We were cooking with gas, Dean and I. A few weeks back, with the holidays fast approaching and the new year right on it's heels, we decided to do our very best to get the house renovation completed before 2009 was celebrated. The free time we'll have once making this shell into a home is finished is mind boggling, let me tell you. What will we do with ourselves? Visions of evenings of crafting, curling up to watch movies and actually decorating for holidays are dancing in my head.
So, things moved along upstairs. The drywall is up, plastered and mostly painted, some flooring is down, heaters are installed. Dean and I ordered a new mattress that will be ready for pick-up on December 20th. It looks like we'll actually be ready for furniture set-up on the top floor by then, and move ourselves out of the basement for good. I was managing to accomplish a few things in the house everyday.
Then, I started feeling really tired. While out shopping, I was trying out different mattresses. Laying on one at Sears with my feet dangling over the edge, looking up at the florescent lights on the ceiling and listening to an awful version of "All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth" piped in through the tinny speaker system, I almost felt like I wasn't there at all. Like I was reading a novel, but wasn't one of the characters. When I noticed I was getting increasingly short of breath, I headed to the doctor, and was diagnosed with pneumonia, with fever. Forget renovations, yesterday I was so tired from getting a shower I took a nap afterwards. No longer am I cooking with gas. Actually, I don't think I'm cooking at all, and PB&J sandwiches or take out is currently the order of the day.
Now, don't get me wrong. I'm certainly not the one doing all the major work on the house. It will continue to move forward thanks to Dean, and a few family and friends who have been more than helpful. Right now, I'm more the detail and touch-up girl. Still, now that I've been demoted to "nap and antibiotic girl", it's bound to affect the schedule.
Luckily, I have most of the Christmas presents not only bought, but wrapped. All but gifts for my mother-in-law, her husband Tony and Dean's great aunt, who are last on the list simply because I have no idea what to get them.
This year, I went for silver and light turquoise papers with red grosgrain and wired silver ribbons. Because we are not putting up a tree this year and we don't have much room to keep wrapped presents safely stored and dust free, I've already delivered my mom's family and my dad's family gifts to their respective houses.
I missed my own work Christmas party this weekend but did go to Dean's, which was last Friday. I was starting to feel pretty crappy even a few days before that, but was glad to get out and spend a little time with our friend Schroeder, who now works in western Canada but is a very good friend of ours since he and Dean worked together in New Orleans. He happened to be in town for the St. John's party this year. I'll have to post a few pictures of that evening in the next few days, when I have the energy to get the photos off the camera.
I'm also hoping that I have the energy to complete a few little holiday gifts I was going to craft (or bake) for co-workers. Does anyone have any suggestions for quick and easy food (preferably sweet) gifts? I was going to try to make some decorated cupcakes, but I don't think I can handle the decorating a cupcake will require.
I have continued doing cakes, though lately I have been putting that on hold also in favor house renovations. Two fall wedding ones have been among my favorites. One I don't have a photo for right now, but here's another, given as a gift from myself and my mom for mom's neighbor's daughter's wedding.
Here's a close-up of the leave and pumpkin detail, which I thought was quite cute. I have to do a cake for a December 20th party a co-worker of Dean's is hosting that we are invited to, as well as help my niece decorate cupcakes for her class on Monday night, so I'll be busy with the baking and decorating side of things.
I hope everyone's holiday preparations are going well! Now, if I can only figure out what to get my mother-in-law...