December 19th, 2011

Xmas Penguin

Holiday Hamster Wheel (With Bonus Parental Fail!)

I'm in the usual mad Xmas rush, shopping for presents, doing the holiday baking, and trying to get everything ready for Christmas. I spent painful hours trying to find things for my sister and Lauren. If only someone hadn't stolen that desktop fountain from me at the White Elephant office exchange! (Though I stole it from someone else, first) Lauren wanted one of those, and I can't seem to find a decent, affordable one now. :(

We've decided not to drive up to Oregon this year, for the first time ever, but this means that I need to package and ship presents. Never done this before, with the holiday cookies and such. I... think those Xmas packages are going to be late.

I'm also peeking through Pinch Hit notifications for Yuletide, in my ongoing Pay-It-Forward effort. The only year I did Yuletide for real, my prompts apparently wound up on that list. The "real" story someone wrote for me was okay, but the two Yuletide Madness stories were fantastic! I know better than to commit to doing a real story, but I try to bring some joy via the Madness. Last year, the recipient didn't much like the one "extra" I'd intended to write for weeks, but the two last-minute unplanned fics were very happily received, and that's the whole point. I'm saving my list of potentials, and seeing what happens...

I'm not getting a lot of stories out these days, other than the Real LJ Idol offerings. My current story is barely surviving in the voting, so if you like it, please help out!

And the parental fail (you must be wondering)... *sigh* Collapse )

But I can't linger on that too long, because I have things to wrap and package and mail, a needlepoint picture to finish for my sister, and actual office work to do.

Is everyone else mostly surviving? I haven't checked my f-list in almost a week, which is another huge area in which I'm failing. :(