It's the week before Christmas, and I have found myself once again floundering under the weight of Christmas prep. Considering that I don't have kids, or a hubby, and a boyfriend that lives at his own house, you'd think I would have nothing but time and not much prep to do.
You would be wrong. When you don't have kids or a hubby, you fill your time with other things that soon become vital to your well being and make your life sometimes a scheduling crisis. For me, that's reading waaaaay too many books, working and then thinking about working when I'm not, thinking about buying presents, saying I'm done buying presents, then buying more.
Then there is the "what shall we have for Christmas Eve dinner this year?" question. Each year I generally have to work until 6:30 on Christmas Eve, which leaves me a short evening to spend with Bud. I am usually tired and only want to relax , drink and eat something that has too many calories to count. Usually I've had a lasagna ready, and Bud comes to my house, puts it in the oven, and has the place all cozy for Christmas when I get home. This year I dithered over whether to have lasagna again, or maybe a beef tenderloin, or something different. Bud and I have decided to have snackies. Various cheeses, dips, dipping things, and booze. And a movie. And Christmas lights. And maybe I can talk him into opening one present that night.
Now that that is figured out, my all consuming thought is how to get my homemade booze presents to my friends and when to make cookies (which are a requirement for Christmas. Christmas does not exist without cookies. Sorry Jesus.) If I make them too soon, we will eat them all. If I wait too long, I won't want to make them, since I will be working purely on robotic mode, and not human mode. Must hit the perfect time--perhaps next Wednesday?
I'm not even trying to think about our family Christmas, which won't take place until January 7th. Thankfully my niece has offered to host it at her house, so now it's just a matter of calling (nagging) everyone to tell me what food they are bringing and making sure we have plenty of carbs, meat, and desserts. And someone must make the family cheese ball, or all hell will break loose. We simply cannot gather together without our beloved cheese ball.
And exercise? Ha! Many plans to go to the gym, and many times not going to the gym. As more than one customer has so brilliantly told me "You sure get your exercise running around here, don't cha?" Yes I do. Thank you for coming in and asking me about books that are in each corner of the store. Thank you for the sweaty brow and the aching feet. Working out would probably make that smile plastered on my face actually look genuine and sincere.