Life lately as recorded by instagram
My answer this year for how to balance the increase in business during the holidays, spending time with friends, making sure Adam does not feel completely ignored, finishing up the details from setting up home after our move and preparing for my family to arrive on Christmas eve meant something had to go. I very wisely decided that it would not be running which I have learned from the past keeps me sane, and instead would be blogging for a few weeks. It was amazing how letting one thing go made life that much smoother. Today and tomorrow are the last “safe” days to order for December 24th delivery (so go shop now, ha!) and I can finally breath a sigh of relief. Ahhhhhhhhh.
I am happy to report though that I have been really enjoying the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, perhaps this year…my 10th (!!) holiday season with Manic Trout, I finally feel less of the crazy and more of the “I know I can do this, I know what to expect, bring it on!!” than I have in the past 9. So what have been doing with myself that is so important that I could not possibly blog? Well besides work…
My friend Ashley had a holiday crafting party where I decided to make colored and flavored sugar cubes, which I had so much fun doing that I decided to take it perhaps too far and packaged them with cute little labels. I see it as practice for my one day candy company.
Adam and I spent a Sunday afternoon at the Cherrywood Art Fair where we did most of our Christmas shopping and it was cold enough for me to wear my favorite scarf in the entire world. Adam made fun of me for wearing it and then watched as every. single. person. at that I walked by complemented me on it. It was pretty funny. I decided that Faye looks much more amazing in it then I do though.
We went to our friends white elephant party where the stage stealer was a rubber horse mask that we all decided is a must at every holiday party. I made the candied yams from Thanksgiving decided that after the huge pan of it was devoured in minutes that I need to find more reasons to make them more often. Yum!
There has admittedly been a great deal of shopping going on…gifts, things for the house that were needed to finish the details but that I gave up on after we moved in, like curtains for the guest room. A trip to the goodwill down the street that yielded a stack of books to get me through the next few months. A trip to ikea with Renee where I was just tagging along for company and left spending under $20 (amazing!).
One of the things I shopped for was a way to store and organize my insanely large DVD collection. Our console fits all of the tv shows in the big drawers on the bottom, but the 600 movies were beginning to pose a problem. No matter how I stored them, there was no quick way to find anything. I finally gave in and bought paper sleeves and 5 storage boxes and spent a very long night transferring them out of their cases. I was surprised at how much I loved the new system and how happy finally figuring what to do with them made me. Hooray for organizing!
This past Sunday we finally got our tree, (from Papa Noel which we were very please with) that we brought home put up in the corner and where I promptly ignored it for two days. I spent 12 hours on Monday helping Renee’s set up her beautiful booth at The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar and then was too busy packing and shipping orders to deal with it until Tuesday night.
In the meantime, I decided it was time to spray paint the absurdly large ceramic dinosaur that we bought last Christmas. It was quirky but drab in it’s former Army green, but it became Ah-mazing with some gold spray paint! It did make me realize that I may have problem with how many random animals I have around the house…when did that happen?
Finally, Tuesday night I trimmed the tree and set about to get the mantel for the family to arrive on Christmas eve. There are so many of us! We’ve decided to host a big dinner with more family and friends on Christmas day, and are planning for about of 25-30 for dinner, so I still have much to do. I’m not that worried about it though (I’m pretty sure the fact that I did not cut exercise and have been running 15 miles a week is why this calmness exists). Yesterday we even managed to have friends over for a long and chatty lunch…that I could relax and enjoy myself in the middle of the holiday chaos was pretty awesome.
I’ve been feeling especially grateful recently that the decision to pack up my entire life and move 2000 miles away from a place where I was miserable was such a smart decision. Adam and I often talk about how incredibly lucky we were to have stumbled upon one another as we make each other supremely happy. The unexpected was that moving to Austin also dropped my in the midst of so many amazing and creative small business owing women. It’s like I’ve found my long lost tribe! The last few weeks have been as much about enjoying the support from each other through our most stressful time of year than anything else and that in itself is pretty fantastic.