Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas Chaos

Ok, who has it?  Because I've lost it and maybe you know where it's gone.

I'm talking about Christmas chaos. I thought it was a permanent part of my life but I can't find it anywhere!  It's not in the neatly stacked Christmas bins that are quietly waiting to be unpacked this weekend. It's not in the pile of gifts that have already been purchased with money just sitting in my gift account waiting for shopping season to arrive.  Nope, I looked. It's not hiding with the stack of handwritten cards that I just took to the post office. 

Hmmmmmphfff! I'm stumped. Well, if you see it tell it good-bye for me because I don't think I'm going to be seeing at again any time soon. 

This is the first year that I set aside an amount each month for Christmas (and birthday) gifts. I went out and paid $562 on Kazi's bed "just like that" (sound of fingers snapping!) No credit card, no withdrawing from long term savings, no skipping the debt repayment. It's a little unsettling and I'm sort of waiting for the other shoe to drop - something is going to go wrong, I just know it.

I've even booked our yurt for winter camping (Jan. 1st til the 3rd) and paid for it out of the same fund as it's for Michael's 55th birthday coming up in January. THAT should be an experience!

But the best thing of all is that, barring an appearance by that dreaded Murphy guy (is he Irish? anybody know?) I'll be able to paydown my line of credit and get it down below $30,000 by Dec. 31st!!  $29,900 to be exact! And then only 15 more months to go! 

Ok, I'm getting scared now, things are going WAY TOO WELL! 

I'm going to leave you with a little something I found while cleaning out a junk drawer in the kitchen (I was looking for a recipe, not really cleaning - I'm not THAT obsessed):

Awwwwwwwwwwww, now isn't that a great reason to clean out a junk drawer?? You just might find some treasure!

Tomorrow is hump day already! Hang in there and I hope you're all having a great week:)


  1. How cute! You never know what your going to find in those drawers. We pulled out all the Christmas stuff but truthfully we are getting rid of some of it because it's just to much!

    We had all these stuffed things that have accumulated over the years so out the door they went. Plus things we just don't feel like doing anymore

    We have always wanted to camp in a yurt. I want details afterwards

  2. I would clean out junk drawers more often if mine had cool stuff like that in them.

    I feel you on the chaos, or lack thereof. It's been so nice not stressing about money or decor or Christmas in general. Last year was our first chaos free Christmas and I don't ever want to go back. I am glad you are here with me. :)

  3. I'm so glad there is no Christmas chaos in your home! :)!

    LOVE the cartoon!!!

  4. I don't even know what a "Yurt" is, but winter camping?! Omg! It drops too low in the summer for me to sleep outside! lol!!! Love the sweet letter from Kazi... Maria tells me everyday "I'm the best mommy ever!" lol!

  5. Great, thanks, you know why there is no Christmas Chaos at your house? Because it is all at mine! I really think as a kind friend you should take your share! I always wanted to live in a yurt. Yeah me, and I hate camping.

  6. LOVE IT!!! I am doing fantastic aside from just being busy at school - once today is over with, it should be okay - I have that 'one' person just slowing me down big time on getting my holiday shop set up.... but I can only do what I can do, right???

    Hope the rest of the season is as stressless as the beginning is starting out! :)

  7. Despite attempts to be organized I feel more like your opening cartoon, just dying for a drink and some time off. Well done you putting money aside for gifts in advance! I've managed to do that once or twice in my life (but not this year!) and what a great feeling. You should be very proud. ahhh, that's what a yurt is.


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