Of course, the more I think about my restful "week"...the more I realize I don't have a week at all, and the time I have certainly won't be restful. Assuming that I don't do anything useful around the house today (which, um, I'm won't...I have to celebrate my vacation!), starting tomorrow I have to clean everything. I have to get the guest room ready for two sets of visitors. Pack for a trip to a few different climates. Get Christmas stuff ready. Finish writing out my Christmas cards. Stamp and mail them. Clean out the fridge. Blah blah blah.
All of this must be done by Wednesday, because our friends are coming to stay that night and then we're leaving the following morning, on Christmas Eve. Before we head to my SIL's house (and we have to be there at NOON on Christmas Eve, yikes...not exactly sure how we'll get out the door!), I have to quickly get the apartment ready for Guests #2, my parents. We'll be spending a couple of days with my in-laws and then heading straight to the airport from their house on Saturday. So when we leave Christmas Eve morning, we won't be back until around the 1st. Gah.
Until then...I will try to relax, calm down, clean and scrub my apartment and do a gazillion loads of laundry. I'm hoping to still have some time for fun in there...hopefully I can pull that off. Please note that I am very grateful for this time off, even if it ends up being as crazy as going to work!
What does your holiday season look like? Hectic or relaxing? A coworker of mine has 8 - yes, EIGHT - Christmas celebrations to go to this week. That seems a little out of control, no?