But there are presents to wrap.
Friends to see.
Socks to knit.
Books to read.
Shows to watch.
Children to snuggle.
A husband to be brought up to speed (and to bring me up to speed).
And sleep. Never, ever enough sleep.
Life. Busy and messy and full and a little bit hard.
Because this time of year is always (at least) a little bit hard. And we have no snow. And I set aside a Christmas gift spot only to not put ONE gift in it because I had to ship it out right away anyway and sure enough it would go missing and I’d have to order it AGAIN because I spent two days looking everywhere at least 5 times. (And gagging as I dug through the trash because even though Jesse offered I knew if he told me he couldn’t find it in there, I’d have to do it myself anyway just to be SURE – and of course it wasn’t.) And I deactivated my Facebook because
(politics, disasters, death, heartbreak, stupidity) I didn’t need the distraction (somewhere my friends who have watched me leave only to return 5,897 times are rolling their eyes). And oh my word, sings and parties and gatherings and people. All. The. Time.
It’s just this time of year.
But my cooktop is in. And my dishwasher. And one of my two showers is fixed. And my tub is operational again. And my other shower should be fixed by the end of this week. Emphasis on should. And I have almost every single Christmas present done. Emphasis on almost.
So it’s mostly good despite the little bit hard.
And I’m looking into 2016 and (best laid plans) I’m thinking about what I’d like to accomplish and what my priorities need to be and the person I want to be and the legacy I want to leave (Hi, my name is Kate and I’m an INFJ.) and how I’m going to go about doing that because…life is so damn short and precious and special and…
This time of year.
I promise to be back writing in 2016. (You luckies, you.) But probably not at all before then.
(Violet drew this picture and we made it into our Christmas card this year and I wanted to share with you as well.)
I hope this time of year for you is a whole lot of very, very, very good and hardly any little bit hard.