One of my friends told me a week ago that it had been three weeks since I wrote a blog. In my defense, this is supposed to be a humor blog. And I guess I JUST WASN'T FEELING VERY HUMOROUS!
For example, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, while I was knee-deep in strings of lights, tubs of Christmas decorations and raw hostility toward all things living, Mike asked, "So, I guess you don't know the Jets won."
Me: "I didn't even know the Jets started playing! This is crazy!!"
Crazy was trying to do Christmas decorating in what turned out to be "on my own." It wasn't supposed to be that way. Of course. After all, it was Cara's idea to lug the eight or nine monster tubs out of the garage to get the decorating under way first thing that a.m.
Me: "Really, Cara? I'm trying to beat this cold before it seriously kicks in.... You have a tennis lesson. I wanted to go to Zumba...."
Translation: I would be stuck doing it on my own if she and I didn't start the process last Sunday. But lo-and-behold, her homework struck right before the first lid was pulled from the tub -- a semi-legitimate excuse. It was also when Ryan needed to see a friend down the street -- a completely illegitimate excuse, but he's barely helpful so I let him go. And Mike needed to watch football for work--which was actually legitimate, so I never even tried to get his help.
And that's when I came down with a bad case of, "This sucks!"
Last year, both kids actually helped. We did the lights, the tree, the little village all together. With holiday music playing. And only six to ten fights.
But this year, I was attempting to do a whole-house holiday transformation just one week after we hosted Thanksgiving for my family. And THAT effort required a major house transformation, mostly involving bulldozing crap from one floor to another, giving the false impression that our home is "cared for" by people with organizational skills, a fierce cleaning regimen and a modicum of pride.
But here I am, posting a new blog. So you might be tempted to think the pressure's off and now I'm chillin' out with my feet up and a Santa hat on my head -- much like your co-worker this afternoon after his two-bowls of holiday cheer at lunch. But you'd be wrong.
I'm just ignoring things like, oh I dunno, CHRISTMAS SHOPPING! Yes, I've managed to ignore the malls, the 40,000 email "deals" that came to my inbox, my phone and my Facebook page, not to mention the beautiful catalogs that have arrived in my oldey fashionedy mailbox outside. Which reminds me I haven't yet considered a greeting card theme, never mind made and mailed any actual cards.
I write about retail for a living, so you'd think I'd be more on top of this. But I think I've reached the point where I now expect the magic of Macy's to cover buying, wrapping and delivering all the gifts under my tree without any involvement on my part.
So, without further ado, I present a much belated blog. Not, I hope, to be paired with much belated presents...