It’s almost here! My schedule this week

With Christmas less than a week away, Jeff and I are both just a little tired. Hence, the lack of posts for about a week (so much for NaBloPoMo this month!). The last two weeks have been filed with Christmas parties and get togethers. I think we are pretty much past that part of the season. Now, on to what I call clean up week.

Generally, I take off the week between Christmas and New Years because I can catch up on a bunch of things I need to get done around the house before tax season starts. My birthday is also that week so I generally do something fun with Jeff. Before I get to that though, I need to make it through this week.

Today’s schedule includes running to school for an interview and attempting to get some grading done. Then I am running to a friend’s house to make Apple Pie Liqueur. I had some of this at a party a few weeks ago and it is amazing. It really does taste like apple pie. I’ll post the recipe. Tonight, I need to take a diagnostic GMAT exam so I can get my study plan together for the next month. More on that soon.

Tomorrow, I have to go to school for a class on a piece of software I am beta testing next semester (why do I sign up for these things?). Then, hopefully, I can finish my grading for the semester. Tomorrow night is my first meeting back on the Board of Education. Need to be there at 6:30. Those meetings can go really late so I don’t think I’ll get any studying in.

Wednesday, I need to make sure grades are done and posted. I also need to get some studying time in. Hopefully, by Wednesday the last of the Christmas gifts will have arrived and I can get wrapping finished. Did I mention that we still haven’t finished decorating the tree? We’ll have to fit that in somewhere, too. A bunch of the lights we had aren’t working so Jeff is off to get some today. Need to ship some things last minute as well.

Thursday, I’ll decide what Jeff and I are going to have for Christmas dinner and I will go shopping. I got a little hint about one of my presents thanks to Jeff using my Amazon account to do some of his shopping. Who knew that they sent out emails with the item name in the subject when the item is shipped? Oops! Therefore, I think we are having an Italian Christmas dinner. In the afternoon, I need to pick up my niece in Massachusetts and bring her to the train station in New Haven. I’ll do my shopping on the way home.

Friday is my final wrap up day. I have to make sure all the gifts are wrapped and ready to go for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I also want to make some toffee for last minute gifts, plus I promised to get my recipe together for an old friend from high school. This will be the day I realize that I have forgotten to get a gift for someone and I’ll run around like a lunatic.

Saturday is family and friend day. We’ll drop off gifts and visit loved ones on Saturday morning, then to mom’s house in the afternoon and my aunt and uncle’s house for a big party in the evening. If we can make it through all that, Sunday will be a breeze.

Christmas Day is the easy day. When Jeff and I first got together, we ran around like lunatics on Christmas Day. Jeff’s parents gave us some excellent advice when we got married: start your own traditions now! So that’s what we did. We were so tired of running around to half a dozen places on Christmas Day so we decided that Christmas Eve we would do our running around and Christmas Day would be our day. We open up the house for visitors and always have tons of food but we don’t go anywhere. We have really enjoyed Christmas since we started this tradition and we will continue it this year as well.

I can’t wait for Christmas. How does your week look this week? What do you have planned? Are you ready for Christmas?

Busy week ahead

I stated about a month ago that I was taking the GMAT. Well, the test is two weeks away. The blog posts are going to be short for the next two weeks so I have more time to study. I’ll do a series of quick tips for the next few weeks. If you have any tips to share, please shoot me an email. If your tip becomes one of the daily posts, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a free copy of Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace Revisited. Submit your ideas via email to I look forward to reading them. Please send your ideas by Sunday, July 26, 2009. Put “QUICKTIP” in the subject line.

So today’s tip: If you have a product you really like, call the manufacturer and let them know how much you like it. Nine times out of ten, you’ll get coupons from the company. Also, if you have a problem or concern, make sure you call them as well. I called Betty Crocker to let them know I didn’t like the new recipe for Suddenly Salad pasta salad (they put the toppings into the dressing packet which made the croutons soggy). The representative asked me for my name and address. She sent me a coupon for $1 off any product and a second coupon for any Betty Crocker item free (up to a $6 value). Woot! I’ve also called Sara Lee in the past with questions about their products and gotten excellent coupons. It’s worth it. You can get the phone number on the packaging or the company’s website.

Also, don’t forget that tomorrow, Tuesday, July 21st, is Free Pastry Day at Starbucks. More information here. You have to purchase a drink to get your free pastry but it’s a great deal if you just buy a coffee. I think that might be a blow money purchase tomorrow.