My week: a supposedly fun thing I’ll never do again

David Foster Wallace had it all wrong with “A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again”. Give me a cruise around the Caribbean ANY TIME rather than the past week. Because I did a very stupid thing. Actually, a series of very stupid things.
The first stupid thing I did was not taking my boss up on her extremely kind offer of leaving before Christmas.
No, I said. That could get hairy for everyone, what with them having holidays planned and all.
It would be better, I said, if I worked until the week of January 6, when my replacement arrives.
I know. Stupid.
I should I have listen to her. Because yes, it did get hairy over Christmas. For me.
I totally under-estimated how much work is involved in keeping a website running without someone as awesome as my sidekick, Kahla.
Sure, I had the divine Jo writing stories and tweeting on the non holidays, and the lovely Elissa and Mary Facebooking on the holidays … but … I still almost had an aneurysm.
I looked particularly wild-eyed when Husband popped his head in the study on Monday morning and asked if I’d like a cup of tea … because I’d just realised I’d published iVillage’s whole day’s Facebook updates at 10am. Every. Single. One.
I still have no idea how.
It didn’t help that I got my annual Christmas cold. Which I caught from the youngest, as I do annually. (We kicked off the tradition in New York five years ago – poor little petal was so sick she sat down on the sofa beside her over-stuffed Santa sack and didn’t even see it.)
There was also the small matter of my boss worrying we were a little too Christmassy on Christmas Eve.
Guilty as charged. Deep breaths.
Fortunately this story came along …
Photo: It looks like any other fairytale wedding ... until you notice there are THREE brides walking down the aisle ... and they're marrying each other >> http://bit.ly/1d4jsma

>> It looks like any other fairytale wedding … until you notice there are THREE brides walking down the aisle … and they’re marrying each other >> http://bit.ly/1d4jsma

Just when you think the world can’t possibly produce any more awesome stories … it does. Humanity is a treasure trove.

But there was still the small matter of making sure there was enough content on the site on Christmas Day, Boxing Day etc. So while I thought I’d have a relaxed few days off mid-week, I instead I spent a good three hours on Boxing Day morning working like a banshee to get Friday ready.

And onto my next big mistake … deciding to go to Newcastle on Boxing Day for some “family time”. Bwahahahaha. Mum had assured me she finally had wi-fi so I drove up, sent Dad to the movies with the kids to watch Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2, and got to work …

And realised that while Mum may have wi-fi, she has a laptop that is virtually a typewriter with a computer screen.

(“Darling, you look a bit stressed” she said to me on Friday morning … Mum, you have no idea.)

Mum’s laptop and Facebook had never previously been acquainted … and they didn’t get along. In a mad panic I called my friends Darren and Kirsten and asked if – despite it being Boxing Day and all – I could come to their place for a few hours and use their electronic equipment.

Fortunately they agreed … and there went another three hours of my life. It got a bit scary when they confessed they weren’t sure how to download pictures on an Apple Mac – and technology isn’t exactly my strong point – but we eventually sorted it out.

I convinced myself I’d manage somehow on Mum’s antique the next morning, but after two fruitless hours I was on the phone to Darren and Kirsten again … and returned for another stress out …

When I finally emerged from their study on Friday evening, they fed me the most amazing wok-fried prawns, and roast pork from their outdoor oven, with some French bubbly … and I almost felt human.

And then it was the weekend. Thank god. Well, aside from me needing to get Monday ready … but I sorted some of that out at 5.30am this morning.

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(Why at 5.30am? Because Husband is asleep and can’t tick me off for my madness. My sister gave me the mug – above – for Christmas and he thinks it’s way too appropriate)

In other news this week …

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I took the kids to see the most awesome Christmas lights.

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And … it was Christmas.

Which was about it really, cause there was NO FREAKING TIME to write anything else.

Meanwhile, over at iVillage …

Photo: There's a reason this exhausted new mum's sleep advice went viral in 2013. Click here and you'll want to give her a high-5 >> http://bit.ly/1cX2p1I

>> There’s a reason this exhausted new mum’s sleep advice went viral in 2013. Click here and you’ll want to give her a high-5 >>http://bit.ly/1cX2p1I

Photo: Are these the cruellest words a kid can say to their mum? >> http://bit.ly/1ecfAOs

>> Are these the cruellest words a kid can say to their mum? >>http://bit.ly/1ecfAOs

Photo: Why I'm still dancing at 39 weeks http://bit.ly/1cJyutG

>> Why I’m still dancing at 39 weeks http://bit.ly/1cJyutG

Photo: This is Kaelyn and her faithful companion JJ. He's the first dog allowed into an operating room and the reason why is incredible >> http://bit.ly/1gWquNj

>> This is Kaelyn and her faithful companion JJ. He’s the first dog allowed into an operating room and the reason why is incredible >> http://bit.ly/1gWquNj

Photo: My son and I both have cancer - and we're beating it together http://bit.ly/19jGG8X

>> My son and I both have cancer – and we’re beating it together http://bit.ly/19jGG8X

Photo: The mum who photographs her highs and lows of parenting without the sugar coating http://bit.ly/1d5HXza

>> The mum who photographs her highs and lows of parenting without the sugar coating http://bit.ly/1d5HXza

Photo: It's Christmas, so let's talk about all the girls who think they've had virgin births (really) >> http://bit.ly/1gSLF2F

>> It’s Christmas, so let’s talk about all the girls who think they’ve had virgin births (really) >> http://bit.ly/1gSLF2F

Photo: Wife sends letter to husband from grave: this is how I want you to treat your new girlfriend >> http://bit.ly/JlywAo

>> Could you be this selfless on your deathbed? Wife sends letter to husband from grave: this is how I want you to treat your new girlfriend >> http://bit.ly/JlywAo

Photo: It looks like any other fairytale wedding ... until you notice there are THREE brides walking down the aisle ... and they're marrying each other >> http://bit.ly/1d4jsma

>> It looks like any other fairytale wedding … until you notice there are THREE brides walking down the aisle … and they’re marrying each other >> http://bit.ly/1d4jsma

Photo: Enough with the too-good-to-be-true family Christmas photos. Click here to see the card that tells it like it REALLY is >> http://bit.ly/1c1HGZr

>> Enough with the too-good-to-be-true family Christmas photos. Click here to see the card that tells it like it REALLY is >> http://bit.ly/1c1HGZr

Photo: Celebs at Christmas ... they're just like us (bwahahahaha) and we've got 35 pics to prove it >> http://bit.ly/1d5IocM

>> Oh, and my Celebs at Christmas gallery TOTALLY rocks – 158,000 clicks and counting … See it here >>  >> http://bit.ly/1d5IocM

So, how was your Christmas? 

3 thoughts on “My week: a supposedly fun thing I’ll never do again

  1. Meh. My kids were disappointed I didn’t wrap their presents. The star is still sitting propped up at the top of the tree – I never did strengthen it. The decoration boxes are still in the loungeroom – may as well leave them there till I pack the tree up now! Church was lovely though and lunch was a quiet affair with just the four of us. Family do isn’t until mid January, will let you know how that goes!

  2. Oh that does sound a little bit stressful.Having my own IT issues at the moment. Out in the Swedish countryside without my usual It department on beck and call. Now my work computer will not turn on. At all. Not a bleep. Have no idea why. Loved the family pic by the way, gorgeous family. Hope things settle down for you 🙂 Happy 2014.

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