Skipping Christmas

The youngest’s skipping club held its Christmas gathering last night. Oh, and I am also skipping Christmas, literally. So the heading on this blog post serves a dual purpose.

But more about that in a moment.

In the past, the club would hold a dinner at the local golf club, but there has been nothing normal about 2021. The skippers hung out in the church hall after training instead and we got pizza delivered. It was nice to have a quick chat with the other skipping mums and applaud the kids as they received their medals and trophies.

The Skipper of the Year gave a fabulous speech: “I was sitting there thinking ‘it’s going to be me, it’s going to be me’ and it was me.”

I was so busy yesterday that I didn’t really have capacity to go to the Christmas skipping event, but there are times that you have to put your family before work.

The sudden arrival of a full-time job in my life has meant juggling previous commitments with new ones.

I raced home after helping pick up all the squashed popcorn and potato chip crumbs from the hall floor to write 1500 words in three hours. It nearly killed me. Then I saw a message in my inbox requesting three 1000 word articles by next Friday, in addition to another 1500 word marathon next Thursday night.

I contemplated crying, but decided to write an email admitting defeat instead. I hate admitting defeat, but unless I ditch my already inadequate six hours sleep a night between now and next Friday, it’s simply not possible.

I haven’t even done any Christmas shopping yet! Deep breaths …

And that brings me to how excited I am to be skipping Christmas literally.

I am going to keep you in suspense for now because I don’t want to jinx it, but I’m scheduled to be on a plane with the two kids on Christmas Day.

And I am looking forward to doing absolutely nothing until New Year’s Eve.

I just have to survive 14 more days of hell before some heaven – hopefully – arrives. You can’t count on anything in these COVID-riddled times.

Argh! When am I going to find the time to Christmas shop?!?

Song of the day: Fiction Factory “Feels like heaven”

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