That’s what the Nester told me.
And I’m really trying to listen as this holiday season sneaks up on us.
I had all these Thanksgiving and Christmas plans swirling around in my head. They contained, in no particular order, Pennsylvania, DC, North Carolina, and of course, Maryland basketball. They also contained a ton of driving back and forth in a short period of days. And cooking.
I knew it wouldn’t work.
I knew it was too much.
But I couldn’t figure it all out.
How was I going to fit everything in during the craziest weeks of the year?
And then, whilst resting comfortably in my favorite chair, I had an epiphany.
I cannot make the holidays happen in a happy way and do everything I want to do.
It would be great if I could, but I can’t.
So I prioritized.
Priority one was getting home to PA for a stretch of time. Not just for a quick 24 hour trip to see a movie with Sous Chef Lauren, but for multiple, consecutive days.
Priority two was making sure I was in the general vicinity of a church on Christmas Eve.
And priority three was knowing that my days off work needed to not feel like I was constantly racing around.
As soon as I figured out that those three things were what I was ultimately after, I knew exactly how to schedule my time.
I’m not making two trips home, which breaks my heart. I’m not going to North Carolina, which stings a little, too. But with any luck, I’m doing more. I can spend some of that lost driving time baking cookies. And I can get started on this series, which has been waiting for me entirely too long. I can spend a huge chunk of time thinking up hiding places for our elf Larry. I can work on a little Project Life just for fun. And if my husband’s in a good enough mood, we’ll invite some friends over to enjoy it all with us.
Here’s to the holiday season.
Bring it on.
*A note: This cheesecake was, and still is, amazing. In a recent text I described it as f!@#ing amazing. I make a lot of baked goods and always get all awkward when people compliment me on them. Not so with this cheesecake. Make it, even if you think you’re not a cheesecake person. I thought I wasn’t a cheesecake person. Then I ate this cheesecake. It should grace any and all holiday tables.