It's been a very busy time lately, here at chez Jazzy.
It's been quite the foray of Christmas present buying, bare minimum housework (need-to-see-basis only), mind boggling studying for 'our' first Christmas tests and ferrying the boy to and from school for said tests. At an unearthly hour of the morning, I might add!
I don't have time to clear my throat these days! I'm in bed early most evenings and I haven't switched my laptop on in a week. A whole week, people! Totally unheard of, for me.
However, it is good to get all the preparations done early - a girl has to clear her schedule to allow for some party nights out after all!
I do get some help with some of this work though. You see, I don't have to worry about forgetting who the hastily wrapped and untagged presents under the tree are for. I have Pretty Cat for that. She very kindly tears open the corners, for identification purposes only, of course. Hmmmm...
In the melee of Christmas preparations, which for the first Santa-less year does not include a trip to a toy store, time has obviously been found to visit the patient, who is doing relatively okay. Thank God. Fingers crossed though, as the emotional roller coaster continues it's bone shaking - on the day I bought the patient's Christmas present I also bought a black dress. I promptly gave the patient her present because, well, she needed it now and, well, you know....
I also put the tree and all the Christmas decorations up early - because, well, you know....
It's a kind of reverse psychology, I guess. And depending on the occasion, I either have myself an SATC Miranda style 'shitty black dress that I'll never wear again' or I have a rather classy and demur one. So far it's the latter. That damn, emotional roller coaster really can shake you up.
So, these are some of the reasons you've seen less of Jazzy in this hallowed blogosphere. The other reason is that there's slightly less of me to see! Yay!! Yes, I started a new focused regime back in September and its starting to pay dividends. It's been up and down over that time, mostly down thankfully . Through the efforts of my Curves gym and Weight Watchers I have lost 11 pounds (only 3 more to go) and a grand total of 8 inches! I am rather pleased with myself, as you can imagine. Not that anyone but myself has noticed, but I kind of like that.
Why did it work for me? Because I love to exercise and to be successful I need to track and be tracked. I also need to live my life.... and there must be wine! I cannot adhere to regimes that ban certain foodstuffs entirely. This way I can enjoy what I like, just not as much of it. And that's a good thing as it brings other health benefits too, which is a good idea when you're a lady of a certain age!
No doubt a bit of stress in ones life helps the cause, though sometimes it can also hinder.
But as it's now Christmas I am literally off-track. Which was pretty obvious from my enjoyment of last Saturday's party night out. As it was from my late night tweet. 'Oops' - or perhaps more appropriately : hic'!! At least I thought to share the fact that the guys wore their Santa thongs ( that I flicked) on the outside of their trousers!! I think I also threatened to give them wedgies too but, it being Christmas, I didn't follow through! I'm so kind and thoughtful really!
So now I'm feeling rather Christmassy, with fingers fiercely crossed for the patient's well being, as we enjoy a few nights out, with the big day fast approaching.
But before that big day happens there is another one due, of equal (if not more) importance.
The day that my fabulous Pre-Teen becomes a fully fledged Teen Boy. I am so, incredibly proud of him!
Two days to go.
We're very excited.
But now I must depart, there are a few drinks in my local pub with my name on them, and the winning Grand Prize ticket too - I hope!