Sunday Confessional: New Year’s Style

Heather says:
Well Home Eccers, I have a few things to get off my chest this week.

  1. My tree is still decorated, even though I had planned on only leaving up the Nativity set for the Feast of the Epiphany.
  2. I didn’t send any Christmas cards and have yet to write a single thank you note. (I do have a list, somewhere. . .)
  3. My house is a disaster. I probably wouldn’t answer the door if any of you dropped by for a visit.
  4. I couldn’t be bothered to even come up with a New Year’s Resolution to break.
  5. Which is kind of apropos, since I couldn’t even stay awake long enough to ring in the New Year.

Confession is good for the soul, spill it in the comments.


  1. Tracy on January 9, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    I did get my tree down, bought a potted one and it still needs planted in my yard. I got my house cleaned and that was about it. Ive been spending lots of time in my jammies and stinky slippers (every women should have a good pair) and trying to catch up on e-mails that I have neglected.

  2. wannabehousewife on January 7, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    We bought a tree and put the lights on, but never got around to decorating it! I had bronchitis for two weeks (the week of Christmas through New Years) so I blame that, but really it just never got done.

    The house is a wreck and there is an odd funky smell when you walk through the door so I wouldn’t let people in right now either.

    I did get Christmas cards sent at the very last minute but I always feel so overwhelmed when I receive my hubby’s family’s Christmas cards-they all do personal photos and enclose letters about who is doing what, and then seal them with pretty stickers, ugh! I just snagged boxes at the drug store and haphazardly signed them and tossed them in the envelopes.

    Our Christmas lights are still up outside and I don’t know when they’ll come down. They’re blue icicles so maybe I’ll keep them up to celebrate July 4th, haha! πŸ˜€

  3. N. on January 6, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    I always leave my tree up for awhile after the holidays, I dislike tearing everything down right away. This weekend though I have to deal with so I can drop it off for recycling.

    I gave up on Christmas cards years ago but I NEED to get my thank yous out.

    The house is passable but the basement is a wreck as is my office from my attempt at cleaning out the basement.

  4. Jennifer on January 5, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Do people really drop in? without calling? It boggles my mind. I would never dream of it, even with my bestest friends, but I see people doing it on tv all the time. I just figure it’s a script vehicle. Maybe it’s a regional thing?

    We’re moving from KY to NH. Here are my confessions:
    1. We turned off the email addresses without notifying anyone. Same for phone. Fortunately we don’t live in our house anymore, we have cell phones, and the email address seems to still be working.

    2. I did not clean under the refrigerator. Even though I know the appliance repair guy tracked all sorts of stuff and i’ts probably hideously filthy. No probably. I saw it. Who looks under the fridge when they’re buying a house?

    3. The bed in the second bedroom is a wooden frame with a dust ruffle stapled to it and bedding placed over it. Looks pretty good except most beds are convex vs concave. But I figure the sagginess will keep people from wanting to sit on it. If they break it I’m not going to be around to fix it.

    4. I did not call a friend (casual but we get along really well but we haven’t spoke in months) to let her know I was moving and schedule a last playdate with our kids. I feel terrible about it. My excuse is I couldn’t find her phone number without doing some serious digging.

  5. Angela on January 5, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    “We’re human after all. Perfect only when we pretend to be.”

    Oh how true this is. I have to remind myself often that it is alright to be human.

  6. Margo on January 5, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    My kind of post…

    Let’s see where to begin?…the tree is still standing. my toilets need cleaning. The little one is perched in front of the TV while I veg out in front of the computer, and we’re both still in our jammies. There’s food stuck in the carpet in the living room that I’ll probably never clean. Christmas cards…yea right. I didn’t have time to feed the oldest breakfast before school this morning because I over slept…I could go on but I should stop and save at least some face.

    We’re human after all. Perfect only when we pretend to be. πŸ™‚

  7. Heather @ Not a DIY Life on January 5, 2009 at 7:43 am

    1. didn’t put up a tree this year b/c I didn’t want to say “no touch” a bazillion times to the toddler

    2. didn’t send Christmas cards, but I do have New Year’s picture cards (of the toddler) waiting on my kitchen counter, but since we’re out of town for the week and they’re at home, they’re not getting sent out until next week!

  8. Diaper Cakes Becca on January 5, 2009 at 6:12 am

    1. The 3 oldest kids go back to school in 29.5 hours….which I am guiltily admitting has me giddy. I was starting to daydream about sanitariums.

    2. I let the tags expire on my van because I was too lazy to go to the DMV… wouldn’t let me do it online!

    3. My horrible neighbors four doors up had a cat that wasn’t neutered and liked to poop in my flower bed. Another neighbor from the other side and down the street knocked on my door and asked if the cat was mine. I said no and she told me that she took it in a month ago and had it neutured and it ran away again. Apprantly, he came back and she was wondering if it belonged to someone. I told her that I didn’t think so…..because he still poops in my flowerbed and what kind of irresponsible neighbor lets an un-neutred male cat wander a neighborhood overrum with stray cats (most of whom are probably his offspring).

    4. Did I mention the kids go back to school in 29 hours?

  9. Rachel V. on January 5, 2009 at 2:14 am

    1. My tree is still up and decorated. In fact, the only un-decorating I’ve done is to get the outside things back inside.

    2. My daughter’s 7th birthday is Tuesday and I have done NOTHING for it. Well…I have one sweater bought for a gift but no card, no fun gift, no party planned, and realize I need to take donuts to school Tuesday morning and bake a cake tomorrow night!!!!

  10. Judith on January 5, 2009 at 1:38 am

    Heather, I could have written your list, too!
    Though I will add that we never did get the ornaments on the tree this year! Really! My sort-of-at-home kids (one in college, one out) couldn’t seem to mesh schedules to help me trim the tree, so I skipped it. The lights are pretty and I put the angel on top. Call it my less-is-more tree! (It sure will be easy to take down this week after Epiphany/ Three Kings Day.

  11. Angela on January 4, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    I am in hibernate mode… if I did not have to get out of bed I wouldn’t. My winter months always look like this and I really do blame it on the -15 to -30 degree weather… oh and a sick baby. I am e-mailing thank yous to ones I have e-mails for and I did manage a x-mas card… My house is only clean in the summer when the kids live outside, and we had two decorations up and they are still up.

  12. Mom of three on January 4, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    I never send Christmas cards, even blogged about it. No guilt either about it.

    My decorations and tree are all down and the house is clean. Ha ha, I have teenagers. LOL They are off till Wednesday and wanted to go to friends for sleepovers, so I simply said, when the house is cleaned, you may go. Zoom, vacuums were ran, dust rags flew, trash was emptied…

    I am doing good with my only new year’s resolution. It’s day 4 and every penny of my savings is STILL in my savings account. Granted, I am paying with my credit card, but no one is perfect right!?

    If I didn’t have to go back to work tomorrow, I’d probably be in the same boat, but I have company coming Saturday and have to work every day this week, so I wanted as much done before today as possible, plus the Christmas stuff was driving me crazy.

    I blame it on the rain, which by the way, it is raining AGAIN. Man I miss the drought.

    So don’t feel bad. As our pastor said this morning, home is the place we go to NOT feel stressed.

  13. Pam on January 4, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    It is sooooooo refreshing to read a post from a normal person!!
    So many times it is “cooked a gazillion meals from scratch, sewed everyones Christmas outfits, hand wrote and personally took the photos for our Christmas cards, served meals for the homeless, all while nursing an infant and entertaining my 4 other children”.
    Give me a break!!!……Happy New Year and God Bless,
    Pam, South Bend

  14. sherry on January 4, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    If it makes you feel any better — I could have written that exact same post.


  15. Nicole on January 4, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Mine are similar to yours except that I didn’t put up a big tree so I had none to take down! My house is also a mess, didn’t send out any cards, not even sure where the thank you list is, I’ve been off of work (teacher) for 2 weeks and while 2 rooms are cleanedand straightened, they aren’t the rooms we actually use on a day-to-day basis (the guest room and the computer room). Laundry is sitting in the dryer and has been there since yesterday. >sigh< and I go back to work tomorrow.

  16. Carol on January 4, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Being out of work since right before Christmas hasn’t helped my house at all. I have been a lazy butt, and haven’t even caught up on the laundry. Why should I do laundry, when the clothes just have to be put away and then I will have more work to do! LOL Our tree is up, but will be until next weekend. I might start undecking the halls of other stuff, but I doubt it. I will serve my kids leftovers for dinner, pawn them off on Grandma, and try to hide! LOL

  17. Kendra on January 4, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Mine are that I just stuck the decoration boxes in the closet instead of taking them out to the building. Now I also have a cluttered closet to clean.

    I did get the house pretty clean but only because I had short notice of visitors. If it wasn’t for that, I’m sure I’d still be up to my ears in post holiday mess.

    Oh…worst of all, I was bad and let laundry pile up the last two weeks with the kids being out of school. They go back tomorrow so I know my day will be full of washing, drying, ironing, and folding. Oh the joys of procrastinating.

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