Monday, December 01, 2008

Because I Want to Be a Good Blogger...

...I will post. But, my heart is elsewhere.

You see, I am in Obsessive Mode. My mind is fixated on two things:

1) a photo book from our summer trip


2) a quilt for my sister's baby who isn't due until April.

Why do I do this to myself?

Let me explain. I want to do the photo book because the longer I wait, the more likely it will be that I will never document our 2 month trip to the States and all of our memories will be dim. And, I have a coupon for 20% off that is only good until Wednesday. My book is 56 pages and 220 photos so far, so the coupon will come in handy. But I fear that I will use it and an even better coupon will be issued... What to do?

And the quilt. My sister is having a shower in January and I will actually be able to attend and since I can't send stuff from here say at a later, post-holiday-more convenient date, I need to give it to her at her shower. "It's just a baby quilt," I tell myself, "No problem! It won't take hardly anytime at all." It really is cute, I wish I could post a picture, but she reads my blog sometimes, so it will have to wait.

Here's my thought process when I get like this, "I know I am neglecting X, Y and Z, but if I finish this soon, then my time will be completely freed up, and I'll be able to give lots of attention to X, Y and Z." Which isn't really rational thinking because of course there's always something else to obsess about...

What makes it 100X worse is that Guapo left for the week today and so it gives me an even greater push to get things done since he doesn't love it so much when I sit and quilt all night (I can't imagine why???). I stay up way to late when he's not here.

I haven't even had a shower today and now it's almost midnight here. I'm sorry if that grosses you out, but that's how I am when I'm obsessing.

Anyway, I should be focusing on Christmas (or my kids) and instead I am obsessing with a book and a quilt. I am blogging so I don't feel guilty about not blogging. Oh well, at least I'm doing it, right?

Anyway, here's a few Christmas-y shots to try to get me in the spirit:

The crew decorating the tree last night:

Pedro didn't quite get the concept of hanging the ornaments. He would grab whatever he could get his hands on, oftentimes an ornament that had already be hung with care, and just huck it up at the tree.

This year was Juan Carlos's turn to put the star on:

Saturday night, the big tree was lit on the Lagoa in front of our apartment. We had a few people over to watch the tree lighting ceremony.

I love the tree this year (it's different every year). It's got a star and angels on the top and it plays bells every hour on the hour.

And just in case you're wondering what Pedro's up to today, he's completely stopped saying, "No" and will only say "No Way". And it used to be like, "No (brain sending the message to the tongue) Way" and now it's like "NoWay". Sometimes now instead of "Yes" he will say, "Yes Way". And, good news-his hair has recovered from the vaseline incident.

now if you'll excuse me I've got to go quilt, or make my book. I'll be back when I'm done. (just wait til you see what a good blogger I am after I finish my projects...)


Kari said...

Gabriela YOU are AWESOME! Obsess away! I can especially relate to the photo book one. AND you took photos of decorating the tree! Give yourself 5 more "Good Mom" points for that.

Janice said...

I am working on a book of the first two years of toothsome #4's life. It is taking me forever.

lizzy-loo said...

cut yourself some slack girl! put it in perspective. you are great and everything will get done and if it doesn't that's all right.

great christmas tree!

Maine Mom said...

Your projects sound like worthy ones to me. I'm going to be starting some good books soon, so I'll be neglecting many things myself. :-) Good luck getting the quilt done before your trip.

Ballerina Girl said...

You got great shots of the tree!
Pedro barely said no way to me yesterday :)...hehehe, well, I kept asking him things I knew he liked so I guess that helped!
Your quilt is gorgeous! REALLY, you must teach me some day!
We will still be here when you get back from obsessive mood, so go for it! That's what great (only thing that is great) about hubby's going away!
See you tomorrow!

nikko said...

You sound just like me. I stay up WAAAY too late sewing and stuff while DH is away. I wish I was obsessive about my projects, but I fear it is the opposite. Start something, ignore it for a while, start something else, ignore it for awhile, repeat. ;o)

Lynne said...

I still can't believe your sister is having a baby. To me she is still 16! I think sometimes it's good to obsess about things, (at least that's what I tell myself), just don't stay up too late doing it. Although I do the same thing when Bryan is gone. My bedtime is usually between midnight and one when he's out of town.

Anonymous said...

Very cute...

Lana said...

did you finish your friendship quilt?

The tree is a beauty!