This time of year is always tough for shopkeepers like me; this year is no exception. We do most of our annual business during the period that runs from Halloween to New Year's, and tiny one-woman shops like mine are a little stretched.
Today marks the end of four weeks of seven-day weeks at the shop, only broken by Thanksgiving Day. When you don't have an official weekend (or even a day off), you start to lose track of simple things...like...what day of the week is it? When's the last time I did my laundry? Is there any food in the house?
It's Sunday morning and I'm sitting here in my jammies, looking at my Christmas tree that (thank goodness!) is actually UP, but is looking a little forlorn since it only has about a dozen ornaments on it so far.
I know...you're thinking, "Her Christmas tree isn't decorated yet?!? Tsk, tsk. No wonder she hasn't shared pics with us."
Baby Girl and I put the tree up the night before Thanksgiving and when we took a moment to pat ourselves on the backs for being so industrious, we realized that we were pooped and decided to do the actual decorating later. She went back to college, I've been working seven days a week, so the tree is still bare.
Day before yesterday I couldn't stand it any longer and started putting ornaments on it after I got home from the shop. Then Hubby came home, dinner was being prepared, and the decorating was aborted once again.
How you girls do all that you do is completely beyond my comprehension. I look at the pictures of your beautifully decorated homes and think...how do they do that? You gals are definitely my heroes!
Baby Girl comes home tomorrow for Christmas and my goal is to have that &#$@#$# tree decorated before she gets here. Oh, and put out the Christmas placemats and pull out the Christmas china. That would be nice too.
First I have to haul myself upstairs, take a shower, get dressed, and open the shop for four hours this afternoon. Then when I get home, it's definitely going to be decorating time. Maybe I'll even throw in a load of laundry while I'm doing it. And I'm definitely pouring myself a teensy glass of wine.
Wish me luck!