Tuesday 22 November 2011

She's Making A List...

I can’t believe that it’s almost four weeks until Christmas. I know my friends in the States have Thanksgiving to break the time between Halloween and Christmas, but in Ireland all we have is the 8th of December, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Ireland may have a reputation as a very Catholic country, but these days it’s known as Christmas Shopping Day, when people from the country come up to Dublin to do their Christmas shopping.

My fourteen year old sister is super organised and already as all her Christmas shopping done. I, on the other hand, have one present organised. Honestly, I may be older but she beats me hands down at organisation. She finds my generally disorganised life hard to understand. I always start off with the best of intentions but have a ‘why do today what I can put off until tomorrow’ attitude to life. As does my husband. And so it continues.

That being said, I’ve a lot to do before Christmas. I need to get ready for Storms’ release on December 30 and organise a blog tour and other kinds of promotion. I’ve also got some deadlines I need to meet for my other WIP’s so I can hit the ground running in 2012. I have to get things sorted for Christmas, and I have a child development course that’s going to run for the next eight weeks. I also need to do some work on my PhD, as I don’t want to end up with an avalanche of work awaiting me in January. I also have doctor visits for Polly, and a report to write.

And with a baby on night feeds, what I want more than anything is to sleep. Possibly until Christmas. You know you’re getting older when you fantasise about finding some pretext to leave the baby with your husband, visit a dodgy hotel alone and sleep for twelve hours. Or maybe it’s just me.

I have a diary where I make lists of my tasks for everyday, but they’re always hopelessly ambitious and I end up with a large proportion of them ending up being bumped onto the next day. By the end of November I’m going to have a list longer than Santa.   


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  2. Sounds like you're going to be busy. Normally I am one of those super organised people when it comes to Christmas but this year I haven't been and it's making me feel so far behind. I do find that shorter to-do lists are actually better for me though as otherwise the list is so long I don't want to get started!

  3. Cute post. I hope you have a lovely Christmas and manage to get some naps in before then and some things ticked off your lists LOL!

  4. I'm a terrible procrastinator and I didn't used to be. I think it's the rebel in my. Hubby always pushes me to be more organized, so I have to push back and I think I have more force than he does.

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  5. I know what you mean! I have a long list of things to do too, but I'm babysitting my brother and sister all week - day and night. It's exhausting! I hope you can find some time to get stuff done!

  6. DITTO!
    i feel for you w/the baby. it wont last much longer!
    as long as you get some of it done, dont fret about the rest =)
    (and make sure you ask for help! you shouldnt have to do everything!)

  7. I've found that you have to start with baby steps. You just need to make one goal and accomplish it. For example, I told myself I would make my bed everyday. And I do. I've noticed that when I'm having a bad week, it's because I haven't made my bed.

    So make your bed, then other tasks will fall into place. Good luck with everything you have to do!

  8. I know the feeling about procrastination! I have 10 days to make about 25 ornaments for my students!!! I can just see you leaving Polly Pocket with your husband and sneaking into the dodgy hotel and sleeping! That would be kind of funny!

    I can't wait until your book comes out! Thursday is Thanksgiving here and I am going to friends house. (well, actually, her mom's house but my friend will be there with her family) I will also be celebrating Thanksgiving on Saturday with my best friend's parents and her family!


  9. Maybe you could online shop? Then you don't have to go out shopping. More time for sleep!
    And I haven't purchased more than one or two gifts either, so don't feel bad.

  10. Christmas? I've got weeks to worry about it. Haven't I?