Last week was tough, ya’ll, I won’t lie. A sick kid, a sick husband, a bounced check (I hate it when that happens!), an unexpected visit from Aunt Flo and more laundry than should be allowed in one household did not make for a happy Jill. That’s one reason I didn’t blog much last week – I just didn’t want to send those kinds of vibes out into the world. Better to keep my bitching to myself and not bring anyone else down at this jolly time of year.I’m feeling much better this week. I have almost all my shopping done, thanks to my very generous hubby who spent 6 hours going with me from store to store, helping me make decisions about every gift. I should let you all know that shopping is not fun for him. He would rather have a root canal as to spend hours upon hours shopping, but I think he knew I was on the edge and it would be better to just humor the crazy lady and get the shopping done. He was so patient and didn’t complain at all, and we had some good bonding time. It’s sad how easy it is for us to lose each other in the midst of work and kids and hobbies, but it’s comforting to know that we can find each other quickly again with just a few hours of “us time”.

I really am looking forward to Christmas now – Christmas Eve will be spent with the hubs’ family at our house, and then Christmas Day we are going to my sister’s house to be with her family, my mom and dad, my other sister and her 3 grown kids (and their husbands), and a partridge in a pear tree. My dad’s 70th birthday is also Christmas Day, so we will be celebrating that as well. It’s going to be a lot of fun and I am really looking forward to being with everyone.

Tuesday night begins the Great House Cleaning and Candy Baking for the festivities, and man, do I have a lot to do. The kiddos will help, but it’s still going to be a very busy 24 hours come Tuesday at 4pm. I’m excited to do the baking, not so much the cleaning though. I’m a terrible housekeeper, but I love a clean and tidy home, so I gotta do it!

One thing I am for sure going to have to make time to do is work out. I realize I need it for the stress relief as well as for the weight loss. I have to make it a priority. I have to. I WILL WORK OUT. I WILL WORK OUT. I WILL WORK OUT. There, I said it three times, in caps no less, so now I have to do it. Feel free to kick my tail if I don’t.

Does shivering burn calories? Because I am freezing today. When I left for work this morning, it was 11*. ELEVEN DEGREES, PEOPLE. That’s cccccold. And I am still freezing. Hot buttered rum would be great right about now.

Okay, well that’s all I’ve got for now. Hope you all have a great day!