Friday, December 9, 2016
Five Random Post-Move, Post-Travel, Pre-Christmas List Items. . .
Last night I slept 6.5 hours, after a full 5 the previous night. After a week of 4s, this is a huge relief, and I'm anticipating being back to full strength (and perhaps even being done with the breakthrough weeping!) very soon.
But the return to normal is a gradual move with everything still a bit chaotic here. On this road to eventual domestic order, Five Things Friday seems a perfect opportunity to unload some Random. If, like me, you find yourself making lists of Things To Do, and Things Accomplished, and Things Someone Should Do, and Things To Buy To Make Life Easier Around Here, and. . . well, you get the idea. . . If, as I say, you're also a list-maker, perhaps you'll have patience with my
Five Random Post-Move, Post-Travel Items as Christmas Approaches.
1. Pater put up bookshelves in our Guest/TV/Reading Room (sounds easy, but it involved a trip out to Ikea in between snowfalls, and then the loading and unloading and the putting together before the putting up and the securing to the wall -- I went for a very long walk as my contribution). We dithered about whether or not to have shelves built, but decided Ikea would do just fine, at least for now as we sorted out how this room would work.
It's very satisfying to see the closetful of book-filled boxes empty gradually as I once again alphabetise fiction on my shelves (my awake times last week, between 1:30 and 3:30 a.m. have been very helpful). Not only do we now have space in the closet for shifting other boxes into and freeing up floor space, but there's something very calming, to me, about a wall full of books.
2. We may have found a Sleeper Sofa that 1) fits in the room, through the doorway -- no small element, I'll have you know, and not an easy find in a style and quality we can live with; which brings me to 2) features a comfortable mattress; and 3) is also deliciously comfortable for curling up in with my guy for a Netflix binge; and 4) is available in a great grade of leather which will look and feel good and survive the grandkids' sticky fingers and occasional hot chocolate spill. . . . We're on the verge of ordering it, and I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to having that space organised.
3. We may have found a Sleeper Sofa, but damned if I can find my winter boots anywhere. I can find several pair of boots with leather soles, absolutely useless if there's any ice around. I can even find boots with traction -- too bad those have a two-inch heel, not my favourite in a slippery situation either. I can even find my YakTrax, which I could fasten onto a pair of flat fashion-y boots, ankle or knee-height. But I'm beginning to suspect that I may have been over-enthusiastic in my downsizing and passed along the most practical winter boots, probably because they weren't city-chic enough. I do know I thrilled a young ex-neighbour by gifting her my Blundstones, a model that, from the start, had always bothered one toe "knuckle" to callous to corn, but which I'd gladly suffer this week of snowfalls and ice. So top of one of my numerous lists strewn across the kitchen counter? Buy Winter Boots!!
4. My son phoned yesterday to say that they've decided not to risk driving in the predicted snowfalls, so we won't have the early Christmas celebration we'd planned for the weekend (for which I'd accelerated the gift-buying, condo-decorating schedule, so we've been usefully shifted into gear and now can slow down a bit). It would have been the first time we'd seen our granddaughter since September, the first time the cousins had been together for even longer, and we're all disappointed, but it was the only possible decision given the weather. And the boeuf bourgignon will still happen Saturday night, and I'm going to bake some apple pies (with my marble rolling pin! and my own recipe! and my pie pans!) and we'll get a headstart on Family Festive, with a big tinge of "missing some important people."
5. Also planned for this weekend: a baby-sitting gig this evening so that Four-Year Old Big Sister gets a special night out with her parents and her Favourite Eight-Year-Old Cousin and that cousin's parents, and grandparents get a special night in with Toddler Grandson who is just a hoot right now and a very sweet cuddler as well....a lunch-and-Christmas-shopping appointment with one of my daughters . . . and the biggest weekend event of all: Granddad and Nana take Two Little Girls to the Opera! I hope to tell you more about that soon -- meanwhile, you can all wager on whether the Four-Year-Old will have to be escorted discreetly out because the witch is too scary (Hansel and Gretel -- a fairytale production, with puppets as well as live opera singers) or whether she will handle the whole event with the sophisticated aplomb she managed for a live Beauty and the Beast this summer. Granddad's going to have to step up his game, because I think the girls are dressing up and Nana will do her best to keep up with them. . .
That's a big swirling lot of random, don't you think? And honestly? Tip of the iceberg. . . I do find that writing it down helps me get some traction. Speaking of which, in light of the snowflakes gathering strength outside my window, I think I'd better Action List Item Number 3. What's on your list for the weekend? I do hope there's some fun or relaxation on there as well. . . 'tis the season, right?