2 days until Christmas Eve! I’m just about ready.
I actually glanced back through my journal from last year on this day, and I can see I was way behind on wrapping gifts last year, to the point that I apparently spent much of Christmas Eve frantically wrapping stuff. Thankfully, that is not the case this year.
We have this “snow storm” coming in today (which, as often happens, seems like it may fizzle a bit from what was originally predicted). Poor meteorologists. I honestly feel bad for them- they just can’t win. If they predict a huge storm and it totally poops out, everyone complains…. “School shouldn’t have been cancelled! Those guys are always wrong!” If they downplay it and it’s a blizzard, well, then no one is prepared and that’s even worse.
I got a laugh out of this which was circulating on local social media:
I ended up taking another last-minute vacation day yesterday. So this week has been Monday= OFF, Tuesday= work, Wednesday= OFF. I could get used to this schedule. LOL!
Asher had 5:30 a.m. swim practice yesterday, and with this snow predicted, I knew the grocery stores were going to be INSANE. It’s a double whammy- holiday prep + “beat the snow and get everything you need to hunker down for a couple days” shopping. So I planned to go early, while he was at practice down the street.
Fortunately, 5:30 a.m. was not bad. The only negative was that I had a huge full cart load of stuff, and they apparently have zero clerks working at 6:35 a.m. when I wanted to check out. Only the self-checkouts were open. Which is normally okay, but I had a lot of stuff. And those self-checkouts can sometimes drive you to drink. Mine kept saying, “Please place the item on the belt.” (After I already DID place the item on the belt!!) It’s like the sensor was very touchy or something. I tried to be patient with the nice AI lady who was talking to me, but after a while I lost my cool a little and may have gotten a little sassy with her. Fortunately, she is a computer and didn’t complain. It seemed to take for-ever and I was almost late getting back for Asher, but made it just in the nick of time.
When I got home, I realized I still had the following things to do:
- unload groceries
- clean out fridge
- make more cookies (had dough waiting that I had pre-made)
- clean up house before my parents arrived later that evening (needed a full straighten, dust, vacuum, bathrooms needed touching up, towels needed washing).
- finish wrapping a few items
I stood in the kitchen around 8 a.m. after driving the boys to school, unshowered and with groceries everywhere, and I was like…. Um, yeah. I don’t think work is going to happen today. I just have too many things to make happen!!
So I went to my office and changed my status to “Vacation day”. (again)
(If the snowstorm weren’t happening, my parents would have come a day or two later, and I may have had more evening time to get ready, but the weather sort of pushed everything up.)
I’m so very grateful to be able to take a vacation day on a whim like that. Trust me, after over 10 years of being an inpatient nurse, I will never, ever take for granted the ability to just randomly decide to “not work” on any given day. That is something that was literally impossible in my old job. Vacation days had to be scheduled WEEKS in advance, if not months.
Anyway, the little basement Christmas tree is now looking about ready for business:
On a random note, I saw this today and thought it was cute:
The Four Stages of Life:
- You believe in Santa Claus.
- You don’t believe in Santa Claus.
- You are Santa Claus.
- You look like Santa Claus.
And finally, our 2022 Christmas Card!! I am happy to report I got them out last week already. Some years I end up sending them a wee bit too close to Christmas… haha.
I was actually thrilled with the ease and quality of these Amazon cards. Since I store my photos in Amazon photos (free unlimited photo storage for Prime members….), it was just too easy to select and order from there directly.
Okay, back to work. Today is NOT a vacation day for me, though the kids are already on break and my parents are upstairs. Lucky them!
See above- I am grateful for the ability to take a vacation day at any time, even very last minute.