The German phrase “zwischen den Jahren” (“between the years”) refers to the days between Christmas and New Year’s Day. I am always finding myself in a weird state of mind during this time. Not bad, by any means, just weird because the old year is not quite done (but the holidays are behind us) and the new year is not quite here. It’s a time to slow down, reflect, and look ahead.
We had a quiet week. Much quieter than anticipated. I had mentioned that Jon’s Mom was supposed to join us for a few days — but then on Christmas Day, all went south, and she ended up not visiting after all. She was supposed to arrive in the late afternoon but her travel plans fell through because of the whole Southwest Airlines debacle (which I am sure everybody has heard of by now. Hopefully just “heard of” and not been affected by!).
I had already prepared most of the dinner, the table was set and Jon was getting ready to pick her up from the airport when we learned that her flight was first delayed (three times, mind you) and then canceled. Since she was traveling from a small, local airport, there weren’t any options for rebooking, so her trip was canceled altogether and Jon and I spent Christmas by ourselves after all.
We still made the best of it (Christmas recap forthcoming!) and I must admit, as bummed as we were about the changed plans, I very much enjoyed having the whole week to myself to wind down.
I did not write or read blog posts although it’s been on my mind (and I promise, I will catch up on your blogs, and regular blogging will resume here shortly) but for some strange reason, I didn’t spend as much time on my computer as I usually do. Instead, I ran, I cycled, I did yoga (well, as usual) but I also read a lot, watched Netflix, knitted, took naps, and I started building my Friends-Apartments Lego Set (which I actually got for Christmas last year. I know!), which I am very excited about.
I don’t know about you, but this week ‘between the years’ is a rare time when I don’t feel any pressure to do all the things. I don’t feel “guilty” just hanging out and taking each day as it comes. When is that usually possible? I hope you had a lovely holiday and also some time to relax and unwind.
How have you been spending your time this week?