Ahoy mates. It’s been awhile. We’ve been back from the Land of Enchantment for over a week. I soaked in as much strikingly blue sky as I could, filled my belly with green chile and Frontier sweet rolls and reconnected with people I love.
You can’t take a two-week road trip that includes a funeral without learning some lessons. Ideas cram my head, like road trip health, the mourning process, establishing routines and holiday cooking on unfamiliar turf. I learned how to make tamales and skin cream (not at the same time). I brought in my 43rd year surrounded by ocotillo and love.
But Christmas was impatiently pacing on my front porch when I returned. Shopping, planning, hanging holiday décor…. (Having an 8 yr. old gives me valid justification for going overboard on decorations.) I have a shitload of inventory to create for this event. In a nutshell, I’m a bit frantic. We all are.
The overriding mantra these days is PRIORITIZE. Death and major life transitions usually trigger shifts in larger-scale priorities. Having overwhelming To Do lists force you to rework the smaller details. What activities really need to get done to advance my career dreams, take care of my family and allow us to have a nice holiday? And in the big picture, which details matter?
These are the days of lists. Of course, my holiday wish list is complete, written on the long ride back from New Mexico. But now when I write my To Do lists, my To Cook, To Buy and To Make The World A Better Place lists, I prioritize them based on my reality. Do I have enough time? Enough money? Sanity? What is required and what is just me crazy-talkin’?
Are the White Chocolate-Mint Pots de Creme with Candy Cane Brittle from Bon Appetit a realistic menu choice?
Three is the magic number. When I wake up, I pick three major priorities to tackle. Keeping three projects in mind helps carve out a routine for the day. Anything else that gets done is icing on the cake. Of course, I’m distracted by plenty of shiny things (especially now, I seriously did go apeshit on the decorations) but DISTRACTION and PROCRASTINATION are different subjects for a different day.
Today, I prioritize. Blog, laundry, beading. Have a good week.