Christmas came with Santa piling on the presents, stockings filled, and my contribution to Christmas crafts adorning the tree. I’m quite proud of my star garland. I thought it would be a good “girls project” and it was, for about 30 minutes. It took me an additional 3 hours to cut out the rest of the stars of various sizes and glue them on the hemp twine adorned with rhinestones. (First glue gun purchase ever!) Then it took an additional 4 hours to do it all over again when I discovered 30 feet of garland only covered half of the tree. Most projects that take that kind of time just aren’t worth it in the end and one should give up in the middle of it and stop wasting so much time. Thankfully, this was not one of those times and I’m pleased with myself. This project is good for any child that can punch designs out of playdough. You could use any little cookie cutter thing – hearts, flowers, skulls – and just glue them onto string. The project came from Creature Comforts Blog.
The girls got everything they asked Santa for, and a few more, quickly to be forgotten (though still strewn all over the house in every possible inch of floor). Favorite items received were little plastic desk sets with fold out chairs given to them by my Great Aunt Rene and Great Uncle Ralph, both Great and great. They drag them everywhere and sit for tv time, snacks, coloring, putting their stuffed animals in time-out….
We then went to Boston over New Years Eve weekend to see family and then this guy’s wife had her baby boy (three weeks early!) while we were there! And I got to see my other friend’s three week old baby boy. And we got to see some friends a bit unexpectedly that we haven’t seen in years. When you bump into someone you are dying to see while randomly leaving a bar you’ve never been to before and talk them into going to another bar you’ve never been to before it’s a fairly good indicator that no matter how many years go by and how things change, we’re all a bunch of lushes just roaming the streets of Boston looking for a cocktail. Man, I love my friends.
I don’t make New Year’s resolutions because I think they are just another ploy to get me to feel pathetic about myself when I fail even more goals due to my total lack of commitment and will-power. However, I do like to think of ‘fresh start’ ideas – things I enjoy doing (or more truthfully, THINK I enjoy doing) but don’t make the time for because I am tired and disorganized.
This year is my home year. I’d like to take the idea of home-keeping more seriously because I hate feeling that I can’t enjoy sitting around and being lazy because there is so much stuff to do around the house. Did I mention that it is January 7th and the Christmas tree is still up? Moving right along…
If I keep on top of Part 1 then maybe I can move on to Part 2 which is doing more sewing. Or perhaps that should be any sewing at all considering it’s been months since I’ve touched the machine. Then there’s Part 3 which is nice ‘indoor quality time’ with the girls. The weather has been unseasonably warm but it can’t last forever. I bought craft books and safety scissor and construction paper and glue sticks. Amelia will be down with it but Elise gets left by the wayside a bit because she is too young, and she really isn’t. I need to stop treating her like a baby. I had exceedingly high expectations of Amelia when she was the same age and I don’t make Elise do as much on her own. So, I’m going to let them make a mess and I hope they can enjoy their time together instead of bitching about it relentlessly every waking moment of their lives.
I also did a huge liquor buy with my father a few days before Christmas and spent the bank stocking the bar. Packie Run = Quality Time. Seriously, we were there for almost an hour and had a blast. So, if all else fails, I’m well-prepared.