I read for awhile, checked emails, and then got up around 10 to shower and dress. I had a full mental list of things to do today and I got almost all of them done, so I'm feeling very accomplished now at 9 pm. Holiday preparations that have to be done before our trip are in full swing: Christmas letter written, half my cards written and addressed, some presents ordered, others decided upon, and even a few wrapped! I don't have lists this year, and we are keeping things very simple and inexpensive, but still some stuff has to be done.
I also did 2 loads of laundry, dishes, cleaned out the fridge, AWC web work, and ironing. I hate ironing. I know people who love it and think it's soothing, but I've always found it to be boring and fruitless. Things around me like to wrinkle, I swear. It was only 2 not-terribly-big tablecloths from Thanksgiving, at least, so it didn't take me that long. I sent a bunch of emails that needed to be dealt with, and wrote some lists so I don't forget anything important that has to be done before the holidays commence.
My life is rather boring these days, isn't it? I don't seem to find much to write about, and what I do find is trivial in the extreme. The only times I was even outdoors today were to fill the bird feeder and take out the trash: not exactly the stuff of scintillating blog posts. Anders went to his mom's place in Malmö to set up her little tree and advent lights, and Karin was working at the cafe and has another party or something tonight. We hope she'll make an appearance early enough tomorrow for there to be daylight so Anders can change the tires on her car to winter ones.
I need these down days, though, so even if my life is boring, I'm okay with that. Work is still a little slow, and I'm definitely not complaining, since the whole year up until just a few weeks ago has been a bucking bronco ride of too much work. It's so dark and dreary outside that I'm really glad to see all the advent lights and Christmas decorations that have sprung up around the neighborhood. We had ours up a week early because of our Thanksgiving party. Only 21 days until the solstice, thank goodness. I can't wait for the light to start returning!
Since I was so productive today, I think I can reward myself tomorrow with a slug day. We'll see! Maybe I'll find a Julmarknad to go to, instead.