I have the next four days off of work. And no company--not even any family parties to attend because everyone else will be out of town. This may sound sad to some, but it sounds absolutely wonderful to me because I am in desperate need of down time. There is nothing that I have to do and nowhere that I have to be over the next four days--and that's the best gift Santa could bring.
My mother is still in the hospital, so that requires daily visits. Work has been particularly busy for December with lots of deadlines and two hearings this week. And the kids have had concerts and plays and Girl Scout events. There has hardly been a night where I've been home before 9:00 p.m. lately.
I'm planning to spend my four days of bliss curled up with a book and a cup of coffee (Santa brought us a Keurig a few days early!), watching Christmas movies, and playing the Wii with the kids. Today we might venture out to see Hugo (we've been dying to see this movie but simply haven't had time) and may even go ice skating.
And I'm copping out and going easy for Christmas dinner. I'm going to put together a baked ziti today that we can just pop in the oven on Christmas. And I'm making making Overnight Pecan Praline Baked French Toast for Christmas morning. (I made this at Thanksgiving and it is really yummy, but 6 eggs are plenty and be sure to cut your bread thick or it will be soggy.)
We'll head to Hometown next weekend to see our families. It will be fun, but not nearly as relaxing as my four days at home (did I mention how excited I am about this?)