Every year, I find myself smack dab in the middle of the holidays with a million things to do. Shopping always gets shoved to the bottom of the list. Work pushes its crabby way to the top, insisting on priority status (the nerve!). I've made a concerted effort to put writing immediately below work, and that is much harder than it sounds. Cleaning, a task I loathe, detest and abhor, keeps screaming out for attention. I can't ignore it. What if someone actually shows up at my house? How do you explain to someone they can't come in because you live in a pig sty? We aren't even going to talk about cooking. If one of you so much as mentions a Martha Stewart cookie recipe that is a perfect homemade gift, you will be on my Naughty list.
That leaves shopping as the neglected item on the to-do list. For the last three years, I have tested Amazon's delivery promise. Last year, we got down to the wire. My mother's gift arrived on Christmas Eve (but it arrived). I swore this year would be different. I'd get my shopping done before Thanksgiving. I think we all know how that plan worked out. I haven't resorted to doing my shopping at a convenience store on Christmas morning, yet. So I am hitting Amazon for one last year.
I would love to hear how everyone manages to balance writing, life and the holidays. I am open to any and all time management suggestions! At 8:00 tonight (Alabama/Central time) I am going to number all of the comments, and pick a winner at random for a $15 Amazon gift card (so you can join me in last minute online shopping)