Slowly making my way back to normalcy this third day of 2011 with a still down Internet and the entire lot of us home on vacation. (Archer goes back to school next week. Hal's home for another three.) Meanwhile, we're quickly realizing that a down Internet, though lovely for the first week has become a giant pain in our household's asshole. The simple life, seemingly romantic at first, all too quickly becomes debilitating, and although I often (and eagerly) enjoy fantasizing about off-the-grid life, there's no fucking way I could pull it off. The once-simple things like paying bills have turned into hour-long errands and trying to compose epic emails on touch screen cell phones has been the end of me. And my eyeballs. And yes, I'm currently majoring in creative whining with a minor in (invisible) violin performance.
I digress... every year I dream of starting the New Year with a bang! Wide awake! Go go, gadget refresh! Bright-eyed and bushy tailed! Ready to rock! Etc! .... and yet these last couple of days I've felt completely the opposite - sleepy and draggy and barely coherent, pajamas for days with little contact to the outside world, matriarch of our foursome of big and little Edies, all of us housebound and pajama-clad, complete with ill-fitted headscarves and floor-sweeping bathrobes. And while last week it felt amazing to unplug and detach, today it feels .... unsettling.
Two weeks of vacation is my maximum capacity apparently. I'm a fantastic hermit for limited time and then I become a discombobulated mess of neurosis and anxiety.
Too much sleep leads to exhaustion and too much vacation leads to an unsightly amount of body hair. (Apologies to Hal and anyone else who caught a glimpse of last week's shaggy Brad pits.)
So, here we go! Back in the saddle! Back to reality! (Cue Soul II Soul) Super glad to be back even though my expired blog header (whoops!) may suggest otherwise!
How about you? Excited for an amazing 2011? How were your holidays? French anyone special on NYE? Uplifting moments to share? Happy days? Would love to hear from you.
In the meantime, some photos from the past few weeks:
...and then there was the most awkward family photo ever: