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Crabby Christmas Eve
I am at work today. I can't remember the last time I've worked on a Christmas Eve: usually it is one of the few paid holidays our Company gives us. They give us 9 holidays each year. Which days vary by when the holidays fall. This year, the Company in its Infinite Wisdom decided that it would be nicer to have Christmas and the day-after-Christmas off (thursday/friday), so we could have a long weekend. This seemed sensible and okay to me, until this morning when I found myself driving to work on Christmas Eve.

Christmas has come way too fast for me as it is, without working on its Eve. Plus, I am flying to NYC on Christmas day (tomorrow?!), so in fact I'm supposed to go to my mom's tonight and have Christmas dinner. Yikes, that means I have to wrap gifts tonight and pack and all that good stuff.

My stone goose is still in her Thanksgiving outfit. That's how behind I am...I haven't even given my poor goose her santa hat! I haven't decorated or even cleaned my house. I am reconciled with not having a tree this year. The idea of getting and decorating one just sounded like too much work and not worth the effort. Christmas decorations make me happy, yes, but expending the energy to dig things out of the basement and put them up alone would not make me happy. So why do it?

On the other hand, I sent out a bunch of holiday cards this year, for the first time in years. I'm really glad I succeeded in that. I also have some nice gifts to give to people I love. I don't have a lot of Christmas energy or passion this year, but I'm trying to focus it in the places that matter, not the irrelevant ones.

So anyway, I was sitting here at work, and the guy behind me was listening to Christmas music, and the guy next to me was listening to techno. I could hear both, much too clearly. I hate hearing other people's music. Plus, what an awful combination. I sat there getting crabbier and crabbier, until I remembered I don't have to listen to their crap. I put my headphones on, and then remembered I have a new mix CD to listen to! So I'm listening to my new CD, and I'm now happier.

(Even if the office is cold, and I'm huddled under an old hoodie, like always. I'm tired of the cold! Why do I spend my holidays freezing in Michigan and New York, instead of going warmer places like most people? (Or rather: why doesn't my family live somewhere warmer?))

They are making us work today, but at least they are closing the office at 3pm. At least it will be a shorter-than-usual day. Good thing, since I seem to have tons to do when I get out of here! How could it be Christmas already?
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jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: December 24th, 2003 09:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Look on the bright side at least you are going home at 3.

I have been up since 7 AM after going to bed at midnight and am stuck here until 4 PM so I can get off early so I can go home and have a nap.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 24th, 2003 10:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Sorry to hear it. Hope things look up, and that you have a nice nap and an even nicer Christmas!
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: December 24th, 2003 11:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Gee, sounds familar to me, back in the days in public accounting, I only got Christmas day off, I often worked on New Year's observing inventories and such. Worked a full day on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve too. At least you can go home while it's still light out and no vacations allowed between Thanksgiving and April 15th.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: December 24th, 2003 12:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

More Xmas Prep

Have you got the garage ready for the Hippo thatguychuck is getting you for Christmas?
thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: December 25th, 2003 09:08 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: More Xmas Prep

Unfortunately I don't think the hippo is going to make it through customs in time. Something about "foreign animal products" or something.

Sheesh. Can't they see it's a trained hippo? That's not just some animal.

Maybe they're entertained so much by it's "bounce-on-the-ball" trick they can't let it go.

Sigh. Well, it looks like the hippo may have to wait for another year.

drteeth26 From: drteeth26 Date: December 25th, 2003 11:35 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: More Xmas Prep

Hey man, I feel your pain. I tried sending my friend Kim all of the things mentioned in the "12 Days of Christmas", but apparently I couldn't get the necessary permits (aviary, cabaret) in time. :)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 30th, 2003 07:30 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: More Xmas Prep

aww....darn! well, i hope the customs people are enjoying my hippo at least, that would make me feel better. heehee!
drteeth26 From: drteeth26 Date: December 24th, 2003 01:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gee, I wonder where that mix CD came from?! :)

Seriously, I hope you enjoy it. I tried not to make it TOO weird. :)

From: darkonyx Date: December 29th, 2003 01:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hear you about not feeling in the Christmas spirit this year. I had so much to do after Christmas, that was all I could think about. On Friday, as soon as my son went back to his mothers, I thought "Thank Goodness it's over" and had the tree and all the decorations packed and back in storage within 2 hours!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 30th, 2003 07:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Well merry belated christmas anyway, and I hope you have a happy new year. *hugs*
From: darkonyx Date: December 30th, 2003 07:13 am (UTC) (Link)
And a Merry Belated Christmas to you as well. Now that I've had a hug from you - I know I'll have a better year! :) Happy New Year!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 30th, 2003 07:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay, I hope so!! Thank ya muchly! (:
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