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20 December 2005

What's a girl to do?

When Maddy was five, we all went to Disneyland.  DH and his brother were opening day attendees and my BIL still buys a season pass every year.  Admission to the park was the girls' Christmas gift that year from their uncle.  It was the first time, and by no means the last, that I talked Maddy into going on "a really fun ride" at an amusement park.  At Disneyland, I actually did it twice; she was five, I was her mother, she trusted me.  First, we went on Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, which, it turned out, Maddy didn't like at all.  I knew not of which I spoke, having never been to Disneyland before, but I was able to convince her, anyway, that she would like The Matterhorn.  She was seated in front of me in the sled we shared, perfectly still and absolutely silent during the whole ride -- not a scream, a shriek, a gasp, a laugh, or a giggle.  She quickly exited the sled when the ride was finished, spun around on the platform, hands on hips, and said, forcefully, "MOM!!  THAT WAS NOT FUN!"  After that, I couldn't get her to even look at the Teacups, though I did manage to get her on the Dumbo ride.

This is how I'm feeling.  I'm on the platform, awaiting the Holiday Express, spinning (not fiber) around and around and around, hands on hips; "THIS IS NOT FUN!"  I'm not enjoying any of it this year and I can't wait 'til it's over.  I'm not usually like this, but I just can't muster the spark this year.  It's all the usual stress of the holidays, plus a little here and minus a little there.

Dsc05723I ripped the Wee Weasley collar that was knit on size 3 needles and re-knit it on size 5 needles, casting off nice and loose with a size 8 or 9.  It's much, much better!  A wave of weariness washed over me and nothing else I have in progress was doing it for me last night, and neither were the Packers, so I just up and Jaywalked.  Yep, I'm a JaywalkerSocks That Rock in Petrified Wood.  Love.  I've never seen such a black black.  I feel a little guilty.  Eh.

I'm going to try to do the last of the Christmas shopping tonight.  With a smile.

Comments

Gahhh LOVE The color you chose for the Jaywalkers.

JAYWALKER BAYBEE! That's the way, uh huh, uh huh, I LIKE IT, uh huh, uh huh!

You will SO love that sock yarn. It knits up very nicely and the colors are to die/dye for!

You will SO love that sock yarn. It knits up very nicely and the colors are to die/dye for!

Hang in there, Vicki. I am taking it slow, too. But it's our turn to host Christmas dinner, so...
One step at a time.

Maybe when the shopping is finished you'll feel better.

You are smart to know when you've hit the wall. Time to relax, enjoy the season for what it is and make it easy on yourself.

I say it is time to embrace your inner Scrooge --- don't fight it. Be a Scrooge, love your Scrooge!

I can see you now, on the top of Mt. Snow....knitting away and bah-humbugging ....

I'm feeling almost the same ---- it was one thing to break my ass when the kids were little and it was all magical --- why am I breaking my ass now? Well, I'm not. I am simplifying the holiday - less decorations, but the ones I love best. Less cookies - but also the favorites. Less elaborate meals, but still delicious ...... more sitting and enjoying!

I know what you mean about this time of year not being any fun at all. Just remember, that eventually all the stress will float away and be replaced by Christmas magic...family all around, lots of laughter and love! Hang in there...Christmas will arrive and be lovely!

If there's one thing I love about Socks That Rock (I have not tried it yet -- I know, right?!) it's their color names. Petrified Wood! I love it.

Vicki, I know what you mean! I feel similar, stressed/overstressed and ready to just say, "Screw it, whatever is bought is bought or whatever needs done may not GET done" (including my Christmas/holiday cards). I've done my best, and now I'm on overload. And I also happen to be making a pair of Jaywalkers in Northern Lights/Cherry Tree Hill. My STR will be next. I have Hard Rock, Ruby Slippers and Carbon. Now I want that Petrified Wood color!!! I love browns a LOT. I wish they'd put photos of all their colors up on the Blue Moon website. Hang in there, Vick, there's only a FEW more days to go and it'll be okay, I swear. Chelle

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