I've got a few things taking up space in my brain this morning so I thought I'd dump them out here. Lucky you. But that's what #Babble is all about!
I saw quite a few Facebook status updates and tweets yesterday trumpeting the fact that people are done - DONE! - with their Christmas shopping.
I haven't even started yet.
And Christmas cards? Apparently quite a few people already have theirs in the mail. Showoffs.
I haven't even taken one picture of the kids posing in front of the tree in pretty clothes yet, which means of course, that I haven't ordered any cards yet.
Oh, and remember when my computer crashed a couple of months ago? Well, my address list was conveniently stored in an Excel spreadsheet so I could easily print out labels. That's gone.
And did I mention that we leave for Massachusetts on December 19th? That's 17 days from now. If anybody is going to get any presents or Christmas cards from the Cotell family, they will all have to be ordered and shipped prior to the 19th. Somebody better get busy!
And speaking of getting busy - someone has been busy eating.
Right before we left for our trip to Washington, D.C., I had lost 12 of the 23 pounds that I wanted to lose.
I knew I was going to go off the diet on our trip because there was birthday cake, milkshake from Ted's and lots of opportunities to eat out. And I knew I wasn't going to miss any of that.
When we got back from our long weekend, I stepped on the scales and had gained about 4 pounds back. This was expected, because when I say I went off the diet, I went waaaaaaaaay off! But I will say, I enjoyed every morsel!
I had two weeks between the trip and Thanksgiving and I lost 2 of those 4 pounds but I wasn't too concerned because I knew that on Thanksgiving, I was going to eat whatever I wanted. And I did. And it was good! And I don't regret that decision one bit.
And now Christmas is looming. I am going to follow the Atkins plan until we leave on the 19th and be off the diet until January 5th. I am hoping to eat in moderation (ha!) during our vacation and not gain too much back and then start in earnest again in January. We'll see how the eating in moderation goes.
I have a PTO meeting in the morning where we will be making our initial plans for Catholic Schools Week in January and I don't want to show up empty-handed and idea-less so I better quit all this babbling and get to work. And to shopping. And to Christmas carding.