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I was speaking with my fiancé, Eric, on the phone yesterday and telling him about the progress I was making toward creating our Christmas feast. I like to create a bunch of appetizers to snack on all day, rather than cooking one big meal, and try to make those the week before the holiday so I don't kill myself cooking the day or two before our celebration. I told Eric that I hadn't done much that night -- I'd only finished the lamb lollipops because I'd run out of energy. His response was, "Only the lamb lollipops? Wow, that was alot!"

I think we women expect too much of ourselves (or maybe men don't expect enough of themselves <g>), especially around the holidays. We (women) create these great, grandiose plans for our lives, our businesses, our vacations, our holidays, our children, etc. and we really expect ourselves to be able to do it all. After all, growing up in the era of Gloria Steinham, wasn't that the message we were all given?

I think we can do it all -- just not at the same time. :) So, instead of beating yourself up about all the things on your to-do list that you didn't accomplish, celebrate what you achieved and be happy with that success.

Have a great holiday (whichever one you celebrate), a wonderful New Year, and I'll see you back in in 2008 -- I'm taking some well-deserved vacation time for the rest of 2007..;->

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