So I know everyone is super busy during the holidays — it's all shopping and Ugly Sweater parties and cookie swaps … and more shopping and, and, and …
Stress can affect my sleep and trigger my asthma, and problems with sleep can affect a whole host of other things. I know I share that with @CAPuttPutt, and I know that @Pljohns knows a thing or two about southern holiday expectations.
And I promise … my holiday prep doesn't even approach @GigiGibson's level of expertise. I am in AWE with her Christmas decorating photos that she's shared. Ditto @Shea, who makes every holiday so special for her kiddo.
I have so much left to do on my to-do list …
- presents to be wrapped,
- presents still to buy!
- Cleaning … I cleaned, but now the house needs re-cleaning because DH has been sick and I've let some things slide.
- Baking — I bought the stuff for my baking fest that I wanted to have on Friday, but now it's looking like I'll be making a mad dash for that last present and white tornado-ing the house again.
In the middle of all this, my DD wants to go hang out with her friends or go shopping herself now that she's old enough to drive — and she's worked so hard this semester that she really DOES deserve time to goof off. Plus, did I mention that DH has been dreadfully ill with a vile tummybug? I've dispensed with picking things up and have been chasing him with Clorox wipes and wiping down everything he touches, breathes on or even looks at hard!
@lindamarie reminded me of something very wise in a recent reply about how she's picking and choosing … awesome advice! I just need to figure out how to take it!
So how do you balance everything? How do you get folks to pitch in and help? Or manage their expectations so that you're not burning the midnight oil?