What are you doing today? Not last minute shopping and freaking out about silly holiday stuff that doesn’t matter right? And if that is you, well I am sorry. May I suggest you just forget about it all and stay home and make cookies? You can give them as presents too and skip any more of the shopping hell. I give you all the permission and people love them some cookies.
The week went as usual. Nothing special or fantastic. We did finish the Christmas cards and sent or delivered most of them (still have a few to hand deliver). I spent a bit of time at the studio trying to get things glazed and fired before the holiday, organized all my kitchen towels, spices, and storage containers, and soaked and scrubbed the grease trap vent screen things that are in the hood vent above the stove. Low key but productive. We were intentionally keeping things quite as the littles and everyone that is usually around us is or has been getting sick with strep or the flu. We pumped the fluids, took the vitamins, and got our sleep. No need to get sick too right?
So nothing exciting. We went for a hike, had Barb over for a dinner where I might have had a slight anxiety attack that sent me to run and hide (I am blaming the weather, it is screwing with my mind) I worked the studio and loaded the kiln twice. Once and it was amazing then realized I loaded all the pots into the wrong kiln, had to unload it and reload it, cutting my hand open in the process . I was totally kicking myself in the ass, but again I blame the weather. (I will blame everything on the crappy, warm rainy shit we got this week. It really did mess with my brain)
We had the littles came over Friday night to do a little Christmas present crafting. They were going to sleep over, but the little lady wasn't feeling well and what with them just being sick wit strep and all, they went on home because they need to be home when they are sick and I am not doing sick. But I did feel bad, and I did miss them Saturday morning. Oh well, not like they won’t be at my house all this week. No school so it’s gonna be party time.
I need to do a few things today, like start making an ice cream cake for Camerons birthday and go grocery shopping with my mom for Christmas Day food. And I definitely need to wash my hair (hat season does some shit to my head). Then it’s basically getting things ready for Christmas for when the entire family comes over. Going to be proactive and move some plants so they don’t get bumped into or knocked over, bring in extra chairs and a table to sit and eat at, and set up a drawing station for the littles. (Look at me, I am becoming quite the party host if I do say so myself.) Other then that, I am looking forward to a quiet evening of lounging and reading and maybe even an after dinner drive to check out some more Christmas lights. We tried for a Christmas light walk last night but got little in the way of lights, and we were walking for quite a while. So drive it is.
Hope you are having a great holiday weekend. Happy and Merry Christmas!
Internet to look at if you so do desire.
-The Joy of No-Gift Christmas. The mr and I stopped doing big Christmas gift things a long time ago. Now we each have stocking that we put a few little things in (like purple carrots and chap stick for me, candy and socks for him) and that is it. It is so so so much less stressful then trying to get a bunch of crap.
-Just in case you have that family member or two that make you want to take off running in the opposite direction. 9 Ways to Deal with a Toxic Family at the Holidays. Don’t let them get to you.
-It is so true. Everyone ends up in the kitchen. And when the party is at my house, I almost never leave it, its my comfort zone. Like Moths To A Flame: Why Modern-Day Guests Always Gather In The Kitchen
-We’re losing monarchs fast—here’s why. This makes me really sad. Humans, we need to stop screwing things up.
-Pedialyte embraces hungover-adult market. Ha. I remember going into the baby food section at the grocery store and buying it for my sister and her friends. Or better yet, stealing it from my mom when the twins were babies.
-I think I would be good at this, dealing with the weird crazy phone calls. I would be like”Yup, he is your cousin all right: Ooops!”. Surprise DNA Results Are Turning Customer-Service Reps Into Therapists
-Can Hot Peppers Make Me Happy? They make me happy, to a point, then they can make me sad (too hot is not a happy feeling)
-What are frankincense and myrrh? Not just incense you burn.
- Read article first before you go jumping out of a plane without a shoot. Researchers Show Parachutes Don't Work, But There's A Catch.
And Pictures from the week.