|An old High School game where we definitely needed to change our strategy: something not easily done these days!|
And so having survived what the jaded part of me thinks of as the "dress rehearsal" to Christmas, that is, Thanksgiving Day, I realized today just how much I'm still learning to adjust to living with the DD. Honestly, I DO love Thanksgiving. I just wish Christmas came a little later so that we'd have a bit more time to recover from one holiday to the next. But here are a few things I discovered or rediscovered, all having to do with the "changing gears" problem, in one way or another.
- Do the bath, hair, makeup and dressing BEFORE the day begins. In other words, don't backtrack if it can be avoided. Every year I tell myself I don't want to be sweaty for dinner and yet by the time dinner's almost ready and it's time for me to make myself "presentable," I don't have the energy to climb back up the stairs and go back into "clean myself up" mode. And might I add, that I've not cooked a turkey feast in at least ten years - this from someone who thought that making five desserts was slacking off and I actually did need to hose myself down! Honestly, what do I possibly have to get sweaty from these days - other than the huge effort of commanding hubby and kids in what needs to be done? (That last part was sort of a joke!) Yesterday I finally remembered (!) that exhaustion, forced myself to come down "prepared" - and it was great!
- Don't let family (or friends) talk you into going for a bit of a rest before dinner! Evidently, I was looking a bit peaked and against my better judgement, I was talked into going for a rest, with number #1 daughter doing the push-mom-up-the-stairs maneuver. (There IS only one daughter.) By the time I settled into bed, number #1 daughter reappeared to tell me it was time to eat. Ah! No more, dear daughter.... Huge mistake on my part, a rookie one at that. Shame on me!
- If eating at the table is a hardship, try to plan out your strategy ahead of time as much as possible - and try to stick to it. It's the "surprises" and sudden change of plans when I'm especially exhausted that contribute to the gear-shift problem. If sitting at the table and eating makes food taste like cardboard - thus becoming a waste of calories - just take tiny portions and "fake" the eating. Try to remember that you're really there just for the socializing. I have no idea what got into me yesterday (other than the obvious huge quantity of food) and for the first time in ages, I ate too much at the table. Well, when I crawled into bed, my stomach was full, but my taste buds were not at all satisfied and I had my "in bed" Thanksgiving dinner as well. I'm sticking to the old plan from now on!
- "Let's go into the other room for dessert." This may very well read as a contradiction but this whole mess we're in is a huge contraction. So, having said that.... Yesterday a new tradition was begun, though somehow I SUSPECT that this won't work QUITE as well if you have a large number of people getting together.
We only had family and so "the other room" this year was my bedroom. Usually we have dessert at the table, with me about to pass out, literally. But because the filter between my brain and mouth wasn't working well yesterday, I found myself saying, "why don't we eat dessert upstairs?" It worked out beautifully, especially as hubs was extremely tired from cooking since 7AM with no break. Yes, TV was awful, but we all had a great time lounging on the sofa and bed and having great, though exhausted, laughs - the perfect way to start burning up those awful calories!
I hope everyone's doing as well as can be, only better. Ciao and paka.