Saturday, June 13, 2009

Post-Holiday Blahs

We're back, and I have a severe case of the post holiday blahs.

We arrived back late on Wednesday night, and the house-sitter had done her usual wonderful job. The first day back was a beautiful sunny winter day, just right for all the post holiday washing.

But since then it has been cold and grey and drizzly. The kids are in quarantine because we passed through the swine flu capital of the universe (Melbourne Airport) and after running around on a sub-tropical island, have a severe case of cabin fever.

The holiday itself was grand. We spent a week on the Gold Coast, where the children sampled the delights of the theme parks and the Princess adored Rollercoasters and the Giant drop. She made the 120cm height restriction by 2cms - and then insisted on repeating the experience. Destructoboy preferred merry-go-rounds, although he did like river rides and flume rides and the associated wetness.

Club Med Lindemen Island was lovely - although the swimming pools were freezing, even for a Tasmanian! The kids club was next to the circus school, so they had high trapeze (yes, both the 4 and 6 year old loved this), bungy bounce, their own swimming pools, and enormous climbing fort, tennis, archery, putt-putt golf, beach stuff and lots of other activities, including starring spots in the nightly shows.

I put the cocktail list to the test, was hugely active in order to be able to eat a reasonable sampling of the food which someone else had cooked - and which other people were going to wash up after. Other people cooking, washing up, cleaning and tidying up is a mothers' dream holiday!

But since we've been home I've had a severe case of blahness. There is no real reason for this, except perhaps the winter weather and its greyness. So I have been catching up on blog reading (but not commenting much, my apologies). I have cast on another jumper (of course) and pecked at the holiday socks (one done and most of one to go). I haven't done much more on the half done holiday Clapotis.

But currently it's all about the colours of a tropical sea. All my current knitting is blues, greens and turquoise. The socks are in Fleece Artist Trail Socks in Angel Fish, the Clapotis in Touch Yarn in gorgeous turquoise washed with greens and blues and the Jumper is Fleece Artist River in Nova Scotia. So maybe it's about the Fleece Artist, too.

I had all four sock club packages get into my hands either the day we left or the day we arrived back, and they are all lovely, but now I have to wait at least 2 more months for the next packages. Sigh.

It's a good thing that I have the thought of Bendi to sustain me - and the thought of my lovely kids being able to see their friends at school on Tuesday when their quarantine ends. No Hamthrax so far!


Michelle said...

Oh you poor thing - I sympathise with you on the post-holiday blahs. I had them really bad when I came back from Fiji, and I suddenly hated everyone and everything.

Take it easy. The kids being in spamotine can't be helping, but yeah, take it easy.

At least until Tuesday!

Rose Red said...

sorry about the blahs...maybe go and roll around in the stash for a little while? Am sure it'll be better once the kids are back at school!!

Sounds like a fab holiday ghough - terribly hard to come back to winter.

Amy Lane said...

Sorry about the Hamthrax quarantine--and the blahs... what you need is lots and lots of knitting and some good tv (maybe that's what I need... but I'll wish some for you too!)

MadMad said...

Re-entry is never fun... plus you probably still have your laying off work to cope with emotionally as well. I'll send big hugs your way and hope you're cheered up soon!

amy said...

I just can't get over the fact that they're quarantining you!! My fil & his wife went to her daughter's wedding in Mexico, and we told them we wouldn't see them for 7 days after they returned, but nobody gets quarantined here! And we only told them that because we have kids and we've already had the flu run through the family twice this year. Is the general feeling in Australia one of panic, or are they just being super, super careful?

Oh, and I get the post-holiday blahs without benefit of the holiday...!

Lynne said...

Welcome home! The aftermath is always a let down but the grey skies don't help! I was so annoyed to see blue sky when I got up this morning; we had a grey and miserable weekend. I want some sunshine!!

Bells said...

welcome home! I think post holiday blahs are quite common. It's that thud back to reality.

What jumper have you cast on? YOur readers must know!

Taphophile said...

Woolly goodness, and getting the kids back to school, might just help - but it's always a bummer. Club Med sounds divine. Did you combine knitting and cocktails?

Donna Lee said...

It sounds like a perfect holiday (especially the someone else cooking and cleaning up part). We've had incessantly gray and rainy weather all spring. I am in real need of some sun. And I'd like to wear sandals at least once this year! We're still sleeping with blankets.