Late in November I had a bunch of vacation days to use. But due to some unforeseen circumstances in the past few weeks, I’ve had to rearrange things and I won’t be having all sorts of days off after all.
I had big plans for those blocks of time off. Baking cookies, doing cards, decorating, shopping and wrapping. Unrushed and uninterrupted. I was feeling all on top of the whole business and looking forward to an easy and unstressed holiday. I had convinced myself that this would be the best Christmas ever, simply because I would be prepared. And I hadn’t expected the Juju’s until after the New Year. That changed and I was even more convinced that everything would be perfect. Then I looked at my calendar and the scratched off days that had been labeled in big red letters, proclaiming OFF. The panic started seeping in…
We have no tree up and no indoor decorations. The living room remodeling is taking longer than planned, mostly because PD is having some rough days and because other things have come up. And I’m working long hours. (Although this past week we got a short reprieve from the OT.) So until we can at least put the furniture where it belongs, we shall remain treeless.
I realize this isn’t the least bit entertaining for you. I apologize for that. This post is mostly for me, to get some thoughts out of my head. Which is why I started blogging in the first place. So bear with me.
Anyway. I took my mom shopping today and I accomplished so much on my list. I feel way less stressed about it and I will probly sleep better tonight.
I like to get the frivolities out of the way so when the big day comes I can concentrate on the real reason for the celebration. I feel like I have a shot at actually pulling that off. *Sigh*
I should be concentrating on the fact that I got my mom home safely today. On the way back from the mall, we decided to stop at a restaurant for “nourishment.” She had cappuccino and peach pie. I had coffee and a Belgian waffle with whipped creme, strawberries and ice cream. When we came out, I pulled back out onto the road and it was pure ice. Of the black variety that I’ve often heard of but never actually experienced. It took a very long time to get home and there were vehicles all over pulled off to the sides of the road. All the coaching that PD has been drumming into my head over the years seems to have paid off. I was quite relieved when I pulled into my driveway.
Looking forward to a long winter’s nap tonight. You betcha’.