When my husband looked across the table at me on Saturday night & said "well, at least this will make a good story for your blog," the worst part of our little work/play family trip to LA hadn't even happened yet.
Highlights: discovering the Brite Spot for a late dinner after Baz Biz on Saturday; getting my hands on some of Susie's fantastic recipe cards; hanging out with our lovely ex-neighbors; the fine, fine, professional cleaning crew at the hotel.
Lowlights, including but not limited to: pre-trip stress about whether son's stomach flu was gone in time for travel or not (this? Foreshadowing.); packing for the trip by flashlight due to giant stormy power outage; daughter throwing up on my table as I was setting up for the show (I sort of think I should get some sort of crafting mom merit badge for this, or else a tattoo); the show itself, kind of; the entire family coming down with/relapsing into the stomach flu & having to stay an extra day in LA to get well enough to travel; choosing The Wild on hotel ppv instead of Cars (I'm just glad my kids were too sick to have come away with any lingering questions about weird inverted food-chain story line &/or William Shatner as an insane wildebeest.).
I'm not somebody who generally spends a lot of time searching for signs from the universe or etc, but I am fairly confident that I just got a bunch of foot-high flashing neon letters, possibly with sirens attached, dropped in front of me: slow it down.
Now we're back home, on the mend (more &/or less, depending on which one of us you ask), & we are just going to relax & do whatever holidayish things appeal in the last few remaining days before Christmas. We've got a bag of pine cones & a whole bunch of glitter! It's time to get my gingersnap recipe out! My son wants to show me something about tissue paper snowflakes! My bloglines is jam-packed with beautiful holiday entries to read & admire & take note of for next year!
This has been an exciting & challenging & exhausting & limit-testing year for me in a lot of ways, & I already know that my single New Year's resolution is going to be get some balance back, but I don't have to think about the hard stuff for the next few days.