Time’s up. Grab a Sharpie. It’s SHARPIE DAY!

Today is Sharpie Day in my house.  I’m working to have Sharpie Day declared a national holiday because it absolutely rocks.  I’ve decided that next year, I should celebrate Sharpie Day every single MONTH.

(Before I forget – don’t miss #7 on my list today.  Or the explanation I give.)

Not so coincidentally, it’s also the last day of school for my kids.  As of about three this afternoon, Christmas vacation is happening whether I’m ready or not.

Between my late-night craft-a-thon, the last day of school, and this morning’s total meltdown it’s pretty clear my family has reached stress level MAX.

The only thing that helps is Sharpie Day.

happy sharpie day

Sharpie Day Explained

I’ve shared the story of  how Sharpie Day started in this post (and this one at Mothering From Scratch where I share my Bridezilla self).

It started the first year my husband and I were married.  I was being RIDICULOUS and was still coming down off my Bridezilla high.  My Christmas to-do list would have required Martha Stewart’s entire craft team (and budget).

My husband grabbed my to-do list out of my hands, grabbed the biggest thickest marker he could find, and edited my list for me.

(Imagine him standing there going “Nope.  Nope.  Never.  Are you serious? Nope. Not happening. Get real. Nope. Nope.” Every time he spoke, he crossed something off my list.)

Ouch?  No.  It was exactly what I needed.  No one needs to hand-emboss menu cards for Christmas dinner for their in-laws.

(Particularly when those same guests will end up sleeping on an air mattress with a slow leak.  No lie.)

Ever since that first Sharpie Day, I’ve relied on the fact that my husband can (and will) edit out the ridiculousness when I ask him to.

(Why a Sharpie?  Well… I make my lists in pencil or black pen.  When you swipe a big black Sharpie marker over my handwriting, you can’t see what is underneath. It’s gone.  Forever.)

This Year’s Sharpie Day Contenders

Given that I’m hosting Christmas brunch in a week, I need to get my act together.

Given that the pantry is bare and we’re running low on toilet paper, I really can’t keep ignoring the basic household stuff much longer.

I have a huge list of gifts I’m still trying to craft and it’s just not going to happen.  Not all of it.

(Did I mention that in this morning’s melt down my kids managed to get themselves banned from video games until Christmas?  That was NOT my idea.)

today is sharpie day

So here’s my list of what isn’t getting done

10 things I’m NOT doing before Christmas

  1. Christmas Cards.  Again.  It’s a holiday tradition to NOT do them at this point.   The good news is that I haven’t even ordered them yet.
  2. Holiday Baking.  I’ve done some.  We ate it.  If I don’t do any more the world won’t end.
  3. Neighbor Gifts.  Some years, I deliver home baked goodies to the neighbors.  Some years I don’t.  This year is a don’t.
  4. Thrifting Ugly Christmas Sweaters for everyone in my family.  It would have been funny, but I don’t have the time.
  5. Re-landscaping the front yard.  It needs it, but it can wait.  (For the rest of the country – Houston doesn’t have snow.  My kids went to school in shorts today.)
  6. Finishing the bathroom remodel.  (That one may be on my husband’s list.  But I think he’s more focused on salvaging parts off the jeep in the garage.)
  7. Taking the seams in on some underwear.
  8. Reducing my coffee intake.  (It was suggested that I might need to cut back a tiny bit.)  See #10.
  9. Catching up my my reading to make that “two books a month” goal I set last January.  (There might be similar statements for some other goals.  Sigh.)
  10. Napping.  With the kids out of school there is no way I’ll be able to enjoy a nap.  See #8.

Before you ask, let me explain number seven.

I bought a package of new undies (for me).  They weren’t the cheap ones, they weren’t on sale, and they weren’t the right size.  Unfortunately, I didn’t notice the size thing until I put them on.  I have six pair of brand new undies that are too freaking big.  I can’t return them, and I have a life-long policy of NOT donating underwear unless it’s still in the unopened package.  I don’t know anyone I could possibly give them to.

(That WOULD be an odd conversation to have with a friend.  Anything that starts out with “what size undies do you wear” is going to get weird.)

Since I already have the sewing machine out, I contemplated some kind of weird refashionista thing where I make them smaller.  I was afraid to even Google it.

How are you celebrating Sharpie Day?  What’s getting crossed off your list with “extreme prejudice” and glee?

ps – If you’re a PR rep for the Sharpie Company, I’d love a sponsorship.  It would totally rock my world to hear from you. 🙂

Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. I think I needed to see this post today! Christmas cards didn’t make my cut again this year either (I was so hopeful it would happen this year. SIGH). Handmade no-sew blankets as gifts for some family members. Healthy eating (just for today and maybe a day or two next week) as it was harm a brownie (by eating it for breakfast) or harm a family member…Oh, and having the house spotless before Christmas break begins. I’ll go for clean enough that we can walk and sit in the living room. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!
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    • I’m right there with you. And now I need brownies! I love that my husband gets me and understands when I just hand him the list and a big ole marker. It’s such a relief when he crosses off some ridiculous thing. Or when he offers to help. 🙂

      Get the kids to help with the no-sew project? Or better yet, print off the instructions and call it a “blanket kit.” Giggle.

      Clean enough is always good enough for friends who love you. You know that, right?

  2. And you were commenting on “granny underwear” with me? lol… Not to say that’s what you bought, but when I read about your underwear needing hemmed, that is what came to mind.

    I’m glad to hear that you’re feeling well enough to tackle this to do list. That’s exciting news to hear right before the holiday season.

    I hope your hosting goes well. I personally am a nervous wrecking hosting anything at my house! I much rather be a guest any day of the week. Even then, I seem to turn into a wall flower in a large group setting. My hat goes off to you with all the hosting you’ve been doing lately.
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  3. Bwahahahahaha!! SHARPIE DAY ROCKS!!!
    I’m totally taking this idea and running with it. It’s genius!!
    I am SO GLAD you explained #7. I was worried about you there for a minute.
    Happy Happy Christmas!! May your sharpies stay fresh and your undies not fall to the floor! –Lisa
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  4. Love, love, love sharpies of all sizes and colors, but especially the fat black ones for eliminating to-do items. You know that’s an organizing strategy, right? Not doing stuff on your list – ever! Good job!!!

    Since we’re remodeling and just moved, I marked a lot of stuff off my list. We didn’t even put up a Christmas tree this year. We were going to but time’s running out and it seems a waste now. I might drag out some of the Christmas decorations – or maybe I won’t. I have plenty of other stuff on my list. I’m guessing if my family has to choose between eating and having Christmas decorations, they’ll choose food!
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    • Patty, the Christmas we remodeled was really hard on me. It just made me feel homeless to not have Christmas decorations up. But I agree… Not being able to bake or cook Christmas dinner was even worse. I hope yours was blessed and joyous!

  5. Sharpie day is brilliant! You totally need a sponsorship deal with the company. I can see it now – an entire ad campaign centered around the concept. New Year’s Resolutions? January 15th is official Sharpie Day to cross the un-doable off that list. List of what I want to accomplish during summer vacation – need a Sharpie Day for that, too!
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