Yep, it's still me with nothing to say but fourty-thousand ideas all trying to be first in line. What is so funny is that the iTunes just started playing..."Restless" by Gordon Lightfoot. HA! It's the universe ONCE AGAIN trying to tell me something. And someday I'll understand!
The iTunes started shuffling after the red head came into the office to "have a dance party" and listen to "All the Single Ladies" by Beyonce but got mad and walked out because I wouldn't play it loud enough for her 4-year old taste. Excuse me! Your brother is sleeping.
The cards have been mailed, the gifts wrapped, several parties attended, many drinks of cheer had, and I don't bake (thank goodness) so that isn't even on my list.
I find myself enjoying all the really little stuff and feeling I could do without the big stuff. The in-law family party on Saturday night went something like this: I'm Wil. E. Coyote in a dust-storm....toss in a couple of kids (one teething and crabby and up WAY too late) an appearance by Santa and a bunch of gifts and wrapping paper and no idea who they are from.....holding crabby kid, staving off melt-down from 4 year old, many drinks..............and WHEW...........we got home and I just wanted to curl up in a ball in the corner and forget the whole thing ever happened.
People who don't have kids should not be allowed to plan parties and invite people with kids!!!!!!!!!!! This time of year can bring out the best and worst in all of us and so far I've been able to manufacture the inspirado of niceness. Sure, you go ahead in this really long line. Sure, you can come into this lane of traffic. Sure, I'll donate some change to your red bucket. Sure, I'll give you a smile. Because it's all we've got people! If we can't be nice we can't be anything at all. Even in the stressful times. If it isn't about you then it works! It's what makes the world go 'round.
Side bar: I'm obsessed with making brussel sprouts. Pan-roasted with olive oil....get them nice and brown and toss in some butter, chili flake, and end with a drizzle of honey. My own concoction. I never thought I liked brussel sprouts until this came my way. To die for! If you think they are bitter or gross.........try these.
All the best to you and yours this holiday season. Whatever you celebrate, do it with love and laughter. I've got big plans for 2010. No "resolutions".......just reality and a splash of cool mom finds her groove! : )