One of the benefits of being self-employed is that even though I am now working full-time hours, I can work them pretty much as I like so with a bit of squeezing and squishing I have managed to get one week day off every fortnight and today was it, so I was a woman on a mission with stuff to do.
Like complete NaNoWriMo. Did I? YES!!! 50,799 words in 28 days! I know some of you have been reading along and thank you so much for that. I apologise now for the rather suspect finale, but tomorrow I start the first day of the long editing process as 'Night Owls' is destined for a couple of first novel competitions next year. And probably being self-published. I had a quick glance back at what I wrote in the first week, and honestly, I can't remember writing half of it. I know there are probably several anomalies that will need tracking down and flushing out, and already I am thinking of changes I want to make, but as a quick 4 week write with no time for editing I think it is okay.
Next I had to complete my Christmas shopping. Did I do it? Almost. The permission we have given ourselves not to go crazy this year has been most liberating. No endless traipsing around endless shops being confused by too much choice and wracked with indecision. Bish, bash, bosh - all done. The two things I still need to buy will take me half an hour to get at the most and can be picked up at any time. Might even get them tomorrow when I nip into town for my embroidery morning.
One thing I did pick up today was a little toy for Elizabeth in the form of musical maracas. I most certainly did NOT make this purchase to annoy her parents in any way, shape or form. These musical maracas toot and whistle and honk and play 'La Cucaracha.' All at the slighest possible movement. Which meant that, given they were the first purchase of the morning, I spent the ensuing two hours marching around town to the tune of hoots, whistles and honks and 'La Cucaracha' pretty much on a loop. I got some very odd looks, I can tell you, especially when I reached the point when I was telling my shopping bag, quite loudly, to 'Shush!'
At lunch time I took my Mum to visit Santa's Grotto. It is the Grotto that my son Christopher builds every year at the garden centre where he works and it is the most amazing Santa's grotto EVER! It is like going for a walk in a magical winter woodland. It has won two national awards, raises lots of money for the Make A Wish Foundation and I am very proud that my son is such a creative genius. Mum enjoyed it very much. We also had a lovely lunch and looked at all the Christmas tat.
I dropped Mum home and then went to pick up Kayleigh for what is fast becoming our regular Friday night dinner date. Kayleigh made an apple crumble. She actually made all of it by herself. The only thing I did was chop up the apples and put the finished product in the oven. Kayleigh is also very keen to help me make up the fire in the woodburner. She did a bit of colouring then set the table for dinner. And insisted we put grapes on top of the apple crumble. I wasn't convinced by this culinary experiment but she seemed to enjoy it.
A most satisfying day. Hope yours was, too.