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8 Things That Are Getting Me Through The Holidays

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chai latte
That is NOT the remains of a red velvet cupcake in the background.

As the parent of a toddler and a preschooler, I’m no foreigner to the land of stress. You could say that I live in a general state of stress that may not be alleviated until, maybe 2032 or so?  Lately I’ve noticed I’m even more high strung than normal. I was wondering what the heck was up besides, you know, my period?

Then it hit me: It’s the @#$%ing holidays! Of course! This is typical for me. Denial coupled with complete naïveté, and then suddenly…epiphany.  I’m embarrassed to admit, it’s about the speed with which Joey from Friends ‘gets’ jokes.

So today, when I  made this brilliant realization, I decided to take stock of the things I have to keep me sane. These range from the concrete chai latte to the abstract:

  • My sense of humor. 1 of 8
    My sense of humor.
    Keeps me alive, I tell you. Photo by Carola Beker.
  • Coffee 2 of 8
    Coffee
    For obvious reasons.
  • Chai Lattes 3 of 8
    Chai Lattes
    Because I can't drink coffee at 3pm.
  • Garlic 4 of 8
    Garlic
    I've been taking raw garlic to keep from getting whatever illness both my kids have right now. My husband won't go near me, but that's cool.
  • Chanukah Candles 5 of 8
    Chanukah Candles
    The warmth of candles calms me down.
  • Ryan Gosling 6 of 8
    Ryan Gosling
    He's really helping me get over my Robert Pattinson obsession.
    Photo by Pacific Coast News.
  • Tree Lights 7 of 8
    Tree Lights
    Like the Chanukah candles, I find the lit tree in my living room to be peaceful and I'm mesmerized by the lights. It smells good, too!
  • Mantras 8 of 8
    Mantras
    This too shall pass. It's almost over. You can make it through (stuff like this).

What keeps you sane during the holiday frenzy?

Photo Credits:
Buddha: Flickr/Wonderlane
Coffee: Flickr/marfis75
Tea: Flickr/ruben i
Garlic: Flickr/CarbonNYC
Chanukah Candles: Flickr/RonAlmog
Ryan Gosling: Pacific Coast News

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