Well, it finally happened. I set a very lofty goal of staying optimistic this Christmas and not letting all the hype make me batty. And, I almost made it. Almost.
Tonight, I tore apart the house, my car, all four handbags I’ve used in the last week (don’t ask), our recycle bins, and the trash can looking for a gift card I purchased yesterday. I even went back to the store, praying that if I had dropped it in the parking lot, a kind soul would have returned it to the customer service desk. We left empty-handed, and returned home for more unraveling.
I’m pretty sure they didn’t move Christmas. It’s the same day it’s always been. Yet, I am the complete opposite of ready. I still don’t have all the necessary gifts. (I’ve had them picked out for weeks, but need to actually go get them.) I haven’t baked all the cookies on my wish list. (This is both a blessing and a bummer.) I haven’t watched any of my favorite Christmas movies. (I’ve lost my copy of Christmas Vacation yet again, and I refuse to buy a new one for a third year in a row!) I haven’t listened to enough Christmas music to be tired of it. (Every time I remember that I need to upload my Christmas playlist, I can’t find my iPod.)
Ready or not, in five days it will be here and then — poof! — the magic is gone and everyone will have moved on to the dreaded talk of New Years’ resolutions.
I will never understand why work is such terror this time of year. Once, just once, I’d like to take off the entire week before Christmas so that I can really savor it. Instead, I’m trying to squeeze 12 hours of work into an 8-hour day so that I have time to finish last-minute shopping, straighten up the house, which looks like a tornado came through, and attempt to get a good night of sleep.
If anyone is looking for last-minute gift ideas, I’ll take a calendar with an extra week in December, please.
xoxo ~your busy little b
P.S. This is supposed to be a post about the insanely delicious — and way too easy — cookies I made this weekend. Or, the delightful little mushroom tartlets I took to our Sole Sisters party last night. Or, the new “Training Tips” page that I’ve almost finished. But, I needed to vent. Sorry.
P.P.S. In case you’re wondering about the gift card, I found it at home. As soon as I stopped looking for it. 🙂