Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Wordless With Santa

Have you made a visit to the North Pole yet? Share your Santa pictures!




Mama’s Losin’ It


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Okay This Can Be Over Now

I am over the whole Christmas thing. I bought my gifts online. My postman gives me the little you-have-a-package-to-pick-up slips every Saturday. Then I have to wait a whole week to pick them up. How inconvenient. Especially when I am home when he tries to drop it off. Although that is not his fault - my doorbell doesn't work.

Just found out that my daycare will be closed the 26th as well as the 24th and 25th. I don't know what to do about work. I think I'll just have to stay home, but they are not going to like that. What is a girl to do, though?

Ryder started karate classes Saturday and he will be going every Saturday til the end of time. (Which is actually Friday, I hear?) He really likes it and I think it will be really good for him.

What else? Oh, yeah, wrapping, dry cleaning, baking for party, buying stocking stuffers, work, a lot of driving, school stuff. I've got a lot going on, some of it better than others. It is not easy, but I am going to try to go slow and not stress out too too much.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Reusing Stamps

This is a surprisingly controversial topic. Reusing stamps. Apparently people can be very passionate about the US Postal Service. Who knew?

I letterbox. What it is in a nutshell is a treasure hunt. The treasure is a box with a hand-carved stamp in it. You stamp it in your logbook and you stamp your personal stamp in it's logbook. The clues are up at Atlas Quest and Letterboxing North America. It is all good fun.

Anyways, on AQ, you can trade letterboxing trading cards (LTCs). Basically a baseball card, but with a hand-carved stamp instead of a baseball player. Then you trade them with other people.

Well, sometimes, when you mail your LTCs in a padded envelope, the post office doesn't cancel the stamps. Then you reuse the envelope. I then reuse the stamps, but apparently there are a lot of people who do not. They say it is stealing from the post office and ultimately we end up paying more for postage. All that is fine (and probably true) but I still reuse the stamps.

Here is the thing, I think the USPS dropped the ball here and it would be a shame to throw away perfectly good stamps. Someone mentioned that you would never steal a $2.00 jug of milk from a grocery store. To that I say, firstly, if I had to for my family, I would (I guess that is the Breaking Bad excuse.) But secondly, I would not steal it, but if I went through the check out and they did not ring it up, I would not go back to the store to pay for it. That, I suppose, is the same thing as stealing, but I wouldn't go back to pay for it.

Another argument against reusing is perhaps the USPS has invisible ink that only its computers can see. To this I say "Bollocks." There is no way the USPS would have that kind of technology, plus it would be useless. Why not just use the visible ink?

So, I was wondering where you stand on this issue, if you made it this far through the post. Would you reuse stamps?


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Holidays Suck

The holidays have been killing me. I have finished my Christmas shopping except for a few stocking stuffers, now I am just waiting for them to be delivered to me. Yes, I did all of my shopping online this year. I cannot do stores in December. It is just too much for me. Too many people.

But online is great! I can easily find the lowest price instead of having to look all over town.

I was really stressed out about it though. I wanted to make sure I ordered everything so that they would get to me by Christmas. As it is, there is one gift that I am not 100% sure will get here on time. (Damn you Groupon and your excellent deals!) And there is one gift that I needed by the 15th, which thankfully showed up already.

So shopping is the worst of it, but there was the tree too. My son kept asking me when we could put it up. We finally did this past Sunday. OH! and cards! I haven't mailed out our cards yet! I have bought the stamps though, so that is something.

Anxiety is at an all time high in December. I need to remember to use my happy lights. Hopefully it can help keep away the anxiety and S.A.D. (seasonal affective disorder).

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Sometimes I Feel Like A Terrible Mom

All in all we had a great weekend. Really we did.

We played some games, went to the Rainforest Cafe, made some recycled crayons, played some mario party 6. We had a great time.

Sunday night. 6:00 PM. I am done. I am so mentally exhausted that I just feel like tearing out my brain. Physically I am fine. I got more than enough sleep, but mentally I feel like I was hit by a train. But somehow I have to keep going.

He was a good boy all weekend, considering he is five. So it wasn't perfect, but who could expect that. He was good. Still bedtime could not get here soon enough.

I love him so much. But sometimes bedtime is my favorite time. And these are the times that I feel like a terrible mom. When all I can think about is "When will he ever let me alone."

I know this is normal but it doesn't assuage the guilt.