2014 came in much the same way 2013 did. Platitudes. Promises. Pleadings for a second (or seventh or eleventh or twentieth) chance. Continue reading “Bitterness”
I approached the Christmas season with a healthy amount of dread, as I have previously wrote about in this post. I planned on avoiding all family gatherings and had a great excuse because of the hours I was working the fact that I would need any time off to rest. But, as it often happens, things change. Continue reading “An unexpectedly blessed Christmas”
I love Christmas music. (You have to have a heart made of wood chips not to!) Continue reading “My favorite Christmas song”
The holiday season, for some reason, makes me long to spend time in farm supply stores.
Now, you probably just cocked your head to one side like a confused canine as you stared at these words on your screen, so let me explain.
Because I’m working 65+ hours a week between now and Christmas, I gave myself exactly 11 minutes to decorate for the holiday. Continue reading “Decorating done!”
When November rolls around every year, there are always two dates on the calendar that matter – my birthday and Thanksgiving. The first grows less significant each year as I reach the age where I start to pretend that I don’t have birthdays at all. The latter, which is a holiday that’s supposed to be filled with gratitude and love and familial closeness, leaves me empty.
First there’s the working:
So I’ve been working my behind off. Even when I’m not on site, I’m still working via my laptop/VPN or answering emails on my phone. This has left me feeling drained, and what better way to lift my spirits than through retail therapy?
Although it’s technically now Christmas Eve, it’s not officially Christmas Eve to me until I go to bed and wake up again. In my world, it’s still Sunday. Anyway, my mind is a disjointed jumble of thoughts and I feel like sharing them.
The “War on Christmas” that Fox “News” keeps rambling about (and I only know about it because MSNBC said that Fox was talking about it) is total crap. I know that the Fox “anchors” want to pretend the whole world is against their righteous crusade (led by their prophet, Karl Rove), but I call bullcrap. Well, I actually call bullcrap about that network’s entire existence but as for the whole war on Christmas thing – HORSE PUCKEY! I’ve been told “Merry Christmas” the past three days by no less than 12 people in the service and retail industries. Not once have I been told “Happy Holidays.” Suck it, Bill O’Reilly (well, as soon as you remove your lips from Father Karl’s prostate.)
Tattoos don’t hurt as much as I remember. The one I got on my ankle 14 years ago, which is approximately an inch big, hurt so much that I remember hyperventilating and almost blacking out. So it was with trepidation that I entered the tattoo shop today. The problem was that I had been obsessing about getting a tattoo and, because I know me, I knew I wouldn’t rest until I got it over with. So I entered with my design in hand, didn’t hyperventilate and really only winced a bit while the needle hummed as it chewed through my skin, and left with this:
The world of Harry Potter now with me forever? CHECK. (Now I’m thinking about getting “Nox” on my other wrist.)
After getting things done around the place, I settled in at my dining room table with my old time radio app and listened to Christmas episodes of “Our Miss Brooks” and “The Jack Benny Show” while I finished my yo-yo table cover. I needed it done for Tuesday because we’re hosting my immediate family here. So check it out! Sitting on the trivet, which is sitting on the yo-yos, is a cool candle holder that I got at my favorite museum, Conner Prairie, yesterday. It’s a replica of an 1858 Mason jar with a wrought iron candle holder hanging inside. And in it is a beeswax candle that was made at the museum. I love the way the whole thing turned out!
Also, I desperately wish I were writing again. Inspiration just isn’t there. I’m heading to Seattle for training in mid-January and now it looks like I have another trip scheduled the week following that trip (meaning I fly home on Saturday and back out on Monday) so I’m hoping to get some writing done while I’m away from home. Truthfully, I’m hoping my second week of training ends up being in Seattle, too, because then I’ll get to spend a weekend in the city we’re hoping to relocate to in about two years. Hopefully the training invite will show up in my inbox right after Christmas so I can find out where I’m headed for that second week and get my trip booked. Can’t believe how much travelling I’m getting to do since starting to work for this huge company.
We’re under a Winter Storm Watch for Christmas night and into Wednesday. They’re calling for between 5-9 inches. While I know that the projections will change between now and then, I also know that, regardless of how much we get, I’m screwed as I head into work on Wednesday. White-knuckled drive for sixteen miles at 20mph. Awesome, Mother Nature. Thanks.
Okay, I’m off to read, I do believe. I shall leave you with this lovely view of our flickering fake wood stove.
And Merry Christmas to everyone (except Fox News!)