Dancing outside my comfort zone

I’m happy to say that even when I’m not really trying, I’ve been able to knock things off of my To Do list on a regular basis!  Today, alone, I got through about 5 things, and part of a sixth!  In short, I did some writing, got my tree up, wrapped a few presents and sent a box off to my granddaughter.  I also delivered a gift to my manicurist and got in a run to Costco to cash my rebate check and pick up a few things. 

Tomorrow, I have a haircut and some work for a client, though I’m also expecting to see some other things coming in which will have to be added to my list.

I’m liking this list thing because it not only keeps me on track, but it gives me some much needed attagirls when I feel like I haven’t accomplished much.

Gift wrapping is shaping up to be particularly challenging this year, thanks to my feline children.  Dylan and Munchkin think ribbons are there for their culinary enjoyment and Dylan has also taken on the fake tree.  What goofballs!  But the fact that my living room has been turned into Santa’s gift wrapping workshop severely limits the poor dears’ play space.  I suppose they feel justified in taking their frustration out on unwary packages and trees!

Meanwhile, the nest I made out of a blanket and a stuffed calico cat for my elderly cat, on the mistaken assumption that she was sleeping on the floor because she could no longer make it up onto my bed is either lying empty or being occupied by Dylan.  Patches has seen fit to show me that, despite her 16 years and stiffening of her springs, making her way onto my bed is not a problem at all, but was merely a choice.  She has since made a new choice and can be found on my bed all night long and for most of the day as well!  (potty and food runs notwithstanding!)

So the holidays are chugging right along, but I’m not quite as panicked (yet) by how much I have yet to wrap.  I supposed I’m a little too lackadaisical about it right now, but will hit that “Oh, my gawd!  Christmas is only two days away and I still have a kazillion things to wrap!” stage very soon, assuming I don’t kick up the wrapping between now and then!  But why should this Christmas be any different than any other?  Just because I’m working from home and getting my errands done during less busy times does not mean that I’m working any less.  The only thing I’m really missing at this point is an hour’s worth of commuting every day.  (and my gas tank is still 3/4 full although I filled it up over a week ago!)

So, this is me, happy ho, ho, ho-ing as I get into my holiday mode, a bit later than normal this year, but I’m there!  I look at my house and wonder what I can drag out of the storage room to spruce things up a bit, as if the colorful packages under the tree aren’t already making it look a lot like Christmas!

My gratitudes tonight are:
1. I am grateful for all of the tasks which are keeping me busy, happy and productive.
2. I am grateful for the things I’ve completed, as they allow me more time to do the rest of the things I need to dol
3. I am grateful for the successes that are occurring both for me and for my kids!
4. I am grateful for the cats who give me a reason to laugh every single day!
5. I am grateful for all of the joy I’m finding when I venture out into the world these days.  May it continue without end!

Love and light.

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