Man, am I tired!

“Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.” William Butler Yeats

I feel kinda like that. I took the kids with me for a long weekend in Portland last weekend. What was supposed to be 3 days turned into 5. It was NON-STOP all the time! By the time we got home, we were all completely wiped out. I fell into bed that first day home at 8pm, but then woke with a start at 9:30 and couldn’t get back to sleep. My to-do list won’t let me be!!

In addition to all the usual holiday craziness, we are having some construction done around the house. We decided to have this storage and pantry area redone so that we could make better use of the space. Sounded simple enough, right?? However, I now literally don’t have a room in the house that isn’t involved in this, because of the electrical. The dust alone is going to drive me mad. They told me it would be done by Christmas, but I have serious doubts. We are all trying to roll with it. Rather than the usual fresh cut 6′ tree that we get each year, this year we decided to go with a table top version, since the space would be an issue with all the construction. Still not sure how or when we will get it decorated. Oh well.

So… I am trying diligently to stay the course. I have been making up all of my goodie baskets and trying to get gifts wrapped. I am still cooking something new each day. I love the sweets, but even I think I may have had enough. I made this batch of cookies for the school party which was today. Now that is done, I can focus on more savory dishes. My niece is hosting a holiday open house this year, instead of the usual extended family dinner and gift exchange that we typically do. My sister will be doing a smaller version of the traditional dinner. She is making a standing rib roast, which I am excited about. I am not sure what I will need to contribute yet. I will cross that bridge when I get there.

Good times!

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