So we decorated our tree on Saturday night and then YESTERDAY I cleaned (like really CLEANED) the living room and put out the other Christmas decorations. We have a couple little light-up ceramic buildings, stockings... and I pretty much wore myself out. I'm not really a domestic being. The dusting and vacuuming in particular... ACK! But one of our rooms is now ready for the holidays, so that's something. (pic is from when I was a baby, with my dad and cousin)
And then the kids and I have been watching the Harry Potter weekend on ABC Family. It's official... next times I have a beloved story, I am buying the DELUXE DVD--there are several scenes that have been CUT from the version I have (and was in theaters) that is in these, and I am feeling just a bit MIFFED that I didn't know the deluxe ones had extra scenes or I would have gotten THOSE instead. Now I know...
I suppose it's official that I am getting in the spirit of things... not shopping... but there isn't a ton of that to day. But it is the sweet spot where I stop resisting the dark and cold for a couple weeks and give in to winter and the holidays. (Once the holiday part of that is over, I return to being tired of the cold, though FORTUNATELY the darkening part reverses by then, so that's something...)
In spite of my hypothesis that order and order would be correlated Friday, what SEEMED to be the case among my FABULOUS readers was that PANTSERS were a little pickier as housekeepers (Raquel and a couple others aside) and OUTLINERS weren't so picky about the house... Middlers were indeed still middlers, but it seems to me this was TOTALLY unexpected... UNLESS...
See, when I started writing more... I started stealing time from this and that to do it... I think the MORE time you spend writing, the less other time you have available... Now that is not to say writing with an outline is slower... in fact it's faster... but if you spend the time researching and plotting and outlining carefully up front and then ADD THAT to the writing time... maybe the total is more?
Maybe the typical person has some absolute volume of perfectionism available to them and they CHOOSE where to apply it... (except Virgos, they have more than other people *shifty*). Anyway... it really did look as if the outliners had less household pickiness, and the anal housekeepers were pantsers... who knew?
My buddy Michael is a major Harry Potter nut, as am I. He recently went to the Orlando version of Hogwarts and has purchased some PRIZES and one of them will be for the winner of this blog fest.
What is needed? Harry Potter themed holiday short story (500 ish words) on December 11. Check out his blog for details! Go HERE!
So what does that mean... Potter holiday story? Well, there are the MAIN characters we know, but I think it's also fun to look at the ones we spend a lot less time with... MORE fun, in fact...
So I encourage you to turn on your Potter-brain and write a little Christmas story!