(“You’re not the only one. And don’t call me Shirley.”)
(Sorry. Couldn’t help it!)
Not news: December is busy. It's always busy and it always catches me by surprise. I feel rushed and squelched with all these ideas and little time (and sometimes little energy) to implement them.
There are the I-mean-to-things.
Two friends emailed me pages to read over, critique, and get back to them. Weeks ago. I assured them both I would. I haven't.
A few weeks ago I came up with a brilliant idea for a gift for the take away (Dirty Santa) game we play at the extended family get together each year.
This idea would involve making something, and I love that, making things. I got everything to make it. I had two big beautiful weekends to do it and then...those weekends got eaten up. They're gone. I have to have it done by Friday, as in, day after tomorrow. Yesterday The Child and I stopped by a shop in Winona and I bought something and they wrapped it and it's done.
It feels great to have that done but yet. I feel a bit like I cheated - not because the gift isn't handmade but because I didn't follow through with my plan.
I need to mix up salad dressing and toast pecans for salad for Friday evening.
I want to make almond crescents.
We have Christmas cards, we have stamps. They're all sitting here on my desk. When they'll get addressed and mailed, I'm not sure.
Where is my red long-sleeved t-shirt with the Nutcrackers painted on it?
In the laundry.
I need to do laundry.
I’m already trying to think of things I can do in the upcoming year to help ease the December crush. It feels a bit foolish to fritter away the time fantasizing about that when there is so much I need to do right now, yesterday, last week.
Why not daydream about next year, right? The new year brings a number of projects. That novel I finished last month, for one. Come January, I'm getting out that bad boy and starting the work of revising and editing.
I want to do the floors in my bathroom.
I want to get feedback to those two friends who sent me their work.
We're hosting supper club in February.
I'm toying with the idea of having a Valentine's-type open house.
When I get my new 2011 calendar, should I turn to June and make a note to begin the homemade gift so I'll have it for next Christmas?
Where are the sugar cookies?