Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Mid-December

QUICK THINGS TO DO TODAY:

- Phone a relative you haven't talked to in a while.

- Refrigerator maintenance - Clean and restock one shelf, one drawer, or two door shelves.

- Take ten minutes to yourself (regardless of children, pets, significant others wanting your time - demand the alone time you deserve) to hide in the bathroom, bedroom, or even a closet if need be. Do something you enjoy. Paint your nails, read half a magazine, glance through a catalog, listen to music, or just sit resting with your eyes closed. This will help with the pre-holiday sanity maintenance.

TODAY'S PROJECT: Potential Projects

- Bake cookies, pies and other baked goods. Sort out your cupboard and inventory your cookie sprinkles, frostings, cutters, tips, and other decorating supplies. Don't buy anything because you probably already have enough.

- Sort out your game closet or box of household games. Discard old games you can honestly admit you'll never play; schedule an after-Christmas shopping trip to replace that dogeared old set of Old Maid cards. You'll need games for upcoming holiday visits and long winter evenings, so get your games in good shape. For each game you're keeping, organize it, examine pieces for damage, throw out old used scorecards or papers, count and make sure you have all the needed pieces to play it. You can find extra games for cheap on Ebay to salvage for parts. Discard the unused parts so you don't end up with clutter.

- Majorly clean a room.

- Majorly clean kitchen, if it needs it.

- Clean refrigerator in preparation for holiday events.

- Drive (or bundle up and walk) around your city looking at holiday lights. My family likes to pack big thermoses of coffee and hot cocoa, pile blankets into someone's minivan and all pile in. We go to some of the ritzier neighborhoods, thinking they have more money to buy nicer lights and hire professionals to decorate for them so the scenes will be even more dazzling.

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