Our (relatively) mild weather break just ended. It’s really cold out there and there’s even a dusting of snow on the ground right now. I walked the kids to school in the morning without a hat or gloves and by the time I went to pick them up, the temps had dropped. It was a reflection of how the day went. Monday. An unexpected crazy day of getting slammed and now we’re underwater.
I remember the first ever negative comment I received on the blog. It was right around this time of year and it was our first holiday season. Someone posted that they were tired of my “daily” complaining. The thing is, I don’t even think I was complaining (and believe me, I know how to complain), but that was a particularly hard year because we didn’t have things streamlined like we do today and we were dealing with these insane custom hotel gift orders for their corporate clients. Big names like Amazon, NBC, Gucci, Target and IKEA. We were only in business 7 months at that point and we decided to close our store to customers that holiday season. I was also working on 3 separate design projects and going on business trips in the middle of all this madness. We were both going out of our minds. Complain or not, I was writing exactly what I felt and there’s a reason for that. Every year I look back to see how our holiday season fared. It’s so hard to know exactly what you’re going to get slammed with, but it’s been really useful to go back and read what weeks and days were the worst, how much sleep we were getting, how we did at holiday markets and how we were dealing through all of it. We try to learn from this documentation and try to make things better for the next holiday season. It’s also a measure of how our business does from year to year.
From going back and reading last year’s posts, we already know that this year is much more crazy. We’re sort of going out of our minds like the first year. A lot more orders, a lot more stores ordering to stock up for the busy shopping days, a lot more markets and a lot less sleep. I’ll be manning the table at Gifted more days than originally planned and so I plan to bring my computer and work on client work that just came through in the last 2 days during down times at the market. Talk about multitasking. But for the first time in like, ever, we’ll have someone sit behind the table a few times during our 9 day stay. Be nice to her, ok?
There is one thing that we already know we’ll do differently for next year. We plan on cooking a lot of dinners during Thanksgiving break and freezing whole meals just like we did before Mia was born. Food and eating has sort of been an issue this time around. There’s just no time to cook or shop and we’ve been barely getting by with what we can scrape together. Most days Mark and I will just forget to eat until dinner. And sleep? Not much you can do about that unless more hours can be magically added to the day. But you know what sucks? When it’s 2:30am and you’re both so very tired and falling into bed and the warm blankets feel so nice and being able to close your eyes is the best feeling in the world. Just as you feel like you are drifting off you hear dry heaving and hacking and then….the gross sounds of the cat throwing up. UGH. And you get out of bed and it’s cold and the sudden bright lights that you have to turn on to find the location of the puke is really harsh and…yeah. Can’t even tell you how many times that’s happened.