I'm Bad at Planning

So, apparently I'm not so good at planning ahead. I thought this was an area I was getting pretty good at, but after the past few days I would say not so much. Since Friday, my mom and I have spent basically all day every day Christmas shopping. I'm not exaggerating. I have no idea why I waited until like 10 days before Christmas to start my shopping....I'm just gonna go with bad planning.

It's safe to say I won't be doing this next year. I am so tired. So very tired. My brain is fried and I can't think about anything but gifts. I'm pretty sure I'm going to dream about shopping tonight. Normally that would be heavenly, but I have to say....I'm kind of tired of shopping. I literally never thought I would say, type, or think those words. But I'm pretty much over it.
(I googled "tired after shopping" to see what kind of hilarious images I might find, and it gave me this little gem. I really love it because this is exactly how I look when I'm exhausted: fully clothed in jeans and heels, laying uncomfortably on a sofa with my head on my forehead, surrounded by color coordinated shopping bags. Pretty accurate depiction.)

On top of just the physical act of walking around store after store for three days straight and the exhaustion that it causes, we also get to throw a little baby into the mix. A seven month old, wiggly, temperamental, BORED baby. On a normal day he doesn't like being stuck in his stroller while I shop. Imagine how he feels after three days of it. Not so pleased. That kid has figured out the whole "throwing a fit" thing...and he's been practicing it. At the moment it typically just lasts a few seconds and then he can be distracted by one of his little snacky things or a toy, but I've got a pretty good indication where we're headed in the near future.

Anyway, now that I've bought a bajillion gifts, I am faced with the task that I really dislike and I'm really not so great at: wrapping everything. I don't think it would be so bad if I didn't care what my gifts look like, but I want them to be beautiful. My mom is like the world's best gift wrapper, so she's set the bar pretty high. Like, she uses ribbon to make beautiful bows and everything looks better than when the people at the store wrap it for you. So I want my gifts to look like that, but I want to spend minimal time and effort on them. I'm torn, really.

Am I the only person who did this to myself? Are you guys all those brilliant people who planned ahead and finished your shopping in October and now everything is wrapped and sitting under your pretty little Christmas tree? If so, please tell me your secrets...I can't handle another year of this. It makes me want to cry.


  1. I am a horrible wrapper!! I always have way to much paper left over oooppps! lol

  2. I'd be in the same spot if it wasn't for online shopping. I had a ton of it shipped in from Amazon this year & it made a huge difference.I still had to wrap it all, but at least I only had to spend one chaotic day maneuvering a stroller though the mall. Good luck wrapping!

  3. I waited until the last minute too and am dreading it. Every day after work I go shopping and it sucks...I just want to go home! But I am opposite with you on wrapping...that is my fav. I'll rewrap if it's not good enough...just love it so much!

  4. I'm in the same boat as you girl. The shopping is finally done but NOTHING is wrapped. Add in my job and terrible morning sickness and I honestly don't know how I'm going to get it done. Andy offered to help but I'm such a wrapping perfectionist!

  5. I did much better this year. I started with shopping for Jack first since he is the easiest to shop for. I also made an amazon gift idea list that I worked on all year. I kept a notebook in my purse and bought stuff starting in October. Next year I would like to start earlier. Starting earlier will make December not so much of a difficult month. We have Jack's, Jeremy's, my brothers, my sisters, my mom, and my dads birthday in October-December so I have to think up extra gifts to get them and come up with extra money during this time. I need to start a Christmas savings plan right after Christmas but I always need money then.

  6. I so hear you. What's worse is when you put off all your shopping and then you get sick the week before Christmas. That's where I'm a right now, and I don't even have a great excuse because who waits until the week before Christmas to shop?
    I hate gift wrapping too. I hate it so much that I pretty much shop at the only two places that offer free gift wrap. I'm glad to find someone who finally feels the same way I do! I'm Bon's sister by the way. tortoisegirl.com


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