The girls went back to school today. They actually were not grumpy about it, as today is Crazy Sock Day. It's amazing the little things that can get the kidlets ever so thrilled about ending their vacation.
We spent yesterday, our last day of freedom, getting back to normal. In the afternoon, we went out for the annual rite of Spending the Girls' Money/Giftcards. One aunt and uncle gave them each $25. $25!!! That's a fortune to two children who have monthly allowances of $9 and $7 respectively. Anyone want to guess what all that moolah was blown on? Anyone? Anyone?
Webkinz. But of course.
After the Great Webkinz Search, we went to Barnes & Noble, whereupon the girls managed to spend the $40 gift cards they had each received from a grandpa and grandma. Again, the purchasing power they had was utterly thrilling to them. So many books. So many possibilities.
Back at home, I attacked the various messes in our house. I puttered around, restoring order and organization. I have packed up the Christmas decorations and they're ready to go up in the attic this weekend. The bathrooms are clean, the laundry is caught up, and the fridge is stocked with vegetables, fruits, and other healthy foods. Starting off our short school/work week with a tidy-ish house made things go better.
The one area in which we have utter chaos is our study. We have started our reno, but need to make a trip to the hardware store for necessary supplies. Consequently, there are boxes of unbuilt things and half-built things stacked everywhere. Ultimately, we will have a fab work station with space for three computers -- oh the geekery in Jenworld! -- as well as a reading corner with a comfortable chair and ottoman, but for now we simply have a mess. I think we'll get most of it done this weekend, so I'll just have to deal with the discombobulation for another 60 hours or so (not that I'm counting).
Oh yeah, and then there's work. I do have a job that I've ignored for almost a week now, so I have to work today. Even though the glee club guys are on winter break, they have a concert in four weeks, so I'm starting the publicity machine this week.
A thrilling start to the New Year, eh?