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  1. What a perfectly appropriate piece. So completely relatable. I do believe you are not alone, and as we will stand together, so too will we gather our wits about us, and proceed to find ourselves back on our desired path. I know I put a small project safely away when a guest arrived for a few days, I need to finish it, but alas, i put it away too safely. Not earth shattering by any means, but it has thrown everything out of whack.

  2. I was listening to a podcast yesterday and the lovely lady on there said something that really struck me right in the head. She said all of us (mothers but I’d say probably just women) are a bit burnt out in January! I kept wondering why I couldn’t handle just the ordinary day to day stresses I think I’d go catatonic if the washing machine broke now ?

    1. I think the ordinary stresses combine with both the sheer after Christmas exhaustion, and the need to do better because it is a New year … and then lo and behold we feel discombobulates and utterly burnt out…

  3. Dear dear Alison, I could not stop laughing at this post, even though I sympathize deeply and am right there with you! I have such a routine to cleaning and laundry that if there is a snafu — like God help us a washing machine that broke — the household comes to a halt and I wring my hands in despair. I know what this is like! One year the air conditioner (a must-have in Texas in summer), the hot water heater, and the washer all decided to Call It A Day within 3 days of each other. Honestly, I just wanted to get in the car and drive away and not come back.
    Every day is a clean slate, so I’m hoping your new washer arrives sooner than the 31st. In the meantime, maybe just wear the same outfit over and over and just wash it every few days? Let the boys fend for themselves! (Although this is probably not a good idea.)
    Love to you! And thank you for always sharing your chaos as well as your blessings!

  4. January is a tough month. Following on the heels of the craziness that the holidays can be, the setting of unrealistic resolutions (to make us all more wonderful than we now are)etc. And I am just worn down by the insanity of old white men treating the planet as their personal commodity to further their own selfish agendas. There…I feel better getting that last part out there.
    Alison I so love your words, clear and honest. You tell it like it is, warts and sunshine and all. Keep up the good words/works. Blessings are coming your way. (hopefully before the 31st

  5. I love it. I do not love all the problems at all. I love how you can step back and view it.
    I hope things get better.

  6. This has been me as well this month, but with husband’s health problems instead of the washer. I have wished more than once that I could burn all this down and start again, but, instead, I have started reading on the treadmill and drinking more than one cup of coffee a day and crying in the grocery store – only once, but it was enough.

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