What happened to the days when we would simply feel like grabbing coffee or a drink and actually go and do it? What about those spur of the moment shopping trips or visits over a friend’s house? Based on my morning, sadly, I’ve kissed those days good-bye.
I spent the last hour or so texting back and forth with a few friends to schedule some time to get together. As we are heading towards the busiest time of the year, there is so much to do and only a few weeks to do it. There are holiday shopping, baking, trips to Christmas villages, a day to see the big tree at Rockefeller Center, caroling and keeping up holiday traditions with friends. On top of that, throw the everyday schedule of work, blogging and “mom-ming” into the mix. Can a girl just get a day to sit by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate with a little Rumchata? Sure! With just a little bit of planning!
Now I’m not a “fly by the seat of my pants” type of person by any stretch of the imagination, but even these next few months are a little overwhelming for me to plan. I know what you’re thinking. She must be fun (insert eye roll here). All that “scheduled fun”. But a few texts and calendar entries help me make sure there’s nothing to miss. I understand that my planning mentality might be annoying to others, but at the end of the day, my little girl gets to enjoy some really memorable outings with her mom or with family or with her friends. She doesn’t see the bit of manic planning that goes into all of her holiday fun. All she gets to experience is the full spectrum of holiday activities. And all I get to see is the joy on her face while baking cookies with friends or the awe she sees when having breakfast with Santa at the Macy’s in Herald Square. And to me, that’s so worth all the planning.
I also block some “me” time. Whether it’s coffee with friends or shopping with my mom, I plan that too. I know that if I neglect to put those things in the hectic holiday calendar, I will just forget to do it. Forget to enjoy my favorite time of the year. I love the flavors, the traditions, the music, the spirit of the season and plan to drink it all up. I know that the carefree days of spontaneity are all but gone, but this is my new normal. The more people you are responsible for, the harder it is to just do as you please. So plan I must!
See, there is a method to my planning madness. There is a reason for my annoying texts in the beginning of November to get dates blocked through the rest of the year. Now the only thing left to do is enjoy the season and have fun! Well, as long as it’s in my calendar! Just kidding…….sort of.