There are always random things that need to be done this time of year in the build up to Christmas morning.
Sometimes they are routine Christmas-time tasks: shopping for stocking stuffers, baking, wrapping gifts, etc. Other times they are just plain random, end of the year, gotta-get-this-done-or-else things. I don't know about you, but I am feeling a bit overwhelmed by the random at the moment.
Here is a glimpse at the random tasks which are nagging at me to get them completed in the next 48 hours (that's right, this blog post is a glorified to do list... you can email me yours if it will make you feel better):
1 - Purchase ingredients and oversee Timmy as he makes his last batch of ice cream of the year. (Doesn't everyone make homemade ice cream when it is 32 degrees outside?!?!)
2 - Go for a much needed walk with a friend. (Doesn't everyone go for walks when it is 32 degrees outside... and raining?)
3 - Get bids from contractors for a project at work (mmhmmm, the easiest thing in the world is to get building project estimates the week leading up to Christmas...when it is cold... and raining... too bad my friend isn't a contractor... we could have just walked by the office, taken a few measurements, and killed two birds with one stone!)
4 - Write a grant application, photocopy it 12 times and submit it (for work) This one is straight-forward. I like it!
5 - Figure out how a bat got in the house today (not the baseball kind) and make sure it NEVER does again. *shudder*
6 - Buy more toothpaste. We have plenty, but it is the WRONG KIND. Toothpaste is one of those things I just can't compromise on... It is Crest or nothing, baby.
7 - Make arrangements to go see "Chipwrecked" with my Timmy. He's chompin' at the bit, folks.
8 - Make turkey chili, and turkey sloppy joes, and turkey tacos. (Why oh why did I buy a giant container of ground turkey and then why oh why did I decide to defrost it THIS WEEK when I really don't want to be in the kitchen?) Anyone want to come over for... turkey?
9 - Return one large mixing bowl, one cookie tin, two pitchers, one tupperware container, 12 hot glue guns, and 12 pairs of scissors to their rightful owners. I should not be trusted to borrow things, people!
10 - Get the laundry done and put away... perhaps this isn't a very random task, pretty routine actually, but I couldn't stop at 9 random things... it would have been too random. Ten is a nice round number!
Whew! I didn't get any of these random things done in the last 20 minutes, but I feel better now that it is all typed out. I'm thankful that in the middle of all of this randomness there are people I adore and blessings I am unworthy of, but so grateful for... a job, friends, a dear son and husband, a home, warm clothes, food, and a faith that gives EVERYTHING meaning. It's a good, weird, life! :)
Carla Ritz. Proof positive that God uses cracked pots!