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I survived another christmas with chronic fatigue

by - Sunday, December 30, 2012

I've survived another christmas with CFS. Just. Here's proof...
We had the usual family christmas lunch. Nothing exciting. It was quite boring to be honest. I wasn't really feeling the best so I'm glad it's over. I always seem really good at overdoing things at christmas time. Oh heck. Exhausted is an understatement. I'm still struggling. I really shouldn't have taken on as much as I did, you think I would have learnt by now, but I just can't help myself when it comes to christmas shopping and baking- I did enjoy these activities greatly.
I do love gift giving, too. I get a bit carried away with the excitement, which probably explains my insanity in going late night shopping. I'm talking 11pm. I thought it would be quieter, and it actually was! But just some advice if you have chronic fatigue and arthritis- don't go shopping really late at night. Just don't. Or you may just find yourself limping to your car crying.
The four christmas shopping trips I made this month were worth it though. I was really happy with the gifts that I gave. I especially love what I got Sweet Sister. I made her a uni survival kit for next year.
You can't go wrong with a cute mug filled with chocolates, lip gloss and cool stationary. I wrapped it up in pretty cellophane. Adorable gift, no? She's so excited about studying next year.
While I was looking for an arty gift for Brother Bear, I stumbled across some scrapbooking paper that I really liked. I didn't end up finding anything for my brother that day, but I did come home with a bag full of paper to play with. Why is it that when you're looking for a present you always find things for yourself instead?
I love how scrapbook papers are double sided.
These papers are all by My memories.
I received some pretty cool things, too. I scored some baking goodies and a few pretty girly things. I got given a ridiculous amount of gift cards this year as well. I have so many!
I've already spent two in the boxing day sales. My grandad sent me a gift card in the mail. Inside the card it says "Have a ball". Have a ball I did- spent it the same day I got it. I'm enjoying my new super soft pillows and cushions. So blessed.
My new european cushions. So comfy.
For christmas day I baked chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese peppermint candy cane frosting. I also made some truffles to give as gifts- chocolate coconut balls, milk chocolate candy cane truffles and white chocolate candy cane truffles.
I gave them in these cute gift boxes..
I was super happy with how they turned out, although people were complaining that they were too sweet, so I don't think I'll be wasting my energy on baking these again. I'll save it for those that I know have a big sweet tooth.
I survived, people. I survived. Now excuse me while I go collapse in a heap on the couch.

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