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Days of December

Hey, y’aaaaallllllllll!

It’s December, didn’t ya know?

People get excited about December, mostly because of the holidays. I think I’m pretty much over them. I like the days off and the food, but that’s about it. Well, no. I like giving and receiving prezzies too! I’m not so big on Santa everywhere, Christmas music all the time (especially since everyone plays the same 5 albums or so on rotation), increase in crime, and the dark evenings. But hey, gotta take the bad with the good, right? We can’t have it all.

December, for me, begins with celebration of my great-grandmother’s life. Her birthday was yesterday. She’s 93, healthy and happy. I don’t know if there are many other 93 year old people who drive, walk with assistance, clean, cook, etc., but she’s a member of that club. Longevity is definitely in the family. Her birthday has been bittersweet for her for the past four years since my grandfather died late in November and they shared a birthday. Yesterday, though, she didn’t show any sadness.

What’s left of the month… Weeks of craziness as people prepare for Christmas. It won’t be long before the mall (we only have one real mall here) is packed, the prices skyrocket, and traffic is unbearable. I’m not sure why people wait until the last minute to do everything. I guess it’s the thrill of the rush? I’m doing all of my (very minimal) shopping online. No lines, no crowds, no fighting over the last Baby Alive. Heaven!

We’re not doing much in our apartment this year. No tree or anything like that. We’re keeping it as inexpensive as possible. We are, after all, planning the party of the century, and that requires $$$$$. We’re saving hardcore so we have a fun, memorable wedding.

Christmas is always at my great-grandmother’s house. She says, this year (again), that she’s not doing anything big. Just the immediate family. Yeah, right! Just like every other year, it’ll be all the aunts and cousins. I don’t know who she thinks she’s fooling. Haha.

All I’m doing is making sure I’m as ahead of the game as possible, and prepared for what I know is ahead. Preparation! Operation Preparation!

How are you preparing for Christmas? Are you decorating? Have you started shopping? Have you set a budget? What are most excited about?

Happy Holidays?

Hey Bloggedies,

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? It’s not that I haven’t had things to say. There’s been lots to talk about. At some point, I’ll catch you up on things that still matter by the time that I have the time. And the presence of mind. I also need to catch up on the lives and writings of my favourite bloggers. It will take me a while, but I’ll read up on all of your Christmas and post-Christmas excitement and adventures.

The holidays have been difficult. This is the worst holiday season I have ever experienced. I’ve had over a month of stress and drama.

I can’t think of many positive things. Just one really big one that I can’t talk about (yet). The thing that’s heavy on my mind is that my grandmother died. Yesterday morning. I am so sad that I can’t even put it into words. I’m glad that I got to talk to her, and we got some good laughs earlier in the week. I’m glad that I had the week off, and I was able to spend time at her house, waiting to see her. She slept a lot, so it was a waiting game. I’m glad she’s out of that horrible pain. It was terrible. Just to watch. But it’s over now. It’s only for selfish reasons that I’m sad. And also that I find it hard to see my mother this way. It’s really hard. *sighs*

I’m stuck at my aunt’s now. I’ve been keeping mum company. The car broke down yesterday. Right when my mother was on the phone crying, telling me to come right away. It went to the mechanic today. Got a new part. It’s still not working. Great. So now here I sit, waiting for a way to get home. I think my dad will come get me when the restaurant closes. Doesn’t look like it’ll be a busy night, so I’ll lay around until about 9:30pm. I wanna get home in time to order some pizza and chillax with my Babe. My happy place. Home.

5-1 Things

Five Things About the Weekend

  • The thing I remember most, sadly, is that someone close to me called me mean. I feigned surprise at something (pens from my office being at home), and the response I got was, “Yes, I’ll bring them back. I know you’re mean.” Seriously?! THAT’s what you think of me? Great. Really good to know. Thanks. For clarity, I am concerned about 20 pens not being in my office because, really, my principals at work are seriously likely to call me and ask me to bring some of those “bunch of pens” in my drawer (because THEY PUT THEM THERE) to some random place. If they’re not there, I’d have to explain why, or find my way to storage to get some if I have that opportunity. Big deal? Probably not. Likely? Probably not. I’m just saying. But seriously… I’m mean? Oh. I have seriously stressed about this for the past few days, thoroughly thinking it through. Sad? Yeah, probably. *Sighs*
  • Shopping. Ugh. Babe had to get a million things for an event she was hosting. We also got a few things for our game night. I got some towels for my grandmother, plants for my grandmothers, and one or two other things. Traffic was ridiculous. I hated every minute of being on the road. Being in the stores wasn’t much better. In the middle of the errands, mum called. She needed a ride from the hospital (visiting my grandmother). I popped in to hail grandmother, then took mum home to grandmother’s house. Back on the road we went. Being in my grandmother’s area was the push we needed to get mace for Babe and a stungun for me. Yay!
  • Had a fun game night at our place. My cousin was the first to arrive. We chatted until our friend (who we met through my cousin) arrived with her new girrrlfriiiend. We chatted more, had lots of laughs, and played a few games of Cranium. After that, they played a few games of Dominoes. I’m not big on Dominoes, so I sat those out. I focused on eating the brownies my cousin brought. Have I ever mentioned my insane snackiness? I LOVE snacking. And snacks. YUM, YUM, YUM! FOOOOD!
  • Ran on Sunday morning. Opted to do 15 minutes instead of the usual 20. Just because it had been so long. I pushed more than usual. I didn’t run particularly fast. I just tried to run for longer. I usually do 2 mins running OR 3 minutes running alternated with 1 minute of walking. I did that at the very least. When I felt I could, I ran for longer. With that, I managed to run my fastest mile. YAY! I’ll post the details of the run on Ice Cream Runs a bit later.
  • Sunday was stupid. Got horrible news about grandmother’s health. Felt very alone and inconsolable. Blah, blah, blah.

Four Things About Today

  • My legs are still a bit achy from my first run in friggin’ aaaaages on Sunday. I didn’t wear my calf sleeves. Silly, silly. I’m going to wear them next time.
  • Brought lunch today. I have food from FamJam on Sunday. Babe has food from last night. We did beef strips with potatoes and carrots. And rice, but she doesn’t eat rice and potatoes at the same time. *shrugs*
  • I neeeed to get out for a run. I’ve realized that it’s the release/therapy that I need sometimes.
  • I’m worried about things. I know that worry doesn’t help, but it’s there. What am I supposed to do? Not worry? I sort of have to.

Three Things About This Week

  • It doesn’t feel like Christmas is less than a week away.
  • I want this week to be over.
  • I wish I could just sleep.

Two Things About Christmas Weekend

  • I’m not looking forward to it, but I DO want it to hurry up and come, and then leave.
  • I wanna go to Junkanoo. That’s about it. Sunday night/Monday morning will be my salvation. Or something.

One Thing About Life

  • I should always expect the unexpected.