Monday, January 03, 2011

Nice While It Lasted

One of the few perks we get at work is the week off between Christmas and New Year's. It's supposedly a cost-cutting measure but whatever it is, I'll take it. It does make for some crazy work before the holiday, given that as soon as we wrap up pledge in the middle of the month, I am then plunged into working ahead so that everything is covered during the holidays.

Is it any wonder that by the time this week rolls around, all I want to do is be lazy? And this year, the record cold December only encouraged me to stay inside.

It hasn't been a total waste of time though... Before Christmas I began experimenting with felt ornaments, jumping off with a published pattern (the owl) then making up my own.

I wound up giving most of the owls away as Christmas gifts - and the weiner dog was a one-time effort as a gift for someone who hasn't received it yet. I've also made a fish (loved that one) and these bunnies. It's fun and relatively inexpensive - I already have lots of crafts stuff and felt is cheap. I may be doing these for a while.

Meanwhile, the guys have pursued other activities. I bought a used XBox360 for Christmas and a couple of games - and that's what they've been doing. Walking the dogs early, or riding the bike - then back to the house to become zombies in front of the TV screen.

Z didn't even blink when I took that first picture. The flash went off and after a minute, he turned and looked at me and said, "Mom... you're distracting me!" Maybe, but it took you an awfully long time to notice that...
I'd hoped to be bit more productive during this break - maybe get a few projects done, but I think I was so tired that I just couldn't. I've enjoyed sleeping in until 8am, getting up and realizing that I didn't have to do anything if I didn't want to. It all ends tomorrow. School is back in and it's back to work I go.
That's not a bad thing though. My brain feels ready to go again. But it sure was nice to be idle while it lasted!


Jill said...

Love the bunnies!

The Church Lady said...

It's good to simply take the time to RELAX and enjoy your home and family. Glad you did. Happy New Year Sayre!

nikki said...

I love felt. It is one of my favorite things to work with! Your ornaments turned out great.

gayle said...

Your ornaments look so great!! I started back to work/school yesterday. The kids were really good but today they were wild!

Hoosier Girl said...

I want an owl! It's sooo cute! The bunnies and the weiner dog are adorable too. You do the neatest things.


Nona said...

Dear dear Sayre, I haven't been blogging much lately and was very sad to see you'd shut down Finding my Inner, Thinner Person. Guess I'll just have to visit you here then.

Happy New Year to you and your lovely family!!! Can't believe how Z has grown since I last saw a photo of him.

grace said...

I admire you Sayre, it seems like you are very talented. I would take the days off too! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Yes, we remember the nasty interviews. I have been wanting to buy a Wii but this year, we decided we need a TV more than a Wii. Our TV was dying.