|Day One of Country Santa.|
This month started with lots of karaoke. Mid-month has brought more Christmas caroling and puzzle making. Some friends of ours had their annual Christmas carol party this past Saturday, and it was a lot of fun as usual. She hires a piano player and has books with the music and lyrics and a fluctuating group of about 25 -30 people and kids join in to belt out some well known carols. Kinda like old fashioned karaoke, perhaps?
Then there has been the puzzle. My mother-in-law sent us a box of gifts, and a couple things to start out the season. One was this puzzle, called "Country Santa." Levi and I started the puzzle Thursday morning, and many hours have gone into it since then. I often have Christmas music playing the background, singing merrily along.
But puzzle making can be also addictive. Today, I didn't get dressed, I didn't brush my teeth, I didn't even look in the mirror and barely fed my kids lunch. My back hurts from being hunched over this puzzle all day. I am now showered and taking a break, but I am determined to finish this puzzle by tomorrow. I think I hit the tipping point this afternoon, and with any luck I might meet my goal.
I better, since I still have more Christmas preparing to do, you know for the real thing, not just a cardboard Santa that's been taking up the dining room table for a few days. He'll have to go before the Baumgart Family Christmas Eve Party, or there won't be room for the tamales at the table.
I do suggest trying a puzzle, especially if you haven't done one in a while. It is very satisfying. And when you're unemployed and not in school, it kinda gives you a feeling of accomplishing something at the end of the day.