That usually doesn't happen until about mid-Decemberish, but here I am before even December 1st singing "You're a mean one, Mrs. Binch" to myself.
|My spirit animal. Bitch + grinch = Binch.|
I am trying. I'm doing the work. This year we got our family photo out of the way in November, as we intend to every year but usually don't. The teenager has been working for cash (I know, I tried to tell him) on some side job that's keeping him really busy. He came right out and said he doesn't want to try to be in the photo. Which sucks, but also? That means we can strap on some Christmas Nikes and just do it. It's done. The 2 yr old is literally holding a bag of freaking cereal in the picture, and she wouldn't sit WITH us so there is a separate picture of the girls and of us, but whatever, it's done. Maybe some day we'll laugh about that. Next thing.
|We should have just used THIS picture and been done.|
I always make them kiss, it's the ONLY WAY to make them
hold still long enough to take a picture that isn't blurry.
|So REAL-looking isn't it? Real plastic.|
The Charlie Brown tree of fake Xmas trees
I've had it for at least 15 years and my dad had fished it out of the garbage, so it already had a full life of it's own before entering mine. Like so many of my housewares.
Here is one of my favorite Daddy-Dumpster-Dive decorations, a decades old light-up Santa. Hideous yes, but I just had to plug in and hang it on the window. This year I plugged it and discovered it doesn't work *sad trumpet music*
|This looks a LOT like Stinky Pete the Prospector from Toy Story 2|
I'm thankful we were able to get out and finally meet up with a friend I've been trying to see since SUMMER.
Thankfully, we got to see the Zoo Lights at Lincoln Park Zoo. That was lovely, and we could not have asked for a better day weather-wise in Chicago. It was just over 50 degrees! For almost December, that's practically surfing weather.
|More Zoo Lights pictures on my Instagram if you like that kind of thing|
|No, just thought I would look and this was funny. from funny-pics.co|
I'm beyond thankful Thanksgiving is over. Ironically. For me, the day AFTER Thanksgiving is the real holiday: Cooking is over, we have tons of leftovers and paper plates, which my budget and American waste-producing guilt won't usually let me use.
|Nice try. I use PAPER. That burns right up and kills zero birds and fish. Probably.|
I'm thankful we didn't drink the wine I bought for Thanksgiving until today. It's pairing nicely with my crabby mood and today's turkey soup, which thankfully marks the last of the turkey leftovers.
If you're not a gravy fan, that dry meat is hard enough to choke down the day you cook it and each day it just gets worse.
I usually make turkey pot pie but my son hasn't been around so other than a few sammiches with tomatoes, it's all rice and veggie soup. Done.
I'm trying to focus on the thankfuls. That's the key to this season. Don't do more than you need to, or you'll make yourself a grinch.
This post was part of the Ten Things of Thankful experience.
A reminder about holiday stress and suggestions for coping: