Almost Time for the Countdown to Begin!

Here it is, the final day of 2013. One MORE year almost under my belt. It’s kinda’ hard to believe… As my Mom always said, “That old clock keeps ticking whether you are paying attention or not.” (Mom was profound that way). This year has been a roller coaster ride for me. It has been a year of exceptional highs and a few devastating lows. I saw this meme earlier today and it really, really connected with me:

lessons

I plan on recapping 2013 in greater detail tomorrow – including my year-long blogging experience! – but for today, the goal is finishing work (yeah, that’s right – I’m blogging at work, LOL!), going home to make a dessert for a PJ party my Beloved and I will be attending this eve and just generally “exhaling.” I have always found New Year’s Eve and Day especially symbolic, personal holidays. More on that tomorrow…

I wish each of you reading this the very BEST in 2014. May we all be blessed with love, joy, happiness, good health, success and prosperity. Happy New Year!  

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C.O.L.D. Cold.

I have been at work all day and – despite having turned the heat up to 72 degrees, I have been COLD all day. My feet feel like two blocks of ice. My “bum is numb.” And my hands are so chilled I can barely type. Hmmm… Maybe I’m dead, LOL!

So today – to honor my chilled and frozen state – I have decided to create a “pictorial” blog – plus, my fingers are too cold to type much! Enjoy, and keep warm out there!

It's FREEZING!

 

Can it really even BE this cold?

Freezing cold

Sweet Mother of God – I am chilled to the bone!
I'm COLD

5 Minutes

Today is the first entry in a series that I will affectionately title, “Tim’s Little White Lies; Decoding the Confusing Meaning of Tim Speak.”

The word or phrase under examination today? 5 minutes.

5-Minutes5 minutes (noun) – Often combined with the words “just” or “only,” 5 minutes denotes an unknown and undefinable amount of time which is ALWAYS greater than 5 minutes.

Here are some examples:

“I can be ready in like 5 minutes.” Or,

“I’m gonna’ log on Facebook for like 5 minutes.” Or – as happened today,

“I am going to stretch out here for only 5 minutes before I go blog.”

That 5 minutes of “stretching out here” turned into a heavenly two HOUR nap beside my Sweetie, following an amazing Sunday brunch spent with two of our dearest friends and two new friends.

I’m not sure why I cannot simply speak the truth – but I guess these statements:

“It will take me probably 20/25 minutes to get dressed and ready.” Or,

“I will be logging on to Facebook now, and spending the next hour and a half laughing at cat memes, reading status updates and playing Candy Crush.” Or,

“I am stuffed obscenely full of great food and am going to now enter a carb coma, sleeping here until I wake up.”

…really are more accurate and honest but not really what anyone ever wants to hear, myself included! Sigh…

It might be a day or two early for New Year’s resolutions but in 2014, I plan/hope/desire to be more truthful, succinct and accurate in my speech. That said, I suppose I should start a list of resolutions now, so I don’t forget.

I mean, it would take like 5 minutes to write all this stuff down…

Post-Christmas Bottomfeeders

Today was my first day back to work after a week-long vacation over Christmas. I had a GREAT week off, so I thought I was well-rested and prepared to return to work.

I wasn’t. I guess I had forgotten about “Post-Christmas Bottomfeeders.” Don’t know that term?

Post-Christmas (adj.) – In retail jargon, the few days immediately following 25 December, usually associated with the heavy discounting of holiday items to reduce inventory.

Bottomfeeder (noun) – In the world of retail, a bottomfeeder is a person that shops your store typically during sales/promotional periods and ONLY buys deeply discounted product.

Oh yeah, today was THAT day. If it had been a bad horror film, my day would have been titled “Attack of the Bottomfeeders,” or maybe “Bottomfeeder Frenzy” or even “Coven of the Evil Bottomfeeders.”

They always display the same characteristics: Bottomfeeders always travel in pairs. Bottomfeeders always ask for discounts above-and-beyond those listed. Bottomfeeders must all have poor eyesight because the things they say to each other within earshot of clerks – in this case, ME! – are borderline offensive and usually stupid. Can they not see me?

If my life were an episode of “Batman and Robin” (the TV series), my day would have been punctuated as follows (one last note – these remarks all actually were spoken today while I was at work):

Big-haired bottomfeeder to her friend: “Thank God I didn’t buy these ornaments LAST week and pay too much for them.” BTW? She didn’t buy them today, either!slapTall female bottomfeeder to me at check out: “Since I am paying you in cash, can you forget about the sales tax, or can I take another ornament for free?”

powAnd probably the most annoying remark of the day, spoken loudly to give me a chance to respond: “I like these Christmas trees but if they are 50% off this week, they will be 75% off next week, “ to which I replied, smiling, “I doubt if those will still be here next week.” The bottomfeeder looked at me and said, “You hope…”

punchListen, I get it – no one wants to overpay for anything. I mean, I myself am a bottomfeeder. However, I do show respect to sales clerks and retail employees and, quite honestly, have some couth. Most retail shoppers are really nice people, probably more than 99% of them, but it is always the not-so-nice ones we remember.

And we do… 

It Feels Like August

Today feels like a day in late August/early September to me – not because of the weather or anything like that. Instead, I have to return to work tomorrow after a week off and, much as I love my job, well, I feel like that kid enjoying his last day of summer vacation before he has to go back to school. I am excited but sad. I am eager but anxious. I am looking forward to it and dreading it. I want to go to sleep and wake up rich and/or retired. I know; I am a brat…

hidingWanna’ know what makes it all REALLY ridiculous? I go back to work Saturday, then I’m off Sunday, work Monday, a half day Tuesday, off Wednesday, work Thursday and Friday then I have ANOTHER three day weekend… I know. I am spoiled. I am lazy. I am a child…

I wish I were uber-rich. I love my parents, I really do, but if our last name could have been Rockefeller or Hilton or Trump, well, I would have loved them all the more. Sigh… I better go watch some TV. I have to “get up early” tomorrow. Wahhhhhhhhh….. 

Boxing Day/Second Christmas Day

One of the many joys of being married to someone “non-American” is being exposed to a different culture and experiencing new traditions and holidays with your loved one. Today is one of those days for me: Boxing Day, or Second Christmas Day as it is known in Poland.boxing-dayAs it turns out, Boxing Day or Second Christmas Day has nothing to do with burning boxes; Boxing Day has its own traditions and history (click here) and Second Christmas Day is celebrated, at least by my husband’s family, as a day-long marathon of visiting with friends and loved ones you didn’t get to see on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

boxingdayIt is a lovely tradition, Second Christmas Day, and although we didn’t do any visiting today, my beloved is Face-timing with his sister-in-law even as I write this, six time zones away. (Those Polish – they take Second Christmas Day very seriously, LOL!) And, it turns out, our package of Christmas gifts from Europe arrived today so that event, coupled with a slowly-dwindling supply of delicious Christmas Eve left-overs, made the day feel like Christmas.

It has been a super great holiday so far. 2014? You have a LOT to live up to; this has been a pretty great year for me/us… We are waiting to see “what you got.” 

Christmas Day 2013, Late Edition

As promised, here is the “late” edition of my Christmas Day blog for 2013. I am happy to share that I was able to follow my earlier plan to a “t” – I have spent the entire day in my jammies with my beloved Martin, doing nothing but watching movies and being together. We have eaten all day, shared “Merry Christmas” messages with friends and family and, all-in-all, had an amazing day…

I also realized a long-time dream of mine today: As we returned two movies to Redbox and took out two more, I appeared in public in red flannel PJ bottoms with black reindeer on them, paired with a black t-shirt and brown slip-on canvas tennis shoes.

I felt very WalMart-y.

I know I have mentioned several times over the past several days that I am a lucky guy, but I feel I should mention it again. As this holiday – and year – draw to a close, I am with the person I love, we are safe and warm and happy, we have an amazing circle of friends and two supportive families and my life is pretty dang great. Thank you, Universe, for that. I am grateful beyond for all these blessings…

I am also lucky that I have two more days off before I return to work, so I am going to go enjoy our fourth movie for today, then go to bed. Tomorrow, bright and early (8AM?), my Sweetie and I will be out “holiday scavenging” lights, cards and ornaments/gifts for next year – we like to think ahead!

I hope all of you have had an amazing, amazing holiday. I leave you now with probably my favorite Christmas carol of all time, executed by one of my favorite DJ’s of all time: “Still Still Still” by Kascade. The sweet, beautiful lyrics are below:

This is a very old German carol, and very beautiful in this version. Enjoy.

Still, still, still,
One can hear the falling snow.
The night is peaceful all around you,
Close your eyes,
Let sleep surround you.
Still, still, still,
One can hear the falling snow.

Dream, dream, dream,
Of the joyous day to come.
While guardian angels without number,
Watch you as you sweetly slumber.
Dream, dream, dream,
Of the joyous day to come
Of the joyous day to come
Of the joyous day to come.