Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Trying to catch-up and sending you some happy holidays

Yesterday after work I had a 6pm appointment. It was raining angry cats and angry dogs. My bus passed 2 buses broken down on the route there. I was amazingly only 5 minutes late. The rain gave me a small break but there is no return bus and the boys said they forgot to pick up eggs for my cake. I started walking to the nearest market with organic eggs on the way home. And then the heavens unleashed again, with no bus insight. I snuck into a Walgreens thinking I'll wait for it to either clear up a bit or the bus to come AND get some oversized boxes for some holiday gifts.

Alas the rains and the bus route were still uncooperative. My pants were very wet. I finally caught a bus with just 2 stops between me and home, but it was worth it, otherwise I was going to duck into a local bar: eggs, boxes, and all.

I got in and slammed down some dinner the boys had put together in the kitchen (and already eaten -- its 8pm now). I did the dishes and began making 2 cakes (from mix). I got them in the oven and finally get around to using the restroom. I remembered to get out of my wet pants when I went to bed, because I am stupid.

I am pretty sure for the next week this pace will continue.

I have a feeling I'm not alone in this.

What I am reminding myself, what I ask you to remember is there is a reason for the madness. We are trying to enjoy ourselves. We LIKE a lot of the happiness, celebration and the cake (no matter how ugly) that goes on. We like to share with others, we like to show we care.

At the end of the day you don't have to, but most of it, you want to.

It's not going to be perfect. It's not going to all be done, but if you keep your wits about and remind yourself to have fun, you'll get the most important things done and you'll get the most out of your holidays. And I may sound a little nuts (well, I am.) But I promise you, I'm having fun. I hope you are too.

Clearly I am not knitting right now, and that's just the way it goes. But I will be soon. I miss you all and will visit as soon as I can, but for now, I am going to get a cup of tea, run a quick errand and meet my family to see The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies :)

If you have the time and the inclination leave me a note and tell me if you're managing your holiday pace and tell me something fun and fabulous happening with you and yours!

Coming soon: The final giveaway of the year!!


  1. Amen!
    The panic has set in here too but I'm determined to make the best of the holiday season. You just can't do everything so you might as well enjoy what you can manage. Tea and fruitcake helps as does that ice cream cake I have in the freezer.

  2. Not much fabulous going on here. Just a quick hello. Keep up the pace and remember to wear dry pants!

  3. i know you can't imagine this....but i really MISS the crazy; now don't get me wrong, there is LOTS to love about retirement and living the grandma-role instead of the mom-on-the-go role, but I'm thrilled to read that in the midst of all the hub-bub of your lively days, you can see and enjoy the madness....because these will become your memories, and there is nothing more precious.

  4. The crazy has set in for me too during this holiday season. My honey and I are hosting Christmas dinner for his family this year and it will be the first time me cooking for so many. While I am excited and thrilled to be hosting, I am trying not to go crazy over it all, I mean my tree still isn't decorated. In addition, we (meaning my honey) already have had a menu fight with the mom-in-law. Through it all, I am still finding the joy in the season and knitting myself calm.

  5. Avoidance, that's how I roll. Until I can no longer avoid the deadline and then I panic. LOL

  6. One advantage of being Jewish is that I don't feel the same sense of holiday urgency. Hanukkah is actually a very minor holiday, so we just relax over winter break.

  7. Ho dang, girl. I concur. What the heck up with this madness?

  8. Well isn't that some end of the day, wet pants and all. You are so right, we try so hard to get it all right for our family, but it will be right, we just have to remember what is important.
    I hope you have a very dry day today.

  9. my knitting will be minimal once the kids arrive, I'm okay with that. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.

  10. Your photo and your spirit are perfect.
    Allison arrived home after a 16 hour drive STRAIGHT through with her Nathan. Both are nestled all snug in their beds ....
    Yes, it will be kind of crazy....but so fun. I WILL open the cookie box tonight. I MADE it!
    More carols, more movies, more knitting......hooray for Holidays

  11. Love your scarf and sunglasses! Great post. It's so easy to get swept up in all the craziness and forget the true reason for the season. Have a wonderful holiday!

  12. I hope you have a wonderful holiday, sounds like you've got your priorities and perspectives on the right track!