The holidays around here are pretty low-key. As I’ve mentioned, we are pretty far away from our extended family and it has not yet been possible for us to travel back home. So it’s just me, the practically husband, and the animals. The quiet is nice. I am lucky enough to get the time between Christmas and New Year’s off each year. Since the man is usually stuck working, I look forward to this week as a time to re-charge a little. Maybe get some cleaning done, maybe not. Maybe do some training, maybe not. It’s all up to me. There are no deadlines, no people waiting on me, I can work – or not work – as I please. In our current productivity-driven society, this is a rare opportunity. I like to exploit the heck out of it. You can understand, no doubt.
Last week, the week before Christmas, was nutty. For some reason, everything felt rushed. We even found ourselves at the grocery store minutes before closing on Christmas Eve. Normally, I think, we are a lot more prepared. I’m not sure why this year was so behind. Every year the day seems to arrive a lot faster than expected. Is it just that we are getting older?
This week I am going to try to enjoy some of the seasonal things I missed out on by rushing around. For one thing, other than a couple batches of tarts, I didn’t do any baking this year. Which makes me sad as it is one of the things I usually enjoy the most. I can still make gingerbread people after the 25th, right? And shortbread. And rice pudding. And sugar cookies. And. And. And. I also have a lot of reading to catch up on. Both blog reading and book reading. So I am sure I will be doing a lot of that while snuggling with the puppy under my new Christmas blanket. Sounds like a lovely little holiday to me!
I don’t know if you noticed, but to the left I posted a count-down clock. Wild Dingo’s counter gave me the idea. One of Shiva’s presents this year was the Ultimate Tug-O-War toy, from Tuffy’s Level Nine Scale. I know some of you warned me even these strong toys may not last very long but when we spotted this one in a local store, we figured it would be worth a shot. Thus far, it is still intact. This is probably because Shiva has so far been much more interested in her marrow bone than in a non-edible tugger. Typical. However, now that the bone has been scraped of all its yumminess, I figure the new toy will become much more interesting. That’s why I am trying to keep it out of her reach as much as possible. The Tuffy website clearly indicates their toys are meant to be interactive and not just for simple chewing. Therefore, I am going to try to make this a fair experiment and only let her have it while we play together. This rule has not saved other toys but it has made them last longer than a few days. Hopefully the Ultimate Tug will set a new record.
I am not expecting much.
But I digress. As a wrap up to the weekend, here is a video I attempted to put together of the animals enjoying their gifts on Christmas morning. My sister has commented on how I often neglect to include The Cat in many of my photos, so I made sure to take some footage of him as well. Just to satisfy her. Aren’t I sweet?
I’ll figure out this editing thing one day, I promise.
I hope you had a wonderful weekend! What were your favourite memorable moments?