(the picture on the left was what I discovered while typing this blog. Don’t worry, my kitchen is clean and I normally don’t allow cats to be on the counters or in the sink. But they sneak up there anyway thinking that there’s something for them)
Well……….we’ve already cruised through the first week of December and Christmas will be here faster than I’ll be ready for it!
As tradition has been, on the first day after Thanksgiving, we put away all of the fall decorations, and bring out the Christmas ones (as seen in this post’s pictures………..the paper bag at the bottom is not one of the decorations…. in case you’re wondering……..we just haven’t moved it yet).
I have probably said it before and will say it again, this year has gone by faster than any other year in my past. Not only am I getting ready for Christmas, but I’ve been sewing quite a bit too. My kids needed some more winter sleepwear (especially my son, whose legs grew longer than his pant legs in the past 6 months). Then there is always school to oversee, errands and more errands to run, and regular household chores. Just really busy! I joined a group on Flickr in which I am supposed to post a picture of my self (or at least have a part of myself in it) every day. I haven’t been always able to do that every day, because…………….I’m busy……….and so is my husband. He’s been putting up our lights and he really, really likes to have alot. For us, this is the time of year, in which if the Christmas lights are on, we don’t turn on any vacuums or hairdryers. A small sacrifice for a beautiful display. I’m very glad to have a husband who likes to put up lights!
So today, was one of those busy days. My daughter had a Jr. High youth group Christmas party at 1:00. I needed to do grocery and Christmas shopping. The party was only 2 hours long and I needed more time. So I awoke early (earlier than the time my husband wanted to wake up on a Saturday) and headed out the door just before 10. I cruised through one store, found most of my groceries (so we won’t starve, should the forecasted snow arrive) and was back home in time to put them away, and eat something (cereal) before delivering my 13 year old to her party.
My first stop in my Christmas shopping venture was to one of our shopping malls, to find a few requested items. I had hoped to get a few items from our local university’s store, as my son has become a fan, (and our team is headed for the Rose Bowl, so I wanted to see about getting commemorative t-shirts). That store was FULL of people so I decided to go back later this week…..when most of those shoppers are at work.
I think that probably the funniest moment of the day, was when I was at the Christian bookstore. A man came in and said rather loudly to the lady behind the counter, that only in our town “would you find THIS store next to THAT one!”. “THAT” store…….is a Victoria’s Secret. Those two stores had been next to each other for years (the Christian bookstore has been known by different names) and I never saw the irony. Maybe I was too busy noticing the irony of the church down the road from us that shares a parking lot with an adult bookstore (I have no idea which one arrived in that lot first).
After my visit to the mall and a local ShopKo, it was time to pick up my daughter and then take her shopping. She wants to buy Christmas gifts for family and she has two friends who have birthdays this month. So we ventured toward the other mall, stopping at a couple of craft stores on the way (my daughter had the same “excitement” at those stores that I used to have when my mom would take me to the fabric store when I was little. She was very bored). I tried not to take too long in gathering paper for scrapbooking (after the holidays).
Once at the mall, we walked all over the place. Visited several stores, found gifts, and tried to avoid bumping in to people. By the time we were finished, we were both very tired, so we treated ourselves to a latte/hot cocoa.
Now we’re home, resting our weary feet, and legs, and the plastic. Our house is lit up (though not quite bright enough for planes to see yet).