Golly, you guys. Someone pointed out to me this weekend that Christmas is only TWO WEEKS away now, and I’m having a bit of a panic attack over here – and also feeling somewhat Grinchy. In my quest to make the season pure magic for Peanut (and Nugget, of course, although he’s still young enough that he’s along for the ride but not participating all that much), I’ve let myself get pretty overwhelmed and had a couple of unattractive meltdowns as a result. Classic mom mistake, right? I’m just getting to the point where it’s all starting to feel like way too much. Overwhelmed is my default state, and adding an extra mile-long to-do list and a schedule packed with activities isn’t making it any better. I’m trying to relax, go with the flow, and remember why I take on all these additional tasks every December – that smile of joy on her little face, which makes it all worth it.
This weekend was no exception when it came to being packed to the gills. On Saturday, Peanut and I had a mommy-daughter date to Mount Vernon, where Peanut attended a “Teddy Bear Tea with Lady Washington.” It was The. Cutest. Peanut had a snack of gingerbread, a Christmas cookie and hot cocoa; made a pomander ornament; listened to stories and proverbs read by Lady Washington; and got her picture taken. That last was her favorite – she’s terrified of Santa but had no problem scrambling up Martha’s skirts and introducing her to Corduroy. She had an absolute ball and this event is going on our holiday must-do agenda from here on out. (And considering that last year, $25 bought me a picture of two traumatized kids and a ragey-looking Santa, I thought that all this for $5 was money very well spent, indeed.) Sunday was low-key but packed: a play date with a school friend in the morning, a walk to the library in the afternoon, and Mom got to sneak away to meet one of the darling new baby boys that we’ve recently added to our friendship circle. I had a blissful hour snuggling, sniffing his head, and telling him that Auntie Jaclyn loves him, and I left giddy with baby snuggles and more convinced than ever that I’m done having kids of my own. Little guy’s parents looked EXHAUSTED.
(Trying something new for a little while…)
Reading. Decently productive reading week, considering that I was swamped at work and, well, you just read the play-by-play of my weekend and there was no bookishness in there. I finished up Bloodline early in the week, spent most of my commutes reading Angels and Demons, and finally dispatched that around midnight on Saturday night. (It was a page-turner, yes, but I also really, really, really wanted to return it to the library on my weekly Sunday walk.) Bloodline was a lot of fun and answered a bunch of my questions about how the First Order came to be and what its relationship was to the New Republic – and it was fun to see Leia in her element as a politician, rather than as a wife and mother. Angels and Demons was predictably silly, but fun. And then on Sunday night, I picked up Just One Damned Thing After Another, on my friend Katie‘s recommendation. Looking forward to digging into that.
Watching. Steve and I decided that we really needed to get cranking on some of the shows we’re partway through, and I’m pleased to report that we polished off The Crown this week! And then immediately started googling to find out when the second series will be airing. No good answers on that point, so we moved on to Gilmore Girls. I’ve already seen it (I binged the entire revival with my friend Jenn on the Friday after Thanksgiving and I regret nothing) but am happy to be watching it again with my Gilmore superfan husband.
Listening. I’m on a mission to clean up my podcatcher, and I’ve been trying to squeeze in podcasts whenever possible – on walks to and from the Metro, while I do the dishes, and while I unpack during naptimes. I’m still about 14 hours behind (and will be more when new episodes drop early this week) but I kind of love it. Podcasts have definitely been my internetty discovery of 2016. In my earbuds at the moment – an old episode of “Travel with Rick Steves” on the archaeology of Roman ruins in Great Britain and Chris Hadfield’s new book of photography shot from space – good stuff.
Making. Not much. Does my weekly batch of homemade soup count? Nugget loves the stuff. Oh, and another thing I’m making – progress on my Christmas shopping, although I still have a lot to do. And of course, I’m always making cup after cup of tea.
Blogging. I’ve got fun stuff coming up for you this week. On Wednesday, my December pick for my diverse kidlit project – I’ve loved every month of working on this yearlong effort, and I hope you’ve all enjoyed those posts as well. And on Friday, I’m dreamcasting an imaginary television or movie series about the founders of Hogwarts, to go with the book series I requested from Santa last week. I think my casting choices are stellar. Call me, WB!
Asking. What do you think of this new format I’m playing with? And what are you reading this week?