I had a nice Thanksgiving. Then I started my Christmas shopping at 8pm on Thanksgiving evening and stopping only for two 3-hour naps, shopped until 9pm on Black Friday. Went back at it all day Saturday and into the evening until I could barely stand up. I love Christmas shopping! I should be a professional shopper, I love the hustle and bustle that makes so many other people groan. I love the challenge of finding just the right gift and getting the best price in town. Although by Saturday night I was insisting that I'm getting too old for this. It's more exhausting than I remembered.
Today I spent writing my novel and trying to psych myself into coming down for a landing. The creative place in the sky where I've been living this month has been a wonderful place to visit but isn't a sustainable residence. It's a good thing this competition is only one month long. I couldn't keep this pace up any longer than that.
I wish the NaNoWriMo competition weren't in November. It would be much easier on me if it were in September or October. I usually start my holiday stuff (shopping, designing cards, baking, etc.) in mid November. Putting that stuff off till the end of the month puts me a good two weeks behind and running to catch up. I love Christmas. It's the only thing I really enjoy about winter. I feel a little cheated having to sacrifice holiday time to writing. But I knew the situation going into it and made the decision to write anyway. I don't regret it but I am ready to transition into holiday mode. At least I'm going from one thing I enjoy to another. I'm counting my blessings and finding I have many.