The days before Christmas I was up much later than usual. Christmas gets the best of me. I tend to delay everything, thinking it might all magically get done. I wouldn’t call myself a procrastinator, but when it comes to holidays and special events, I tend to stall.
Wednesday night I worked late, as I watched it snow about 12 inches in town. It was a beautiful snow! It is hard for me to go directly to bed after working late. You have to wind down for a while before your mind can relax. I stayed up late and sewed Brooks and Adlyn a scarf for Christmas. What should be a 30 minute project lasted much longer. If I can say anything, it is if there is a simple task, it was take Zach and I three times as long because if something can go wrong, it does. I cut the last piece of Brooks’s scarf about 1 inch shorter than the other pieces, therefore I had to go back and trim the rest. Then, as I went to sew the pieces together, I was about 1 ½ inches off. Mink fabric isn’t easy to sew, it is very slippery, and I’m guessing something went wrong with the tension and the feeder to cause the error. So, I trimmed it again. By now, the scarf was getting as short as I wanted it to be. I finished wrapping the presents that night, and washed their new blankets and tied them with the scarf. Off to bed.
On Thursday, Zach encountered a weightlifting/snow shoveling disaster and messed up his back. He laid down most of the day. Therefore, when I got home from work, there was 9 hours of mess to clean up from Brooks and Adlyn. Downstairs, they dumped a large bag of mozzarella cheese. I found nearly every upstairs toy down in the basement. Zach said they were playing “Santa’s Sleigh”. One by one, they filled a little wagon with toys for all the girls and boys. I’m glad they were being so kind, but, maybe Santa could pick up all the toys for mom. Of course I was annoyed, but I can understand. Zach could barely walk, he had to crawl to get up the stairs, and how could I expect him to pick up after them?
On Friday, I had to be out of town. Looking back, I should have hired a sitter. Zach was still laid up. I got home at about 8 PM, and was absolutely exhausted. I really didn’t want to walk into another disastrous house, but I did. They emptied the entire cupboard of towels, washcloths, and bedding. They also emptied out our sock drawers. I got the kids ready for bed, and then, cleaned up the house. I can’t go to sleep knowing everything is a disaster.