I'll tell you something that is totally true, right now, I kid you not - I AM SPENT! My entire body is tired, my mind is weary, my limbs lack coordination. Most people take it easy during the holidays, but NO, not me. Far be it from my posse to let me take it easy and simmah down nah (that means "simmer down now" for all of you non SNL lingo speaking folk) for a little while. (Note to self: get new posse.) The holidays here are a time for others to make messes, and for me to clean up. I'll tell you something else, I've heard some spooky knocking on my door recently and when I go and open it there's no one there. I'm thinking there are only two possibilities:
- It's a ghost. He wants to come in and contribute to the mess. He sees there's a lot going on and figures he can do his part to make it worse.
- It's the Grim Reaper coming for my soul. He knows I'm exhausted and he just wants to let me off the hook. Maybe he looks like Brad Pitt, maybe he doesn't, more's the pity.
I was watching that movie "Christmas with the Kranks", and in the movie Tim Allen wants to just skip the whole thing and go on a cruise. It doesn't work out, and he's considered Satan for suggesting it. I'll be honest with you, I was secretly (and not so secretly) envious of his plan. Does it always have to be me? Are we the only ones who can organize and sponsor Christmas? With every Christmas that passes and every time I wake up (at least for the past week), I'm thinking Tim Allen's idea is more and more genius. I don't even know what it's like to just chillax and not do anything during the holidays. I don't know what it's like to just show up at a holiday party as a guest. It seems like a dream that is far, far away, but man! would it be awesome.
On the 24th and 25th we had a couple of simple pasta dinners and some nice drinks and I was thinking - it would be so cool if that was it. When I look back, I wonder why I didn't think of that earlier. Sometimes I can be pretty thick and not catch on fast enough, but I swear, I did not think of it until afterward. Is that crazy or what? I just can't believe I was so stupid. Everyone (myself included) would be able to enjoy the holidays if I just simplified things a bit. Yes, I am quite certain simplicity is the key here and unless I start putting my foot down and doing what I believe is the right thing, I will always be overworked (and those lucky few I choose to help me as well), and others (bless their hearts) will always take advantage - no offense (you know who you are and I'm not so sure it's entirely your fault, it's mostly mine, I think).
Enough of that. Enjoy your last days of the year and start thinking about what you want for the coming year. Do whatever superstitious crap you do to herald in the new year and remember, don't do anything I wouldn't do.