..... I stopped thinking about Christmas for half an hour, transported myself to next year and booked our holidays for Easter, May half term, October half term and a big 3 week whopper for summer :)
I also referred myself to physio for my back. It's getting to the point where I'm struggling to get out of bed and something needs to be done. Hopefully the appointment won't take too long to come through.
It was the last day of school for Thomas. Unusually there was no last minute fancy dress or Christmas jumper requests this year. In fact, it's all seemed a bit low key. Not that I'm complaining. I wonder if it feels like this because Thomas is getting older. He didn't want to take any cards or presents in for his teachers either - I think he was embarrassed at handing them over in front of everybody. Every child is given a book for their Christmas present and this year Thomas received White Fang. It looks just up his street.
I popped into Middleton for a couple of household bits and came back with 3 bags full of stuff that I decided I needed. My knuckles were touching the floor when I walked in. No wonder, there were 6 candles in there, 2 big dog bones and a bag of frozen chips as well as everything I'd bought. Thomas told Amy he hopes to get a sketch book for Christmas so while I was there I picked one up for him and filled a pencil case with a couple of bits. I've accepted he is an Xbox junkie but if he shows an interest in other things then I definitely like to encourage him.
I also had to buy more crackers because Christopher Elf has been up to his tricks again, the little rascal. Thomas was not at all happy about this even though Christopher had saved one for him and Amy.
I spent an hour prettying up Amy's presents with ribbon and bows. She loves fancy wrapping as much as the present itself and I absolutely get that as I like bows, ribbons and pretty bags myself.
I also found this in the wardrobe which I'd forgotten about. It's a music box and the train moves when you wind it up. Pity it wasn't out when Sienna was here I'm sure she'd have loved it.
I've been looking through my shopping list for next week, ticking off what I already have and adding bits I'd forgotten about. The turkey will be a last minute purchase as I fancy a 'proper bird' again this year but can't get it in the freezer so I'll have to buy it late enough so I can leave it on the side defrosting. It doesn't panic me doing this, if there were none to be had I'd just pick up a couple of chickens instead or even a joint of beef which would make Mark's Christmas!
For every job I've crossed off the list today I seem to have added another two. Lunch was a banana and a cup of tea on the go because I've been chasing my tail all day. I need to rectify this over the next few days and make a bit of time for myself, starting right now. I'm going to have a bath, put my PJ's on and eat this. All of it!
Hope you day has been a bit more chilled than mine.