The photos here are the ones I took when I was cleaning the lens and testing my camera settings. I couldn’t help but find them amusing when I found them this morning on my computer. Seems more real than carefully-constructed shots.
Can we talk about Christmas? I am always reluctant to bring it up before Thanksgiving. I don’t want anyone to groan.
I was thinking about it because lately I have been stretched so thin. It’s all good stuff, but with deadlines and projects, I wondered how I could fit Christmas hoopla into the mix.
There was the one Christmas when I decided I didn’t want to do a bunch of preparing, I just wanted to show up for it, and I did. (I didn’t know I was pregnant until two days before Christmas, and then it all made sense.)
Other Christmases I made some of the gifts, but the idea of having that much time now seems so foreign, it might as well be another planet.
The way things are this year, I thought about, “What is the one thing I can do now to make Christmas easier, to enjoy it instead of feeling the pressure of deadlines?”
I decided that one thing this year is to get the presents bought and wrapped early. That will relieve some of the pressure so I can feel free to enjoy the festivities and traditions. My goal is to have all the gifts taken care of and wrapped before Thanksgiving. I’m declaring it here, so that means I have to do it.
Shopping early is better than shopping late, and even though it’s mildly annoying to see Christmas signs so early in the stores, that can help me reach my goal. It will be better than shopping with the crowds and crowded parking lots. If I can’t buy my gifts within the next couple of weeks before Thanksgiving, then I’m probably making it harder than it should be. And I want them to be wrapped as well because that means the gift is ready and I won’t do any second-guessing.
In other news, I made soup. Soup in a mug is my go-to lunch. (When you find something that works, stick to it.) One pot of soup made on the weekend is enough to reheat for lunches all week long.