The tree is bare, the cards are in a pile, the lights are back in their box alongside our festive trinkets. That's it. There are officially no weekday pyjama days left until the second week of February.
I'm expecting a tough week. Everyone back to their daily routine - for a whole week. Mostly in the dark. I think my priority will be providing a lot of comfort food. Alongside culinary provisions I am going to try and be a vision of calm and serenity whilst everyone else gets over-tired and emotional by Thursday. This may be a challenge as I'm not the calmest or most serene member of our family.
Serenity is one of the personality traits I am trying to concentrate on for the new year. I spent far too much of 2012 teeth-gnashing and worry-beading. Neither of which are productive.
Other resolutions include:
- not saying mean things about newsreaders or other television presenters
- not arguing with the radio/tv presenters/newsreaders
I think I make the same resolutions each year. Perhaps I should accept the aspects of my personality that aren't quite up there with perfection?
I am, however, going to try my very best to be one of those people who puts things away. I am quite tidy these days but, really, only in relation to making piles. I am rubbish at putting things back in the same place and I never factor in clearing away if I'm working on something whether it's cooking or sewing or doing some work for college. I always have to tidy up before I start anything which, I have realised, makes it much more difficult to start things.
I need to start a lot of things.