Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Christmas and New Year Crunch Time

Picture of me taken by Paul at "Albert's Christmas Party" on Saturday.  I found a dry red!  

Back to work and all things were crazy.  Catching up from needs from Friday.  The need for 3 or even 4 people in my department is becoming apparent very quickly.  We have a PT person helping the Nashville plant interview.  So they need the help as well with that number of emps.  I really think an HR Rep is almost in order for there as it's the biggest plant and that would solve that big need.  I need another person as well.  My assistant is maxed out to the point I'm having to take some things back b/c it's all she can do to get the hires in and the terms in and keeping up with b/g checks and drug screens.  And we were maxed out before the acquisition.  It's nuts now.  I did not work on my regular job at all yesterday.  Many are waiting for things from me and will continue to wait. Take a number and have a seat and get your patience britches on.  You gonna need 'em!  lol

I am taking Friday off, or trying to, instead of the 26th so I can go get Mom.  She has agreed to come in and spend a few days I am so excited!  This makes it feel more like Christmas should.  So we are excited she will be among us and get to see Katy and Cody and get to experience a Christmas with us.  It's like a special gift to me!  But it will be a gift to her as well!  We are so happy she is coming.  

I may have to work part of the day though if I don't get enough done that I feel comfortable with this acquisition going on of the plant in Oregon.  We are contemplating what we need to do and how to do it and how to make it smooth.  

Anyway, I don't like to talk about work on here and I just did.  But it's usurping my world right now.  So not much else to write about, lol.  Anyway, I'm burning the candle at both ends.  I didn't get all the shopping done I needed to do on the 7th so I finished up with George's stocking stuffers last night and also another "run" I always do for him as the holiday nears.  He knows what it is but maybe not the particulars.  So I have some more wrapping to do now.  I will test his stocking but it's going to be pretty much over loaded.  So I had to make several stops and didn't get home til 8:30.  I didn't leave work until 6:15 though.  

Tonight I have another stop I need to make.  Then the rest of the week will be final wrapping and cleaning up and planning the stretch of Christmas and our meal.  

We were invited by George's Aunt for a dinner at her house this Thursday night.  With company coming and lack of time I have, it really puts a stress on to try to do this so I have politely declined being able to attend.  If the house comes together and Christmas comes together and I'm able to join George and his sister, I will.  I always love it when we go, but I'm just afraid that will send me over the edge not to have the time I need to prep.  So we'll see how it goes.  I have been listening to the boundary "The Joy Junkie" on how to get thru the holidays.  Saying "no" to be sane has to happen sometimes.  You know what you can handle.  Working FT and extra hours at that - trying to get things done so you are ready for just the basics, and I just am afraid I'll need that time.  So it's there if I need it.  And if it all comes together I can join.  I want to go but we'll see how crazy this darn week gets first.  For now Thurs eve is reserved for Christmas prep and house plumping.  I need a maid so I can party! lol

I think since we traveled a week, I got a week behind in getting ready for Christmas.  I truly could use another week.  Normally we have more things ready and can party the last half of December and try to enjoy it.  But last minute pop up invites the week before Christmas is hard to come by in my "every minute is planned" week.  I'm going to work to try to make it happen but no guarrantee.  I just do the best I can but I love his aunt and her dinner parties.  So I hope I can knock my socks off and go.  

George is trying to help.  We so counter each other's efforts though.  He is becoming displaced.  He uses the dining room table and also the guest bedroom bed to house all his "stuff" - books, magazines, bills, to do lists, projects he wants to work on, things he needs to fix.  So when we have company he has to clear those areas and he does.  

Here's where we counter - I had all the gifts in the guest bedroom bed and also on the folding camping table I bought for Isagenix parties and subsequent RV'ing to come (lol).  It made a great table for holding the gifts we needed to wrap.  But then we wrapped them and I made a mental note to fold the table up and stick under the bed or downstairs til needed again.  It's a great table!  Well, George put all his stuff on the table and was so proud.  lol I told him "that is all well and good for today but that table is going to be folded up and the bedroom will look like a bed room and not a storage unit".  He said he's running out of space.  We have talked about making a room into our "split offices".  We rarely have more than one guest here at a time.  But I don't know.  He just needs some major horizontal space and it grows and grows.  

Anyway, I'm off of here to get started on the day and head in early.  The coffee is good this morning and smooth.  It's the Isagenix coffee.  It has some tea leaves in it.  I like it.  Maybe not as deep and robust as some others, which I do like the earthy deep robust french roasty kind of coffee - Columbian, Antiquan Guatamalan is a favorite of ours.  

Anyway, we have overdone Christmas this year.  George said "we need to be frugal in January".  I said yeah - and I go to Phoenix."  He said "that's a work trip though".  I said "nope it's NYKO with Isagenix".  He said "oh I forgot about that".  My airline ticket is already paid for and it's the 8th through 11th of vac time.  I think we come back on Sunday though.  I'm very excited.   But I am afraid to allow myself to get excited in case I have to cancel b/c of work.  I think I can make it work though - but I may have to take my laptop and work part of the trip and compromise.  I'd rather not have to compromise but if that is the only way I can pull it off then I will b/c it's a serious and busy time at work.  So we'll see.  I'm trying to put the hours in now so I can do what needs to be done.  Seems these days you have to work the hours you are taking for vacation in the weeks before and after so it kinda doesn't work as far as actually getting time off, lol.  You are really working the hours anyway just on a different day.  But what can you do?  If you are a responsible person you do what it takes to get it done.  

So that said I need to quit blabbing and head for the races!  Ya'll have a great Tuesday.  I'm going for more coffee!


  1. Try not to get too frazzled...it will all come together as it should. With so much to do and to enjoy it is often hard to find the balance. For me, it's remembering the true reason for the season. When we focus on what is important, things do work out the way they are supposed to. I hope you do get some new help in your office. It's true when they add plants, they need to add people in the office to do the extra. Hope you have a terrific Tuesday!

  2. Glad your Mom and Francy decided to join you all. I know she will enjoy the time with everyone. I know it will be a good time for all. Katy and Cody have a packed few days while they are there. Would love to be able to join but unfortunately we have to work and it a long drive

  3. its good you'll be spending christmas with your mother. it'll be merry for sure.


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