Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Tuesday: To-Do List
From now until approximately December 31st, life is going to be pretty well relegated to one big To-Do List. There are logistics to work out, beginning with Thanksgiving and culminating on New Years Eve. Who is going where? Who is coming? Where are they staying? How long are they staying? Thankfully, the Thanksgiving logistics are now worked out for the most part. Now we begin on Christmas.
Who's coming? Who's going? What's been ordered and what has yet to be purchased? More importantly, what has yet to be thought of? There are a few people on my list for whom I have no gift ideas whatsoever yet. Everything needs to be bought so it can be wrapped. Will the items that have been ordered arrive in time? Especially those that have to be shipped to their recipients?
The house needs to get decorated. Why, I don't know, since we're not even going to be here. But you do it anyway. When I drag out the tree ornaments and lights, I won't be able to stop myself from also getting out the garlands and wreaths and candles and all the other thousand and one Christmas doo-dads I've collected over the years.
There are calendars to consult for purposes of party invitations -- and regrets to be sent in some cases. And not always just because one can't be in two places at the same time. There are some events I just won't attend -- never have, never will. I don't know why they keep asking.
Since I'm spending Christmas out of town, I'm going to have to decide when to go and when to return. I have a lot of time off from work this year, but I don't want to spend it all in the same place. Familiarity does, after all, breed contempt.
Then, there are all the incidentals that one has to fit in somewhere, like get a manicure, get a pedicure, get a haircut, get the dog groomed, see what can be mixed and matched to wear, find those oddly shaped antique bowls that make snacks look prettier, etc., etc.
It's an exciting time of year, but an exhausting one.
TWISTED LINGUISTICS has some Words Gone Wild To Do today.
fighest - Oh, fiest, whyest is thyest highest?
prodictive - I'm almost afraid to speculate, but I think it might refer to increasing one's indictment quota.
freends - Really loose and easy acquaintances.
autors - People who do that creepy automatic writing stuff.
theif - That most ephemeral question in life, the big IF.
pund cake - A flexible, all-purpose dessert you can punt, pound, pummel, and throw in the pond.
apparantly - See-through apparel.
From that one and only (thank God!) "editor" person:
pledge of alligance
Pledge of Allegiancde