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Christmas preparations


Sunday, December 16, 2012

Christmas has been sneaking up on me. I am definitely losing my focus. I thought I had bought all the presents I needed to, and I thought I had wrapped all the presents that needed to be mailed out of town, wrapped, packed in a box with lots of styrofoam peanuts, sealed, addressed, and mailed said box. And I did do that. But as I was patting myself on the back for getting it all done, I remembered two or three more presents that should have been wrapped and mailed in that box...but weren't. Grrrrrrrr.... Now I either do more wrapping and packing and mailing, or I just let it go, figuring that they were small gifts and I can send them next year.

Except for the fact that they are little jars of hand creams and lotions, and I very much fear that they won't keep for an entire year.

Meanwhile, my house is a wreck, even though I had extensively cleaned not that long ago. It is a wreck because my son came home from college, and he just dumps everything in the middle of the living room, where he leaves it until I either move it myself, or we have a big enough fight about it that he decides it isn't worth the grief. I just don't know why it always has to be this way. I love my son. But he is a complete slob, and I just HATE fighting and arguing and yes, screaming at him to get him to pick up his stuff. Nor do I think it is right for me to clean it all up, especially since he will just be angry with me for putting it in his room. Why? Because his room will then be so crowded with stuff that he won't be able to walk across it.

Where is the Christmas spirit in all that? Hiding, for sure. I also very much fear that I have put on extra pounds already, when the month is barely half over. I have GOT to get on track. Today I bought tons of healthy veggies and fruits at the farmer's market, but even with those I need to be careful not to overdo it.

OK, gripe over. I am glad, glad, glad that my two college students are back home with me. I am glad that my shopping is over. I have even written the rough draft of the Christmas letter I put in with my cards. So things have been accomplished. We will probably buy a tree tomorrow. If you wait until close to Christmas and buy your tree at Lowe's, they are marked down to super cheap. I think we paid less than $10 last year. Now, it wasn't a very pretty tree, but once it's decorated, it doesn't matter all that much.

And I am planning my meals for the week, and there will be lots and lots of veggies in them - beets, kohlrabi, eggplant, sweet potatoes, small red potatoes, carrots, cabbage - all from the farmer's market. I also bought some local grapefruit, and my orange tree is just loaded with pretty oranges. If I get to them before my son does, that is.

Now I am starting to feel a little better about Christmas. The first party is tomorrow (Boy Scout party), and I just need to focus on my goals and then I won't overdo the food.
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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 12/17/2012 8:31AM

    I'd definitely go ahead and mail those extra gifts. You'll feel better for having done so.
And I would calmly remind my son to pick up his things and put them in his room, with no hint of anger, 2-3 times throughout today and explain that it stresses you out to have them in the living room. If he doesn't put it up himself, then you have every right to place them in his room tomorrow (no throwing!). LOL! He'll get over it. You just hate to think he might be mad at you b/c you really just want him to love and appreciate you. But college kids are a breed of their own. He'll appreciate you one day, when he has kids of his own. Hold onto that thought!!! I know I do. My son is 23. You are not alone!



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BLITZEN40 12/16/2012 7:40PM

    Wow, sounds like you have a lot going on! I made my kids write the Christmas letter this year. They ended up writing it from the dog. That was fine with me as long as I didn't have to write it. If my kids leave stuff laying around out in the living space, I dump it in their rooms. They're used to it and don't get mad, but if they did, I'd tell them next time I'll throw it away. And they know I would, so they don't mess with me. lol Glad to hear you've got your kiddos home with you, and when the dust settles from the hurry and scurry of the season, I'm sure you'll have a wonderful Christmas! WTG incorporating all those healthy veggies into your weeks meal planning. I need some of your ambition! emoticon

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