This time of year has been difficult for me the past few years and 2012 is proving no exception. I'm trying to focus on the positives - we have invites for Christmas Day (Nick's brother and his family) and Boxing Day (one of Nick's sisters and most of the family) and most things are ok in our little world.
But I'm still struggling with the run up to christmas. I don't know if it's the weather/winter season - it has been very cold here although today is warmer or if it's the first christmas without Mum although she wasn't exactly here for the last few years. It's probably a combination of all these things together with a horrendous work schedule and other complications.
My kitchen looks so much better but there are still things to be done. My house looks a tip. Our daughter is back home indefinitely and hasn't yet got all her things organised in her room so there are still things around the house. I'm trying not to pressure her too much as she has split from her boyfriend of 7 years and is also having to look for a job as her contract expires in March. She too is not in a good place.
My youngest will be home in January after over 7 months in the states so all 3 kids will be back at home. Good job we have 2 bathrooms. So I'm trying to be positive but that takes energy that I don't seem to have at the moment. Today will be a wasted day - it was the staff christmas party last night which was a really nice evening, a much needed distraction, but too much wine consumed and too little water has produced the very predictable hangover. Some lessons it seems are never learned!
Work anecdote for yesterday:
I'm definitely getting a reputation for being a grinch at work but there are a few others around. We are also developing a group of microwave grinches. Changes to lunch arrangements has meant that sometimes there is a high demand for the 2 microwaves we have in the staff kitchen. It seems it's especially annoying when someone "cooks" in the microwave rather than just "reheating" because it takes more time. A meeting set up to discuss the role of teaching assistants in the classroom got hijacked with their moans and complaints about rotas and the ongoing microwave saga. The complaint seemed to really be what are management going to do about it? Well they should be warned - if anyone raises the question directly to me the answer will be:
If you lot cannot resolve this conflict my answer will be to remove the thing causing it, i.e. the microwaves, because we are not obliged to provide them! Or I might just cut the plugs off anyway!