Scott Adams said that personal energy is the best metric for measuring success day to day. If so, I’m not doing very well.

I’m sleepy. It’s hard to get up in the morning. It’s easy to take a nap in the afternoon. After my surgery-required exercise hiatus, I’m less enthusiastic about my morning steps and evening weights.

Why? I may be eating too much sugar. Well, I definitely am eating too much sugar. I’ve lost another pound this week, but cookies and candy have been on the menu every day.

World events may also be tiring.

The government has been shut down because Trump won’t sign a budget without five billion dollars for his border wall scheme. 400,000 people are working without pay and 380,000 have been laid off. This was the end of a week that also saw the sudden withdrawal of troops in Syria and the departure of the current “grown up in the room” at the White House, a guy known as “Mad Dog.” I don’t know whether this latest episode of our ongoing craziness in the government is affecting my energy level or not, but it seems reasonable.

I have more wrapping, cleaning, baking, and making to do. I have a shopping list in my mind, but I might skip it. There’s church this morning and then we have three days of celebration and family time. I may give in to my low energy and take today as a day to finish my last knitted gift (well, not really the last, but the last needed on Christmas Eve).

— Coming back to say that I will have babysitting instead of church this morning. That will be a pleasure.

First, I will do my 30 minutes of stepping. It’s a little shocking that I haven’t done it yet, but it will get done.

Here’s a high-energy song by Elton John for our Song of the Day. The lyrics are dumb, but it’s very danceable and maybe energizing. This was written as a single, a thank you to the fans in 1973.

Welcome to my Christmas song
I’d like to thank you for the year
So I’m sending you this Christmas card
To say it’s nice to have you here
I’d like to sing about all the things
Your eyes and mind can see
So hop aboard the turntable
Oh step into Christmas with me
Step into Christmas
Let’s join together
We can watch the snow fall forever and ever
Eat, drink and be merry
Come along with me
Step into Christmas
The admission’s free
Take care in all you do next year
And keep smiling through the days
If we can help to entertain you
Oh we will find the ways
So merry Christmas one and all
There’s no place I’d rather be
Than asking you if you’d oblige
Stepping into Christmas with me
Step into Christmas
Let’s join together
We can watch the snow fall forever and ever
Eat, drink and be merry
Come along with me
Step into Christmas
The admission’s free
Oh oh oh
La la la la
Welcome to my Christmas song
I’d like to thank you for the year
So I’m sending you this Christmas card
To say it’s nice to have you here
I’d like to sing about all the things
Your eyes and mind can see
So hop aboard the turntable
Oh step into Christmas with me
Step into Christmas
Let’s join together
We can watch the snow fall forever and ever
Eat, drink and be merry
Come along with me
Step into Christmas
The admission’s free
Step into Christmas
Let’s join together
We can watch the snow fall forever and ever
Eat, drink and be merry
Come along with me
Step into Christmas
The admission’s free
Step into Christmas
Let’s join together
We can watch the snow fall forever and ever
Eat, drink and be merry
Come along with me
Step into Christmas
The admission’s free
Oh oh
Step, step into Christmas
Oh for ever and ever
Yeah come along with me
Now
oh oh oh oh
Step, step into Christmas
Oh for ever and ever
Yeah come along with me
Now