The end is in sight & so is Christmas

Did you know that we’ve passed the 100-day mark until it’s Christmas? Can you believe it?! And instead of things slowing down as we approach the last stretch to the end of the year, things are galloping ahead at full tilt, with no sign of slowing down!

I mean, this is how October and November look for me:

It’s KB’s birthday in the middle of next week, then it’s a weekend of studies and birthday celebrations with friends, then it’s my mom’s birthday in the following week, then I have 2 weeks before I write 2 exams back-to-back. Then it’s the end of October and I have a weekend away planned with KB (part of his birthday gift). Then it’s November, my dad’s birthday and then it’s my birthday before I write my last exam for the year… That takes us to December. I feel like I’m in a time warp!

The best thing to do is to hang on tight and grit my teeth as I stumble over the last few hurdles before I take a (well-deserved) break. I still had great intentions of taking leave in September to rest and relax before my finals. Well, September has come and pretty much gone without that happening. So I am determined to take some time off at the end of the year.

Want to know what my #1 goal for the end of the year is? To put up a Christmas tree! I am not into the religious side of Christmas, however, as Andy Williams sings, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” I do love the festive season in general – I’ll admit, I am eagerly anticipating spending Christmas eve with ol’ blue eyes crooning in the background as I sip a glass of wine and watch the lights twinkle on my Christmas tree. I love the excitement that comes of giving gifts to those I care about. My favourite thing is to actually make the gifts I give! Is now a good time to mention I don’t actually own a tree or twinkling lights? Or a Frank Sinatra CD for that matter… Off to a cracker of a start then, hey? I’ll just have to put them on my “lust-have list.” Gah! Isn’t that the most awful term? I’ve slowly started seeing more and more lists of wantful (is that even a word?) things. I’m willing to bet good money that the appearance of these types of lists is only going to become more popular as Christmas approaches.

I’ve never compiled a “list of things I want.” I don’t recall doing it as a child either, though I do love making lists (I am a master list-maker!) I am also not really one of those people who enjoy window shopping. Perhaps once in a blue moon, but certainly not as a weekly or monthly activity. I don’t really see the point? Why do I want to go and look at things I can’t buy? Yes, I agree it’s nice to go and look at things – but then I want the option to actually buy something too. Even if it’s something small. Don’t make me go and trawl a shopping mall without being able to actually buy something. I never go to a country market without buying something, even if it’s just a snack or craft beer. So why would I go to a mall and do it? Perhaps its relaxing for some people to window shop – it just makes me antsy. Seems kind of odd to me to look at stuff you basically can’t afford and then to go and make a list of it?

On the up side, keeping a list of awesome stuff I come across could be quite useful! I do often see things that I would love to buy when I have some spare change or see things that I know someone in my life would LOVE, but I can never remember what I saw or where I saw it. So, maybe making a list isn’t such a bad idea? I won’t lie, if I’m going to start compiling a list of stuff I like/want, it’s going to be a pretty long list.

Do you keep lists of cool things you’ve seen or want? I don’t know if I’m just going to use it as an excuse to make a list or if I’ll actually use it? I’ll have to give it some more thought!

Header image by Annie Spratt. Source.



  1. Yoh it is hectic how this year has flown. Yesterday I had the shock of my life (very embarrassing) our business phone message still has our Christmas message and even more shocking and unprofessional is that I think it was put on in December 2014, because we didn’t close as such last year.
    It still feels like March for me, this has been such bad year for me. Workwise I am still in Feb 2015 and have even less interest i moving on from there.
    I don’t like shopping full stop, so window shopping even less. I do tend to Google shop tho, very pointless I know, adding goods to a mind list that I will probably never buy.
    Enjoy all the birthdays, it’s Mark’s birthday next week as well.

    • Hi Dianne! Isn’t it crazy how fast the time has flown?! I did have a giggle about the phone message – you may as well leave it up for Christmas this year? Oh, I must admit I also enjoy looking at bits online! But that’s completely different to going to a mall… or is it? I don’t know, but I’m definitely not a mall person.
      Best wishes for the birthday coming up on your side too!

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