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JINGLE ALL THE WAY
I am steaming through the Christmas to-do list! Tree is up and decorated, house is decorated, Christmas letter is written and ready to be printed, photos are cut and sorted, and the vast majority of my shopping is done. DONE! So late this year, but at least I'm nearly done. I still have a couple of things to get for Karin, stocking stuffers and a present for Anders' mom, and that's it! Next week I have to bake cookies for a work fika (I am avoiding baking cookies otherwise...if they're not in the house, I can't eat them, see?) and I have to write and mail cards, but that's it. I'll be working on the cards tonight, but probably won't get them done.

It's been a BAAAAAD week/weekend as far as food has been concerned. Book group (snacks & sweets), TWO julbords, and an impromptu dinner invitation to have friends over last night where we ordered take-out Chinese and I baked a giant snickerdoodle for dessert. URGH. But back on the WW wagon tomorrow...my goal is at least not to go UP during the holiday season. Not baking any more cookies should help but I anticipate resistance if my kids realize what's happening. Sssshhhh, don't tell them.

Two of my friends at work signed up for a 17-week choir "course" in Eslöv (the next town up) that starts at the end of January and runs until May. I just signed up too. Yay! I haven't been in choir for several years now...the one I was in, which I liked very much, was in Malmö. It was too much of a commitment eventually when the kids started getting into activities and the cost of driving to Malmö plus the time it took to get there ended up being too much. I have missed it and this seems like a nice way to maybe ease back in. I don't know if this will lead to a "real" choir (I don't want a church choir), but it's been billed as a "pop choir" so it seems like it will at least be modern music...hopefully not Justin Bieber or Ariana Grande or other teenyboppers whose music I am completely unfamiliar with.

I signed up for the choir after writing our Christmas letter in which I realized that I had done basically nothing of note all year. My life revolves around work, kids, cleaning, reading, waiting for Orphan Black season 3 and occasional social gatherings. I am not changing the world in any way, that's for sure.

The weather sure isn't very wintry here...we have had snow exactly once: the weekend we had our Thanksgiving dinner. It's not even gone below zero more than one or two days. I am hoping for a white Christmas, but since we have to drive south the next day, it might be just as well if it waits.

Now I have to go see if I can get my family to watch all the episodes of Julkalendar I have missed since Tuesday. Writing Christmas cards can wait!
 cheerful
mood: cheerful
music: Jingle Bells in my head


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(Anonymous)

Well- you're ahead of me. Cards bought, still in the box, most of the house is decorated and figure that will be it! Shopping is slowly getting done - but still have to wrap and mail several packages- including those I haven't bought yet! Did bake 2 batches of cookies last night for an exchange today- so have too many in the house! Only way to get rid of them sadly is....gobble, gobble! I'll need new slacks by New Years! Love, Lizardmom

cards mailed! Still have a few presents to get, but have to wait to last minute because of payday. :P Did bake cookies for a work fika and ended up with lots leftover, dammit.

(Anonymous)
From Megsie

Our tree is up and the house is as decorated as it will get. But, I haven't done ANYTHING else. I have a bunch of grading all over my bed that I am avoiding, because, I apparently like to be stressed out. Finals begin tomorrow. I will get MORE to grade at 11:00. I just want to be DONE!

You seem all set! Now you can enjoy the season...xo

Re: From Megsie

Are you done yet? I hope you're done now!

(Anonymous)
Re: From Megsie

I was done with school on Thursday, and began Christmasing... Still not done with those preparations, and probably won't be for a while.

I am wrestling with what to do about a Christmas letter this year -- there was so much awful stuff, and very little redeeming value in the year. And it's not like I accomplished much, either -- no grad school, no kids, no social contributions to speak of. I may just sign the cards and leave it at that... :-\

But YAY! for your getting back into choir! I remember when you used to do that, and you always seemed to enjoy it so much. :-)

No one says you have to do a Christmas letter. Just sign and send cards! :)

I hope the new choir course turns out to be a keeper!

It's only 15 weeks, not 17, but still, I hope it's fun!

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