My husband asked me today, “Are you coasting yet?” The answer to that is most definitely yes. I slept until about noon. Though I had to rush to the post office (where there was a package waiting for me) and to the library (where there were books waiting for me), I went into Sloth Mode as soon as I got home. I refused to do anything workish or difficult. I simply finished my coffee, ate a leisurely lunch, and then did some “arting.”
Arting (or “making art,” as most people would call it) is one of the main activities going on around here right now, on account of the ongoing Snowflake Art Contest. The contest was part of our Advent calendar, and my goal was to spend time with the kids. I thought an hour or so of crafting paper snowflakes with them would be just the thing.
But, as it turned out, the kids wanted a big, serious contest with big, serious art and they wanted to start right away, without me. So, now we’re all working on art projects as we find the time and inspiration. We’re allowed to make as many entries as we like. The only rules are that the projects must be forms of art, they must contain at least one snowflake, and they must be completed by New Year’s Eve.
I finished my first project today. There is hardly anything more relaxing and satisfying than making paper snowflakes, so my project is very snowflakeful. I’m pleased with the way it came out. When I finally find my camera, I will take a picture and post it.
The 1st-prize winner will get to choose first from among four prizes: a stuffed animal, a tin of putty, Tic Tacs, and a $1 scratch-off ticket. The kids both want the stuffed animal. Livia asked me today about which prize I’d choose, because she wanted assurances that I wouldn’t take the animal. I’m thinking some Tic Tacs might be nice, but I wouldn’t say no to the lottery ticket, because maybe there’s some Christmas luck in it.
I haven’t decided yet how I’ll sloth away the evening. I might go to Target to look at the clearance Christmas items. That might not sound super slothy, but I find bargain shopping to be relaxing, so it will feel slothful to me. Other options include working on another snowflake project, reading a book, or watching a movie. It doesn’t matter much. They’re all fun activities. I’m just relieved to have made it through the holidays and to now be coasting along to the end of the year.