A Pat on the Back

I managed to get some Christmas shopping done today.  However, most of it was on-line.  I am so proud of myself!  I accomplished almost everything I said I would.  I managed to get my laundry done, and I made my cookies.  I even put them in decorative bags.  All I have to do now is hand them out to my coworkers.  The only thing I did not get done were the Christmas cards.  I have some time on that.  I have everything ready to go.  The cards, the envelopes, and the stamps.  It’s just a matter of sitting down to do it all.

I am pretty much done with my shopping.  Now I have to do the wrapping.  I pretty much lock myself in the bedroom when I wrap presents.  I don’t want the kids or my husband to see what they are getting for Christmas.  It’s not too bad, but it takes me several hours to get all the wrapping done.  My sister-in-law said I should have my daughters help me with it, but sometimes it’s hard with too many hands!  My husband is pretty sweet about the whole thing.  He always brings me a glass of wine while I am wrapping.  He checks on me periodically to refill my wine glass and to take the presents I have already wrapped downstairs to place by the tree.  I only wish there was a TV in my bedroom so I could wrap and watch at the same time.  I will probably just play some Christmas music while I am wrapping.  It keeps me entertained.

I am trying to remember to enjoy these moments.  Even when the lady in front of me in the express line at the grocery store today had to have her items rung up a second time, I just tried to keep smiling and be patient.  Fortunately, it was the express line.  She only had 6 bags of hot dog buns to ring up.  I guess they were on sale.  Normally, this kind of thing would have made my blood pressure rise.  Not today.  Today I felt good.  I felt lighter.  Because of all I accomplished, and because I remained patient, I am giving myself a pat on the back!  I deserve it!  🙂