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.
Sharpie Day Explained
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.)
So here’s my list of what isn’t getting done
10 things I’m NOT doing before Christmas
- 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.
- Holiday Baking. I’ve done some. We ate it. If I don’t do any more the world won’t end.
- Neighbor Gifts. Some years, I deliver home baked goodies to the neighbors. Some years I don’t. This year is a don’t.
- Thrifting Ugly Christmas Sweaters for everyone in my family. It would have been funny, but I don’t have the time.
- 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.)
- 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.)
- Taking the seams in on some underwear.
- Reducing my coffee intake. (It was suggested that I might need to cut back a tiny bit.) See #10.
- 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.)
- 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.