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Rather than write a proper update, here is an excerpt from my email:

[What are you up to?]

Nothing too terribly exciting. My big accomplishment for the weekend was taking the air conditioners out of the windows and re-arranging the stuff in the kitchen so there's space for them. I left them in all last winter, and there was a significant draft, so it was important for this year, with the higher heating costs. Other than that, there was a lot of cleaning and other routine chores that I should have done, but didn't. I'm motivated to clean my apartment right now, but I'm at work. By the time I get home, I'll be tired and have lost motivation. *sigh*

Christmas spirit hit me a couple days ago. This usually happens - I get all excited a week or so before Thanksgiving, and then run out of steam by about the tenth of December. I wish I could blame it on the commercialization, but really it's that when I start thinking about going home for Thanksgiving, I get myself all interested. So, I want to do my shopping and get my cards ready... It's good to get it done early, though, because it's less stress for Christmas itself.

I still need to figure out what I'm doing for Christmas. Because it's on the weekend, I could go to my parents' house. There's not much point to that, though. It's never been a big deal for us, since family Christmas is always down at my grandmother's, around the 27th or 28th. I'm not sure if I'll be able to do that, but maybe I can get off work a couple hours early and go down for dinner - it's not quite 2 hours' drive from here. I should go spend Christmas Day with Grandma, but I don't really want to, especially if I'm going to be there a few days later. What I want to do is what I did last year: go out Christmas Eve with my co-worker and her family, sleep in Christmas morning, and have an open house in the afternoon for anyone who's in the area. I really enjoyed that, and it's what I'm inclined to do again unless the guilt wins out.