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Monday Mondays 1.5.15 – Happy New Year!

newyearI hope you all had a wonderful Christmas season.  Mine was… different.  Quiet.  Almost 28 years of marriage and it was our first without any of our children at home.  Honestly, I don’t think my husband and I have watched so many movies that didn’t involve some form of animation or CGI than we did over the course of the holiday.  It was nice to just be “us” again, but it felt very sudden somehow, and I think I’ll need time to wean myself from wearing my Mom hat 24/7.  Such is life, right?

And, I was missing my dog.  A lot.  I still am, in fact.  Strangely for a woman my age, I go outside most days and jump on the trampoline, weather permitting. I can’t always drive to go running, and this is my daily cardio.  Anyway… if my dog wasn’t outside with me, she would always stand at the back door and watch me until I came inside.  So every time now that I’m out jumping, I look at the door and don’t see her.  So I kind of cathartically cry and jump simultaneously. Our other dog has taken to following me around now that his sister and our daughter (his “mother”) are both gone.  He whines a lot more, and even though I’m trying to be there for him, I don’t always cut it.  So, yeah, this whole holiday was a little harder than I thought it would be.

Still, I got through almost the whole 2 foot stack of magazines purposefully shoved under my bed (for when potential buyers come through, really), and I now feel free again to start reading the 7 foot stack of books I’ve accumulated, which weirdly, makes me deliriously happy!

So all things considered, 2015 started off small, but good.  Because small things aren’t always bad things, are they?

Here are some of the things I found interesting over the past few weeks…

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