It's late in the 4th quarter and we're trailing by 10 points. Still time to make up ground, but time is running out. I've knocked off a few more gifts, but still have stuff to get for nephews. I got some new/updated requests yesterday that sent me out in search of new stuff (don't you love people who change their lists late in the game?) and I have still not found the right give for my brother and his kids. For some reason, this year I have not been able to come up with any good ideas. My wife suggested gift cards to various stores, but I have always felt that was a cop out. I tried a few on line orders, but it's too late for anything to arrive on time. I am debating getting gift cards to some restaurants but haven't reached that threshold (yet).
Today is more shopping. Going out to pick up a ham (seems to have become our annual tradition) and some more wine. Stephen is due in sometime today and will stay through Monday.
Every year I seem to wind up at this point. Rushing around the final days before the holidays trying to get "just the right gift", spending more money than I had planned, buying stuff we really didn't need (Ooooh - Wallyworld has lights on sale), trying to get into the spirit. Regardless of how much I plan or worry, Christmas will come and go and next week we'll be looking back wishing it lasted longer. I hope to have some of the last minute shopping done today and kick back to enjoy the season, but I know that I will probably be sitting here tonight thinking, did I get a gift for whatshisname, or should we get some more for themfolk?
Ah, I miss the simpler times when I looked forward to the Dolly Madison Christmas specials and show on Christmas eve. Holiday stress - the gift of the season. I know that, in the end, it is all about spending time with your family and friends. Maybe I'll go listen to some more Barking Dogs Christmas.
I hope you guys are ready for the holidays.