So thankful that Christmas is just around the corner. This semester has just been so incredibly stressful for both Joel and me that Thanksgiving Weekend just wasn't quite enough. I dreaded coming home to a messy house (and thank goodness for Joel listening to my dread and cleaning everything possible while I was gone at choir rehearsal last night...he's a keeper for sure) and an even messier schedule.
I have so much going on in the next two weeks that it makes me a little insane just thinking about it all. I joined a choir in town this semester because I needed to do something like that just for me. Generally the commitment is just a couple hours on Wednesday nights and I can totally handle it and I am so happy and light when I come home. Singing just does that for me. But, we have two concerts in the next couple weeks, several extra rehearsals in order to prepare and on top of that I have a really huge solo that I've hardly had time to practice. Then, I have scheduled a recital for my students on December 11. I'm thinking I was temporarily certifiable when I thought that would be a good idea. I should have just waited until January. There are still all the regular lessons and rehearsals and chores to do, too. Thankfully there are only 2 more lessons at SUU before finals, and if they pariticpate in the above mentioned recital I will count that for the final. So I may not have to do any finals.
Then there are all of Joel's concerts, and I think the girls have a violin thing for Christmas, even though their big concert was at the beginning of this month. And then there's the getting ready for Christmas. That's causing me stress this year, when it should be making me happy and excited. I haven't decorated a thing, and shopping is only half done. I like to be much better prepared than this, and looking at my schedule and trying to find time for it all is overwhelming.
So I'm kind of stressed And I just plain have a bad attitude about living here in Cedar City and all of the stretching we're having to do just to make ends meet. A good two week Christmas break should do absolute wonders for my soul.