Thursday, November 29, 2007

Thursday Thirteen - edition #1

Well NaBlo is coming down to the wire, and I am stressed to the gills... about other things, so this does offer some modicum of relief, if not just to vent, or perhaps to somehow try to stay on top of things. By recording for the blogosphere what I should be doing. Permanent record. Accountability.

So, thirteen reasons that December is going to be a crazy ride:

1. Project deadline loomed, and still looming. Mucho work to do, dwindling time to do it.

2. Hubby's birthday next week. Have a dinner planned, know who with, just don't know where yet.

3. Christmas shopping; haven't started, panic is starting to slowly rumble in the pit of my stomach.

4. Christmas decorating; need to get the tree up and house in order. Kids make it mandatory -- dropping the ball a dangerous thing.

5. Christmas photos with Santa. G already knows that Santa lives at the mall. She can't wait to sit on the old man's lap. L will need convincing, big time. Will the Wii be enough?

6. Christmas photos and cards. Need to pay our annual fee to Canada post.

7. Hosting a holiday dinner on weekend before Christmas.

8. Little G's birthday is 3 days before Christmas. Hosting a small family birthday party for her.

9. Oh yes, birthday present required. Will likely consist of "Hippopotamus, Hippo Hungry" (aka Hungry, Hungry, Hippo -choking hazard extravaganza), which she has been chanting everytime she has a successful potty moment.

10. Three other birthdays of very important family members in December. Spring has been a very, uh-hum, busy time in this family.

11. Two days later, hosting Christmas Eve dinner for Hubby's side of family. Everyone staying over. Super-excited. House will be full and fun.

12. Christmas day at my parents' place for more Christmas festivities. And pigging out. And fun times with new babies et al.

13. Menuplanning for all of the above. Did I mention Christmas?

Have you noticed that most of the above involves shopping in one form or another? Something I have absolutely no time for anymore, much to someone's delight and my utter dismay.

However, NaBloPoMo will be over. I've been having a great time checking out great blogs, making great new blog friends. But the daily rush has been pure panic at times. So while I'll still be blogging actively, it will likely at a more manageable pace.

Today is a head shearing day...for yours truly and her little man. Hope no tears are involved.

Wish us luck.


Cherry said...

What? Christmas is coming? CRAP!

Just kidding!

I know it's almost over, and you've worked very hard on it and I just want you to know that I've been enjoying and have been envious of your very well thought out and creative NaBloPoMo posts over the last month. Your posts are always witty, smart and very well written but this past month you didn't let this posting every day thing downgrade the quality of the wit and writing.
Just wanted to let you know :-)

Now go shopping already!

Open Grove Claudia said...

I hope December is full, but not too anxiety ridden. I think the anxiety drives me mad.

Kat said...


I think I'm going to post my list for December tomorrow... it looks a whole lot like yours... and reading yours just made me nervous and I really have to go now because I have way too much to do.

Shoshana said...

I have a rumble of panic in the pit of my stomach reading your December line-up.

I have Hanukkah...all nights of it...all requiring gift for each night.

Don Mills Diva said...

Ya - your list panicked me a little bit too, because mine is similar. It feels good to have weathered out NaBloPoMo though doesn't it? Congrats!

mom huebert said...

Whoa-- you sound terribly busy. Good luck.

donna said...

Holy cow, you do have a jam-packed December don't you? Luckily almost all of it sounds like fun. At least it's not full of things like flossing the cat's teeth and organizing the sock drawer.

bec said...

I want to say encouraging words. Really I do. Okay I will. Karen, you will do amazingly well in all of your shopping, entertaining, gift giving, meeting of a zillion deadlines on top of your regular everyday activities. I'm shakin' my head in awe of how much you have to do and how I'm gettin' overwhelmed just reading about it!!! You rock!!! Don't forget to take care of yourself as most of your activities are devoting time and energy to others, which is great, but still has its own share of stresses. Unsolicited advice over and out!

melissa said...

Busy stuff! So finish your project and get shopping.

I'll be cutting back after NaBlo, too, but it was sure fun! And I met cool people like you!

Noelle said...

Hi, wow, what a list that is!! I'm weird though, in that I like Christmas shopping, and don't consider it too much of a stress. I also like decorating, and baking and such. I did a TT list too, it's here:

Sandy C. said...

That is quite a list! Whew...I'm stressing for you.

A Wii?!?! If I sit still on Santa's lap can I have one?

Hope December doesn't prove as stressing as it may seem.

At least NaBloNoMo is almost done!

BeachMama said...

Your list looks an awful lot like my list and I got stressed just reading your list. Ack! Christmas is coming fast.

Rima said...

The V-meister got that Hungry Hippos game for her birthday. I did a lot of swearing (in my head voice, of course) trying to put that piece of craptastic plastic together.

She plays with it for about five minutes at a time.

SaoirseDaily2 said...

Take a deep breath. Relax and enjoy this time in your life.

familymclean said...

Wow, your plate is full, good luck! I have yet to do any shopping, and I forgot all about the birthdays, ack!

Ginaagain said...

(hands over my ears) "Lalalalalalallalalalalalala, I can't hear until I want to!"

Curiosity.Killer said...

Wow, I can't imagine the pressure!

Take it easy. Breath... find a nice restaurant and shop in one breath during the weekday so you won't get trampled.

Badness Jones said...

Bad's b-day is in December too...gotta do a party. Crap. Why didn't I plan it better and have my babies in July?

Family Adventure said...

Good luck, Karen. I'm getting a bit stressed, too, and I have very little to do. Oh wait, my stress is caused by a the furry little friend (NOT) that visited us yesterday. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Ian. 29 never looked soo good.

Heidi :)

slouching mom said...

Jack's birthday is the week before Christmas. It's more than a little overwhelming. I don't know how you do it, with multiple birthdays!

Nicholas said...

Looks like you're going to be very busy! welcome to TT.


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