Those of you who subscribe to my newsletter already know that my holiday trip to Missouri was filled with trips to Cracker Barrel and Steak-n-Shake, the casino in St. Charles, a trip to a suburban mall, and lots of family time (there was also some wine). What I didn’t mention is that I received two purses that I really wanted (one from Drew and one from my parents), a gift certificate for a massage (from my sister), and all the Burt’s Bees lip balm I will need until the next presidential election.
The holidays also marked the first time I took a true break from this site. In two years, I don’t think I’d missed more than one non-holiday or weekend day in a row of not posting new content. Even when I was on “maternity leave,” I was still working on the site every day, something I sort of regret in retrospect, but live and learn, right? Anyway, I know the work I do here isn’t rocket science or manual labor or a full-time job or anything, but still, the week and a half away was much-needed and well-appreciated. And, look! You all are still here! (Back when I launched this site, I was afraid if I missed a couple days of posting, even when I had a brand new baby, you’d leave me. Abandonment issues, maybe?).
Anyhoo. We still need to take down our Christmas tree and put away the holiday decorations, which I’m sure we’ll do this weekend. I have a few thank you cards to write and about five pounds of holiday weight to lose. But it will all get done. For now, I’m happy to have the pressure of Christmas shopping and traveling and, yes, even socializing, behind us. And while winter is my least favorite season, I can’t say I’m not looking forward to a few quiet nights and weekends at home with some hot chocolate — excuse me, I mean sipping chocolate — and a movie or a new TV show.
Speaking of, Drew and I are in the market for a great TV show to sink our teeth into — preferably one that has at least one season out on DVD. Some of our favorites: “Breaking Bad,” “Mad Men,” “Homeland,” “Six Feet Under” (RIP). We’re excited about the return of “Downton Abbey” and “Girls” (maybe me more than Drew). Oh, and “The Bachelor,” which Drew will now admit to being a fan of. Shows we’ve tried to get into and couldn’t: “The Wire” (I know); “Empire Boardwalk” (I think we may give this one another go); “Dexter” (watched the whole first season and just wasn’t feelin’ it); and “Walking Dead.” Are we crazy for letting those go? Everyone always says so. Neither one of us is really into sci-fi or fantasy, but if there are good dramas or comedies you recommend, we’re all ears.