Sunday Matters: Prepping

Sunday Matters

Wow, what a week. We had a shooting threat (three) on campus which forced us to do business in a different way and created some extra work because finals had to be moved online. Finals week without students feels very strange.

Right Now:

I can’t do much more than just sit here. I am a lump and yet I have much to do which probably won’t get done today. But I found out the other day that I need to take more vacation than I planned because of a miscalculation of hours so I get two more days which makes my last day of work this Tuesday. I return to work on January 8th!

This Week:

This week will be spent wrapping what I have and planning our meals for Christmas day. Normally we make reservations but the food hasn’t been great and it’s just too expensive. Last year, the restaurant ran out of food. No joke!

On another note, we adopted a family for Christmas through Adopt-a-Family but even though we opened it up to a couple of groups, donations have been sparse so I will be taking the next few days to figure out what we need to get and then get it so we can deliver it on Saturday.

I also have to do some sorting. My closets are embarrassing. When others are in need and you simply have too much junk… it really makes you second-guess the commercialism of Christmas.


Well, I saw that I  had one review copy that I forgot to get to so I popped open The Incendiaries and kind of fell into it. It’s short and reminding me of a lot of other books but it’s strangely fascinating.


I told you last week I would catch-up on Christmas movies. I lied. Hopefully, this weekend we can catch a few because my list is long.

New Things I’ve Tried:

Eggnog from Trader Joe’s Photo: Baking Bites

This stuff is amazing. It’s the Eggnog Liqueur from Trader Joe’s.  It’s about $8 a bottle and deadly. You can add it to coffee, or you can drink it straight and it will definitely put some “Merry” into your Christmas.

Grateful for:

That eggnog. Nah, just kidding. Well, not really.

I am grateful for two extra days of vacation. I don’t like to just use up vacation if I don’t have anything planned but I can definitely use those two days with Christmas right around the corner.

My question to you, if you could add a new Christmas or holiday tradition to your routine, what would it be?  I would really like to attend one of the Holiday Boat Parades every year.  I miss those days on our friend’s yacht.

12 thoughts on “Sunday Matters: Prepping”

  1. Den is going crazy because he loves eggnog and we can’t get that one here…our Trader Joe’s doesn’t sell anything alcoholic!

    If I could add anything it would be the Christmas Eve that my grandmother used to host…I miss that one even though I was little when she did these. I just remember going from lap to lap as we sat around our dining room table!

    Yeah for all that time off!

  2. I know I shouldn’t be jealous of your two extra days of vacation, but I am. It is one more reason to look forward to the days when Holly is out of the house because I can then use my vacation days for actual vacation instead of dance competitions and travel.

  3. I know what you mean about the over commercialism of Christmas. I’m at the point where I don’t buy junk just to be buying something – I’d rather make a donation in honor of someone than give them something that will end up in a thrift store.

    Enjoy your vacation days!

  4. I am quite jealous of your extra vacation time! I just have to make it through this week of school and then I am off until January 3.

    Unfortunately I feel like I missed the boat on this one….I wish I would have started this when my kids were young – giving them four gifts: something to wear to something to read, something to play with, something I need. Instead, my kids get a random number of gifts and by limiting it to four I think I could save a lot of money on gifts…they don’t need anything and sometimes can’t even come up with what to ask for.

    1. No kidding. That four gift rule is the best and really, it’s plenty. Sometimes I will put clothes away and find clothes with tags that were never worn even though they were requested at the time. Now that mine are older I am taking it back down to a reasonable quantity. We adopted a family this year through social services so we’ve been focusing on them which puts it all in perspective. We ask for $200 boots and this family asks for food.

  5. I mansged this year to miss both the Holiday Parade and the Parade of Lights (boats) so I hope in future years to put both of those back on my schedule. I’d also like to do the Iceland Christmas Eve book tradition. Yay for two days of extra vacation, especially since they are before Christmas!

  6. My week will be like yours – wrapping, meal planning, and then shopping for the food. So much to do, but I’d rather just sir on the couch and read! Gad you get a nice long break after the holidays!

  7. That Eggnog looks killer good, thanks for the tip on it. We fly to the O.C. next Sunday and are looking so forward to our week there. I hope you have a great vacation with the two more days, terrific! Was there really a shooting? How awful. Can’t wait to hear what you think of The Incendiaries …. I was supposed to get to it!

    1. No. There was no shooting but the Borderline shooting happened not long before that and our students were affected by that incident so it just hit too close to home. These threats didn’t ring as credible to me but at the end of the week my body was feeling it. I had to monitor social media for my work and seeing all the terrified comments from parents and students took its toll on me and I didn’t even realize at the time it was affecting me.

      When you get to the OC you must stop by Trader Joe’s to get that Nog. It’s in the liqueur section and makes a nice gift if you can stand to part with it. LOL.

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