Five Things Friday: just five things I’m thinking about or things that made my week, or things that I otherwise feel like sharing.
Phew. What a busy (last couple of) week(s). If you wondered where I went, nowhere. I was here, just super busy with work and holiday stuff, and therefore had no brain capacity, or time, to write or read/comment. If you’ve recently gotten a big batch of comments from me on your blog, that’s why. But, I’ve made a lot of progress on the holiday prep front. I am 99% done with my Christmas shopping and the last order of business is mailing out a couple of packages and the last batch of holiday cards this weekend. How’s your holiday prep going?
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I spent the last two weekends working on a photo book. If you’ve ever put one together, you know how much freaking work it is, and how it can eat up an entire weekend like it’s nothing. I calculated that I probably worked 40+ hours on it over the last two weeks. I know I should have started sooner, I know I didn’t have to make it so hard on myself, but you know how these things go. And honestly, if nothing else, I know that a deadline will make me commit and crank out whatever needs to be done in the most efficient manner. I am happy to say that I sent off the order with about 24 hours to spare to guarantee delivery at my sister’s house by Christmas.
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I got the Christmas tree set up last weekend and it puts a big smile on my face every time I look at it. If you recall the ordeal of getting it two years ago (at the height of the pandemic, mind you!), you understand why. Yes, it’s a fake tree and I wish we had the space for a big real tree, but alas, we don’t and this is the second-best thing. It reminds me so much of the trees that we had back home when I grew up.
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It’s overdue because the package arrived earlier this month already, but I am thrilled to share the lovely package that I received from my Secret Santa Julie. I was really touched by the fact that she paid so much attention to small details and bought this beautiful piano mug for me when she learned recently how much I miss my piano (which sits 6000 miles away at my parent’s house). Thanks so much for the thoughtful gift and all the goodies, Julie! What a treat!
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I have a busy weekend ahead. Today, I have to run some errands and do the grocery shopping in the morning, followed by a dentist appointment, a work call (on my day off), and a run to the post office. Saturday and Sunday will be busy as well with some scheduled long-distance phone calls, more baking (bread + the second batch of Christmas cookies), and decorating the apartment. I am also hoping to fit in a run (I haven’t run in two weeks – gasp! I know! – because it was either dark or raining at the times when I could have squeezed in some outdoor exercise.) Fingers crossed that it will stay dry (as the weather forecast currently predicts).
What are you up to this weekend?