This was taken two days after Christmas on a trip up to Flagstaff to see the snow. Abby was very amused by the white stuff on the ground. At times it was hard to spot her because she blended in so well with the environment. Thank goodness for the red harness. It had been a beautiful cold day there. The very next day the Flagstaff area received two feet of snow.
It was back at it today. Last night I laid in bed and could not fall asleep. I’m afraid I’ve gotten quite used to staying up late and sleeping in a bit later than normal. For some reason I decided to check out my Facebook friends on my phone. Not sure why. I seem to be short a few but after review I couldn’t think of who it was that ditched me.
Today I’m shaking off the cobwebs. I weighed myself which wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be. I’m up 5 lbs but considering I’m still 20 lbs lighter than this time last year I’ll take it! I started Phase 1 of the South Beach diet today and already I’m feeling a bit irritable. This will pass. My body is just going through butter, sugar, alcohol and burger withdrawal. We just got a 5 Guys burger place that opened up recently in Phoenix and we went not once, but twice, for lunch. Oh! It was quite possibly the best burger I’ve ever tasted! We had Chinese food at least three times as well. And I wonder why my jeans are a bit snug. Ugh.
I started to set a few resolutions but I will admit that I feel overwhelmed with them and I’m not sure why. Things that seem so amazing a month ago and that I was so gung-ho about now seem more like a burden. Even the New Year seemed a bit overwhelming when in retrospect it is only a set amount of dates us humans created on a calendar to reflect the earth’s rotation around the sun. What’s so big about that? Anyways, one thing I really liked and am going to incorporate into my life was found on a bumper sticker: Bark less, wag more. I saw that awhile back and it just stuck with me. So there’s my New Year’s Resolution. I have a few others too but for some reason they seem more like chores at the moment. Best to stick with the basics for the time being.
As a teenager I really detested this time of year. There is this massive build-up to the holidays, school is out, and then -bam- it’s over as quickly as it started. Growing up in the northeast also meant that there were at least 3 to 4 months of winter weather ahead. Not much to look forward to. As an adult I’ve grown to appreciate the Christmas season for what it is. There is no other time like it the rest of the year. When else do we drag out the lights or old family recipes? While some may argue that Christmas is too commercial, too busy, just plain too much, I really think it is what you make it. Sometimes I feel that things have really gone full circle and where I lost some of that ‘magic’ from youth during my teens & twenties, I’ve regained a different sight when gazing at a snow-covered field or into a Nativity scene. If I can avoid the malls and some of the other hoopla then I’m left with that same sense of wonder. While I’m still a little sad when the season has passed, I’m always happy to be reacquainted the following December with that same sense of magic that I’ve forgotten about in the eleven months past.