Good morning to everyone. Here it is, the last week before Christmas. Are you ready?
I'm not. And what's worse --or maybe it's actually better -- I don't care that I'm not ready. I still have gifts to wrap, sweets to bake, and a Christmas Day menu of appetizers to plan and prepare (as well as some for our day-after-Christmas gathering). I have to phone around to see if there is a good Chinese restaurant open on Christmas Eve.
You know what? If it doesn't all get done, that's alright. If I have to put a gift or two under the tree unwrapped, I will. If I need to "regift" a Hickory Farms gift box to our family get-together meal rather than cook something for it, so what? I refuse to get stressed out over a holiday that's supposed to be joyous.
And thanks to my friend Sharon, I may not need to bake, either. Yesterday, while I must have been doing something that kept me from hearing her knock at my door, she left this beautiful bowl on my doorstep. At the time, it was filled to the brim with goodies -- Lemon Cookies, Dirt Balls, Potato Chip Clusters and a jar of honey peanut butter. We ate some and put the rest in airtight containers, but I'm sure I'll be using the ball again on Christmas Day and for many winters to come.
Other than that highlight, yesterday was pretty uneventful. Saturday, though, was fun! Shane and I went out for the day to celebrate my birthday. My birthday was actually Thursday, but it's much easier for us to go out on the weekend than on a weeknight. We went shopping at Cargo Largo (a discount freight salvage store), then had lunch at BD's Mongolian BBQ. After lunch, we shopped at Cockrell Mercantile (a great little "village" that was once a farm; they sell all sorts kitchenware, baking goods, Fiesta dishes and other gifts). If you're a local reader and haven't been to Cockrell, it's worth the trip!. We ended the day at at Borders Books. We didn't buy much anywhere, but it was fun to just get out and look around.
As for my week ahead, I need to tackle the regular chores first, then gift-wrapping, and hopefully get all of that done before noon on Wednesday, when Kat gets out of school for her winter break. Toward the end of the week, I might make time, and actually be in the mood, to do some baking. We'll see.
How is your week shaping up? Are you ready for "the big day"?