So here we are, the final few days before Christmas. Am I ready yet? Let's see..... I have most of my gifts wrapped. Most of my cards are mailed out, but there are a few that have not gone out yet. Again, I need to be little more organized with my list, but I am better. I still have to get a gift for my husband, maybe 2, one from me and one from the kids. And then, there is my little 18 year old sister. I have little to no idea what to get her. I need to get to the mall, but I'm not sure when. I am thinking I may try to go later after the kids go to bed either tonight or tomorrow night, depending on when or if my husband needs to go out.
I still need to cook, but I think I have a pretty clear plan for that. I think I am going to make the spiced nuts Thursday, the coffee cake Friday, as well as the Indian spiced beans Friday. We have to make lemon cookies for Christmas Eve also and I am not sure if my husband or I will be doing that. I am thinking that I will bake with the kids Tuesday and Wednesday and pass out some things to the neighbors (just something little). Then Saturday morning, I will make the egg casserole so that it will be fresh and hot that morning. Unfortunately, the only healthy food item I am making is the Indian spiced beans and rice, but after Christmas, I need to get on top of my healthy eating. I am still going to try to be good this wekk, but I am not going to drive myself crazy. The other thing, is that I need to clean the house for Christmas. We are having my family over for Christmas breakfast, and if I do things right, I will spend a little time each day cleaning, instead of waiting til the last minute to clean the whole entire house. May this way too, I will get myself on a good cleaning schedule that will work for the rest of the time, not just when we are having company.
I have gotten a couple of of good suggestionson time management. I now just need to figure out what is going to work for me. I have some ideas, but I just can't decide what is the best route to go. Google calendars seems like a good idea. I like the idea that I can sync to my husband's calendar if I choose. I like that I can use it on an ipod, even though I don't have one yet (but would love to get one soon). I do have to look more into it. I like having both the technology based organizer as well as the paper, so that would mean that I would probably print out what ever I put on the calendar in the computer. I just need to fine tune things.
One thing that I want to plan into my day, and I mentioned this to my husband, is time to be creative almost daily, even if it's only for a short time. My goal is to limit my television watching, or if there are shows that I just can't give up, to find something to do while I am watching them so that I don't just veg out in front of the television. He and I both enjoy making things, him in his woodshop and me all sorts of things. I also, like I said in a previous post, want to start making things to donate. I have enough supplies that I don't think I would even have to spend money. that way, I could enjoy making things, use up some of the spplies that I have on hand, and donate things to someone in need.
I have a lot of goals for the new year, but they are all things that need to happen. I'd like to say that they are New Year's resolutions, but I know that often, people end up not following through when they wait until New Year's to make changes. I am starting to work on these now, and hopefully, things will just start falling into place once I have a plan in place.
Have a great holiday and keep the organizing tips coming. Also, any tips on meal planning, grocery shopping, and saving money on food are totally welcome.