Still here - Auntie Kate visit impending, so not only do I have to clean up this house so she cannot see the squalor in which we ordinarily dwell, but I also have to sort out my sewing drawer, fabric stash, yarn stash, etc., in preparation for our annual crafting binge.
Oh, yes, and plan some sort of food - that would be helpful.
So, yeah, busy. I just want to reassure you folks, as the holidays approach, that this should be a Christmas-prep-free zone until at least the 15th of December. So, if you are already becoming overwhelmed by seeing blog post titles such as "Starting My Christmas Shopping!" or (worse) "Finished My Christmas Shopping!" or "Complete Menus for the 12 Days of Christmas," rest assured you can come here and not risk suffering the panic attacks that normally accompany such frighteningly festive screeds.
Crazy to leave it all until the last minute? Stressful? Actually, no. I've run this experiment since 2009, and it has been a resounding success - thanks to Amazon's 2-day shipping, which saved me that year of the freak pre-Christmas blizzard. Save Christmas for Christmas, folks - that way you aren't sick of the whole darn thing by the time the 25th rolls around.
[Oh, except those 6 sets of handwarmers I plan to use as presents. Those have to be started earlier than 15 December. But they don't count, because, well, KNITTING. I'd be doing that anyway.]