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One Week To Go December 15, 2011

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Just over a week until Christmas. The store is busy, but I don’t work the evenings, so I don’t see the crazy. And I don’t have to work this coming weekend either – busiest weekend of the year.  So, I’m excited about that, too. I do have a forty hour week next week, including Christmas Eve, but hey. Can’t have everything.

I saw an article in the newspapers I put out today about some churches not having services on Christmas Sunday because “people don’t want to be in church on Christmas.” Now, much to Mom’s lament, I am no longer a regular church attender, but for those that are, this seems a ridiculous sentiment. In fact, before I read this headline, I was considering doing just that on Christmas morning. It’s Christmas… I mean, I suppose, folk’ll go to Christmas Eve services the night before, and once in a weekend is enough for s, buomet to not have services on a Sunday, because it is Christmas, just seems a little bit backwards to me.

Okay, enough ranting, back to your regularly scheduled commercialization of Christmas… So far, I’ve bought clothes with Christmas gift money. Pants, gloves, hat and socks. If I’m lucky, I’ll also manage new shoes. On the topic of pants, I don’t understand my body, and I wonder if I’m just odd or if other women have this problem. I tried to go thrifting, but after two runs through the racks for three different sizes, I gave up and went to Meijer where sizes are easier to come by. I have always felt my upper body is too small for my lower body and pants shopping proved it. I could not find a pair of pants big enough for my thighs and hips, and yet small enough for my waist. I did the best I could, but I still need to find a good belt that doesn’t pinch my belly. Maybe that’s what I’ll do with the little bit still left.

First holiday potluck of the season tonight, I should get ready and head out to that. Have a safe and happy holiday season all the way through to the New Year.

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The Eve of Christmas Eve December 23, 2010

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Tomorrow is Christmas Eve. Only one shopping day left. I’ll be at the store bright and early to welcome all the last minute shoppers in with Nook in hand. It hasn’t been bad this year. We’ve been busy and sales are still climbing, but it has not been unmanageable. The lines are long, but not nearly as long as I’ve seen them. People are grumpy, but I only work mornings, and the Grinches apparently come out at night.

I’ve gotten a few books from friends, clothes by proxy from my parents, and a few odds and ends that I need for the coming year. I’ll be doing some post-Christmas shopping on Amazon as well, thank you Gale and Larry. My Aunt Mary and Uncle David adopted a wolf in mine and Rich’s name, so that’s a pretty cool gift as well. And Dr. Who’s most recent season is sitting on the mantle with our yearly calendars, just waiting to be opened.

Saturday, I’m going to be attempting my first ever lasagna. Lots of cheese, but no ricotta. We’ll see how that goes. We’re also going to be seeing True Grit, to share the holiday tradition of dinner and a movie with his parents. Have to work phone calls to family around that, but it should work out alright. Going to see my brother and the kids next weekend, Christmas on New Year’s Day. So that will be fun as well.

It’s a good, slightly snowy Christmas, here in central Ohio. Peace and love to all.

8 Days til Christmas December 17, 2010

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Eight shopping days until Christmas. All the presents for other people bought and waiting for wrapping. I am certain I don’t have enough paper, but I will deal with that when I run out. Still need to sort out family gatherings between work schedules. Shooting for a Saturday afternoon sometime soon. So far, I have gotten myself shoe polish, a 2011 Moleskine planner, a video cable for my Netbook, and hosiery. The kids, of course, have far more interesting stuff in their bags. And the wheelbarrow arrived today.

I’m working all the holidays we’re open – Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Yay, overtime… though I’d gladly trade it for some sleep on the 1st of 2011. We’re open normal hours that day for some reason this year. Seems an odd decision, I wonder who made it.

Working a lot more at the store has filled up my days and left me little time and energy for my other career pursuits lately. I need to get those moving again so I don’t drop them completely. Five 7am shifts in a row leaves me awfully tired, though, and I still have lots of other things to attend to. Which are far more interesting than being rejected over and over, but that’s the life of a writer.

Health is doing well. Feeling mostly pain free, with only a little swelling most days. Have discovered Prego 100% Natural isn’t all that terrible for me. Yes there’s sugar, but nothing else I’m not supposed to have. Had some lovely spelt noodles today, too. Microwaves do odd things to sweet potato though, I don’t think I’m ever going to do that again. As always, need more exercise and more restful sleep, but all in all, things are going well.