the holidays! Love them...hate them....
Like Anita, I too bravely went out on Black Friday. Only, I went mid-day thinking it would have died down some.
It was still insane. In fact, why are the holidays so insane?
I would love for once to sit back, relax, and enjoy the holidays, but that never happens. Don't get me wrong, I love the holiday. Especially Christmas. But they are so much work! I do all the decorating, all the shopping, all the wrapping.... My hubby works and travels a lot, so it's pretty much left up to me. With four kids, all the free time he has is spent at one event or another, which is fine by me. That's where he should be.
But man....I want everything.
He always says you don't have to do so much. But I can't help it, I want all that. I just don't always want to be the one to do it. The boys cart all the boxes up, but that's about it. And my little Diva loves to help me, but she's so young it's not really a help. And I admit it, I am a perfectionist. So everything she does, I secretly go behind her anyway and fix it the way I want it :-)
I know, I am my own worst enemy.
I not only decorate, but my list for sending out Christmas cards is growing! And of course I have to do the picture card. That in and of itself is a nightmare. And the cookies....I HAVE to make cookies and decorate them with the kids. I won't even begin to describe the time and energy that takes along with the mess!!!!
All of this with a looming deadline! Tomorrow is December 1st and my book three, Trouble in the Tarot, is due on March 1st. I haven't even started it yet! Why do I keep doing this to myself? Probably because I thrive on chaos and seem to work best under pressure. Someday when the kids are gone I probably won't be able to write a word!
And just think, in a few short weeks, I'll have to take everything down and pack it away for the next year.
Last year we went to Florida to see my parents the day after Christmas. Now, that was insane. Had a blast, but trying to pack for a family of 6 on top of Christmas prep was not very merry! Never again...oh who am I kidding? If I could swing it this year, I probably would have gone again. Guess I'll have to wait until February.
Okay, back to decorating, shopping, wrapping and writing! Bring it on, people. Bring it on!
So what makes you thrive? Do you do better under pressure? What are your holidays like in your household?