The to do list Dec 14th through Dec. 21st

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by Beadlady, Dec 14, 2009.

  1. Beadlady

    Beadlady Member

    Finish Christmas cards
    Make cookies
    Finish sending off packages
    Get the tree decorated
    Put up the snow village
    do shopping
    Saturday night--work Christmas party

    And in between all of the above work, dishes, laundry, cook, and walk the pooch

    **The last couple of years I haven't done much for the holidays and I really felt like the holiday season passed me by and I didn't do much to enjoy them.

    So the above list is things that I decided I WANTED to do. Will I get everything done on my list?? probably not, but I can try.

    The tree might not get decorated until a few days before Christmas but we always leave it up until after New Years so I still have time to enjoy it.

    I can make the cookie dough the night before and use it the following day.

    I have discovered that by spreading the cookie dough out on a big cookie sheet and cutting the cookies right after they are baked is much easier than dropping them by a teaspoon and bending over zillion times to get the trays in & out of the oven.

    My husband gave me the snow village for my birthday about 7 years ago and I have only put it up 3 times. Hubby will help me get the buildings out of the packaging and he will find the plug behind the entertainment center too.

    Last Friday night I took everything off the top of the entertainment center and wrapped hubby's model cars in towels and put them away until after Christmas.

    I'm putting the snow village on top of the entertainment center and I can watch Christmas shows on TV while I do this too.

    I have learned alot of ideas about pacing our activities from this site so I hope I have given some of you some ideas too.

    Enjoy this season-- and Have FUN!!!![This Message was Edited on 12/14/2009]
  2. hugs4evry1

    hugs4evry1 New Member

    Beadlady, thanks for getting the thread started this week. Your list sounds wonderful and it sounds like you're pacing yourself well too.

    Yesterday I had to take katy into work for the earlier shift so I shopped on base, got groceries then came home exhausted. They had a sale at the thrift store so I got us both some wonderful sweaters.

    Today she goes in later so I've already torn apart our cat tower and I'm trying to re-cover it. So much energy that I have to eat every hour to do this. I've also got hubby's gluten free bread baking for this week. But I've now run out of staples in the staple gun so I have to wait for my brain to work again so I can figure out how to refill it.

    I'm sure I'll collapse back into bed later today...

    Hugs all,

  3. alaska3355

    alaska3355 New Member

    Hi all,
    I also found some sweaters for my boys at the thrift store.....they are growing so fast, I don't want to pay full price for something they will wear only a few months.

    Wow, I haven't had time to bake, do cards, or anything.....too many recitals still happening! My piano students have to play on Wednesday night and they are excited/scared. I think they will do fine and if they don't the world won't blow up! I remember once when I was young, I played Beethoven's Minuet in G for a recital. I couldn't get through a memory lapse in the middle section, so after being stuck and replaying the same thing a few times, my teacher gently said,'Thank you, Terri." How humiliating, to have to go and sit down and not finish the piece! Anyway, I am a good memorizer now have not had that problem since!

    To do:
    get ready for student recital
    clean house (always!)
    soon: bake cookies and mail cards!

    Enjoy the season,
  4. EllenComstock

    EllenComstock New Member

    Hi, Girls:

    I'm done working my volunteer job at the library so thought I'd get on here and check in with you girls. I wasn't feeling well this morning and hadn't slept well last night, but I'm feeling better now. I was feeling kind of nauseated and my neck was really bothering me.

    I finally went to Novi yesterday and got my hearing aid worked on. It's the main office where my hearing aid specialist dr. works. But unfortunately it's a 3-hr. round trip. But I was determined and managed to make it myself. My hearing aid still makes a wind sound, but it's not as loud and the other strange noise it was making is gone. So it was worth the trip. I was really wiped out when I got home and I layed down and took a long nap.

    I finally got my Christmas cards done-yay! I've never been this late getting them out. I know it really isn't late, but for me it is. I have some people I like to write notes in their cards and with my hands and arms, it took longer this year. I only have a couple more presents to wrap. The house is finally decorated. I also did the basement this year since we are having Harry's family to our house for Christmas this year to give Harry's mom a break.

    Oh, and more good news. The rectum pain is much better for some odd reason. My FMS dr. and I agree it must be FMS. All the tests I've had done have come back negative.

    Nancy: What kind of job does Katy have? Is it a kind of factory job? You mentioned her working a certain shift. You sound like you are really wiped out. Too bad she can't find some transportation to her job, but it is good that she is able to work now. She must be feeling really good.

    Beadlady: Don't worry if you can't get everything. Just do the most important things and let the other things go.

    Jim and I are going to my girlfriend's house tomorrow to make Christmas cookies and decorate them. We might also make chocolate chip ones.

    Well, I had better get going. I have to go home for a little while before heading off to the pool. Take care everyone.

  5. AnneTheresa

    AnneTheresa Member

    Hello all,

    Thanks Beadlady, for getting us started this week. I'm not decorating my space this year and so I'm living vicariously through your to-do list. I love those Christmas villages - they're so pretty and festive. I've learned a lot about pacing from this site, as well. I wouldn't be able to accomplish half of what I do, if I didn't stop frequently to rest. Good tip about the cookies.

    I hope you get a restful sleep today, Nancy. It sounds like you're running on empty.

    I'm finding life rather exhausting lately too. Not sure if I mentioned this, but in exchange for a reduction in my share of the rent, I've agreed to take on the role of homemaker. I enjoy the homemaker role but this apartment is a lot to clean, not to mention all the household errands. Yesterday after doing two hours of housework, I ran errands to the pet store, dollarstore and grocery store and this took me three! hours. By the time I'd dragged the last grocery bag in the door, I was ready to collapse.

    Once I get into the routine of my new life I'll be able to organize my time, pace better and better manage my chores. In the meantime, I'll just do what I can to keep my head above water.

    I'm trying to imagine, Nancy, what the heck is a cat-tower? and why would you be covering one? Perhaps an elaborate scratch post, that you're re-covering with carpet? I don't know.

    Terri, I used to frequent the thrift stores when my sons were small and I used to find some lovely nearly-new clothes for them. I still go there on occasion - to find things for myself - I enjoy the hunt for treasures hidden among the ordinary.

    The humiliation you experienced as a child at a piano recital is a universal type of experience. Everyone has a similar story, a memory that makes you want to cringe when you think of it. Thankfully, you learned from your experience rather than let it effect you negatively.

    I'm glad your hearing aid is working better, Ellen. Good for you for taking matters into your own hands and ensuring that the work was done. You must feel relieved that your rectum pain has eased up, hopefully it will go away completely and not trouble you again. In spite of it all, you've managed to prepare for the holidays; decorations, gifts and Christmas cards. Good for you!

    As I mentioned earlier, I'm not decorating this year and the few cards I'll be writing out will be hand-delivered so I needn't worry about a postal deadline. I went shopping in Toronto over the weekend and so all my Christmas shopping is done. My son & daughter-in-law are hosting Christmas this year so I don't have a lot of Christmas preparations this year. I just need to wrap the gifts and find something pretty to wear :)

    To-Do List

    finish laundry
    clean bunny cage
    wrap Christmas gifts
    write-out Christmas cards
    hair-dresser's appointment
    make dinner

    God bless,
  6. hugs4evry1

    hugs4evry1 New Member

    Good Morning all...

    Ellen your symptoms sound frightening to me...those can be symptoms of a heart attack in women. Please if it happens again have it checked out! We tend to ignore too many of our important symptoms and write them off as something else.....

    Teri, how awful that someone did that to you at a recital. Now that you're the teacher and clearly remember that, you have lucky students.

    Anne Theresa, I hope this arrangement doesn't leave you too exhausted but at this point, maybe it's just a matter of getting things right, then the upkeep will be easier? I certainly hope so...

    Ellen, Katy works at the Subway Sandwich shop on base. We needed to get her a job on base because of the German laws. If you live here and aren't paying German taxes (about 42% for a single person) you need to be working a job on base.

    This came about because her husband left Germany in August so she basically lost her sponsorship 90 days later. By getting the job on base, she's going to become her own sponsor after her divorce is final.

    And she's never had a driver's license because she was never well enough to get behind the wheel of a car. It's now on our list of things to do yet she's so busy with work right now there really isn't any time for it.

    I'll take her into work this morning then might stop and see if I can get a hair cut.

    My housekeeper is coming today so that helps and I have a large bag of gifts for her so I want to make sure I'm here today.

    Sorry finger still hurts from too much typing....

    Hugs all,

  7. AnneTheresa

    AnneTheresa Member

    Hello all,

    I'm in a bad flare - it began yesterday and is full-fledged today - ouch - everywhere hurts. It's too bad they shut the building's hot-tub at 9 p.m. or I'd be taking a soak instead of sitting at the computer. Oh well, I'll be the first in the hot-tub tomorrow - that's for certain.

    I've had a busy day; a walk to the mall to pick up a few items for the scrapbook project and then I spent all afternoon working on the scrapbooks with my niece (God bless her). I mostly organized photos, school work & art and report cards and she did the actual scrapbook. She's very creative! After two four-hour afternoons of steady work, we're halfway through the first one (it looks great).

    Did you get your hair cut, Nancy? I got mine done on Wednesday. I had the colour brought back to the original brown (I've been wearing it a shade or two lighter) and then had some blonde highlights put in. He took about three inches off the length (ouch!) so if looks/feels quite a bit different. This is a new hairdresser - I decided I might as well change salons to one at the mall, rather than having to take two buses to my old salon.

    This far from the city core, it seems like I live in a whole other town. Downtown/uptown is accessible to me by bus, but everything I need is here (except weight watchers) within walking distance. I like it.

    It's bedtime so my only to-do is a good night's sleep. I wish the same for all on board.

    God bless,

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