Wednesday, November 23, 2005

The Paradox of Holidays

It seems like we all work so hard to get to the holidays. We so desperately want a break. But having everyone take a break at once is generally disastrous, at least in regards to workloads immediately before and after the holiday. Where I work, it seems like work gets rough and everyone gets at least a little bit grumpier right before a holiday break. Same amount of work, less time to do it in.

Still, I have to confess that I'm looking forward to an ubër-long weekend. I have a few Thanksgiving resolutions:

1. I will get 8 hours of sleep each night.
2. I will enjoy getting 8 hours of sleep each night
3. I will appreciate the difference in my energy level and attitude when I get 8 hours of sleep each night.
4. I will enjoy playing with my cute niece
5. I will also enjoy playing with the puppies and kittens in my life, although not as much as my cute niece!
6. I will at least begin to attack the large pile of ironing before it comes to life
7. I will be able to see the floor - the clean floor, in all of the rooms in my house before I return to work.
8. I will figure out where my Christmas tree is coming from this year
9. I will convince my husband that it is worth getting a Christmas tree this year, even though we are moving right after Christmas.
10. I will enjoy my family, and try to be enjoyable myself.

I'm trying to set realistic goals - but I don't know about that ironing. In an ideal universe I would also finish my Christmas cards and get a significant amount of packing done - and if it happens that will be nice, but I'm not pushing my luck.

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