Thursday, January 20, 2011

Just January

January in Toronto

What does January mean for you?  I decided January was the northern August when we lived in Toronto...  a long month with crappy weather!  Now that we are in Houston it is just January.  For most people January is the month of resolutions, paying Christmas bills, and the inevitable post Christmas let-down.  January is the month we moved one of our three times to Houston and the month we moved to Toronto.  So I sometimes associate the month with transitions, lonliness, unpacking and trying to get into the swing of things.  Even though we did not move this year the month still has a few transitions and I am trying to get into the swing of things.  I'll fill you in on the swing of things next week!

Have you noticed all the people at the gym lately?  What?  You haven't been to the gym? TJ says there are lots of new people (aka resolutionists) going to the 6a.m. spin class he attends. ( that is not him on the left in the picture)  My only response to that is....WHY??  There are so many things wrong with that, beginning with 6 a.m.!  I like to excercise as much or more than anyone, but as you may have guessed....I am not a morning person!  Apparently there are many people out there who think torturing yourself by waking up at some ridiculous hour in the morning and riding a stationary bike and sweating up a storm is the way to a healthier new year.  For me it would be the way to a grouchier sleep deprived new year. Each to his own.  I'll find a different way to lose those Christmas cookie rolls around my waist.

The post Christmas let-down happens to me just about every year.  Something about a new year and having a clean slate and a year full of hope and possibilities cries out, "do something!".  The holidays are over, the decorations are all put away, except for that bin at the bottom of the stairs that has not managed to sprout legs and take itself to the attic yet.  The kids are back to their own homes and living their lives while we are in the once again quiet house, adjusting to the silence.  The good news about this January is that we prolonged the holiday season at least a week, maybe two, with our trip to New Orleans and then Kelly's late return to school.  The off season did not start until this week!  Yeah!  Only 2 weeks of January left. 

Last weekend we had a rainy, dreary Sunday and found ourselves with nothing to do for the first time in about 2 months, so we sat down together with our blank calendars and mapped out the year.  Where are we going and when?  The early bird gets the worm or in this case the low air fares, if there is such a thing anymore, so it is time to start planning.   These "meetings" do not always go smoothly.  TJ is more impulsive and ready to click that "purchase" button quickly and I need to mull it over, weigh my options, research, think about it, do a little more research and think a little more before I can commit.  This can be frustrating for both parties.  We did somehow come to a few agreements and are now busy until after Labor Day, when we will be wishing for a slow day in January again.  All because of one rainy day!


Bob said...

You know, Lisa, I can fix the birdhouse. It looks so forlorn with the roof caved in and filled with snow. Maybe that's the problem. Although it does say "Winter" maybe a "beach picture" or "cruise picture" would chase away those January blues and blahs. Did you click and book one of those weekend get-aways when you and TJ were planning your calendar through the summer?


PS: I liked the NOLA post from last week. It captured everything but the "night sounds" from the living room. It almost seemed like I was there (Oh, I was).

Lisa said...

Bob, that picture was last January in Toronto. I think the birdhouse took a beating over those 3 winters. Thanks for commenting....I love comments!

Mary said...

It is a very frigid 5 degrees here and I think I would really like a day of humid Texas rain about now. John also has our travel plans mapped out for the year. Wishing for Myrtle Beach in October now!

bitsyshakesitup said...

Found you through "next blog" - hope you don't mind if I follow along!

For me, January is just an extension of the holiday season. I have resisted taking down the Christmas tree, and I think I'm going to put up a fight until the start of February.


Lisa said...

Welcome to the blog Bitsy! Follow along and enjoy the ride.

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