Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Another Day of Pampering

Today I'll tidy up the bathrooms and vacuum the living room, empty the dishwasher, then that's it for tonight. Plenty of time to clean in the upcoming festive holiday months.

QUICK THINGS TO DO TODAY:

- Need to tidy bathrooms?

- Have everything you need from the grocery store? Milk, butter, eggs, bread, lettuce, tomatoes?

- Thanksgiving is a little over a month away. Do you know where you're going, if you're hosting, if you're traveling? Need to make any plans? If you're traveling or going to someone else's house, do you have a hostess gift?

TODAY'S PROJECT: One More Day of Fun

After I'm done working today, I am going to lie around in bed with tea, magazines and a couple books I'm eager to finish reading. I have a pileup of Donna Hay, Rachael Ray and Oprah magazines, plus two or three Gourmets and Bon Appetits I want to scour for interesting recipes to cut out.

Tomorrow I will go to Target to begin my Christmas shopping.
Every year I try to have all my Christmas shopping (and the bulk of the wrapping) done by December 1st. Because I spread my shopping out over several months, beginning in August, I have more "fun money" left in December.

By that point, I haven't spent all my December budget on gifts, so I can still afford to go out to dinner, buy myself a holiday party dress, and treat myself to the occasional book, magazine, candle, or new lipstick.

And every year when many of my friends and family members are braving snow, wind, cold, rain, and crowds at the mall on December 20ish, I'm sitting in my cozy home, with a cup of rum-infused hot cocoa in front of my fireplace, watching TV and reading books and relaxing; all the while staring at the lovely wrapped pile of presents ready to be given out to my loved ones. (Yes, I'm smug!)

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