Last year, we had about a dozen strings of lights outside & a Christmas tree in the living room & lots of holiday goodness all around. I think we were 1/2 way motivated because we hosted a Christmas party. This year, we are kind of behind. December does this to me. I can’t even tell you where this last week went. I was sick for 1/2 of it, so all of my energy went into making it through the day without crawling into bed. There were the 12 hour work days that seem to happen more often this month. There was the big Saturday class performance by my students yesterday, who were fabulous (let’s not talk about how I had to step in for one of the actors that didn’t show–playing a dog puppet…”woof”). There was Friday–when I lost an autistic kid at the end of theatre class…let’s just say I’m glad a new week is beginning. Today really feels like the first day off I’ve had in awhile, so I’m getting as much laundry done as I can & planning for my trip that happens this FRIDAY! I’m not sure where Christmas decor fits into all of this.
I am crazy excited about my holiday plans! Starting Friday, I spend a full weekend cycling through Central California wine country–amazing roads I’ve only read about. I’ve already mapped out routes and everything. , wondering why I’ve waited this long to do this. I’m meeting up with my parents on Monday in San Francisco & then with more family mid-week & back in L.A. on Christmas (or later if I’m still enjoying hotel living). I’m imagining I’ll discover cute one-of-a-kind holiday gifts at quaint shops along the California coast–that I’ll sip hot cocoa as I listen to carolers perform in the evening at the Apple Farm hotel I’m staying at. Even that I’m staying at a place with APPLE in the title is really all I need.
Then another week off after that–I want to watch movies, maybe snowboard, definitely work on my new business. I’ve just got to make it through the next 5 days–two more performances (including 2 amazingly choreographed holiday songs that will have the audience jumping out of their seats…hopefully in jubilation, not running for the door in horror). One swim workshop at UCLA, one bike rack I’ve gotta learn how to install on my car (my mustang is so excited not to have me shove my bike in the trunk anymore), 2 gym workouts. One work potluck (the closest we ever come to a true holiday party), one more meeting…let’s do this!