It is cold and gloomy around here with just a little snow to cover some of the ground. It is not enough snow for my liking though. I want what they are getting in the Carolinas. Damn climate change.
It was a very long week in that I did nothing at work but work on submitting the first draft of the budget by the Friday deadline. Between meetings and working through my 30-tab spreadsheet, I was toast most nights. It did not help that the stress of the deadline prevented me from sleeping well throughout the week. However, I met the deadline, and that first push is behind me. The rest of the budget process is annoying, but it is much easier than that initial data pull.
Holly had her first winter poms routine on Friday. Unfortunately, the boys’ varsity basketball team is not good at all, so it makes the wait until she performs very painful. Conversely, it is nice being so close to her when she performs, and it is all indoors. So yay for that. The winter poms season continues through February, so we will have plenty of opportunities to watch her dance and bad basketball.
Holiday preparations are well underway. I have a stack of envelopes staring at me that need addressing for our holiday cards. Presents are arriving daily. Now I just have to find the time to wrap everything. How are you doing with the holidays?
The rest of today will be putting the house to rights, laundry, and catching up on all the paperwork and email I shoved onto my desk every evening and need to address. It isn’t glamorous, but it never really disappears no matter how much I might wish it would. The weather at least is cooperating by making me not want to step foot outside.
Here are past posts from the last few weeks in case you missed them the first time:
I do love this time of year but I am not feeling the commercial aspect of it at all. I am kind of done with the buying. I bought some stuff online and I have one Hobby Lobby trip to get some things but I am calling it a year after that. I have only watched two Christmas movies so I am way behind. We normally make dinner reservations for Christmas dinner but the past two years have been super expensive and disappointing. So I am going to cook and then we will see the new Marry Poppins movie. Because I am cooking, I will be taking the rest of this week to plan the food for the day. Our university was threatened with a mass shooting for today, so all finals have been moved online but WE are still here. Campus is empty except for the police everywhere. A good day to look up recipes.
This is the time of year I avoid live television like the plague. It gets me so depressed.
I still don’t know what we are doing for that weekend. Are we hosting? Are we going somewhere? No clue.
We’ve mostly finished our Christmas prep this year, but that’s mostly because we’re going very, very minimal. Trying to make this a very light year for us. It’s still been pleasant though!
Those minimal years are the best. You have more time to enjoy the season and less worry about getting everything done!
I do not miss working on budgets. I remember how stressful and tedious that could be! I’m glad you have the deadline behind you!
We finished up our shopping this weekend and most of the wrapping (minus wrapping Sunnie’s gifts…I need to work on that this week while she’s at school). I’ll be glad to be done with all of it! This time of year seems to be more stress than anything.
I finished up my Christmas shopping on my lunch break. Now, I have to find the time to wrap everything. I feel like I am behind this season, but I realize it is just my perception because Thanksgiving was so early this year. That thought helps when I start getting stressed.