Total blog neglect—it ought to be a crime. It isn’t, though, so I won’t be hauled before a judge right now, at least not for that. They might try to get me for admitting to a love a snow, since most people hate snow and give me dirty looks every time I talk about how great it is. This morning, we are at the tail end of the so-called Blizzard of 2009. It’s not very blizzardy here and the snow totals are not spectacular (10.5 inches at TF Green at last count), but D.C. got well over a foot. Lucky? Perhaps, but word is that they’re unable to manage such large quantities of snow, so I do not envy those southerners their extra inches of the pretty white stuff.
Why haven’t I been posting? It’s partly because I’ve been too busy. Christmas is coming and it has a way of siphoning huge amounts of time. The baby continues to be a baby and he demands a large chunk of my day. And of course, I have that silly thing known as a “full-time job.” It’s amazing that I ever get anything else done, but I do.
Last weekend, I spent a whole day on the kitchen. Not only was it dirty, but it still wasn’t fully organized. I cleaned and moved things around and now it looks and feels more like a real kitchen. It was a “foundation cleaning,” meaning that I got it clean enough for our purposes and we can quickly “build up the clean” for my parents’ upcoming Christmas visit. Yesterday, I cleaned our bedroom, which had been as blanketed with dust as the outside is now with snow. Achoo! I vacuumed, dusted, laundered, swept, and damp-mopped it back to livability. Next room up: the bathroom. Oh, geez. That’s not going to be fun.
My new piano arrived a couple of weeks ago. It is big, black, and beautiful. It totally dominates the living room and it fills the house with sound. I try to play a little bit every day, though sometimes I only manage 10 minutes before the baby gets antsy. He doesn’t seem to like the piano much now, but I hope he will learn to. Even if he doesn’t choose it as his instrument, a basic understanding of the piano is a must for anyone who is serious about making music.
But my being busy is only part of the story. I’ve also been a little blue. It’s so hard to stay positive at this time of year and blogging is the last thing I feel like doing. But blogging helps me feel better. I have to remember that and make a point to show up and write at least a couple of times per week, no matter how busy or blue I get.
Right now, however, I have a head cold. I barely slept last night and I’m not at my best. What I need most is a hot cup of tea, so I leave you now to go to our recently-cleaned kitchen to make myself a cuppa. I’ll be back soon. I promise.