I really wasn't in the mood to shop for people quite yet although I looked at a few ideas for my nieces and nephew.
So what could I do? You know, to get "ahead."
I got online and visited one of those design-your-own card sites and started scrolling through some different greeting card ideas. Some cards were plain with some small graphics. Some had a family picture. Some even had little news tid bits about exciting things that occured this year.
Then I thought to myself, hey, I like to write, I should make a holiday newsletter to send out with my cards! Do people still do that anymore? Sure! Why not! Some of our relatives don't have Facebook so they have no clue what we are up to.
I got really excited.
I made a cup of coffee and opened up Microsoft word.
I was ready to do this thing!
And I sat there. Staring blankly at the screen.
Hmmmm, I thought to myself. What did we do this year that is fun, new and exciting?
Then the Jeopardy theme song started playing in my head.
Well, two years ago we got married and I started a new job. Last year we moved into our house and went out to Kansas for Thanksgiving. Went to a lot of weddings. Friends had lots of babies.
And the Jeopardy song came back as my eyes were looking all around the room for ideas.
Oh! We got a new bedroom set. Nahh, people don't need to hear about that.
We are really excited about our new to us tractor we purchased this year! We even gave it a scandalous nickname. Never mind. It's 30 years old. No one would understand our excitement.
Oohh! I could write about our new barn cats.
Then it hit me.
We aren't really exciting newlyweds anymore.
We are that comfortable, boring-almost 30-married couple without kids who have given up our partying and socializing days for crashing at 10 pm on a Saturday night.
For a second, I was slightly bummed because I feel like we are extremely busy people. We are always going somewhere, working on something, helping somebody out or doing something. Surely I would have something to write about. But when I look back on this last year, I can't recall much of it being outside of the "norm." I had nothing new and "cool" to write about in my Holiday Family Newsletter Volume 1.
But you know, I kind of like being that comfortable, boring-almost-30-married couple and not having anything "cool" to write about.
I was feeling sort of oddly thankful for my boring, almost-30 normal life and that my letter was a total bust.
It's called freedom.
That Holiday Family Newsletter Volume 1 can totally wait.