Everyone ready for the holidays? I've got so much left to do; so glad I have a couple of extra days off this week to get it all done. Homemade gifts are a wonderful idea but I really should have started them months ago! Happy Hanukah to those of you who have begun that celebration. And happy 21st birthday to Mini-me today!
Here's What I'm:
Listening To: Christmas stations on Pandora including Indie Holidays, Classical Christmas and Christmas Radio (think Andy Williams, Bing Crosby...the oldies but goodies). In the car, I'm listening to Tahmima Anam's A Golden Age and loving it. The narrator is excellent. I've got it in paperback as well so I may end up reading along some.
Watching: The only thing I've really watched this week was "The Voice." Miss H's favorite, Cassadee Pope, is in the finals. Miss H has seen Cassedee performing with her former band, Hey Monday, many times, getting to spend time with the band, so she feels like she's cheering for a friend.
Reading: The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman for book club this week. After that I'm not sure what I'll grab next. I think I'll go to my review book shelf to try to knock off another one of those this year.
Making: Half a dozen fleece blankets for my great-nieces and -nephews. I'd thought to do a book for each of them but Miss H overruled me. I agreed on the condition she has to help. I'm sure the moms will like the blankets and I do like to find one thing I can give all of them which is no small feat when they range in age from 1 to almost 12.
Planning: Christmas dinner for Family Shepp for next Sunday. With six children and three vegetarians, I'm trying to have plenty of options. Fortunately everyone is willing to pitch in and help so I don't have to cook everything. Still, I need to get the house cleaned for guests and make sure we've got a plan for serving and eating.
Grateful for: Modern medicine - both of our moms have been having some health issues and I'm grateful to the doctors, the machines and the medications for helping them both to get through this.
Loving: My children. Friday's horrific shootings once again make me wonder how a parent carries on after losing a child. Mine are too old to snuggle into my lap and hug to my chest but I think they'll all understand that extra hug they get this weekend and the tears in my eyes.
Looking forward to: Frosting Christmas cookies with my family. This is something we've always done as a whole family. Some years, when the kids were young, this was less fun than others. But we've had enough fun over the years that the kids wouldn't dream of giving up this tradition. Even the tradition of Mini-me getting sent to time out on the steps because he can't stop laughing and Mini-him getting in trouble for egging him on.
What are you most looking forward to this holiday season?