Monday, December 22, 2014

The holidays and I have to work through some tough times ...


Well, I am a little dramatic. I'm only working 2 days this week and I worked 4 last week. I am trying to finish a lot up, because I hate coming in after multiple days off to pick up work in the middle when I don't have to. Project work often can't be finished, but I would love to be at a tidy milestone, you know, like at the end of a pattern repeat :)

I have managed to obtain presents.

I managed to entertain my friends and my son's friends on Friday, the last day of term. I wish I had pictures but I was prepping a  lot of food and having a lot of fun. We fit 9 kids and 10 adults in my 2 bedroom apartment! Somehow my neighbors are still speaking to us!

I managed to wrap obtained presents and cook a meal for my sister's family and my mother and stepfather who have flown into town.

I have managed 3 different kinds of cookie dough in the past week. What can I say when the pressure is on, I like to completely add to it by wasting time with unnecessary baked goods. 

I have managed to drive my husband and child a little insane with my incessant nagging.

So pretty much holidays are on track.

I sort of vacillate between having a good time and being a bit of a nightmare. I thought I should be honest with you all since I was really trying to tap into the holiday spirit in the last post.

In case you were wondering it's a hard sell if you're telling people to have a good time (damnit) with a clenched jaw and balled up fists. Ha!

Seriously though, most of the pressure is off me now. Christmas Eve is the Manfriend's show. He is going to put on an amazing spread. It's been fun listening to him plan his menu and make his lists. He sparkles a bit like tinsel when he taps into his inner CF (control freak). I just gotta make some short bread and appetizers and keep space in the fridge for him. Easy peasy pudding pie. (I'm not actually doing pudding or pie because they are both things I fail at miserably.)

I came into work today and found a lovely wrapped gift and some cookies and some home brew from Harrigan's family. How sweet is that? I also had visits from some co-worker's children that came by for a hello. The under 10 set is so charming. Lip balm is always a hit with the little girls and then they each get a grab in the chocolate jar.

I admit, I've been hoarding these ...

WHAT? I'm not completely out of hand. The mint truffle kisses things are like horrible. You can't eat just one. HM and I at work have little green wrappers on our desks a little too often. The Dove Peppermint Bark is with dark chocolate and they are just really, really happy. They are a seasonal treat, so I have to eat them NOW, you see? Also they are probably making me a kinder person.

In fact I think that I will stop eating the rest and use them for my shortbreads! BRILLIANT.

Maybe it will make up for the fact that I don't think holiday cards are gonna happen. Oh and I'm not knitting any gnomes either, sigh. Crap, I'm lucky to knit a few rounds of sock at midnight.

Thank you for letting me think outloud.

Tomorrow I will post for the giveaway! 


  1. The holidays are a roller coaster of emotions, aren't they? One minute I'm in tears and then in jubilation. It's seriously been the best of times followed by the worst this year. I am looking forward to January and getting back to normal.

  2. My knitting helps me stay calm during the stressful holiday gatherings.

    Dove chocolates are THE best - I must learn to resist.

  3. It sounds like you're doing it all beautifully. I have some shopping a baking to do today, and quite a lot of it... CJ xx

  4. Well, actually it sounds like you have it ALL under control --- well, except for maybe the chocolate. LOL

    Have a very Merry Christmas!

  5. You are juggling an amazing number of tasks and events - and it sounds like you are having a wonderful holiday with friends and family.

  6. Ellen
    Sounds like a REAL Christmas whirl to me. Isn't that how it is this time of year? Your post is real and funny.
    I cranked out cookies yesterday for a cookie exchange only to find out they postponed it for a know I cannot do the freezer cookie thing twice in one Season

  7. Sounds pretty normal for this crazy time of year! Have a wonderful holiday! (You're light years ahead of me in the baking department....)

  8. You are amazing clenched teeth and all! Hugs to you wonderful Ellen, Wishing you a Merry Christmas.

  9. What a whirlwind you've had. You are so productive. I feel like I walked half a mile in your shoes and a quarter of a mile on your husband's shoes. Terrific job the both of you. Happy Holidays!

  10. Hahaha, loved this post, made me giggle! Hope you had a wonderful holiday!!!