Personal Shopper or Santa’s Elf?

I remember as a child thinking that a whole year, seemed like a lifetime of way too many tomorrows. Nowadays, the year seems to whizz by in a flash. Now my sons moan and groan that next week, next month or next year, will never get here fast enough. This year, I feel the exact opposite.

It seems like just yesterday I was running from one store to another searching for the perfect gift, at the last-minute, (don’t judge), and wrapping them in a marathon session while watching Scrooge, any drinking spiked eggnog. I am a procrastinator, and when it comes to Christmas, I don’t really get into a groove until the 25th or the 26th and by then everyone else is Christmas carolled out.

Maybe it’s the flailing panicked dash from store to store getting the “right” gifts, or the canned Christmas Muzak blasting through tin speakers with intermittent sale advertisements peppered with false cheer. Perhaps it’s the commercialism, the artful dance of dazed out consumer and ravenous proprietors that makes me oily and used. I’ve gotten to the point where I am just pushing through the holiday frenzy with barely time to enjoy the Holiday Spirit. Although I may indulge in a few spirits to get me through the throngs of  holiday shoppers who couldn’t be bothered to carve out their shopping time, parsing it out in drips and drabs over the past year, instead of rushing last-minute into the stores waving lists overhead, shouting and sweating in their  numerous Christmas layers. I know I already said I am one of these people, I thought it deserved another mention.

Although I haven’t reached “Humbug” status, the pressure is on to make this Christmas even better than last year. Frankly, I may be creating the problem myself; trying to top those spectacular “WoW” Christmas days when the boys were small and we got to play with the toys on Christmas day. Now it’s gift cards, video games, ipods, kindles, and worse yet, the dreaded, “just money,” requests. No more trucks, or puzzles or remote-controlled helicopters, (that we as parents had to play first, strictly for safety purposes),  But we were included and involved in the Reindeer games, tracking Santa, and making Santa cookies. Instead I have been reduced to becoming my children’s Personal Shopper. Is that why I am so grumpy? 

So, in an attempt to bring Holiday cheer to myself and everyone around me, even if it kills me, and should you also need Holiday cheer, I will post a photo designed to remind me that “Christmas Time is Here” and it’s not just about the gifts!!

And don’t forget, the end of  2013 is looming and the ushering of the 2014th year, is right around the corner. Then we will be bombarded with the 2013th end of the year highlight lists, but I’m getting ahead of myself. I remember when I thought 1999 seemed impossibly far off. 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All!!

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Thankful Tides…

Gratitude bestows reverence,

allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies,

those transcendent moments of awe that change

forever how we experience life and the world.

John Milton

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discovery…

All my life I had been looking for something, and everywhere I turned someone tried to tell me what it was. I accepted their answers too, though they were often in contradiction and even self-contradictory.   I was naive.

   I was looking for myself and asking everyone except myself questions which I, and only I, could answer. It took me a long time and much painful boomeranging of my expectations to achieve a realization everyone else appears to have been born with:  that I am nobody but myself.”

Ralph Ellison

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a familiar place…

Venice in the spring...

We visited three different cities in Italy in ten days and they were all magical and unendingly beautiful but my favorite place by far, was Venice. Something about living on the water and making your life in and around the water, literally on top of the water, it appealed to me in every way.

Rome and Florence have their own magic but somehow I felt I knew Venice and was at home there. I felt a great sense of joy there.

So more photos of my new favorite place, Venice.

the center of Venice
the center of Venice

 

An Italian Adventure..

Hello Friends,

Today I am off to fulfill one of my Bucket List dreams to go to Italy. Yes, although there are ten inches of snow on the ground here at home, I am bound for adventure and the joy of knowing that if you dream Big, wonderful things can happen.

Going to Italy has been on my bucket list for a long time and thankfully it has been on my friend Beth’s mind too. It was last year, exactly, that we spent mulling around the  glimmer of an idea to go to Italy. We laughed over coffee, dreaming that some day we would be sitting at a cafe’ and sipping cappuccino and watching the Italian life pass on by, soaking up everything glorious about stepping out of your comfort zone and experiencing a culture and country outside of our own..

So I will take tons of pictures and I can’t wait to share them with all of you. And the person you see grinning in each photo, yup, that will be me, glowing because when you wish upon a star…..Ciao!!

PS. Happy Spring!

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