Yesterday we went to church and instead of reading while Jasper was in Sunday School, we had a couple of actual conversations. Because of the way the schedule worked out, we had our family dinner for lunch and Spencer and Jade came over. Sammy was already here because my husband had fetched him on Saturday evening while I was at the parade. We still don’t have our tree up.
I had to do some cooking in the afternoon as we had our small group gathering for supper, and it’s always a potluck. We were supposed to bring “party food” or appetizers, so I made deviled eggs (with bacon in them), keto sausage balls, and my first keto brownies. Everything turned out well.
Since it was our Christmas gathering, we had a gift exchange. This is the kind of social situation which is fraught with anxiety for me. I always worry that I will get the wrong kind of gift. I had no idea what was normal for this group (we did have a price limit). As it turned out, everything was fine. I came home with matching mugs. No one can claim I don’t use mugs! Walter also brought home a large Batman mug, after “stealing” it from someone else. It was one of the gifts we had brought!
Then we sang some real Christmas carols, accompanied by guitar. I teared up a little, I confess. I miss those traditional songs so much.
Much as I enjoyed our gathering, I was close to tears by the time we returned home because I had such an overwhelming amount of stuff to do and I have been running very short on sleep.
This morning when I woke up I had that sick shaky feeling inside that you get when you haven’t had enough sleep. But I took Sammy to school and put gas in the car and came back and went to work and drank my tea while preparing for class and making gluten-free chocolate cookies and helping Jasper edit his story.
We were still frantically trying to do all the things when the students arrived—half an hour earlier than usual, per my instructions. They had an hour to take their vocabulary test while I ran around setting up the food and beverages. After the test was out of the way, the kids loaded their plates with the snacks they had brought to share, got drinks, and then we sat around in the living room while they took turns reading their stories.
As always, there were some very entertaining tales. Some were funny, some were touching, and a couple were darker. I enjoyed them all. We even had a little time at the end to watch some of a movie based on the last book we read.
Then I had a little lull during which I had plenty of stuff to do before my tutoring student arrived. He also had to take the vocabulary test, during which I was able to do some knitting.
As soon as he left, I took off for the post office to mail some hot chocolate mix, and ended up waiting almost 20 minutes for the right person to come and unlock the stamps I wanted.
Then it was off to Aldi and Walmart to buy more hot chocolate supplies because I have received enough orders to warrant making another batch. I still have one more batch of chai mix to make too, and it’s all got to be done by Saturday (including the shipping), because I’m leaving town on Sunday. And I have a huge craft project which must be done by then also.
At least I don’t have to teach tomorrow. Maybe we’ll get the tree up! I spent some time this evening rearranging furniture to make room for it.