For some reason, the Christmas spirit has alluded me this year. Maybe it’s the fact that we’re not hosting a party this year and other than a possible post-Christmas trip back home to Nebraska, don’t have any big plans for the holiday. Or maybe it’s that the stores have been shoving Christmas down our throats since before Halloween, but I just can’t seem to get myself excited about the big day. In fact, my Christmas spirit has waned since Thanksgiving. I had started early, buying gifts, planning what to bake and gathering ingredients. Then it all just stopped, and I lost interest. I haven’t done any baking and my decorating was limited to a small 3-foot tree, minimally trimmed. So, in short, I’m feeling very bah-humbug these days, and nothing is getting done. I guess I’ll have to depend on good ol’ last-minute cramming – maybe my procrastination will cause the Christmas spirit to come out in full force just in the nick of time. Well, here’s hoping anyway.

For those of you enjoying the season and all of its carols, cookies, and crowds, there has been plenty of inspiration out there in blogland. I, however, will not have any creative projects or beautiful decorations to share anytime soon – unless I’m bitten by the bug in the very near future.

In other news:

  • J’s company party was an interesting affair. The food was good and it was nice to meet many of the people I’ve heard him talk about, but we were both fairly disappointed in the execution of the event. We all felt very rushed to get through the meal and “agenda” (as they kept calling it), but once it was over there was nothing left to do for those of us who didn’t feel like shaking our booties on the dance floor. So we left. We didn’t even get to take a tour of the stadium. People stood in line for half an hour without ever getting to go. Not very well planned.
  • My birthday on the other hand was a blast. We went bowling with friends, and though it was a simple party, we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves – perhaps a little too much, which we paid for the next day.
  • New Moon was great. I have to admit that I was a little disappointed in the movie – which is so often the case after reading the book. It felt like they tried to put too much of the book in the movie, which meant that none of it got the attention it deserved and everything felt kind of shallow (for lack of a better word). But it was still worth going, and I really did enjoy the whole experience.
  • I’ve been neglecting the blog and both shops lately, and for that I apologize. I’ve had the best intentions, but sometimes “real-life” gets in the way. I’ve been busy with other things and trying to prepare for an even busier year to come. I hope to give this part of my life more attention beginning in January. I have many, many ideas, and once other things are back in order, I should be able to set aside a little time to focus here. Well, here’s hoping!