Monday, December 07, 2009


The big week is over! I was writing my son in Chile this morning and realized that I had something going on every day and evening last week.  I opted out of the Saturday night option that I could have done and just stayed home. But every other day and night from Monday till right this minute was full. It's just that time of year. Activities included everything from chaperoning a field trip to Philadelphia to Dr.'s appointments to teaching to volunteer work. In between, pretty much every other moment was spent knitting on the latest contract piece. The deadline positively looms. So, even though I should be right back at the knitting, I'm actually taking a break. It's my first deep breath in a week! I'm not ranting about it though, because in spite of all those pastel-colored bricks overtaking the white space on my google calendar, it was a really good week.  Here is the good side of all that busyness:
  • I got to spend time with friends that I don't get to see often. (The Volunteer stuff)
  • I got to spend a day watching my son interact with his friends. (The Field Trip)
  • I got to work hard which keeps my mood up and my mind from wandering. (All of it)
  • I'm really disciplined and don't waste any time during cycles like this. I like it when I experience that kind of flow and focus. When I don't have much scheduled, I tend to stay in my pj's and read all day.  (One day, because I had other things scheduled at 9:30 and onward,  I was out the door by 7:45 and got all my errands and shopping DONE by 9 am!)
  • I got almost all my Christmas shopping done while I was doing all the other stuff. (see previous point)
  •  My Christmas cards are almost all mailed. (I do those a few at a time in the sideline moments)
  • I got to be involved in the project pictured below. I was on a team that set up and staged nearly 300 nativities from all over the world for public display at our church building. It turned out so well. 

 While it may seem like I'm describing a manic episode and maybe I should get to a doctor, this is a pretty usual thing for me to be super-productive during busier times. It's definitely one of the reasons I do like to stay busy. Right now though, and as satisfying and fun as the last week has been,  I must express that I'm really looking forward to staying on this side of my front door for an entire afternoon and evening.  I'll be listening to Tim Curry's superlative reading of "A Christmas Carol" if you need me.


  1. It would be great to see all the nativities. I think that's a great project. I'm quite busy last days too and this is my first break. The reason is that I decided to be original with decorations and besides my work that kept me busy.Fortunately, it's done and I can finally enjoy the Christmas atmosphere.

    Have a nice day,

  2. Seriously crazy times. I am glad you got so much done. That is a good feeling.

  3. Okay seriously, Tim Curry reads "A Christmas Carol?!" How did I not know this? I am glad you were so productive and I love the nativities!


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