To be fair, I have been sick since last Friday, the 10th. Being sick wiped out last weekend as viable 'get it done with help from the hubs' time. Getting sick wasn't part of my holiday planning, but I think I've learned a valuable lesson here. It's no surprise that this is cold and flu season too, so I really should add a cold and flu variable to my holiday prep equation.
Leave it to the Universe to reinforce this point yesterday.
Last weekend was supposed to be the big trip to the Hallmark store to pick up my ornaments--specifically ornaments featuring penguins--something I save up for and collect every year. Well, that didn't happen. So when I went yesterday, I got a shock when many of the ones I wanted were simply out-of-stock, gone and weren't there.
Then I got a half sympathetic, half sarcastic reminder from the salesgirl when I mentioned that several of the ornaments I wanted weren't on the shelves. She said, "It's 10 days before Christmas and a lot of people came in here last weekend to buy ornaments."
'Wow, really, you don't say,' I wanted to snark back, but I just smiled instead.
I wish I could say that this was the only hiccup on the road to Ho! Ho! Ho!, but it's not. There is still grocery shopping to do, baking to get done, gifts to acquire and wrap, side-dishes to plan and prepare ... plus things to do to get the dogs ready to travel with us down the highway and next to the beach to grandma's house.
O.K., so I need to stop panicking and start formulating plan B. That means three things:
So instead of HO! HO! HO!, I might be looking at ho, ho, ho this year.
If nothing else, living with chronic illness has taught me how to be resourceful and tackle the unexpected. It's all about being in the moment and becoming better at managing my circumstances and situation. Maybe next year I can incorporate what I've learned and try getting prepared earlier, like at the beginning of November instead of the beginning of December.
Better yet, I should take a cue from Hallmark: after all, those ornaments start showing up in stores in July!