I spent the weekend slavishly cleaning. I emptied all my cupboards and polished all my crystal and glassware. I vacuumed and then scrubbed floors the way you only see scullery maids in period dramas doing. I did a whopping five loads of laundry, tidied my drawers and wardrobe. And I got groceries in for Christmas and managed to create a garland for my windowsill. I have to go back to Whole Foods tomorrow to get the few must-be-fresh items and flowers for the table. Two more sleeps!