For the first time in years I have a real “staycation”. My company has a holiday shutdown for 2 weeks, and I had enough vacation days to be able to start my shutdown last Wednesday. So far the days were spent in manic card writing, last minute gift shopping, and gift wrapping. We sent out about 70 cards this year, and every year my husband makes a point to create our own card, create two versions of homemade calendar (one with best Anna’s pictures) and one with his penguin drawings, print calendars at Kinko’s and send them out to our friends and family. Every year we are talking about how we should start our holiday preparation earlier, and every year we fail to do so. As a result, I still have a monumental tasks of mailing about 20 calendar packages on Monday. I am just hoping that post office will not be such a zoo as it was the last week. And that brings me to my main goal for this break – mission organization! Time to recharge, rethink and reorganize!
Firstly, I am trying to use this time to reorganize a few things in the house that were bugging me for a while (including my paper-strewn desk). I started with closet clean-up and hauled out several boxes of clothing, books and toys to donate. Anna has been a good sport about it after some initial resistance. She even brought one of her toys that she really didn’t want to give up to Goodwill and told the gentleman in receiving that this is her favorite baby toy, but she wants to give it to babies who don’t have parents to take care of them. There are still ways to go, but I am hoping to be able to tackle one thing every day and arrive to a better organized house in 2 weeks. There is still, of course, a skeleton in a closet… eh… in a garage. That skeleton cannot be found, since our garage turned into a messy storage facility. I am pretty sure that we won’t be able to tackle it before New Year, but hopefully we can start on reclaiming this mess in January.