Tuesday, December 22, 2009

How Many Sleeps?

This last week before the big day, always, always catches me out and every year I promise myself NEXT time I’m online shopping in October. Thing is, I still haven’t tackled the vile shopping centre and there is every possibility that my status as Giver of Dodgy (handmade) Presents Auntie, is soon to become Giver of Petrol Station Chocolates Distantly Related Lady. It’s not that I haven’t been doing stuff. I’ve been busy making piles...

Felty piles:



Postal piles:



Right in the nick of time for the inevitable postal strike.

Actually, that’s what this week is really all about: curve balls. There have been many of a sleep-depriving nature. I’ve been existing on white marshmallows at two in the morning and the Recommended Daily Gelatin Intake has been rocketed off the scales so when my head finally hits the pillow, I’m wide awake on a sugary high. Nice.

So, she’s not the only one who looks like this:



Although I’m not permanently sporting some Atrocity in Pink – worn in an 80s-tennis-player/sweatband style and something best photographed in a blur.

In the meanwhile I have my eyes firmly on the prize. Christmas will be wonderful and overwhelming and manic and noisy and I know by the time evening rolls around, it’ll be kids in bed and the Mr and me slumped in front of our annual DVD ritual. Not that either of us expect to make it through the first without nodding off (although the opposite happened the year we watched 28 Days Later – an appalling choice with all that Christmassy goodwill – and then had to sit into the wee hours, through an inane, straight-to-video flick, which did do the fending off of the nightmares trick).

Happy holidaying and Christmas everyone – whatever you’re doing may it be a glorious day, with much joy and colour and laughter and warmth (especially if you live in the snowy bits).

xx

25 comments:

Michelle said...

Merry Christmas Tania! Hope you get some sleep between now and then. Would hate lack of sleep to ruin your zombie movie-fest ;-)

m.e (Cathie) said...

enjoy Tania, all the best for the new year ♥

Sally said...

Hoping you have lots of fabulous festive fun :)

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

You're doing really well !
I'm now rather hoping that raisins and a smoked sausage found in the back of a cupboard will be a nice change for Christmas lunch .I have a feeling my preparations have bogged down .

Jo James said...

Merry Christmas, Tania Inc.!
May your piles turn magically into presents, and your zombies into puppies :)
And remember the Grinch, "with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,
stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before.
What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store.
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

M* (Melanie) said...

Merry Xmas Tania!

Mel said...

WE have a child who is fairly consistently referred to as "Bjorn Borg" for her head band wearing style.

The piles and parcels look mouth wateringly good. Oh and I am so the handmade Aunty this year but I keep remembering I signed the handmade pledge and I take that very seriously!

I hope the actual day is full of lots of fun, lots of food and lots of vertical time for you dear lady xxx

One Flew Over said...

You should ditch the masrhmellows for a warm cup of Horlicks, although I'm not sure you can get it here.

Always, always did the trick but I was kid free then and had less to worry about to keep me up at night ;)

Piles of felt look intriguing and beautiful...cannot wait to see what they turn into.

Merry Christmas Mrs! I hope you get some much needed R&R and I look forward to seeing you in 2010 x

Andi said...

Does it sound odd if I say "Love your piles"?
Well, I do.
Happy all that!!
Andi x

sophie said...

Merry Christmas Tania, I hope you have a peaceful and relaxing day!

(and yes 28 days later was a strange choice, but a top movie anyway!)

Little Ted Canvas said...

Yep, it's a busy, sleep deprived time of year...Merry Christmas!

leslie said...

merry christmas to you and your family! hope you guys have a great time, with plenty of catch up sleep : )

Fer said...

Merry Christmas Tania! We don't think you're dodgy. :)

katiecrackernuts said...

Oh, those 2am mornings sound insane, but I have to say the wrapped teatowels look fabulous. Well done. You've put such a lot of effort into them.

I do hope you get to sit through more than the first 20mins of that DVD. Enjoy your manic Christmas. ; )

Cathy (Tinniegirl) said...

Merry Christmas T. Look forward to talking to you in the new year. Cxxx

Gina said...

Mmmmm, felty piles! Sound far more comfortable than the other sort... looking suspiciously sandwichy there, I must say. Only slightly less delicious than the servo-chocs. Mmmm, you are the Queen of Last Minute.

Have a great Christmas T, and may you eat more than marshmallows.

x

FWOG. A blog. By Fi and Wendy. said...

T
'How many sleeps?'
Looking at that stack and the list for the vile shopping centre I'm guessing none for you Mrs...

Hope you all have the most fabulous one with lots of mischief.
W

elly bee said...

merry christmas you (and the family). hope you have a wonderful time with happy cookies around you.

the snow we had (and still have) forced us to live in the slow pace. cars, trains, trams and bikes: they all had to stop or drive very slow and carefully. it made me go walking instead of running and driving around. and brought me in the right holiday mood (slow slow slow).

see you soon, don't eat too much; sending you a big x'mas hug from the snowy part...
eb xx

Andrea said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS you beauty! And thanks so much for making me laugh all through the year...it's such great fun to have you around!! xoxo andrea

Christina Lowry said...

I am off to the bank today, I promise! I had every banking intention on Monday, however we needed to visit the post office first and then it started to pour rain. There was nowhere to park and the babe and I would have gotten drenched if we attempted a run for the bank. We waited it out in an op-shop - purely coincidence I swear - and by the time the rain had stopped it was 4 o'clock. Then I thought I would go yesterday but a friend came over to make gluten free biscuits and then she left and the babe and I had a nap and I woke up and it was 4 o'clock. I really wish these days would stop running away from me. Ok. SO I am dressed and ready for a trip to the bank and Spotlight, as a certain babe has hidden my crochet hook...
:)

Madeline said...

Merry Christmas!! The last minute crafting crunch has me stitching while I read. Next year I'm going to be more organized...okay, probably not.

Cute as Buttons said...

Hope you are well and truly into the DVD festivities. Thanks for all the giggles this year and we've loved the new M&E tradition. Even had time for a quick blog entry! Merry Christmas to you and all your kin! With love from The Buttons.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS !! ( And yes , I know you're now half way through and have opened all your presents , but better late than never ....and we still have one more sleep )
Sonata .

Sandrine said...

Joyeux Noël Tania!xx

Tas said...

Mmmmm, I'm guessing It's a Wonderful Life might have been a slightly better choice...or even The Santa Clause (OK maybe not)
Merry Christmas and I look forward to lurking around your blog again next year.