Take a Load Off…

So I’m stressed. And I’m sure I’m not the only one. At this moment I have a tree standing in my living room that is totally bare. Christmas *stuff* spread out on the floor, presents thrown in a corner, and dishes in my sink. I NEVER leave dishes in my sink. That one hurts.

I’ve yet to get my cards out. They have been signed and the return addresses are done, now I just need to stick on the labels. And yes, I’m using labels. My sister threw a fit and said it’s not personal that way but damn it, I signed the inside!

When I left the house this morning I was a wreck. Still suffering the remnants of a stomach bug and fighting off anxiety attacks. But somehow the day has gotten better. I’m starting to feel a little bit better. I have three evenings in which to get things done before heading out of town and I think I might actually pull this off.

How about you? Are you having panic attacks right along with me or are you sailing through calm as can be? And if you’re one of those people who has been ready for Christmas since August – just pass this one on by. I can’t chance being sucked back into the fog.

Here’s your chance to vent. Get it all out right here and leave it behind. If you’re like me you still have laundry, packing, shopping, wrapping, planning, driving, cooking, decorating, and coloring your hair to do. Well, you might not have to color your hair but I bet there’s the other stuff. Bitch, moan, cry, wail and curse. We’ll all feel better for having gotten it out.

3 thoughts on “Take a Load Off…”

  1. Quantumphase says:

    Terri, I thought you were a manager!

    Now I’m going to share my worldly wisdom on this….based on years of experience:

    DELEGATE is the first rule of management. PERSUASION is the second.

    1) Youngsters are good at housework….Just make it worth their while.

    2) You have to slow down….if the Christmas cards don’t get sent, make them New Year cards.

    3) Prioritise all the tasks and relegate everything in the lower half of the list to next year.

    4)Above all take time out to relax and smile…even if it means relegating more tasks.

    Mrs Q and I share these tasks with something like a 90-10 split…guess who got the 10%.
    But if she was ill or unhappy in any way it would switch of course.

    Well I hope that helps!
    Think I will add another ice cube to this scotch now *g*

  2. I’m with Q, although I’ve passed the point in my life that you’re at. You still have a wee one and that makes a difference. But there’s so much stuff I don’t do anymore, and it feels really good. I only send Xmas cards to people who send me one. Forget the big baking, although I made lemon bread last weekend as gifts/Xmas breakfast during a snow storm when I couldn’t possibly do anything else (except write, and the muse was on a cruise). We decided to do hardly any gifts this year for family members and my goal is to persuade them eventually to draw 1 name and get something decent for that one person instead of everybody. Sadie is exempt from that of course—I want her inundated with stuff because she’s too cute. This is the second year I haven’t had a tree (well, actually I yanked off the top of a little tree in my yard and threw some balls on it, but it’s not really a tree) because we’ll be spending the day at one of the daughters’ houses. I’ve eliminated as much self-imposed anxiety as possible. The most important thing is to hang out with my kids and laugh. Merry Christmas! Hope you’re feeling much better at this point (I’m late to the blog)and that you have a divine time with your family!

  3. terrio says:

    Q – that delegating thing is happening, trust me. The Wee One is plenty big enough to help out and I have her doing as much as I can. It’s a bit of a fuss at times but she’ll get used to it. *g* And I’ve settled on my cards being New Year’s cards. But since I’ve never sent any, this is still progress.

    Maggie – never too late, my dear. This is the first year I’ve scrimped on the tree but as we’ll be at my brother’s in another state (I’m here now!), I didn’t figure it mattered. Though I do feel guilty that my nativity is sitting empty. Can’t get away from the guilt thing completely. LOL!

    Sounds like you have everything well in hand and you have the right idea. Just sitting around talking and laughing with family is really the most fun anyway.

    Merry Christmas to both of you!

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