I'll bring the cheese Holidays are always a whirl wind, we usually travel, too and that adds to the hetic feel. This year I crashed my laptop while we were travelling and came home and my car had issues. With out my laptop and no car, I buckled down and got all the holiday stuff taken down and put away by Tuesday (a record for me)...by Wednesday I got all the suitcases unpacked and wash done. I got my car and laptop back on Wednesday night . With my car back, Thursday I did all the running around errands; Post office, returned a few holiday things, grocery store, hair cuts for the boys, mani/pedi for me, etc. As I went to bed last night, I thought, "Yeah, now I can get back to 'normal'! " When my hubby so rudely interruppted my thoughts of morning coffee and tPF, maybe a little shopping trip..."What are we doing for K's birthday?" Today is my middle son's 14th birthday...now don't think I forgot my son's birthday...but while travelling he found a fairly expensive skateboard he wanted for his birthday, he declined our offer for a party and a few presents from grandparents etc are awaiting him, so at least he has something to open. So, other than picking up a cake, I thought I was pretty well done...Good one Tink. After a little back and forth, I am off this morning to the party store for a few decorations, verizon for a new phone for him (which is bacically free, since his contact is up...and he needs, since the old one keeps dying)....but that's the 'set up' we decided to surprise him with a new guitar, so that needs to be bought, too. Yes, spoiled I know.... Anyway, sorry so long....the point is, there went my 'normal' morning...then comes the weekend with hockey for the boys and football playoffs...then I started thinking of all the other things coming up..work projects, personal projects I havel been putting off, travel for the superbowl, taxes, then DH's birthday..throw in the someone will get sick, something will break...yada, yada, yada...you get the idea... I know I am not the only one like this...I guess this is 'normal'...but I just long for some routine, but there is none is sight...and I don't even have to deal with the daily work grind...I applaud you all who surely deal with all I do, plus a regular job!