23 December 2011

Are we there, yet?

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.   

1 comment:

Rock Chef said...

Hope you find those perfect gifts!
The stress of shopping can be terrible, just grin and bear it.

Have a great Christmas!