Monday, December 22, 2008

The Big Holiday "Do List"

It's been a little ... hectic around here lately.

I am sure this won't be as exciting as Whiskeymarie's lists generally are, but here are just a few of the things I've accomplished since my last post:

Worked a lot, but not as much as my clients may have wanted
Told kids to clean their rooms
Helped husband with food drive at his school
Thought about posting something interesting on my blog
Online / virtual world shopping for gifts
Real-world shopping for gifts
Told kids to clean their rooms
Helped older kid with school project
Attended kindergarten "holiday program" to listen to small kids singing holiday songs; watched my kid do the "pee-pee dance" throughout
Cleaned living room and dining room to prepare for decorating for Christmas; found and disposed of petrified raisins and six-month old peanuts in sofa cushions
Cleaned bathrooms so guests won't be horrified
Thought about posting something interesting on my blog
Told kids to clean their rooms
Pulled out 28 boxes labeled "Christmas" from storage cabinets in laundry room; found battery-operated light strands that were needed for the Fantasy of Lights parade last month but could not be found at that time. Added this year's collection of battery-operated lights to the box.
Bought Christmas tree
Decorated Christmas tree while playing Christmas music and singing loudly (and badly) and drinking to excess (mmmm, eggnog.... )
Nursed hangover
Thought about posting something interesting on my blog; head hurts too much
Cleaned living room again
Told kids to clean their rooms
Washed 12 loads of laundry
Received awesome box of gifts for me, husband, and kids from best-ever friend who has spent the past 6 months in China and managed to mail gifts on time all the way from China while I haven't even bought gifts for her and her kids yet
Online shopping for best-ever friend & her husband and kids, with rush delivery option so gifts will arrive on time
Thought about posting something interesting on my blog
Told kids to clean their rooms
Hung lights outside
Sorted through 28 boxes of various holiday decorations to find a few treasures for decorating inside house
Told kids to clean their rooms
Washed holiday plates and put them in cabinets
Put "regular" plates in boxes and put the boxes away
Cleaned dining room again
Read my favorite blogs, commented on some; thought about how I really should try to post something interesting on my blog
Told kids to clean their rooms
Cleaned bathrooms again
Costco trip to stock up on holiday necessities like wine and blueberries
Told kids to clean their rooms
Re-packed 28 boxes of Christmas crap and empty packaging materials and put them back in cabinets in laundry room
Attended "Velveteen Rabbit" play with both kids
Told kids to clean their rooms
Shopped for holiday gifts for kids' teachers, coaches, & music instructors
Wrote and delivered cards with gifts to kids' teachers, coaches, & music instructors
Wrote, addressed, and mailed holiday greetings to current and former clients
Thought about trying to post something interesting on my blog
Told kids to clean their rooms
Entertained friends while drinking to excess
Nursed hangover
Took kids to see "Santa" at the mall; camera battery died when I tried to take a photo
Bought expensive photos (3 for $20! Highway robbery!) of kids from Santa rip-off artists at mall
Bought new batteries for camera
Told kids to clean their rooms
Thought about posting something interesting on my blog
Grocery shopping for Christmas Day holiday extravaganza, featuring visits from relatives and friends galore
Wrote, addressed, and mailed holiday greetings to friends and family, enclosing photos of kids for those who would be interested.
Told kids to clean their rooms
More online / virtual world shopping for friends and family who live out of town
More real-world shopping for friends and family who live in town
Wrapped gifts
Told kids to clean their rooms
Gave up on posting something interesting on my blog and posted this instead

Still to do:
More work for clients, who would like for me to do even more than I am planning to do
Tell kids to clean their rooms
Clean living room, dining room, and bathrooms again for friends who are coming by this evening
Tell kids to clean their rooms
Bake Christmas cookies, brownies, and breads while listening to Christmas music and singing loudly (and badly) and drinking to excess
Nurse hangover
Tell kids to clean their rooms
Package cookies etc. in nice little holiday tins / plates and deliver them to neighbors
Tell kids to clean their rooms
Wrap gifts
Post something interesting on my blog
Clean kids' rooms
Relax in front of fire on Christmas Eve with hot cocoa, reading "The Night Before Christmas" and other Christmas favorites to the kids
Watch while kids discover their Santa gifts and unwrap their presents on Christmas morning
Smile a lot and remember why I love this time of year


Happy holidays everyone! I have lots of stories for you and will try to post something interesting soon.

9 comments:

Dr Zibbs said...

Man do I have a lot to do.

SkylersDad said...

Your kids told me they were too busy doing stuff that you can blog to clean their rooms.

Jenners said...

I was getting tired just reading this. Great and amusing post! I knew it was going to end with "Clean the kids rooms" but I still laughed anyway! Enjoy the holidays (if you can!)

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That damn expat said...

Lady, you just gave me a headache.
You are excused for not blogging much lately. But after Christmas I'm expecting you back in full force!

Ms. Florida Transplant said...

I've been working my butt off, but you just made me feel incredibly lazy.

Don't forget to breathe and enjoy the holidays!!!

Sausage Mechanic said...

My to do list:

Respond "Bah Humbug" to every "required" activity one should do for the season.
Send wife out of state to visit her kids/fam for Christmas.
Sit back, pop beer, watch sappy Christmas movies for next 3 days.

You really ought to try my way...much less stressful:D

Green said...

I am overwhelmed just reading that. We need to get you a sign that says "Clean up your room!" so you can just hold it up in front of your kids to save your voice.

Sausage Mechanic said...

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