I’m not packed yet, but I’m almost at the end of the list I’ve run through to get ready for Christmas in Regina.

House: Floors clean. Bathroom clean. Clutter cleared. Laundry done. A nice place for us to come home to, since I’m going to treat our homecoming day as my holiday time. I get a day of no demands. I demand that!

Entertainment: New York Times crosswords and romance novels. Keepin’ it light, on purpose. I almost grabbed a copy of ‘Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town’, but thought it might encourage E’s mom to buy me more Literature. Deliberately lowbrow is the way forward.

Gifts: Bought, but not yet wrapped. Oh, and thanks, TSA, for prohibiting me bringing some jam to E’s parents. My cooking is sometimes erratic, but it’s never been a terrorist weapon.

Warm Stuff: Vintage boiled wool coat, warmest scarf, and tea cosy hat at the ready. Boots need a bit of a polish.

Toiletries and Meds: This is a damn minefield these days, isn’t it? Is mascara a liquid or a gel? Are they going to make me prove that my birth control pills are birth control? How? I stand there, and over a nine month period, do not produce a baby? Am I going to be pulled out of line and aggressively fondled searched because I have a couple of antihistamines in my wallet, because I sometimes have weird histamine reactions? Won’t that be fun. Are they going to taste my contact lens solution?

I may update before the festive 25th, but if not, I wish everyone a happy, stress-free Christmas. Cheers, folks. If the only stress I have is that things annoy me, I still have it pretty good. Right? Right.

Less stress and more Christmas spirit to you all. And to all, a goodnight.

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