20 Dec Scattered

I used to be a master multi-tasker. As a Gemini, it came naturally. I’ll admit there were times I did it just to show off. When friends and family dropped in I’d be sure they’d catch me cooking a five-course meal, answering email and writing an article while standing on one leg and singing the theme from Evita (backwards) while trimming the cats’ nails between verses.

Then last month Andrew tore his quad tendon. Since that long, long night at Emergency and subsequent surgery, I’m lucky to brush my teeth before noon. If dinner can’t be thrown in one pan and left unattended in the oven for an hour, it doesn’t get made. I even forget to feed the pets on occasion — once  for three days. When I eventually figured out what all the caterwauling was about the best I could do was toss some kibble at the empty bowls as I raced past to yet another physio appointment. As for the blog? You’re kidding, right?

There are no homemade rumballs or shortbread in my fridge. No tinsel or coloured lights festoon anything anywhere on my property, and the only stockings hung with care are Andrew’s new $120 custom-made compression socks.  But we aren’t totally without Yuletide fun. The rainbow of Therabands dangling from door handles adds a rather festive touch.

So you’ll have to forgive my unanticipated absence and trust me when I say was going to post about some nifty food-related iPhone / iPad apps for the frazzled. But that will have to wait for tomorrow.  Just like the partially crafted post on cookbooks. You see, it’s almost noon, my teeth remain unbrushed, the cats are hungry and we’re late for physio. But don’t cry for me. We’re doing okay. I’m just no longer a multi-tasker.

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  • Cheryl Arkison
    Posted at 11:21h, 20 December Reply

    Oh Charmian, that is perfectly understandable. In fact, you’ve described most of our year. First with me doing all that for my Hubby, then he doing it for me. There’s no doubt about it, its rough. Really rough. As long as you and Andrew are feeling comfortable with the situation. That’s all that matters. Hang in there, and take care. We’ll always be here.

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 17:27h, 21 December Reply

      @Cheryl Arkison, thanks for your understanding. You did both your knees. Andrew did only one. I don’t know how you survived.

      Glad to know you came through it all. 2011 should be easier. I hope…. :-)

  • Lisa MacColl
    Posted at 12:08h, 20 December Reply

    Yep. It’s December 20, Christmas cards were mailed on Friday/Sunday. Naked tree went up on Saturday while I was singing back to back concerts with the Grand Philharmonic Choir and KW Symphony after last weekend’s Messiah. (And I mean back to back-matinee and evening). I’m having a cookie decorating party on Thursday for my daughter and cousins, so I will have to mix dough at some point between now and then. The kid is currently (sort of) decorating the tree. It’s not how I would do it, but it will do.

    My mother-in-law passed away last month, and we’re having trouble locating the box with our Christmas spirit. Were it not for our almost 6 year old kid running around, I think we’d just scrap the whole thing this year, break out the old movies and some popcorn and call it a year.

    Things might not get done this year that normally do. Christmas will be more sad and contemplative than festive and merry, but our family will be together, in person or in spirit, and we’ll remember, laugh, cry and eat together. (as long as I remember to take the turkey out of the freezer in time and make it to the store for the rest of the fixings.)

    Merry Christmas to you, Andrew, Ballantine and Gladly.

    And yeah, forgotten to feed Rocky too. At 19 he did not take kindly to it, and stood on us yelling until one of us figured it out.

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 17:35h, 21 December Reply

      @Lisa MacColl, I’m so sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. Such a loss is always hard, but even harder during the giant magnifying glass we call the holidays.

      Wishing you all some joy and peace this season.

  • Susan Hoffman
    Posted at 12:28h, 20 December Reply

    Multi-tasking is highly over-rated! As long as Andy is getting better, and you feed the cats occasionally and find some time for yourself, it’s all good! Life charges along regardless. I think about you often and hope you are coping!

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 17:36h, 21 December Reply

      @Susan Hoffman, thanks so much for the ongoing support. We got your card and it was so much appreciated.

      Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

  • Yvonne
    Posted at 10:50h, 21 December Reply

    Aw, no need for any apologies. I sincerely wish your husband a speedy recovery, and wish for you the strength and emotional fortitude needed to get through this time. Taking care of one another is a precious gift. Hope you two have a lovely, lovely Christmas.

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 17:37h, 21 December Reply

      @Yvonne, Andrew is making good progress, but would like to be 100% *right now*. Hoping Santa brings us both some patience.

      Thanks so much for your kind words. Many you have a lovely Christmas as well.

  • Jill Silverman Hough
    Posted at 12:22h, 21 December Reply

    Sounds like perfect timing, actually – to remind you (and the rest of us) what’s important. Rumballs and tinsel and shortbread be darned.

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 17:38h, 21 December Reply

      @Jill Silverman Hough, right you are! I’m actually surprised at how little I miss the goodies. I miss the act of baking them with my mom — a yearly ritual. But the cookies themselves? Not so much. Who knew?

      Merry Christmas!

  • Jill Silverman Hough
    Posted at 12:23h, 21 December Reply

    Shoot – I didn’t mean to be so self-serving and include that blog post link – especially amidst talking about what’s important during the holidays! Didn’t see that little checked box there. My apologies.

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 17:40h, 21 December Reply

      @Jill Silverman Hough, no need to apologize. I didn’t know you could check it to turn it on or off. I include it as a means of thanking people who take the time to comment. I just learned something. Thanks!

      • Jill Silverman Hough
        Posted at 13:46h, 27 December Reply

        @Charmian Christie, well then, happy to provide the service! Cool feature, actually. Hope you had a happy Xmas.

  • Cheryl
    Posted at 13:21h, 21 December Reply

    How about if I eat an extra rum ball for you? Wait, is that rude?

    I like seeing you pop up here, even if it’s just to know you’re both hanging in there and focusing on what’s important. I hope 2011 will be a bit easier, and that there will be much homemade ice cream (salted caramel?) in the new year.

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 17:42h, 21 December Reply

      @Cheryl, oh rum balls and ice cream are only going to dent the surface. I think this calls for wine.

      Wonderful to see you here, too. I keep meaning to pop by your blog and keep getting called away. Next year I’ll be a better blogging buddy. Promise!

  • cheryl
    Posted at 20:10h, 21 December Reply

    Thank you for baring your soul. I can relate. I wish you a speedy return to normalcy and keep your chin up, until the next curve ball is thrown.

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 09:38h, 22 December Reply

      @cheryl, next curve ball?! Yup, life’s like that. Thanks for the well wishes. My chin is higher than it was a month ago, so that’s progress. :-)

  • Doreen Pendgracs
    Posted at 23:22h, 21 December Reply

    Sorry to hear of your difficulties, Charmian. Glad to hear Andrew is slowly on the mend.

    Believe me when I say I know what you’re going thru. My husband, Reg, had a bypass earlier this year and several complications ensued. Needless to say, this entire year has been one of just getting by.

    Let’s hope 2011 is better for all of us!

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 09:41h, 22 December Reply

      @Doreen Pendgracs, thanks so much for your kind words and understanding. Andrew’s knee is not life threatening — although I have threatened him a few times when he’s tried to grab things beyond his reach. We are grateful there have been no complications and hope that in a year this will all be a memory with nothing more than a scar to show for it.

      All the best to you and your husband. May 2011 be a healthy, prosperous year for you both.

  • jodi (bloomingwriter)
    Posted at 10:10h, 22 December Reply

    Breathe, Charmian. Just breathe. Look after the important stuff in your life: family, furballs, friends. The rest is irrelevant.
    Happy Christmas to you, Hopalong, & the kitties!

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 12:50h, 07 January Reply

      @jodi (bloomingwriter), thanks for this. Not sure how I missed it. Must have been the holiday madness.

      Hopalong is hopping along a lot better now. Cats are no long terrified of the crutches. Friends shovel our drive. We’ll be just fine.

      Hope 2011 is good to you and yours.

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