"5 Shopping Days till Christmas", "Buy Now", "101 Ways to Add Stress During the Holiday Season", "Airport Lines", "Lost Luggage"...all standard headlines during the December Holiday Season.
Not for us, for us life shows down the last 2 weeks of the year. I'm off work, and my beloved always takes a few vacation days- this year she had the entire week off. We don't travel and keep the holiday decorating, cooking, wrapping, entertaining and shopping frenzy to a bare minimum.
We sleep late, linger over coffee at Starbucks, meals are laid back and off schedule. I have time Blog (that's obvious!) and I putter to my Virgo hearts content. The pantry gets a good turning out, as does the fridge and our closets. In the spirit of FlyLady I do a 27 item boogie almost every day. The E-Bay and Amazon book stocks are culled and sorted. It's been a very good month for Amazon - I sold 125 books, a new record. Assorted never appliances were offered and taken via Freecycle.
I have time to read again - what a rare pleasure. This month I've been reading biographies of the Tudor monarchs and have discovered Alison Weir. Biographies just as I like them - heavy on the personal information and light on the political. I want to know what those long ago people felt and why they did what they did. How are they like us and how are they different?
Monday it's back on the treadmill again. The alarm will shrill at 5am, and life will become one fast dash from here to there and there to here , with constant glancing at the watch on my wrist and the clock in my car.