Thursday, December 4, 2008

Overachieving is Overrated

The pressure is on and to be honest, I don’t have time for the pressure. Two years ago, I had the brilliant idea to do a photo Christmas card. Now, we all know that I am not creative, or crafty. Remember, I covered all of those things that I am not here. The dust bunny stealthily hiding under my desk could come up with something more creative than I ever could.

However, that first Christmas card was an overwhelming success. I heard about it for months. So, when last Christmas rolled around, I used every last iota of creativity I could muster and coerced myself into creative mode one last time. That poses a problem for this year people. Last years card was another whopping success according to all who received one. Note that I am not bragging about my Christmas card ability, I am strictly relaying the information I have received. I actually must question the lameness of the other cards they received that made ours so spectacular. Apparently the competition is pretty weak amongst our social circle.

Regardless, the pressure is on. For weeks I’ve had people asking about our card this year. I finally came up with one great idea … however, it involves a Christmas tree. If you have learned anything about me, you would know that the thought of us actually having the tree up right now is about as likely as Dubya receiving any type of presidential award. But, I digress.

So, I’ve moved to plan B, which has included a lot of additional preparation; preparation that I just don’t have time for. Yesterday I bought dishes and pajamas, now I just need the cooperative kid and we will be all set. I need to get this done this week and I am doubting the cooperating kid bit. Would it be wrong to hire a fill-in? With a head swap possibly?

So, stay tuned for our Christmas card extravaganza. If you take away anything from this story, let it be to always underperform. If you do, no one will expect anything more, which makes life a lot simpler.

14 comments:

Kelly said...

When I had my first child, my sister in law said to me - Start your day with very low expectations of what you will manage to get done. That way you never feel disappointed. Words to live by, if you ask me!

marissa said...

So, now we all want to see those christmas cards of past years! JK!

Lyndsay said...

Marissa,

You know, I thought about that ... it would requiring scanning and moving our last name. I don't have time for that kind of nonsense ... unless I can get a volunteer, LOL!

Lyndsay

Comedy Goddess said...

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. When it comes to photo Christmas cards. I may start sending the ones I receive as mine.

Thanks for following my blog. It is fun and sometimes daunting to come up with a topic.

BTW, as I massage therapist, I have heard it all from appologies about razor stubble, needing a mani/pedi, weight issues. It's okay. Who am I to judge?

The Tildy Spot said...

I agree with Marissa. I know am dying to see the cards of Christmas past.

Ginny said...

Good luck with the Christmas card! I am trying to conjure up some creativity for my card as well. YIKES!

Jennifer said...

Uh oh, can't wait to see what you come up with!

TuTu's Bliss said...

Fun blog!! Just stopping over via SITS. Hugs, Jen

Tiffany said...

Ugh. I started a Christmas present two years ago for the grandparents where I would send them a new scapebook page every month with a new theme and picture of my son from that month. Worst.idea.ever! I don't think I'll ever be that ambitious again.

C. Beth said...

Please, post the previous cards! Send them to me; I'll remove the name. :-D Of course, you'll still have to scan them.

Marshmallow Circus said...

Ha ha, with five kids now I'm afraid I'm always going to be an underachiever when it comes to x-mas cards. I plan on doing a collage of the bad out-takes this time, and that will be my card. :)

Midwest Mommy said...

I need pictures of past cards :-)
I always do photo cards too and usually have them done and almost mailed by now. I just read on another blog that Christmas is 3 weeks from today and I haven't even started!! I also can't believe that I haven't gotten any in the mail yet either.

Tracy said...

Hi, just saw your comment over at SITS and wanted to pop in and say hi.

feather k said...

welcome to SITS...look forward to seeing the card :)