December: The CRAZY Month

Every December it’s the same thing, and this December is no different.

I look at my calendar and see almost every single day marked with some sort of activity or ongoing project… and I freak out.
For instance, this week I have to buy a Christmas tree, decorate it and my apartment, and get it ready for my holiday party later in the month.  (Oh, and I have to clean this shithole of an apartment before that even happens.)

I also have a few outreach gigs for CGMC this week– one tomorrow and another on Friday.  And THEN another one the night before my party!

After the tree is up and all looks perfect, I have tickets to the Windy City Holiday Show this Saturday, followed by our “Long” Sunday rehearsal for the CGMC Holiday show (Favorite Things at the Athenaeum Theatre on Friday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 9; Click here for tickets!  [Shameless plug over]).  That’s followed by technical and dress rehearsals on Wednesday and Thursday, with the show itself on Friday and Saturday. (At least next Sunday’s a day of rest– HOORAY!)
Then the week after that, I kick it into high-gear for my holiday/birthday party.  I still haven’t figured out what I’m going to serve, and I haven’t gone to the grocery store yet for any supplies.  I suppose that can wait until the week of the party. But once all of that is bought, I still have to cook, bake, and prepare everything in time for the Saturday event.  (I think I may be recruiting a friend or two to help with this… they offered, so how can I refuse? 🙂 )
Oh… and of course, somehow, and somewhere, amidst all of this stuff, I have to buy Christmas Gifts; and Christmas happens at the end of the third week

Is it any wonder the Christmas season starts earlier every year?

I don’t know where to begin with all this stuff.  My apartment is atrocious.  Those two weeks with my eye problem really turned me into a slob.  It’s just a disaster area.  And yet when I get home from work at night, I am so tired that I just don’t feel like doing anything about it.  I need a burst of energy, and FAST!

Stop the insanity folks.  December is only 31 days long, and it seems that we continually try to cram as much activity into those short days as we can without losing our feeble little minds.  I’ve been running this game now for much of the last 6-7 years I’ve lived here, and it gets harder each year.

But for some reason, I still look forward to it.  Even with all that’s happened this year, I still anticipate the tree, the smells, the sounds, and the colors of the season.  Because when it’s all done and ready to go, it’s a great mission accomplished.

I just need to figure out where I can begin accomplishing this mission!!!

Commence pulling of hair… NOW!