When I arrived and saw how BIG five rolls of batting was - ooops - I guess last time, I ordered four rolls not five. What was I thinking? Not to worry - those five rolls will be used - they are for customer quilts and a few of my own.
The first three went in no problem. Number four had to be shoved in and I was worried about five but I most certainly did NOT want to make a second trip. So push and shove and push and shove and VOILA - five rolls of batting in the back of the car and a few bolts of various other supplies.
|Five rolls of batting - a tight squeeze - but it all fit!!!!|
When I drive - I use ALL three of my mirrors. Let's just say that the rear view mirror was pretty useless oon the way home - all I could see was batting!! I thought - wouldn't it be bad if I were in an accident and the plastic on those rolls of batting split open and expanded. I'd be stuck in the car forever. But I would have been very safe - at least from a rear impact!
Since I was out and had to pass a couple of stores on my way home, I decided it was time to get started on Christmas shopping. GASP!!!! Yes - I hadn't bought a thing prior to yesterday. However - I pretty much knew what I wanted to buy and so I left the house at 9 AM and was back home in THREE hours with my shopping done and my batting picked up. And the drive to and from the batting place was 1/2 hour.
I had to be careful where I parked since it was almost impossible to see to back up so I had to find the right parking space that I could just drive through, not have to back up!
We only buy gifts for each other - there are three of us. No parents, no brothers, no sisters, no cousins, no aunts, uncles. Friends get gifts throughout the year. Each year I say that we are not going to spend or buy much at Christmas, but in previous years it always got out of hand. I'll blame it all on M and since this year with M not being here for the ramp up to Christmas - sticking to my word was going to be easy.
And I saw this amazing quote which helps to solidify my stance:
"There are two ways to get enough: One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less."
G. K. Chesterton
Now doesn't that make sense????? Plus I'm still reading the book - "Coming Clean" by Kimberly Rae Miller and while reading it - you just wonder - why does one need so much stuff? Speaking of which - I hope that everyone has that designated trouble spot picked out. I'm almost embarassed to show you mine, but in this period of COMING CLEAN - it is time. Not today - but next week some time.
The other problem with getting so much stuff is someone has to wrap it and well - it's just a pain. I have to say that it took a LONG time to decorate this year.
|My Christmas decorations - TWO pillows!!!!|
It's not that I'm not in the Christmas spirit, but it's just a lot of work and I do it all and I don't get anything in return. Oh bah humbug to me!!!!! Now if my family helped me and we did it together - I'd have the house decorated to the rafters. But I feel great - no pressure, no guilt!!!!!! Supposedly the family is shopping today for food for Christmas dinner. Hey - I'll go with whatever as long as someone else cooks it. I'd rather be sewing. Yes - it's a sickness - I know.
In those two hours of gift shopping - I managed to get stuff for everyone (and tried on a pair of pants). And if it wasn't going to fit in our Santa Sacks - then it didn't get bought!!!!!
|THE GIRLS Santa Sack|
|Gorgeous Christmas tree in the center of the mall (right in the Mall Ball!)|
|To the right of the tree|
|To the left of the tree|
|And looking up!!!!!|
There were three more places that I needed to go to get a few more items because one store I went to in the morning only had ONE of a certain item and I needed more. DH and I were going to a movie in the afternoon so we left a bit early so we could hit a different location of that store and a different location of another store. Then we were getting very close to the theatre and OH MY GOD - there's IKEA. I needed to check something out for work so we zipped in.
The parking lot was pretty empty, but you know how IKEA is a maze so we wandered through the maze to get to the living room section. I found out what I needed to know and then CRAP - the escalator to go down was right there!!!!! Oh well - I did snap a few pictures along the way. I'm a lunatic in a store with a camera!
Ah - but you are wondering how progress is being made on those quilts that have to be done for Christmas??? Well I managed to get all the binding done on the T-shirt quilt. In ONE DAY - miracles do happen. Here's a very blurry picture of my binding station. I had my light (which caused the blurr), my book on my iPod with my cool little speaker, my Tim's and a goodie. I was set.
|My binding station|
|Progress on quilt number three|
And then there are the other two. I'm going to get them done right after Christmas - there is a story about those two quilts and I'm not ready to share it this morning. I want them done for Christmas or as soon after as possible.
On that note - I'm going out to enjoy this incredible weather. I didn't even wear a jacket to the movie yesterday. Oh yes - we went to see Star Wars at the VIP Theatre. I'm getting used to seeing movies that way - I might it hard to go back to a regular seat!!!!!
Have an awesome awesome day - and don't go crazy trying to get everything done. RELAX