I purchased my first Christmas gift yesterday for this season.
The tree isn't up, there's no holiday cheer, but by golly I've broken the barrier and gotten that far!
Speaking of trees, since we haven't gone to cut one down this year as has been The Tradition Forever Amen, we brought the one from Mom's over here to put up. You know, the pre-lighted, fake tree. The one that has no smell of the forest. The one that says "Merry Fake Christmas! And Oh! Your Mother's Dead!" all over it.
Yep, we're All About The Holiday Cheer here.
So today will mark Day One of the attempt to shovel out the house from six months of utter neglect. Not just the usual neglect, but utter, ugly, dust-covered, can't-see-the-computer-screen-for-all-the-junk-on-the-desk, carpet-stained, scary bathroom, clothes and trash on the floor, don't even talk about the laundry, crunchy linoleum black hole of a house it's become. It's so bad I am ashamed to even pay someone to come in and attempt to right it.
The best case scenario would involve a lighted match and some gasoline. Do cobwebs burn?
So this is how I will be spending my time before Christmas. Making sure there is actually a house underneath all the junk, organizing, cooking, cleaning, and buying and wrapping gifts.
Ho stinkin' ho ho ho.