We're solving the gift thing by heading out the whole day on Friday. We're driving to our favorite mall/shopping center in Sacramento at Craig's request. He associates the holiday with crowded malls, and after growing up with Lakeside (and later Bluewater when we lived there), he swears up and down that no American mall could ever be insane. He's partially right, but still, it's going to be crowded. Hopefully we can get it all done.
I've had good news in the past week, though. First of all, I made the list of directors for the short play festival next March. I'm so excited about it. She's sending out the play options in batches, and it's first come/first serve on what we get, but we're only allowed to send our choices once she's sent them all out. So far, there's one that I absolutely love, but I'm torn. Since the plays are so short, directors are allowed to audition, too, and frankly, the one I love, I'd love to *be in* even more. I guess we'll see what the other plays are like.
The other good news--my health. The added allergy medicine has made a huge difference. Giving up coffee to help with the silent reflux has been tough, but I'm dealing. The fact that I don't feel like I'm choking all the time, and that my breathing seems to be clearing up more, is worth it.