Finally, we can exhale.
The holidays are over.
Sure, it's great to gather with family and friends, and it truly is the best time of the year, but by the first week in January, I'm ready to return to return to the day-to-day grind of familiarity.
After about six weeks of big family meals, assorted other gatherings, multiple shopping sprees, traveling here, traveling there, driving around looking at Christmas lights, and a seemingly endless string of bowl games, I found myself yearning for a quiet night in the mancave.
And that's exactly what I enjoyed earlier this week. Just me, some classic "CSI: Miami" reruns and Facebook.
I hadn't had much "me time" since before Thanksgiving and was looking forward to an evening with Horatio, Calleigh, Delco, Alexx and the rest of the CSI crew when I got sidetracked.
My attention turned from the flat-screen to Facebook. I had forgotten how much fun perusing social media can be, so much so I felt inspired to share a post-holiday edition of "Found on Facebook":
º "I was born to be wild, but only until about 9 p.m." (The person who wrote this said she was a member of the "class of 1971." No wonder I can identify. I was a member of the "class of '72.")
º "Relationship advice for 2017: Pay more attention to your life partner than you do to your phone." (Yikes. That one got me, since I was scrolling my phone looking at little ditties like this.)
º "Today I'm doing nothing, because I started doing it yesterday and I wasn't finished ... and I'm no quitter." (Words to live by.)
º "If your absence doesn't affect them, your presence never mattered." (Hey, I occasionally like a serious thought, too.)
º "If your friends don't make fun of you, then they aren't really your friends." (Well, I must have a lot of friends.)
º "Rolling Stone guitarist Keith Richards found still alive." (And who doesn't enjoy a good Keith Richards jab?)
º "Telling a woman to calm down works as well as trying to baptize a cat." (This is one of those where I don't say, "Hey, honey ... come and look at this one!")
º "A quiet man is a thinking man. A quiet woman is usually mad." (I'm not touching this one, either.)
º "Just because I can't sing doesn't mean I won't sing." (That's kind of the philosophy in our house.)
º "I do not have gray hair. I have wisdom highlights." (Yeah, take that, silver fox haters.)
º "Don't believe everything you read on Facebook -- Thomas Jefferson." (That's a Facebook classic.)
º "I'm not going outside until the temperature is above my age." (That's a better idea than those senior discounts at the local buffets.)
º "Fried Squirrel: The chicken of the trees." (Equally brilliant and hilarious.)
º "If I change pants, I could probably eat another meal." (I think this one's my favorite.)
Ahh, Facebook. It's good to have you back.