One nice thing about living overseas is that, by the time Christmas rolls around, we’ve already been done with all of the card-writing, present-sending and party-throwing for nearly a month—which leaves plenty of time to simply relax and enjoy the holidays when they finally do arrive.
The downside to all this, of course, is that the last few weeks of November and first week of December are just plain nutty.
I usually like to get out with my camera and go somewhere new at least once a week, I also usually like to sleep. In a couple weeks I’ll get back to doing both, but for now here are a few of the things keeping us busy…
Planning a menu for a “Cocktails and Cookies” party
Forgetting to return library books
Haggling for a Christmas tree at the local nursery (When I showed the neighbor kids our Christmas tree, they said “Where?” and then “Not uh!” Its a work in progress.)
Crossing roundabouts at rush hour to go jogging around Nehru Park with my fearless friend, our kids, and our wonky jogging strollers.
Cooking approximately 18 servings of bolognese sauce
Doing a presentation in front of 300 middle school students (arguably the most terrifying thing I’ve done since…well, since I was in middle school)
Watching Will say “Da Da” and mean it for the first time.
Buying and hanging Christmas lights
Realizing that Will is now tall enough and coordinated enough to use a stool to get into the drawer in the kitchen where I hide keys, markers and other assorted baby crack.
Writing and editing
Trying to convince Will to go back to bed at 12am
Trying to convince Will to go back to bed at 2am
Trying to convince WIll to go back to bed at 4am
Organizing a Lodhi Garden play-date
Wondering when Will’s new teeth will finally come through so we can sleep again
Finding a web designer for Conserve
Reading our ABC book approximately 112 times
Making Will get into the Christmas spirit
Mailing Christmas packages
Practicing walking up and down the stairs 73 times
Frying some amazing leek fritters from the new Smitten Kitchen cookbook
Cooking some very delicious mushroom bourguignon from the SK cookbook
Making our way through 3 gates, 4 security checkpoints, one jam-packed ticketing area and a 20 minute hike to enter the India International Trade Fair with Will, my friend and her delicious 2-month old baby girl.
Imagine the World Expo, except with only Indian food, multiple stages for puppet shows, multi-story exhibits dedicated to each State and approximately 40,000 of your new best friends crammed into less than a square kilometer of space. There were giant Durgas, lots of shopping, some incredibly creepily realistic life-sized manequins and lots and lots of requests for photos with the baby, the toddler and the tired-looking foreign ladies silly enough to take their kids to the IITF on the last day, at 4pm in the afternoon.
I can’t wait to go back next year!
How was your week? What did you do?