Between work and farm and house and holidays, this is never a kick-back-and-relax time of year for me. Sometimes it’s a hide-under-the-covers-until-the-animals-threaten-mutiny time of year, but for the most part I’m running around like a madwoman (which is pretty much like every other time of year, except there are more shopping bags and less power tools involved.)
The truth is that last couple of weeks have largely been a blur. I’m not doing my best thinking, or writing, or building right now, and I’m a little disappointed not to have more time to anticipate and enjoy the holidays. However, I’ll always be grateful to have too much going on in my life, rather than not enough. Plus… presents!
Since I haven’t had the fun of lavishing presents on a significant other for the last couple of years, I’ve redirected that energy into lavishing presents on myself. This is definitely not a sucky part of being single. I quite enjoy it, actually.
And I like to get things I will really anticipate having, wrap them up and wait until Christmas to “use” them. However, I’m certainly not ruining any surprises when I tell you what’s waiting under the tree for me this year…
First on the list: Lumber storage racks. Two sets of them.
One of the big projects on my list for next year is to finally get the workshop in order, and wall storage for lumber is the first step to making that happen. It remains to be seen if I’m going to install them right away, or wait until I get some of the insulation/drywall issues figured out in there first.
Also, one of my all time favorite presents to buy myself: Books. So many books.
I’m most excited to read this one.
A collaboration between J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst, where the story plays out in the margin notes of the book.
And, of course, it doesn’t feel a proper Christmas if I don’t add a new tool to my collection. However, right at the moment there– gasp!– isn’t any specific tool that I need. I haven’t taken it off the list yet (I’m thinking of some equipment for joinery perhaps) but I might also re-purpose the tool funds to have my new wood burner installed in the workshop. Right now, a heated workspace would feel like quite a gift.
So that’s what’s on my gift list for myself this year. Anyone else buying themselves any awesome presents this year?