- We won our first game against the Lions because of a dumb rule.
- In Week 5, we faced Carolina rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen when Cutler missed his first start as a Bear with a concussion.
- We had a bye week when we needed it most and got to play the Buffalo Bills.
- Our short week Thursday night game was against Miami who was down to the waterboy as backup QB.
- And then we got 10 days to plan for our game against the Eagles.
We also get the patriots coming off a monday night game so they will have 1 less day to practice. I just hope we don't get caught up in a trap game against the Lions on Sunday and I hope we don't miss the playoffs because of the seeding rules of the NFL. We could be 10-6 or 11-5 and lose the wildcard while an 8 and 8 team from another division goes to the playoffs.
Home for the Holidays: I always try to take the three days before Thanksgiving off if I can so that I have time to get things in order. Usually it's cleaning up my place but in recent years I use the time to work on my mom's house.
This year I was extremely productive. I used each day efficiently and effectively by creating a manageable goal for each day. Usually I defeat myself by having too many things on my I-want-to-accomplish list but this time, I kept it simple. Each day I had one thing I wanted to do. If I finished early, I would go to my auxilary list and work on something else, but if I didn't, no worries.
I also factored in the weather to help me. It rained last Monday, so I used that day to clean and organize the den. It's amazing how much bigger a room can seem if you just move a piece of furniture from one side to the other. We had two matching dressers "facing"each other, with one being right in the path when you walked in the door. I moved it next to it's twin and suddenly the room seems twice as big.
On Tuesday I went to my mom's do to the pre-painting setup. I usually set myself up to fail on these projects because I don't allow enough time for the prep work. So Tuesday was all about that. I scraped off all the loose paint. Unfortunately, it was too cold to caulk, not to mention getting dark when it was time to do so, so I had to factor that into my weekend.
Finally, we secured a church and set the wedding date. We also introduced the in-laws - no shots fired.