Monday, January 4, 2010

The Holidays Are Over

The holidays are over, and I can sum it up in one word:

Crap.

I'm rolling off the end of a two-week vacation. Six use-it-or-lose-it days, nestled among holidays. Sure, I had a few conference calls to attend from Ye Olde Home Office, some email trickled through, but for the most part I was offline and enjoying the holidays with my friends and family.

Today is a day for alarm clocks, showering before noon, bus stops, and work, so I'll say it again:

Crap.

December was a whirlwind for my family with events galore, ranging from weddings and office parties to quiet days at home. We visited relatives, had friends over, and had wonderful time alone as a family.

My boys shed tears Christmas Eve knowing the Elves would leave that night, but all sadnedd had abated by Christmas as the boys found that Santa brought them what they wanted most: football pads and Legos. Oh, the simplicity of youth, how I long to have you back...

Santa did bring Band Hero for the Wii for the whole family, and we spent many hours with the four of us working through guitar, bass, drums, and vocals on a bevy of 80's and 90's rock. I'm sure we looked (and sounded) like idiots to the casual observer, but when you find that the whole family can rock it through Mr. Roboto, you find that warmer family moments are few and far between. Domo arigato, indeed.

Here are my New Year's Resolutions:

- To see at least one of my books with a contract for publication. I'd like to say "get published" but with the speed at which the publishing industry moves I think it will be 2011 before anything hits the shelves.

- To write every day. Must be part of a novel, blogging doesn't count. So far so good.

- To post to this blog at least once a week. I like the irony in have a weekly Daley rant. I might shoot for Monday as my regular posting day.

- To do good work for my day job

- To not take for granted all that life has afforded me thus far, and to meet any challenges head on and come out on top. (NOTE: does anyone else hear the theme music from Rocky right now?)

That's all for today. Now it's time to get back to reality. I have an eight-year-old who just came into my office claiming a stomach ache, no doubt school-induced. Must get things moving again.

Crap.

10 comments:

WeaselMomma said...

Crap is right. I'm not enjoying the morning mayhem of school prep.

Rachel Cotterill said...

I have "get published" on my list of 3-year goals... it takes too long to be a single year resolution. Good luck! :)

As for the end of the holidays... I'm in denial, it's my birthday on Wednesday and I refuse to come back to the real world before then!

kdrausin said...

Yep, it's difficult to get back in the swing of things. I'm feelin it too. I always believed the best part of holidays are family bonding. We went horseback riding and watched hours of Lost together.

here's my cup of hot chocolate for a toast....Let's both get a publishing contract in 2010...cling!

Kristi said...

I had to drag my 5-yo kicking and screaming out of bed for school this morning. Oh the joy of post-holiday meltdowns. I guess writing and spelling don't compare to playing the Wii for the last week and a half!

I hope you reach all your goals this year -- they sound fabulous :)

Bane of Anubis said...

Good resolutions. Good luck w/ all of em.

Davin Malasarn said...

I worked through the holidays, and I'm still sad they're over. The commute was so much nicer, as was parking, and working in the quiet lab. But, the stores will be putting up their 2010 Christmas decorations soon, so it's almost the holidays again, right?

Rick Daley said...

I'm looking forward to the final season of Lost. I hope they won't disappoint, I know they lobbied hard for an early series ending so they could tell the story properly.

Writing-wise, I'm bringing in the new year awaiting feedback from an agent on a MS. So I've started down the road, but I'm not as far along as I'd like to be. But, as my wife said, bringing in the New Year with a MS under agent review is not a bad thing...

Bets of luck to all my writing friends, and to the reader-only friends, I know many people working hard to get new material in your hands! Hopefully in time for Christmas 2010, which as Davin points out is not too far away...

Susan Quinn said...

You could easily mistake my house for a Lego Emporium. And the holidays were bliss here, too.

Best of luck on your resolutions!

Alex said...

I have to stop blogging and do some real writing, damn distractions!

Phillipia said...

The craps have it....

I need to move to Europe...they are always on holiday...or so it seems.