You see that face… That’s pretty much how I felt this last week! It was a busy week.
We got back from Beijing at 1am on Monday morning, later that day I went downstairs to pick up my 101 packages, and then started my hard hard work preparing for the Christmas Fair. Why would I wait until only five days before the fair? Well, life has just been way too busy busy busy. In order to sell goods at this yearly fair, you need to book a table. I tried to book one a few weeks ago but I was told that they were all sold out. A couple of weeks later I was called to say that there was a table available for me, but by then we had already made plans to travel to Beijing to apply for a new passport. Yes, I have somehow filled ANOTHER passport! To some, filling a passport might sound glamorous, but over here it is just one big fat headache!!! It means taking off work, going all the way to Beijing (coincidently on the coldest and most polluted weekend on record), getting a hotel, filling out paperwork, traveling with a toddler. I won’t go on… Let’s just say that it’s not exactly what we would like to be doing on a winter weekend when we already feel swamped. Right now the most amazing weekend is one spent indoors, at home, under a blanket, watching movies, and drinking hot chocolate!
Immediately after ripping open all of my packages (online ordering – I am so thankful for this ability, ESPECIALLY over here in China!!), I began painting and creating. I had already planned out everything, but I was waiting on my supplies, and to get to back from Beijing, in order to get started.
It was a slow start but by Wednesday I was really powering through the handmade crafts. Not knowing what to expect from the Christmas Fair (I have never sold my crafts before), I wanted to make sure that I had a good variety and enough of everything. I worked my fingers to the bone for five days flat, cancelling lessons where necessary, sleeping less, and barely having a spare moment to spend with Elijah. Thankfully, he busied himself and somehow knew that Mama needed to stay focused. Somewhere in the week I got sick. Not just a mild cold, nope, a really awful one that left me with a sore throat, a nasty cough, and the shivers! That was when I discovered the miracle of DayQuil and NyQuil. Can you believe that I have never taken either of those before?! They are both amazing! My friend, Elisabeth, referred me to the DayQuil/ NyQuil advertisement you see on the left… And that pretty much sums up my week!! I had no time to be sick, I had to suck it up, take those meds, make sure I did as many lessons as I could handle, throw some meals together for the family, and get everything done for the Christmas Fair. I couldn’t have done it without my trusty other half. He’s a champ! Needless to say, the nasty cold that I fought off last week has crept back up on my this week!
It was a rather overwhelming week, and I have to say that I am so happy that it is over. I thought that I would feel more relaxed this week, but I still feel busy. If there’s one thing that I have learned about myself over the last year, it is that I DON’T like being overly busy. It feels like life is just passing me by, and I’m missing out on the “sweet moments”. When things are moving constantly, and there’s always something to do, or some place to be, it just doesn’t feel right! I haven’t quite begun taking the steps necessary to make it all slow down, but we will figure it all out. At least the Christmas Fair is behind us, and we can focus on slowing down in other areas. This is our most favorite month of the year. I don’t want to blink, and then realized that I was so busy that I missed all the joy of this time of the year.
The busy week is over… Time to cut back a little more!
More on the Christmas Fair, selling my crafts, and our trip to Beijing, coming soon.