Thanks, Florinda! Exactly! I knew 2015 was going to start out as an intense one.
One week driving the car and I am in love. In fact, I get jealous when my husband takes it whenever he goes out for errands!
Have a good one!
I’m reading this late on Monday, and I hope your first day back to work went really well!
Hi Carrie! It went okay. I still have to meet the new CFO. He was around but never really came out of his office. But I made it through the day, and that is half the battle.
Have a great week!
We also had a very nice holiday, but I’m so ready for a routine in our house. Nick returns to school Tuesday. We didn’t have the girls home too much, they both have pt jobs now, winter break isn’t the same as having them home for 3+ weeks.
I would love a hybrid vehicle but I’d like something larger than a Prius.
Hoping your new CFO is a good match and to a wonderful new year!
I know the kids are ready to go back to school. I wish I had their excitement.
I’m very surprised by just how much room is in the Prius. My 6-foot son has plenty of room for his head and legs in the backseat, and as a hatchback, it has tons of trunk space. With the seats down, I could even drive with my two dogs and some luggage. That excites me the most!
Thanks, Anita! I’m sure it will all work out in the end!
Hello! It’s been forever, but just stopping by to say hello. Glad your holidays were wonderful and glad everyone is doing well. good luck with your new boss. Fingers crossed there aren’t too many radical changes
Welcome back! And thank you! It will be an interesting week/month/year.
Ugh, is there *anybody* that’s in a hurry to dive back into work? I don’t think I’ve ever met such a creature. LOL. It was like springtime here on Christmas day. I’m no great snow lover, but I’d always love to have at least a little snow on Christmas instead of a dreary brown winter world.
Hope you have a good week getting back into the grind and good luck with that new CFO!
Thanks, Megan! I’m sure there are one or two people out there who enjoy going back to work. I agree that they are very, very rare.
Exactly. We went out without coats. We should never go out on Christmas Day without coats. That is not allowed in Wisconsin.
PRIUS! I’m still driving mine that I purchased back in 2008, and it’s been a great car. I hope you love yours, too! I’ve been off for two weeks as well. I’ve really enjoyed it, but I think I’m ready to get back to the routine of our daily work schedules, and I know the boy is missing school. Cheers to a great new year, Michelle!
I can’t wait to start driving it in earnest. Tomorrow will be a big test because of how cold it is supposed to be. So far, I am thoroughly impressed.
Holly mentioned to me this afternoon that she is glad school is starting again tomorrow. I wish I could find her commitment!
I’m not excited about getting back to work either, but it’s a little bit easier easing back in for me, maybe, because I didn’t have back-to-back weeks off for Christmas and New Year’s. They were broken up by working on both Mondays and Tuesdays of the weeks and then yesterday. So I think it eases the pain…that said, hope it’s not too rough of a transition for you tomorrow and that everything goes well as you return.
Thanks, Bryan! I know I won’t be the only one struggling tomorrow.
I wish we were getting snow. The only time I really want it is when I’m on vacation and we didn’t get any!
The time off has gone so fast. Im glad you enjoyed it! Hope next week goes smoothly for you. Enjoy the rest of your day!