Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Twelve Days of Christmas-Introvert Style: Day Eleven

On the eleventh day of Christmas
my true love gave to me
Batteries re-charging
One well a-filling
No public speaking
Close friends connecting
Plenty time for napping
Six hours a-plotting
One emp-ty house
Four ear plugs
Three note books
Two soothing drinks
And a nice quiet place to just be…

And no, we don’t mean Duracell or Eveready! We really can’t state this one strongly enough. It’s something introverts have to be vigilant about during the best of time, but during the holidays, it is critical! Take the time to recharge your battery! Do not risk depleting your reserves! (Yes, that’s an order. Or maybe just a sternly worded warning: Whichever makes you most inclined to follow it!)

When my kids were small and I was stupid, in an effort to accommodate all the various factions of my family I (no lie) put on a Christmas Eve Dinner (14 guests) a Christmas Breakfast (only four guests) and a Christmas Dinner (12 guests). I did that for about five years and then I began getting deathly ill every Christmas. Coincidence? Clearly not. My body was stepping in and saying NO for me when I couldn’t. Don’t put yourself in that position.

And because reading is such a great way to recharge those batteries today’s winner will receive a box o’ books , including The Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, The 39 Clues: Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan, and The Case of the Left-Handed Lady by Nancy Springer. And the winner is Number 9--Yat Yee!

Email me Yat Yee and I will get those out to you!


Yat-Yee said...

Thank you, thank you! The perfect Christmas gift. I've been wanting to read the 39 clues too! What, do you read minds as well?!!

R.L. LaFevers said...

LOL! Well remember, reading minds is an INFJ talent... so maybe I do! I'm SO glad the books are right up your alley. Although I have to admit, I probably won't get to the post office today. It won't be until Friday.

feywriter said...

We used to shuttle back and forth between in-laws for Christmas Eve. My family one year, hubby's family the next. Last year the weather was so bad we opted out, and it was so nice having a quiet Christmas with just us and our young son. We've decided no more Christmas Eve parties. We can do quieter visiting during the rest of the month. Besides, how much visiting actually happens with the full house and food and party going on?

Mary Hershey said...

Yipeeee, Yat Yee! :-)

I am recharging my batteries with a really good novel and baking-baking-baking! Fun stuff, no pressure, just making art in the kitchen. True bliss.

Merry Xmas Eve, and Happy Fourth Night of Hanukkah!

Mary Hershey

Sarah Stevenson said...

This is a great series of posts! I'll have to refer to these repeatedly for comfort, as I get through a visit with my well-meaning and loving but VERY VERY extroverted mother.


Yat-Yee said...

I have a very extroverted mother as well! Do you suppose Intro/extro version has a little to do with nurture/environment?

Maggie Stiefvater said...

This explains a lot why I'm the one who gets sick every year at Christmas -- shuttling back and forth between my family and six hours away to the inlaws and cooking Christmas dinners left and right!