Not so Humbug

My nasty mood has passed. I think I was just doing too much. Sometimes you just need a day of resting and sitting wrapped up in a blanket with old slippers on keeping your feet toasty.


Last night I went to a Christmas party and the introvert in me did not hate it! Yay! It was with my tribe of women that I love, love, love. (T.O.P.S. weight loss.) We ate and exchanged gifts and gossiped and giggled. I say gossiped lightly because I rarely speak harshly about others. I know how awful it is to be judged. However, gossip-lite we did and laughed and spilled things and had hot flashes together. It was good for my soul. Oh! I also got three pins for half-way to goal, 20 pounds lost and most weight loss in my division for the month of November. I know they are just silly token pins but they make me happy.

I just got a call from my employer and I get next Christmas off so that is something. It makes working Christmas this year a little easier. This would have been a lot more difficult if my kids were small. Now they are 17 and 18 I don’t think they really care a whole lot. Sleeping in is a lot more exciting than getting up early to see what Santa bought.

And here is something. My daughter, my C- and C student made the HONOUR ROLL! She had been going to a private school and she and I both got fed up with the right-wing bureaucracy so she went to public school this year. Her grades! Three A’s and one B. And a high B! I went to the parent/teacher interviews and all her teachers adore her. This is the same child that skulks around rolling her eyes at me. I would have thought it would have been the other way around. She should have left the public school and gone to a private school and got better grades. I think of all the money I pissed away. We were on bursary so it wasn’t loads but still, what a waste. When I told my daughter she made the honour roll she about fell over. She had been trying so hard but she always had.

I have started my Winter Solstice Box. I came across this quote so I wrote it on the box itself.

“Beyond the pain, life continues to be sweet. The basics are still there. Beauty, food, and friendship, reservoirs of love and understanding. Later, possibly not yet, you are going to need others who will encourage you to make new beginnings. Welcome them. They will help you move on, to cherish happy memories and confront the painful ones with more than bitterness and anger.”Ā ā€• Rosamunde Pilcher, Winter SolsticeĀ 

This year the box will have far less resentments filling it. Honestly, I only remember a couple of the things I wrote last year so perhaps the ritual worked.

15 thoughts on “Not so Humbug

  1. Congrats on the loss! It always feels so good to be recognized for our hard work. I am thrilled for your daughter and making the honor role! Clearly greatness runs from her mom! šŸ˜‰

  2. I need to jump on the weight loss bandwagon. Congrats on your weight loss pins and congrats to your daughter. It sounds like public school is the right place for her and especially now when grade 11 and 12 are so important to getting into programs after graduation.

  3. I’m glad you’re feeling better. And I’m really impressed that your daughter has done so well. I hope she’s happy. (I won’t go into my ‘perfection’ hang-ups because I’m aware you understand them fully. Just make sure she knows that she’s done well and it pleases her.) Well done on the weight loss too. The scales are telling me I’ve lost a few pounds but my clothes still disagree. I’m telling myself it’s muscle……..

  4. And beyond the moments of frustration, there is revelation. You are doing well and you will continue to not allow a negative thoughts get the better of you. A lot of positive aspects to your personal life which means hearty congrats to you and your daughter.

    In kindness and hope,

    Gary aka klahanie šŸ™‚

  5. Great post, Birdie and woohoo for next year off. That would make it easier for me, too.

    PS: True, they are in the kitchen, but that’s okay. They love to sit there and wait for their little bakes.

  6. 20 pounds loss is excellent! Well done. I need to lose weight but am too lazy and unmotivated to do it.

    My daughters are 16 and 20 and will still be up at the crack of dawn to open the gifts in their stockings!

  7. Ah lovely to hear the humbug is banished. You’ve done amazingly well with the weight loss and I’m so pleased you found your tribe. Love that quote too, I’m learning that I need to accept that part of me that is uncomfortable around people and that maybe I can tolerate more company than I thought. Finding the right tribe is one way, hope to find mine one day, and letting go of my expectations of others is another!
    Great news for your daughter, you must be very proud of her.
    This has been a tough year for you and look at all you have achieved! Mum, career, personal growth, health… are such a brave , wise and strong person and I am so glad to be able to visit you here and that you are still writing! Blessings. Xxx

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