You know when people are actually ill, they usually shut up, keep their heads down, and generally don’t moan. Whereas, when someone just wants sympathy they’re constantly sniffing and coughing and sneezing and generally moping around? Well James’ brother is doing just that and it’s driving me up the bloody wall. He’s one of these people that always needs to be the centre of attention, and acts so hard done by all the time. Ugh.
I’m sad because my glasses haven’t arrived to try on 😦 I really thought they’d be here today because that’s what the lady told me when I called to amend the options, but sadly not.
I sent back a handbag yesterday, so hopefully I’ll be getting that refund through soon. I need to get James’ mum something for Christmas but god-knows what. She’s so difficult to buy for – always needs to have obviously spent money on it – and I was going to get her a lemon-yellow handbag because she kept saying how much she loved mine this summer. Only, the one that arrived wasn’t lemon-yellow, more buttercup, and she then told me she’d bought a handbag in Debenhams or something for herself for Christmas, so I just sent the damn thing back. She can have another Pandora charm or something. Boring, but she loves the thing (we got her it for last Christmas), so I’ll have a look and see what I can find.
(I know I sound really bitter, but it’s very depressing when you spend ages finding something for someone only for them to go and ruin it by getting themselves something very similar.)
True to expectations, I didn’t get anything done last night. So tonight I’ve dragged everything out so it’s all over the floor and I simply have to use it. I still don’t know when I’ll be doing the creams, but at least the presents will be wrapped and will have tags on them!
I bought James’ last (and main) present today. It was a splurge, and I’m going to have to apologise because I in no way stuck to the £50 limit we gave ourselves for each other…but he needs a new hoodie (hoody?), and the shop I went to is really lovely so if he doesn’t like the one that I (panic) bought, he can swap it for another one instead. I used to prize myself on my present-buying skills, but they’ve been really pants with him. I think £50 isn’t much really…next year I’ll ask to up it to £100!
I also ordered myself 4 more pairs of free frames to try on, because when I went to amend my order, they had already shipped it! So I should be able to try them on tomorrow! So exciting!
These are my two current favourite pairs!
Tonight’s activities will hopefully include:-
Cooking SW-friendly Hunters Chicken, because although I’m not hungry (Five Guys was AMAZING and massive and omg I don’t need dinner), I don’t think James should starve…
Giving the peppermint/orange/rose/maraschino creams a go. I’ve never made them on my own before, not since I was about 9, and never on the near-industrial scale (for about 25 people) that I need to do them for Christmas. So, dry run will be good…
Consider making honeycomb at some point this week. It’s going to be hellish, and chaotic…but if that’s what I’ve chosen to do for people for Christmas, I need to learn how to make it.
Burn this beautiful candle I was so kindly given by a lady at work (she’s leaving, and has had this for a year in her desk and knows I love candles so she’s given it to me).
Do my roots? I’m so not sure about this one ’cause I’d rather they be done for Christmas, and I haven’t bought any toner….so I think that’s this one off the list actually.
Wrap up the last few presents. I get really excited about present wrapping, and then get bored really quickly. Plus, most of the people I’m wrapping stuff up for don’t really get that into nice wrapping paper, or handmade tags..so I get a bit deflated.
Find tags before it all goes dramatically wrong. I have wrapped my mum’s presents in one type of paper, James’ in another type…however there’s a good three more people I need to wrap for, and putting anything else under the tree without a tag is just asking for trouble. I will dig the tags out of the box, and make sure to label everything up before I have to unwrap all the damn things because I forgot who they belong to/what they even are.
Related to 2&3 – work out how much of everything I need to make all this stuff. I have the flavourings, but I don’t know about the colouring, or how much icing sugar, or anything else really. Oh, and the ingredients for the 3 gluten-free tarts I’m making for the day after Boxing Day, or the pavlova I’m making FOR Christmas Day…or the cake…or the cookies…
Collapse having managed to only complete 1, because that seems to be what’s going on lately…