Busy. Why is that the word that describes my life right now? So perfectly, so correctly. Even epic events and delightful parties are reduced to items on a checklist of doom. This checklist is so long that it stretches way up into the heavens, disappearing into the clouds with a glint of finality. Where does the time go? This week a feeling of hopelessness set in, at being perpetually buried under my to-do list without ever making any progress. And after hopelessness follows depression and irritability. Not in my perfect life, dangit. So we go to the drawing board, and we evaluate. This is a simple human survival skill that I think not enough people possess, and thank goodness I do.
I think it boils down to two major factors:
- It’s Christmastime. Last year around this time I was hyperventilating over the number of Christmas parties I had to go to, freaking out over my gift list, and just losing my mind in general. This year is no exception, and I need to remember that every time my mind starts to scramble around December 10th. There is too much going on. You need to stop, breathe, and just separate things into two piles: things you can say “no” to, and things you have to do. For the things you have to do that remain, you have to put your head down and plow through them like a good American princess. K thx bai.
- Boyfriend a-go-go. The boyfriend has proven to be an excellent helper, and together we plow through to-do lists and events way better than solo Tess. But no matter how much you love a person, you still need several hours of pure, unadulterated alone time per week. I’ve been neglecting this lately due to sheer love for this amazing person and inability to turn my gaze elsewhere, but total silence and solitude for a few hours (I’m accomplishing this right now, even as we speak) is therapeutic. It’s amazing how much I’ve grown to love being alone during the past several years, when I used to hate it so much. Aloneness is the voice of reason. It gives you back your sanity. I shall cherish it and give it its proper time now and forevermore, amen.
In short, things have been insane. I guess some of the major contributors have been work, Christmas shopping, and planning an amazing New Year’s Eve party. I have had to sanction this lovely Wednesday night just for the purpose of catching up on the normal things I would do during a given week, if it weren’t for all of this stuff that’s been going on.
Mostly though, it’s hard to complain when you’ve been busy having FUN times one million this whole time. I have posted many pictures depicting all this fun, of course.
- I finally uploaded some videos that have been hanging around on my camera of Megadeth, as well as new ones of Action Patrol. Check it out.
- Daron was in town last week, and as usual did not disappoint. I only got to see him a little bit, but of course I should have known there was a hidden bender in there somewhere. Life doesn’t get any better than talking about life over wine, dinner, and whiskey with your two favorite males in the universe.
- Last weekend was amazing. I blogged in way more detail about my fun doing Williamsburg holiday stuff, and Court End Christmas, over at the Midnight Society blog. History and Christmas, and history and Christmas. I am the luckiest history geek in the universe, living here in the sweet sweet capital city. On my tombstone I want the following inscription: “Wife of Thomas Jefferson. Secret lover of George Washington. Crushed on the Marquis de Lafayette for a hot sec, too.” For some reason, I’m into powdered wigs right now.
- Last night: Rad indoor bbq at Kelsey / Noel / Liana’s house. I love WELC. Afterwards, Silent Music Revival! I adore Jameson Price and his harebrained ideas.
- Today Dan and I walked over to the Library of Virginia to see the “Myth and Memory” exhibit, which I also blogged about over at the Midnight Society blog. Awesome.
I am seriously racing against time, here. Tonight is a microcosm of my life. After getting home a little after 5pm, I knew I only had a few hours to be productive before I would have to go to bed in order to be coherent at work tomorrow. This didn’t give me long to finish addressing some party invites, answering some emails, reading some feeds, editing photos, uploading photos, hurriedly eating some soup, blogging twice for Midnight Society, and finally blogging once here. I shall pray for serenity and continue with the ever-expected links.
- Led Zeppelin played in London, and you missed it. You miserable, non-European-traveling clodhopper! Don’t worry, I missed it too. Back to the ipod it is. But seriously, this has been on my wishlist forever.
- You can’t say I didn’t call it. SW / HP comparison chart, right here for your comparison pleasure.
- Decor8 had a piece about Rachel Ashwell, and I freaked out over those vintage prom dresses she’s making over. What a simple idea! I can’t believe I never thought of just chopping off the whole top.
- Speaking of Decor8, they’ve got a discount right now over at Dejarnette New Orleans jewelry. Gorgeous stuff.
- WHY did Threadbanger write this post about me?
- Vegetarian restaurants featured in Style Weekly. The usual suspects, with some surprises thrown in.
- Jaime also posted some photos from the weekend of doom a couple of weekends ago. Enjoy; there are some seriously cute ones in there. I think this one pretty much sums it all up.
- Holy amazing clothes, Batman.
- Miyamoto reigns supreme, once again.
- VERY excited about this: Flickr’s new online photo editor. Gets rid of red-eye quick as a snap. I am thankful, I am thankful.
- Please check out Chris Lacroix’ amazing pictures of the Action Patrol show. Good grief.
- P.S. DIY historical marker. Do it.
Aiight, that is all. Squeaking in at just before 9pm, I am reading to paint some fingernails and call it a night. Dear Wednesday, I love you. Love, me. Off to the delicious calm of having a diminished to-do list.