in the thick of it

December 4, 2013 |  Category:   life the biz


This holiday season feels compressed doesn’t it? I guess because Thanksgiving was so late this year. Christmas is in 3 weeks and we’re in the thick of things right now, but so far, no lost sleep or panicky situations. We have a new car so we don’t have to worry about the car dying in the middle of Times Square on delivery runs like last year or the timing belt falling off while circling around Grand Army Plaza like the year before. It was always the damn car that was the tipping point towards some kind of holiday madness breakdown.


Have you ever tied 250 ribbons? 500? How about 1000? It’s a lot harder than you’d think. We tie shoes and knots all the time, after all, but I remember the first time I underestimated how long or hard tying bows onto packages would be. I thought I would be done in 2 hours, but I ended up struggling with every other bow until I had to search on Youtube the proper way to tie a ribbon so that it’ll lie flat against the package. It’s so counterintuitive to how you tie a shoe. So my life these past few days is tying ribbons and bows for hours upon hours every day. Not so bad if you watch a movie or a show on the laptop (we started and finished The Walking Dead – we’re all caught up for when it resumes in February) and now that I think about it, I can associate a show to most of our holiday seasons. Last year during the massive calender production I watched all of Gossip Girl. The year before was binge watching Mad Men.

Sometimes I laugh when I think to myself, “my life is a pile of ribbons. I have a graduate degree and here I am tying endless ribbons all day”. Of course I want to slap myself for even thinking obnoxious, elitist thoughts, but I’m not going to lie…I do occasionally think them, even if it’s just in jest and I can laugh at myself. But the truth is, there can be something soothing about manual labor, as tedious as it is, and it’s definitely satisfying seeing a pile of finished, neatly bowed packages ready to be delivered. Every year we get faster, holidays are a bit more manageable and near nervous breakdowns seem to be a thing of the past. Hey, who says we’ve haven’t learned a thing or 2?

P.S. Holiday ordering deadline this year is December 13th.

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  • Lakshmi December 5, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Bravo, Jenna…. 🙂

  • SY December 5, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Yikes, you just reminded me that I still need to send my clients holiday gifts. Going on to the site to order now! BTW tying those ribbons are hard, I only had to tie 35 for my son’s wreath project at school and nearly went nuts trying to perfect them — needless to say, the teacher retied most of them!

  • Sophia December 5, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    I enjoy mundane, repetitive projects from time to time…it seems to create a balance for when my mind is pulled in different directions. It’s feels meditative to some degree.

  • Lulu December 6, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Pictures of the process and the end results will be greatly appreciated : )

    • Jenna December 11, 2013 at 10:05 am

      I haven’t picked up my camera in weeks!

  • ezrazoe December 9, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    wow gorgeous graphics. Kudos to you.

  • ezrazoe December 9, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    sorry – meant to put the previous comment in the post of Dec 9 –

  • susan December 9, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    compressed…YES! perfect word. and oh my that is a tough task…not sure I’d be up for that, although through in some of your treats and I’d be happy to come help 😉