I'm having my usual difficulty getting my gift-giving stuff together again this Christmas. I was going to do some kind of nifty thoughtful craft-type thing with Ian for my wife and that didn't really manifest itself. I looked for candle-making supplies and tried to conceive a clever plan and it didn't work out. Ian ended up doing a chalk drawing of a fish tank full of a bunch of fish we're going to buy for her when we get back home from our Christmas travels. I suppose that will have to do as far as the creativity part goes lol.
I don't know, it just seems as if each year I get a little less into the gift-giving thing and have more and more trouble finding something for my wife. We pledge not to buy much for each other and she's certainly not a high maintenance gal. But, I seem to develop this "analysis/paralysis" anxiety and get brain freeze when it comes to clever or meaningful gifts. Sometimes, I wish Christmas would just go away lol. I'm just not big on the gift deal I guess, I don't know. Do any of you struggle with this stuff?
I know that Christmas isn't supposed to be all about that, and hopefully I'll get something figured out before we leave for West Virginia on Friday. Thankfully, I don't have any real drama associated with Christmas any more. My familt is a wee on the dysfunctional side, but everyone seems to be behaving right now, so that's good. And, it's been a long time since I've craved a drink or a drug at the holidays. So truly I have much to be thankful for.
Maybe I will just focus on that, and see what comes. I think part of my problem is that I'm too busy right now. On top of the commitments I have, I am working on an exciting career opportunity managing the restoration of a major lake in our area. The lake has been beset with some serious pollution issues that have arisen from a combination of local farm runoff, residential development and the unique features of the lake and its watershed. The newly formed restoration commission recently created a position for someone to come in a manage all of the various lake restoration projects, deal with various governmental, businesses and private entities. Thankfully, all the science-type folks are already in place. They now need a business person/liason/project mgr/cheerleader/coodinator with passion and people skills (that's where I come in). Wish me luck! This will be an exciting, interesting position that comes with a nice salary upgrade.