Listen. My Christmas newsletter and cards are sitting on my desk, awaiting envelopes and postage. My Christmas tree is fully decorated. I have refrigerated sugar cookie dough in my refrigerator. All the Christmas decorations (except for the tree ornaments) crowd my kitchen table.
In short, I am lagging behind.
But tonight I cooked dinner and paid the bills and cleaned the kitchen and folded some clean bath towels. I made my sick 14-year old a cup of tea and she sat in my office with me while I worked and watched a whole television show with me. (That kind of made me wish she’d be sick more often because I miss having her want to hang out with me.)
So, there’s hope. Tomorrow my hair stylist is coming over to spruce up my hair before I start work at 2 PM. I have encouraged my sick daughter to go to school even though she’s sick because she’s missed so much school when she was only mildly sick . . . and the semester is ending and I know if she’s not there it will be so much harder to finish strong. She’s on Day Six or Seven of a really bad cold and she’s congested and starting to cough. The realist in me assumes she will stay home tomorrow but the irrational optimist thinks maybe she’ll just wake up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and go to school. Ha.
Won’t it be nice to be back on a schedule instead of everyone staying up half the night and asking me at the most random times what they can eat as if they have no eyeballs and can’t see into the refrigerator and pantry?
We’ve had rain here, off and on. We’d been through at least two rainstorms before I remembered to turn off the automatic sprinkler system. I just can’t remember everything.
(My daughter just came downstairs to use the bathroom and since it’s 1:40 AM, it’s safe to say that she will not be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in the morning. She said she can’t sleep and I said, “Well, don’t try to sleep. Just turn off all the lights and listen to some quiet music.” This is mom-trickery. I hope it works since she refuses NyQuil or any other medications.)
I have a new work schedule:
Sundays: 5 PM to 12 AM Monday through Friday: 2 PM to 5 PM and then 9 PM to midnight
Saturday: 9 PM to midnight
It’ll be an adjustment to get used to these hours. When you work odd hours, sometimes it’s easy to fritter away extra time.
I have no time for frittering . . . not while there are still Christmas cards to send! Pray for me. If you need me, I’ll be eating Christmas cookies and undecorating the tree. (I hope.)