Friday, December 12, 2008

To Do or Not To Do

Sarita mentioned she had a big To Do list in her blog yesterday. I have an enormous one myself with stuff dating back to August and so many emails I haven't replied to in months it's scary. But rather than get overwhelmed (if you haven't figured it out yet, I'd fall into the ranks of overachiever), I decided to just do one or two things a day. It might be make phone calls, declutter a certain area of the house, check ten of my unread emails, etc.

Not the fastest way to get through the items, but for me, probably the best way since I can get totally freaked out when I have too much to do. I'm really trying not to get caught up in the must-get-it-done mentality. So far it's been working. The tree still isn't decorated, and I have a ton of green and red containers and tubs sitting all around my downstairs! Best yet, I'm not worried about it! And the kids are using the buckets to build forts and having a blast with them!

I keep reminding myself that Advent, the period of the church calendar we're in now, is all about preparing for the Feast of the Nativity aka Christmas. The preparation is supposed to take weeks. There's nothing that says I have to get it all done now!

I used to spend the weekend of Thanksgiving getting all my decorations and houses up. The revisions this year and the deadline on Rescued by the Magic of Christmas last year, put an end to that. I could just go and do all my decorating, and spend a couple days knocking off a dozen or so things off my list each day, but I'm really having fun with the family and relaxing to do that.

We had a great time at the Wizard of Oz. The kids were thrilled that they used a real dog for Toto! Afterwards, the actors (many children) stayed on stage and answered questions.

Yesterday's task was to get caught up on all of my contest wins. All but one (the person didn't send me her address) are now finished. I'll be heading to the post office today. I also sent all the winners their e-gift certificates for the November contest:

1st Prize - Marianne - a $25 Amazon.com gift certificate
2nd Prize - Sarita - a $15 Wild Rose Press gift certificate
3rd Prize - Tori - a $10 Books-in-a-Million gift certificate.

Last night while I worked, I watched television. The first time in a long while. I watched The Year with out a Santa Claus with the family and Hallmark's Moonlight and Mistletoe with hubby. The movie ending was a little predictable, even hubby told me what would happen and was right, but sweet. It definitely reminded me of a category romance novel!

Have you seen any good Christmas movies lately?

9 comments:

Virginia said...

I just rewatched The Holiday, love that movie. I also watched Flirting with Forty from Jane Porters book thats a good one too. Its showing on Life Time, check it out.

Dru said...

I haven't seen any lately.

Have a good weekend!

Melissa said...

I love The Holiday, Virginia. I think Jude Law is just perfect in his role! I should rent that one again. I wanted to see the premiere of Flirting with Forty on Saturday night. I love the book and love Jane Porter, but I had revisions and couldn't take the two hours off. I didn't realize they were replaying it. Thanks for the heads up!

Have a good weekend, too, Dru!

Melissa

Brandy said...

We've watched Christmas with the Kranks, National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, Charlie Brown Christmas and I just picked up a movie from the library.
Glad to hear y'all had a good time at the Wizard of Oz yesterday.

Have a lovely day!

Jane said...

I haven't seen any Christmas movies yet, but I'll definitely catch the 24 hours marathon of "A Christmas Story."

limecello said...

:X I haven't seen any Christmas movies yet - though I caught some of the Charlie Brown Christmas. :( am still in finals - and need to start mine soon... sad.

catslady said...

We watched The Grinch when my daughter put up her tree last weekend and this weekend we will watch The National Lampoons Christmas Vacation while we trim our tree. My list is also a mile long but somehow it seems to get done!

Kim said...

Melissa - Hope you have a wonderful Christmas. Ran across another book that isn't new, but worth the read. I am sure you daughter will enjoy it. It is called The Great Horn Spoon written by Sid Fleischman. It is a fun historical fiction book that your kids might like. Did you ever read the Mysterious Benedict Society?

Melissa said...

Kim,

I have the Mysterious Benedict Society on hold. At least I told my daughter to put a hold on it. I have to make sure she did it. I'll add The other one to the list. Right now, we're rereading Tale of Despereaux for a party we're attending. Thanks for the recommendation. I really appreciate it.

Melissa