I had to take a sick day yesterday . . . a stomach bug laid me low for about 15 hours. I was up all night, and at 5:15 am I requested a sub. Then I had to pull together some sub plans. On the rare occasions I'm out sick, I usually have some warning. Usually I go in to school and realize by the end of the day that I might need plans so I have something ready to go and all I have to do is email the plans in. Not so yesterday. Not only did I have to pull some stuff together, I had to physically go into my classroom to pull out things the sub would need, and to clear off the mound of stuff on my desk! I have a terrific husband however. He offered to drive me in and help me. And boy, did he. He ran the copy machine and stapled a packet together while I wrote plans, and then he drove me home. I immediately went to sleep and except for some rapid trips to the bathroom, that's all I did all day. With all that being said, I lost a most of the day to oblivion, not an ideal way to try to get ahead of all the holiday tasks.
I did wake up today energized, and feeling really good. I've gotten a bunch of stuff crossed off my list, but of course still keep finding more things that should get done. I wrapped and mailed all my niece and nephew gifts, and then went with my husband on a shopping expedition to find stocking stuffers, and few last select gifts. I think we're done. Now it's time to tackle some holiday cleaning and the usual laundry. I hope also to get some holiday baking done. I just realized that Christmas Eve is next Saturday. We have invited some dear friends over for dinner so I need to decide on the menu. What's really got me a bit edgy about time, is that we have a full week of school . . . .no day before Christmas Eve off, to do the baking and last minute grocery shopping. All that will have to be done after work this week --- on top of all the regular weekly commitments. So, my ardent wish right now is to get the clock to stop ticking, or at least to tick much more slowly --- as long as I can continue working at a fairly quick clip!