1. Christmas is coming way too fast this year. I haven’t bought a single gift. I tried. I went to the mall over the weekend and just didn’t have the patience for the parking lot, the crowds, the checkout lines. It might be a gift card kinda year for the folks on my list.
2. And on top of shopping, I’ve got to get ready for a Christmas party at my house this weekend. Everytime we host a party, people bring bottles of wine or some other gift. A few years ago, we decided that we would rather have our guests spend that money on people who really needed it, so we adopted a family, and the response was overwhelming. So, this year, five needy kids will hopefully benefit from the little get together.
3. Sunday morning was “lazy time”. I spent most of it watching “Moving Up” on TLC…a show where people get to go back and see their old houses after the new owners move in. I spent most of the morning thinking “what the hell are they thinking?” One family painted basically the whole interior (ceilings, doors and all) blood red with black trim. Then, they topped it off with leopard print rugs, and a giant high heeled shoe that served as a chair. Another gal insisted that her wine glasses match her sofa and even picked the fish in her aquarium to match the room. But who am I to judge? I am constantly reminded that everything I pick out for my house is beige or brown.
4. Everyone has their little rituals and routines, right? My favorite? Friday afternoons. I come home around lunchtime, eat two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (made with my grandmothers sublime homemade jelly) and then take a nap. A long one. Two or three hours. I have the perfect nap room. My study is the only room in the house that isn’t beige or brown…it’s a dark navy blue, lined with cherry finish bookshelves, and is home to the first piece of furniture I ever bought–a now-shabby sofa that I had made the summer after my freshman year in college. It hardly ever gets used except on nap day.
5. Have I mentioned I’m building a dollhouse? I’ve built a few in my life, but this is the most complicated one. I spent four hours yesterday gluing little wooden shingles to its roof.