Cream Crackered

Cat lying on the ground and yawning

As in knackered. Apparently the term is from the 80s and is British (just British?) rhyming slang. Don’t check out the urban dictionary. Someone called Davy thinks it means something else. There is always one. Anyway. I am absolutely cream crackered. Why? Because it is the festive season and I have just added in to my life: a lot of nights out, days out, catch ups and additional work. Yes the type of work you only ever do when you are nearing a holiday (or holiday and holiday season in my case).


There might have been a lack of planning. Or maybe too much. Either way I didn’t plan in rest time. We aren’t even all the way through yet and I feel like I need some bed sock, sofa, and sleep time in my schedule. Wearing socks would be nice. This sounds odd, I know, but I would really like not to be wearing tights and or heels all the time. My feet want to be in socks…thick socks which are kind of fluffy…comfy socks. I digress.

Having a look at my phone calendar involves working out which dot needs more attention. I have another 4 nights out to fit in before Christmas – three of them in a row. I have another 2 coffee catch ups and a day out and no I haven’t planned in any shopping. I might have to do it online. I might just avoid the thought of it for a while. There are things I know I have missed from my phone but I am sure someone will remind me of them. It feels like I am on autopilot now (or maybe kamikaze into knackerdom pilot mode…I can’t decide).

The Up-side

I tried to find a rhyming slang for the positives – but I am just too Crispy Ducked to spend any time searching. That’s another rhyming slang. Am sure you figured that out. However I know there is an up-side. A few in fact. Here is my list of positivity:

  • I am busy…socially.
  • I have and will see friends I don’t always catch up with.
  • I will catch up with some family (the ones I like at least πŸ™‚
  • Christmas time is full of sparkly lights and sparkly clothes.
  • I get to add to my dress collection. Not work dresses but actual going out dresses.
  • I don’t have time to fit in any dates which may (or may not) turn out to be time I will never get back.
  • I will sleep like a log (Yule log maybe) when I get the chance to sleep.

It is a social time of the year and this is probably the best thing about it. Being single I am sometimes dull. Most people are, but being dull on your own can lead to boredom. This probably happens to people in relationships. I can’t remember as my ones ended up being dull so I have repressed the memories. That is a total contradiction and yes I am digressing again. The best thing about this time of year is making sure you catch up with all your freinds. Is that a Scottish thing. We definitely see this as a given especially for and at Hogmany (New Year’s Eve for non-Scottish folk).

Anyway – going out requires going shopping (another thing to add to the list of time sucking activities), but I have managed to shop well this year and have a few outfits that are not festive specific. This is a shopping bonus! Feeling great in a great dress is definitely an upside.

The Downside

Did I mention how tired I am. Haha well my tiredeness affects my sensitive skin so I have to spend a lot more time moisturising. My feet also hurt. I may also have mentioned this already. I know a few people I know will laugh at this – but I really just want to slouch in trainers or in the house in socks.

So much so I tried to plan my whole work outfit today around the desire to wear socks (not tights). My house is a mess as a result. I got out a pair of flats from the depths of my wardrobe (a nice pair of brogues) and so then had to find a pair of trousers (a rare sight to see me in trousers at work). I decided on a jumper just to add to being cozy and comfortable. Until….I realised how bad I looked and had to ditch the socks and flats. Patent heels went on but I rebelled with the jumper and so kept the trousers too. There were a few comments.

I guess my attempt at comfortable clothing was a need for some comfort time after a long weekend and some very long days at work. I know its my fault for a lack of planning in ‘me time’ but there isn’t much I can do about it now.

How Knackered Are You?

Are we all just tired at this time of year? Different lifestyles, belief systems and interests people have will mean different things for them. I would love to know how you are managing your festive schedule? Do you fit in some downtime and how on earth do you manage it?

Me…probably off for a snooze now so apologies if it takes me an hour or so to read any comments :-). Please leave them anyway!

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13 thoughts on “Cream Crackered

  1. My husband uses rhyming slang all the time, peppering his sentences with it – I’ve grown used to it and yet I haven’t heard those two phrases. Really like them. Crispy Duck is much better than it’s original – I’ve taken a bit of a vow lately to not be swearing – Speaking of fowls when feeling foul is not swearing. Little bit creamy crackered but still not completely crispy ducked – saving that for boxing day.

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    1. Brilliant you will need to write about some his phrases :-)! You are doing much better than me if not swearing. It is all foul play! Love your play on words, very festive. Boxing Day – yes that is always the completely and utterly cream crackered day.


        1. Definite cockney then! 😊 I love colloquialisms. Scots, Doric and our general slang means we have lots of words and phrases for everything. But it is peady in the bigger scale of quirks of language. Thanks for making me think of all the words that make us both unique and linked πŸ˜†πŸ‘Œ

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    1. I know!!! Those days in between that roll into one and you can’t remember what day it is or when you need to start getting ready for Hogmanay! I can’t wait (although working some of them)!! Happy holidays when they come Lucy πŸŽ„πŸ˜Š

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  2. Love love love this post!
    Yes… it seems everyone is just flat out tired this time of year.
    I wish it was only this time of year that tired me out πŸ˜›
    Here’s hoping for much rest for you soon! πŸ˜‰

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    1. Thank you!
      Yeah I think it is just more noticeable at this time of year. I have a night in after work but the rest of my weekend is full. Boxing Day will be the first proper rest…I doubt I will even get dressed properly that day πŸ˜†!
      Have a fab festive season 😊❀️

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