All is not necessarily calm this week before Christmas, but all is certainly bright!
To be honest, it actually does seem pretty calm around here right now, but my annual week-before-Christmas meltdown is bubbling just under the surface. I can feel it. It almost poked through last night as I sat at the clay table, making ornaments for my kids. I was eager to put the clay away, but I had to make the annual ornaments. I was very inspired for one of them, and not at all inspired for the other. And as I sat there working on what I perceived to be a completely sub-standard gift for my son, I started to get irritated.
I’m still not thrilled with one of the ornaments I made, but this is what I get for leaving it to the last minute. This is not the first time one of my kids has ended up with an ornament that leaves me unimpressed, and it’s probably not going to be the last.
Some years it is more about making sure there are no holes in their ornament collections than it is about making something absolutely wonderful.
So, as usual, I’ve left my least-favorite tasks for last: gift-wrapping and tree-assembly, to be exact. I am tempted to give everyone their gifts in grocery bags stapled shut. I saw that on some TV show which I forget now, but it instantly grabbed me. Aesthetically, it leaves a lot to be desired, but how great would it be not to spend half of a day hunched over the wrappings?
Yeah, that meltdown is definitely simmering. I may have to take myself out (alone!) for a frozen peppermint mocha concoction this weekend to help keep it at bay. That sounds like an excellent plan – kicking back with a delicious drink, people-watching, and letting the sounds, sights, and smells of the season engage my senses. sigh
That sounds so nice, I kind of want to go right now… 🙂
I really do love Christmas, don’t get me wrong. It’s the 3 or 4 days before the festivities, when my tendency to procrastinate comes back to haunt me, that I could do without!
So, what is This Week in Pictures?
It’s a roundup of the photos I shot for my Project 365, plus some everyday-life images I posted on Instagram during the previous week. (FYI, my daily photo project this year has changing monthly themes. December’s theme is “Merry,” wherein I will try to find something cheerful and festive even when I feel entirely too busy and/or crabby [which, incidentally, is exactly when it will do me the most good].)
Ready? Cast your mind back to this time last week…
365: Merry 13/31 – I forgot to switch my camera settings, which resulted in an unintentional 25-second exposure. But then I kind of liked this "merry accident," so I didn’t bother to re-take it.
365: Merry 14/31 – My festive lunch 🙂
365: Merry 15/31 – I had a few moments to decorate the living room today. I especially like it when it starts to get dark outside, and Tacky Santa turns the whole room red.
365: Merry 16/31 – I decided I need Christmas dish cloths. Naturally.
365: Merry 17/31 – It’s becoming more and more evident that I need a paper straw intervention.
365: Merry 18/31 – Having fun with Tacky Santa and the shaped bokeh kit my brother gave me for Christmas last year. Playing with lights and stuff just never gets old for me…
365: Merry 19/31 – Sparkly Christmas ball tree 🙂
Thanks for taking a peek at this week’s photos! If you want to see this stuff as it happens, please feel free to follow me on Flickr.
I may already have plans to blog about some of these things in greater detail over the coming week, but be sure to leave a comment if there’s something in particular you want to know about!