It's Monday. Again. The weekend was pretty low key as it appears the husband, the blonde and myself are all attempting to get sick - but fighting it off with all of our might. So we spent quite a bit of time sleeping. Maybe we're getting ourselves prepared for later this month when activities and festivities will rule the universe and sleep will become a rarity? Kind of like squirrels preparing for winter? I had 10 hours of sleep last night and I'm still exhausted. Maybe I'll get a nap in today?! That would be wonderful! I love naps and think everyone should have one daily!
I have a horribly busy week ahead...AGAIN. Last week was total chaos for some reason. Projects were taking longer than originally anticipated, shit was coming up at the last minute - it was just total insanity. Let's pray that this week isn't a repeat. I actually have some meals planned out for the week - things with lots of vitamins and vegetables - hoping to build up everyone's immune systems as we move into this winter wonderland! Last year I was so "on the ball" with the immune building plan - this year I feel like I'm behind the ball and trying to catch up.
Anyway - I've been listening to Christmas music on Pandora and after 3 or 5 days of listening to it non-stop - I've decided to purchase the Martina McBride Christmas CD. Some of the songs have this great middle-Eastern sound to them - and her voice is so lovely. And I've decided to buy ALL the Jessica Simpson Christmas CD's and burn them - ALL of them - woman cannot sing. And she shouldn't be allowed on the radio. Or Pandora. Or anywhere else. I was told I could get a better selection if I streamed through my laptop instead of my iPhone - but then I would have to purchase speakers for the laptop - and blah blah blah - it was just getting too expensive - all I wanted to do was hear some Christmas music! For FREE!!! And something more than the same 5 songs over and over. But that's what has happened on Pandora's free app for iPhone - I'm now hearing the same 10 songs over and over. And that makes me sad. I think there are other stations - I'll have to try to figure out how to get to those and mix it up a little today!
I see on my gift list, I only have two people for whom I have purchased nothing. Why do I ALWAYS end up with these two people lacking a gift? Why don't I tackle them first? They are always the most difficult to buy for. And I usually end up getting them each the same thing every year. How boring. And non-personal. Dang it. I'm likely stuck this year again. Here's your obligatory g/c! Merry Christmas! B.O.R.I.N.G.
I've gone pretty light on Christmas this year. And I'm proud of myself for sticking to my intended budget. Online shopping has really helped with that. I determined what I wanted to spend. Then I determined what I wanted to purchase - then I shopped online for those items. Using coupons and promo codes, etc. as they became available. Every day there is at least one, if not multiple, deliveries here - and I just simply wrap the item as it arrives - or save it for the blonde to wrap when she gets home from school. It's been SO non-stressful this way. AND I will not have the after-Christmas angst of having over-spent like I normally do. See - about this time of year when I go to the stores - I just start buying. And buying. And buying. And then one person ends up with a lot of gifts, so I have to even the score with the other kids and pretty soon, I've spent the whole budget on just the kids. I vowed to NOT do that this year. And so far, I've adhered to that plan. Thanks to Al Gore and the innernets. Although I do need to go get some stocking stuffers and such - but if I could THINK about what those would be - I could get those online also!
Maybe I'll peruse the lines today and see what I can come up with..........