As of 4:30 PM (approximately) today, I will be on Christmas break for six weeks. Six lovely weeks. And they are already jam-packed with excitement and plans and I just know it’s going to fly by as if it never was. But I don’t care, because it will be delicious, every minute of it.
The funny thing is, I love Christmas, but I can’t remember a time when I was less in the Christmas mood than this year. And it has nothing to do with my mood; I’m happier than I’ve been in years. I just have my brain going in every single direction lately, and it is impossible for me to pin it down and turn it into a Christmas mindset. I can pretty much chalk that up to two things:
Time: I haven’t had any. I’ve been so incredibly focused on thesis and just GETTING IT DONE, I haven’t even thought about Christmas or the fact that it is now two weeks away (*shudder*). I haven’t baked, I haven’t even played Christmas carols in the car, I’ve seen two Christmas movies (“The Holiday” — which was okay — and “Home Alone”, which I love), and my Christmas shopping? Well, I made a list today. That’s progress, I suppose.
The book. Or books, really, as there will be five eventually. Two are finished. Well, finished in the rough draft sense. Book One has had two thorough edits done by me, and is waiting for Jess to get through it with her own editing. Book Two is on the shelf for now until I finish Book Three, which is in progress. Book One was written from August – October, Book Two was written (in part) for NaNoWriMo, though I had some chapters done already when I started (that I didn’t count towards my word count, lest any of you think I cheated at NaNoWriMo — I will assure you, I won on my own merits). I am so thoroughly wrapped up in this series, it has become a massive part of my day-to-day life, and I’d much rather listen to the “book soundtrack” on my iPod than Christmas music (do other people have this? I’ve heard it’s a thing, but I definitely do it — pick out “perfect” songs and put them on one playlist).
But I am seriously behind on Christmas and that ends today. After the thesis meeting I am doing some serious Christmas shopping. And I am doing more tomorrow. And Christmas crafting is also happening. Every year I tell myself that I am not doing Christmas knitting, I am not, and somehow, it always ends up happening. I have two projects, both about three-quarters done, that need to be finished by next weekend. Piece of cake, really. And then a couple of other projects that need doing.
For those of you playing the home game, my lungs are still shit — I woke up gasping in the middle of the night last night, which is new and different — and all tests have come back normal. Sweet. Of course, I’m happy that there’s apparently nothing horribly wrong with me, but at the same time, it is frustrating when people say you are “Fine” and you feel anything BUT fine. I’m on a new anti-inflammatory so I am hoping that does the trick.
I’ll leave you with a picture of the first Christmas tree I’ve had since 2011, and my little Fontanini creche from the early ’90’s. I’m missing a couple of ornaments, which bums me out, and I need to search the house a little better, I guess.