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XMAS HALF-STATUS
I am half-stressed about Christmas, but only because I've mislaid half my motivation.

I just finished Christmas shopping for my brother and his wife, and all I have left is to check the balance of presents for my kids, and see if I have enough stocking stuffers and I am DONE. Oh, and maybe one more thing for Anders...though I probably have too much already and he, poor guy, doesn't know what to get me, since I have a very short wishlist this year, and practically everything on it has to be ordered from the US, which is not usually his forte when it comes to Christmas present shopping. He's more the wait-until-Dec-22-and-panic kind of guy.

The house is half-decorated, thanks to Martin and Karin and her boyfriend Alex, who she put to work this evening. There are still several things to put up, but I'll worry about that this weekend...when we get the tree. The tree always takes forever to decorate, because it's huge and we have so many tree decorations. SO. MANY.

Karin asked if we were getting a smaller tree for the playroom this year (I still call it the playroom, even though it's supposed to be the family room now, because guess what goes on there, still? PLAY. Games. At least the ones that come with a screen and a console). I said I didn't know. Maybe not. Did she care? I'm not sure, because I can't remember what her answer was. Blocked it out, most likely.

She's going to be gone this weekend anyway, going up north with Alex and his brother and his mom and HER boyfriend to an island off the coast near Karlskrona, so she won't be here to help pick out a tree anyway. You can be sure I'll make her pay for it by giving her the bulk of the tree-decorating work when she gets home!

I haven't started cookies or cards or my annual holiday letter and those are the things I am feeling least motivated about. Even though I have already received our FIRST holiday card from someone who obviously has motivation to spare (thank you ozswede!).

My office is decorated. thanks to my 2 officemates, who hung advent stars all over it while I was gone last week. Very festive!

Tomorrow is the AWC julbord dinner and Friday morning I am going to Karin's school to watch her perform in their Lucia concert for the students because I'm missing the show for the parents which is Thursday night, and Friday evening is our work Christmas party which I am sort of dreading. The weather, which was sunny and clear and crisp for days (days spent mostly indoors working) turned ugly overnight and now it's freezing and raining and blowing and sleeting, and it's supposed to get worse by Friday. No actual snow yet, just the threat of it.

This weekend, in addition to tree-chopping and decorating, I am supposed to be interviewed by an old blog friend (old as in how long we've been blog friends, no reflection on either of our ages, ahem) for his podcast series. I will let you know when/if it goes up...he may find I am much more boring than he suspects.

I only have a week and a half left of work and then 2.5 weeks off. Now THAT I'm not half-anything'd about. Bring it on!
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From Megsie

I am so with you on the low motivation...for EVERYTHING. Work? Yep. Low motivation. Christmas? SO LOW. Getting off the couch? You got it. All I want is for my MOM to come and take care of everything, then I can do NOTHING AT ALL.

Oh. Oops. My tree is up and decorated. Sarah did most of it. Jeff began baking last night. I have lists, but haven't done much shopping yet. I still need a Santa idea. He is emailing me because we didn't visit him this year. No letter, or picture has been procured. And there is SO MUCH WORK that I am ignoring. Next week is Finals, and it all has to be done! EEEEEKKKKK!

xoxo

Re: From Megsie

We got our trees yesterday and they are in the stands with most of the lights on, but that's as far as I've gotten. I'm going to start my Xmas letter now, though. Progress!

ALL men are the wait until December 22 and then panic kind of guys, except those who take it to extremes and are the wait until 5:30 on December 24th and then hit the local petrol station convenience store and hope.

gas station presents: SIGH.

To put things in perspective, we aren't so much motivated, but we only live in a tiny shoebox sized apartment, so Christmas decorating is easy. And no tree until December 23rd (I live with the Chief of Julgranspolis). The cards are easy - I need to be organised to get the Australian ones out early. My Swedish ones are still here, done, addressed and stamped, but not to be sent out until after Lucia (he's also Chief of Julkortspolis). The non-Swedes who live here get theirs at what I think of as a more normal time :-)

I laughed at Anders with his panic shopping strategy. He looks as though he'd be far more organised, which shows you that I ought not judge a book by its cover.

As usual you sound like you have a really bust schedule until the 2½ weeks of slothing off. I suspect that you need that time to recharge. Take care on the roads while out on Friday - it's really, really windy out there and icy in patches.

I need to be organized to get the US ones out early too, but guess what? STILL NOT DONE. Sitting down to write my xmas letter now at least. And the trees are in their stands, if not decorated. Progress!

My house is not decorated at all, except for the wreath out on the balcony railing. We're rarely home for the actual holiday, and there's no room in our overcrowded apartment for a tree (pout). Next year, though, I am determined that this shall be a different story...

My office door is decorated with a quilted hanging my sister made for me that says "JOY", and has a background of cheerful Santas. Since this is the last year I'll actually HAVE a door, I put the decor up early.

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