Saturday, December 10, 2011

6WS - Today, the calm before the storm

I had one of those blissful kinda days that are few and far between. The calm before the Christmas storm of social activity.

I had 12 hours of sleep last night (yeah I fell asleep on the lounge last night at 6.30) and I was up bright and early and full of energy at 6.30 this morning. I think all of us get a little bit worn out in the lead up to Christmas each year, so I got some much needed sleep last night.

My food shopping was done and packed away by 10am this morning and I toddled off to the hairdresser for several hours of pampering. A trim and a duo of streaks in caramel and honey (hair colour always sounds good enough to eat) then home to a silent house because all the men were out for the day.

Youngest mm was in the city clothes shopping with mates, middle mm slept at a friends house last night and then was at the beach and hubby was working with a mate who's a concreter. So I cleaned my house, did all the washing and then sat and repainted my toenails and read a book. Ordinary, normal things but things that I usually don't have time to do.

What all of this means is that tomorrow is all mine. No plans, no shopping, no cleaning - double bliss. Many things that I could be doing, especially given that I still haven't done any Christmas shopping whatsoever, but I finish up work a week before Christmas so ample time for that. Believe me the shops are sheer madness on a weekend so not where I want to be this weekend.

What about you, is your weekend crazy with the lead up to Christmas? Have you finished your Christmas shopping or are you like me and enjoying those blissful quiet moments that are few and far between.

Here's a really great story that I came across which I thought I'd share

"A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation. The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the wise woman. “I’ve been thinking,” he said, “I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone.”

Hope whatever you're doing, you're having a great weekend.

Cheers, Fi

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  1. No calm yet in our house. Sounds like your weekend IS blissful. I can dream. And I have still barely started shopping yet for Christmas. I have a few things. I figure I will take some of my lunch breaks in the next couple weeks to go. I am like you, no plan to go shopping on the weekends. I am not a big shopper anyways, I like to get in and get out. You should post some pics of your new hair do! Have a great rest of the relaxing weekend. You deserve it. And again thanks for your encouragement this week!

  2. let the holiday season begin. have a lovely saturday!!!

  3. Sounds like two good days! You enjoy them because they are so rare.

    I like the story.

  4. So glad you got a lot done the one day so you could enjoy today to plan to spend it how you want to spend it! However you do, I hope it is a great one! Enjoy!


  5. The tree was decorated last night -- and no, we did not chop it down ourselves :) -- and now, I must place all the others decorations becuase right now -- it looks like a hurricane went through the living/dining areas. And, as I have 12 for dinner tonight, I must get busy!


    Your day/weekend sounds lovely.

  6. How lovely to be so well organised! I am still cleaning house, little bit by little bit, and some of the presents are ready to post (others don't exist yet).

    Loved your wise woman story, particularly the ending. Of course the next line is that she smiled at him and said, 'You have it already; you've just demonstrated it.'

  7. I've been busy working with my parents at their shop, "tis the season". Also I really liked that story at the bottom. : )

  8. sounds calm and relaxing.... I am sitting here and it is Saturday night at 5:34 PM and I just read your post for Sunday and am responding to your Saturday post and am marveling at how small this world is!
    Thanks for stopping by today and catching up..... My daughter and her husband (stationed in Germany) were supposed to be coming home for two weeks - I found out yesterday the leave was revoked... to say the least this was not very well received news - I am hurting quite badly for my daughter :( - - embrace your boys as long as you can!

  9. Nice for you to enjoy such times. For me, it was my office party on Friday night... Ouf!! And a museum on Sunday with a friend. That was nice!! Xmas? Not much for me there. And my friends and I have grown out the need for gifts,so, no shopping. We prefer finding time to share together rather than trinkets that will eventually collect dust somewhere...

    Moments of sheer quietness are a rare commodity. That should be on anyone's wishlist...


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