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Day 42 of Thankfulness – Quiet Evenings

Today was a busy, busy day.  I woke up to a disaster in my living room because I had stripped the couch cushions to wash the covers and they weren’t quite dry when I went to bed last night.  So, I had naked couch cushions strewn around my living room (sounds a little rated R) among the rest of the things we usually have strewn around our living room.  I knew we were planning to get our Christmas tree today, so I had to get stuff picked up, furniture moved to make space for a tree and not go crazy doing it all.  My back is sore, my legs hurt and I’m pretty tired, but we did it!

Christmas Tree 2015

It wasn’t necessarily smooth.  I began to realize, as I moved furniture, just how dirty parts of our house are (anything covered up from view).  Under the couches, the window sills hidden behind furniture, the nooks and crannies.  But, we accomplished quite a bit getting the house tree ready!

Only one string of lights was functional, so I had to run out and get more.  We can’t locate the wire hangars for bulbs and we have quite a few that do not have them (I know I had a whole bag full last year).  I stepped on an ornament and broke it.  The dog kept stealing them to try to chew them up.  And we aren’t done putting them up yet, but it looks quite pretty as is.

Tonight we played Yahtzee (last night we played Uno, I am loving the game playing we are doing as a family).  We had tickets to a basketball game at the University, but with my back hurting and all that we had done today, a quiet night was what I wanted.  I put away some laundry to clear a basket for more.  I also organized my scrapbooking paper in a crate (a new way of organizing it).  The Elf on the Shelf has a small, homemade gift to give my DD tomorrow (I had forgotten that she got small gifts last year until she said something about it yesterday – I told her the elf was probably waiting until we had a tree).  It is a bookmark (we read almost two chapters together tonight before she went to bed), some stickers to make a card for someone else “to spread the cheer” as the elf’s note says, and another little Christmas tag I made for scrapbooking many years ago that could also function as a bookmark.  She will probably not be really excited about it, but it was the best I could do under short notice.  Last year I would have the elf bring her stuff she hadn’t seen since the prior year thinking that she would have forgotten and she would say “oh, look what the elf found in the garage.”  She is a smarty pants.  But, hopefully she will like the pretty bookmark and making a card.

I have a lot to do this coming week.  Christmas gifts for teachers and other school workers and colleagues at work.  Final exams and all the grading needing to be DONE!  Obviously, some elf gifts would be good to have on hand.  And we need to do some holiday activities since we’ve been a little remiss this year in doing anything like seeing lights or Santa or anything Christmassy really.  But, for tonight, I got to have a quiet night with family fun and a beautiful tree.  For that, I am thankful.



Joining in on Every Damned Day in December!

I was perusing some blogs today and saw that LindaGHill was taking a challenge from Dylan at Treatment of Visions to blog, as he says, Every Damned Day in December (or EvDaDaDec for short).  I love this idea since my blogging was pretty darned sparse in November and I could use a bit of a challenge (and hopefully some accountability) this month.  My plan was to blog through Christmas anyways with Elf on the Shelf and Advent updates, so this will be a little more of an impetus to do just that and continue through the 31st!

Yesterday I had a reblog, but I will count it as a blog entry – I wrote a paragraph!  🙂

Today is my hubby’s birthday.  I have to work this morning and then again this afternoon/evening, but I arranged with my TAs to take off a bit early from our event tonight and go to dinner and maybe a movie with him.  We haven’t seen a movie in I don’t know how long.  Dinner will be at his favorite local place – Sierra Nevada Brewery – which is also a favorite of mine, so that is a win-win!

My other major mission for the day is to figure out how to get through this week and this month financially.  It isn’t going to be easy, but I will somehow make it work.  Hopefully.

As far as Elf on the Shelf, not much today.  He is hanging out with our Nutcracker cookie jar.  His hat was missing when I dug him out of the box last week and so I told my daughter it was too warm for him to wear the hat but it would be cooling off this week and he would probably have to start wearing it again.  That means I have to go dig through the box and find it today though!  Hopefully it is in there.

The advent calendar did not get made last night.  I don’t know if I will have time to do it today either, so it may have to wait until the 3rd to begin.  Our church is doing an advent event on Thursday night, so I may just start it that day (good excuse for the delay, no?).  I am hoping we can make it to that.

I have so much to do.  I am trying to do a better job of keeping track of everything I have to do, but it is really overwhelming to think about/see it all in writing.  But, I’m going to try to work through it one thing at a time.  That is all I can do.

So, for today, the focus is birthday celebrating and getting through work.  Tomorrow starts the financial magic that will hopefully make this month work.


Lost in Time…

Not space.  Time.  I can not believe how fast time travels around me while I seem to stand still.  I can’t believe how long it has been since I posted on here.  I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is less than 30 days away and even worse, 2014 is only a little over a month away.  Where does it go?  What am I doing while everyone else is accomplishing things?  I mean, I have accomplished some things during this time.  My house is relatively clean, my garage is REALLY clean (for my garage, which is probably averagely or below averagely clean for other people), I have about half of my pile of grading done, I’ve finished one syllabus for Spring 2014 already (that, folks, is crazy talk for me), and I have most of the prep for our huge event that happens the Saturday after tomorrow all done.  So, not bad overall, but I still feel like time just gets away from me.

I do have a few things to discuss today though – first, I am excited to get December started this year.  When I left for Thanksgiving with the in-laws I put the Elf on the Shelf out on our table with the book, ready for our arrival on December 1.  This is the first year we’ve been at a church, so we’ll be doing the Advent activities there on the 5th and I will be trying to set up an advent calendar for my daughter (I did that last year with chocolates, but she hates chocolates and I ended up eating all of them, so this year it will be something not candy related).  I have made a momentous decision to stop doing part of the competitive activities I have been doing since starting and that means that I will have more time off in January and will not be traveling as often in the Spring semester.  I am both sad and disappointed and somewhat relieved.

I am also excited to start 2014 as of now.  We’ll see how long that holds out.

I have had a good Thanksgiving, although little annoyances always get to me.  But, so far, they have not spiraled out of control.  And we’re going to my mom’s tomorrow and then home on Sunday, so there isn’t long for the annoyances to build up now.  I am thinking that I should have a theme for this blog in 2014.  I was thinking about Leadership.  I was also thinking about Diversity as a possibility.  Those are two areas I am interested in and it would not just be that, but I would dedicate a couple of days a week to it at least.  So, we’ll see.

For now, I am happy to get this post up.  I will be doing the Five Minute Friday post later today and maybe posting some pics from our trip to the local Pioneer Village tonight.  Currently, my daughter is playing with Mega Blox, painter’s tape and some little cranes.  She is hyper, but she’s been pretty well-behaved considering she has been stuck in the house for the last 36 hours with no other children.  I’m hoping she makes it through today, enjoys tonight and we can do something fun tomorrow and then we’ll be on the road.  I just worry about her annoying others as the only kid in the group.

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!