Besides that, I find that November and December always get crazy busy, and not in the most enjoyable way. I love to shop, but not for other people. I can never find the amazing things I want to find them and it adds a lot of stress. I know one is supposed to enjoy this time of year, and maybe I would if I had more time off, but the weekends are always so hectic. A few Saturdays to get all your shopping done (if you can find anything you actually like) isn't enough. And online browsing can consume hours...
We are also Secret Santas again this year, which means we need to shop for two seniors...this can be time-consuming as they have long, specific lists! I love doing it, but wish it were in April instead. David and I are also volunteering at the Grey Cup parade and events which means two weekends in November are a write-off.
In the midst of this, I am trying to get two chairs re-upholstered and the time required to look for and contemplate fabric samples and get quotes and consider options is maddening. I also want to paint the master bathroom before Christmas, as we may be hosting nine people.
Oh, and I am a volunteer organizer for our United Way charity events at work this week. Like I have nothing else to do!
And I am trying to exercise several times a week. And helping my Mom plan a renovation long-distance. And I have my book club, my only real social time with other women, which I love!
I can't imagine how people manage with children.
I do better when I have less on my plate. It is a simple fact and I want to be unapologetic about it. But the reality is, that you are either a doing kind of person or not, and I am a doing, over-achieving kind of person. I will never get my plate cleared and have to learn to find some kind of peace in that.
Most days and weeks, this does not bother me. But right now, it has accumulated and I cannot bear it! I want to get off the merry-go-round for a week.
Perhaps it's time for the flu...
I hope you are surviving these busy months better than me. And no comments please about quitting my job. No rich husband or family fortune is funding my retirement darlings!!
Photo: Martha Stewart