Friday, December 22, 2006

Bah Humbug

I used to really like Christmas.

Even last year, buried in the desert under millions of tons of blowing sand and dust, away from my family in a weird world, I still like Christmas.

Growing up, I always envisioned having kids at Christmas would only make it better. I guess I was wrong.

This season has essentially been a disaster. Rather than a holiday spent getting together with family and friends, buying presents and getting cool stuff, and genrally being happy it's been a month of stress, rushing, and just not getting anything done. My plan was to have everything wrapped and ready by last weekend--instead we drove 1999.8 (I thought about driving around the block but was too tired) miles in 63 hours and went to a TKD testing that took all day Saturday. At one point or another, everyone in the house has been sick this month, which resulted in me getting the lights up two weeks late. On that note...

Why is it that it takes me an hour of playing with little lightbulbs to figure out that the damn things only cost $2 new? I eventually got a half-assed version of Christmas decor up and running, and after the remaining boxes sat out for another week and a half I just accepted that they weren't going to get put up so I put the boxes away.

When you couple the schedule we normally have with the additional pressures of getting this done and sent out for the holidays it just made for a miserable month. Maybe next year will be better.

Anyway--that's why I haven't been posting. Averaging 5 hours of sleep a night isn't helping much. Hopefully in the New Year I'll get back to doing this, but I wouldn't be surprised if Desert Odyssey just eventually went away.

Vacation starts for me in about 2 hours. I'm looking forward to ctahing up. I hope everyone that didn't get a cards from us has a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!