So, here we are, 11 days into the New Year, and I've finally decided it's time to write my annual New Years Blog.
Y'all. Can we discuss how far behind I am on absolutely everything?
I swear that when I went in for knee surgery, my surgeon sucked out some brain cells while he was at it. That must be why I can't seem to hold anything together.
Here's a synopsis of my life since the last time I blogged, which, can we discuss the last time I've blogged? Let's not. It's too embarrassing.
Christmas was wonderful! After listening to absolutely everyone tell me that I went back to work too soon after my surgery, I am going to go on record as saying that I probably went back to work too early. But y'all. It was the last week of school ... before Christmas break ... and I teach 4th graders ... who were giddy about Christmas and Santa and all that stuff. And sub plans! Oh my word sub plans. I just couldn't.
As a result, that last week was absolutely exhausting. Everything I did required energy I just didn't have. So, my goal became just to survive until the end of that week. If I could survive that week, I felt like I could make it through Christmas.
Well, I made it ... barely ... and it wasn't without numerous tearful break-downs along the way. I just couldn't wait until my family came together, and I didn't have to worry about deadlines or paperwork or anything crazy. I could just hang out and be loved and love.
Christmas was such a blessing! One of my favorite Christmas' on record because we just hung out and had a relaxing time. There was laughter, grumbling, eating, more laughter, sleeping, snoring, laying about, tv watching, movie watching, more grumbling, more laughter ... just all the stuff that families do. I miss this time when we aren't all together!
And I rested. Oh my word, I needed the rest!
I began physical therapy. You see, my knee wasn't bouncing back quite like it should, mainly because I went too long on two meniscus tears. I pushed myself way too much ... was forced to push myself way too hard in some instances ... and as I result, I created massive damage in my knee. The tears in my meniscus were easy to deal with; it was the arthritis I'd created that has been the sticking point.
The good news is that slowly but surely, I am regaining strength. While I am not pain-free yet, my physical therapist says in time, I will be mostly pain-free. I am sooooooo looking forward to that day, y'all. All the days. The pain free ones!
I rang in New Year like I have a lot of them recently ... sleeping until JUST before midnight, wherein I attempt to wake myself up enough to toast the new year and slurp some bubbly just before stumbling back off to bed. It's pitiful, I know, but I am 43 years old. That's it.
I went back to school. Reality set in, and the hamster wheel has started back in earnest. However, I am trying, I really am trying, to find some time to rest and relax. Partly because I need to find that time and partly because my physical therapist said I had to ... he's for realsies.
I don't have a ton of resolutions for this year. I mean, let's face it. I suck at resolutions. I just want this year to be the one in which I finally find some balance in my life.
So, welcome 2016! Welcome with your clean slate and scents of newness, freshness. I welcome you, if not just a tad on the late side. I ask you to be gentle with me. I am attempting to find my balance in all that you have to offer this year!