Like many of you I am drifting back into work this week.
This year is the first year that I haven't worked between Christmas and New Year and the added break has been good and bad.
Good because I got to spend time at home with my family and bad for the same reasons.
To be honest I am not so secretly relieved to be back at work and I am positive that all involved in my stuttering relaxation regime will say the same.
I had always realised that as the end of the year dawned that my irritability level increased. I didn't realise that it continued once I had left work. Talk about scratching the surface of domestic bliss and un leashing the beast within.
Things I have realised are that wet weather is not great over a summer break. The newspapers are crap at reporting on anything and it isn't all right to eat trifle for breakfast on Boxing Day.
Ham has a fridge life of about 8 days, it pays to clean your barbecue each time you use it and Cafes need to shut like everyone else.
Any one that needs to buy a fridge on Boxing Day is possibly clinically depressed. Pohutukawa trees may be pretty but they make a hell of a mess of your driveway and car, strawberries can taste like big red watery pieces of pith and it pays to keep some of your "opinions" to your self.
It's fun helping around the house even when all you really want to do is snooze on the couch and watch the History Channel. By the way the rugby World Cup final is just as stressful to watch on replay even when you know the score. I must have spent more time with my head in my hands than I realised.
On a positive note I think I have found the limits of my Art Friends patience and re discovered how wonderful she is at cooking and being a fantastic host, my kids still love me, I managed to assist in the completion of the Lego Death Star 363 days after it was started (it felt like a millennium) and I have started an ambitious but achievable exercise regime.
I have a great deal to look forward to this year with some exciting new projects and are happy with what was achieved in 2011.
Happy New Year. I hope your break was as rewarding as mine and if you didn't have a break I can see why.
Make sure you do have one though.