...and yet feel compelled to relearn anyway.
1. I should never say about a project, 'I'll be done tomorrow' because that's a surefire way to guarantee that I'll spend the evening wrapping and packing things and not knitting.
2. Knitting, if wrapped in paper without boxes, makes dandy packaging for cushioning more fragile gifts in shipment.
3. There's something very satisfying about filling a box right up to the tippy-top with stuff and not having to pay to ship packaging material.
4. One thing I didn't know before but should have: My brilliant plan for printing postage online and shipping my package from work? Has been foiled by the post office's failure to include parcel post in their shipping options. So I can ship conveniently but more expensively. Or I can go to an actual post office and reap the benefits of having made a point of having things done early enough to ship parcel post.
5. I'm really cheap, so I'm going to the post office.
6. Being nearly done with shopping over a week before Christmas? Feels really good.
7. Having the gifts already wrapped feels even better.
8. Still having a lot of things to knit...keeps the pressure on!
9. If you go around the house dredging out all the gifts you have so far to get them wrapped, you're bound to miss one. Or three. (Fortunately nothing that needed to go into the completely full box already taped up for shipment, however.)
10. Surprisingly, not all cats are irresistably attracted to wrapping paper. I had a lot less help wrapping than I expected.
11. Curling ribbon, however, is another story.
12. When you're trying to tie curling ribbon around a package before the cat's butt-wiggle and pounce gets beyond the point of no return, it's impossible to also take a picture. Sorry. (It was really cute!)