I am going to take a little bit of a break from blogging. (Not that I am around a lot anyways)
I got the phone call that many dread last night. You know the one when you have an elderly grandparent that isn’t doing so well in their health. But this one wasn’t about my grandmother, it was about my uncle. He and his son were skiing (I think) and something happened and now he is on life support, brain dead. I am trying to hold things together because Savie doesn’t know what is going on and I would like to keep it that way until necessary.
Thoughts, prayers, wishes etc are weclomed.
This week’s prompt for H O T is “This time of year”
I love/hate this time of year. I worked retail for 10 years so I have seen some of the worst behavior out of people at this time of year. Cutting in line, nearly running over people in the parking lot, pushing in the store, it was incrediable. I couldn’t believe that at a time of year when we are suppose to be “nice” and “giving” to each other can be so cruel and barbaic to each other. At least that’s how I felt my first two Christmas’s working retail. I was appalled at how such a beautiful time of year, with the lights twinking and the smell of hot apple cider and pine tree’s could get so ugly.
Even though my hometown wasn’t that big when I was growing up there were still some beautiful display’s around town by the local stores. Downtown Petaluma was always nicely done with wreaths on light poles and Christmas displays in store front windows that were not only selling the items in their stores but also setting a tone for the season.
That’s what I like about Bisbee. There is no big flashy display. There is a simple Festival of Lights, which we didn’t go to this year, where they sing Christmas carols, the cheerleaders perform and then Santa arrives. Most of the business’s have some display in their window, entered in the holiday display contest, and of course the lights.
Last year we didn’t do anything as a family on Christmas Eve but Savie and I drove around and looked at all the lights people had up. This year I doubt hubby will want to go (since he finds my seats uncomfortable and willing be working until late tomorrow) but we will again drive around looking at lights only this time we will have some popcorn to go along with it.
So I’m a little conflicted about this holiday. On one hand it’s a beautiful time of year with displays and lights and good cheer but on the down side things like this happen because we are way to commericalized.
I should have done this a loooooong time ago but it was just not on my list of favorite things to do. I have a white garbage can in the corner of the kitchen. And my kitchen is kinda laid out funny so things get forgotten and whatnot but cleaning the garbage is something that I really shouldn’t overlook. I bought this one about 2 years ago I think (man that is a long time) and have never cleaned it. Yes that’s what I said I have never cleaned the top of my garbage can. I know that that is just gross, unsanitary, etc but it grosses me out.
Well last night I took the garbage out and decided that since I was about ready to get of the sponge and there was nothing soaking in the sink, that it was time to try and clean the lid. After spraying this I used this and a magic eraser it came out so clean. Almost brand new. I should have done this sooner.
What have you tackled lately?
I don’t usually watch the Today Show but this morning I had to, Tom Cruise was on. Now before you start thinking that I’m a big Cruise fan (even though I do still like some of his earlier movies) that’s not why. I was watching 3 years ago when this happened and was curious to see what would happen this time. I was personally offened when he made the remarks he did last time he was on but he was also making a big deal out of the whole “TomKat” and all. I didn’t see the show myself but I did catch the video online.
Did you watch him this morning? I thought, that for the short amount of time that he was on this morning he slightly redeemed himself. Just slightly. I’m still not to interested in watching his movies and think he’s a little out there but he did say that what he sid last time didn’t come out the way he meant it to so that’s a start.
Last night was by far one of the easier nights of keeping my kid happy. There are things we do to keep them happy. Drive 2 hours to see family, stay up late putting some new toy together, cutting the crust of their sandwich. Well last night was all about Savie (with a little bit of me thrown in).
Last night we went to Old Bisbee to see Santa and go to a couple of art galleries. It was a lot colder then I thought it would be but once we got uptown it little warmer. Our house is always colder then most since we are right on the side of the mountain but that’s another post.
Anyways we went uptown and drove around for a minute to find a place to park. Sometimes I love going uptown and seeing the tourist walking around all dressed up. This is not a dressing up town. Most of the restaurants are fine with the T-shirt and jeans, even the nicer ones. They don’t look at you funny or anything like that. But anyways back to last night.
After finding a place pretty close to where we were going to be we got our jackets and hats on, grabbed a flashlight from the glove compartment, and started walking up the street. When we drove up the street we saw a horse and carriage waiting for people so Savie wanted to go say hi to the horse. Just as we walked up my phone rang and I got into a short conversation with K about nothing. Savie decided that she wanted to take a horse ride. It was pretty nice but I felt kinda bad for the “ranch hand” since he had to jog along side the horse, I don’t remember ther name, because we have a couple of storm drains on the street and they won’t cross them.
After the horse ride we stopped in at 3 different art galleries and saw some of the beautiful artwork that has been done. Even though we go uptown at least once a week the galleries are usually closed the days we go up there. After that we headed to the coffee company to get hot chocolate and music then over to one more gallery to see some more artwork and….Santa!! I was hoping that she would be willing to talk to him since she’s been talking about it for while. But it was not to be. We got there and the tears they were aflowing. She did the same thing last year but I was hoping that since it’s been a year and she’s older that maybe this year would be different.Oh well there’s always next year.
All in all we had a good night even if she did have a meltdown at he end but then again it was bout 7:30 at night and she didn’t take a nap even though I thought she needed one. Oh well no big deal.
I love my husband, really I do. But there are some days when he’s just a pain in my butt annoying (is that bad of me to say that?) Today was my day to go shopping, clean the house, and do stuff for me. I got three loads of clothes washed and hanging up (nearly freezing my hands off in the process) and was working on my fourth when Savie said she wanted to go to school for awhile. Which was fine with me since she wasn’t doing anything here. Sometime around noon I finished and got Savie came home to drop off Halley and grab my coupon box and headed into town.
Just as we got to town and order lunch (I told Savie that if we made it quickly we could stop here for lunch) my phone rang. It was hubby calling to ask if we wanted to visit him on his job. An hour and a half away!!!!!! Now that I was in town that made it almost 3 hours away.
****since I am now finishing this the next morning I will shorten it some****
****sorry now it’s 3 days after the fact****
After getting lunch and coming back home to find the tools he needed, we drove out to the mountains we drove the hour and a half to the mountains to where hubby was. After hanging out for a good hour we drove back into light which is another 2 hours from where we were. But this time it was 8 pm. We were cold, hungry and still needed to go grocery shopping. It was a long night. It was 10:30pm by the time we to home and still needed to put all the groceries away, get her in the shower and dressed for the bed and make lunch for the next day.
It was a long night to say the least.
I am such a bookie. I love to read and thankfully so does my daughter. I have so many books right now that I won’t even get to most of them in the next year yet I continue to buy them.Right now I am really into L A Banks series (I have every one of this series so far and only the first of this one) and am waiting impatiently for the next one to come out.Finding books for Savie is easy.
As long as it’s cute, with a side of educational, she likes it. She doesn’t really have favorite character or type of books so at this point anything works. Since I have been working at the studio I have taken to finding books at the library to add to our collection and refresh what we have. I bought these thru Ebay and have the whole set now, we had parts of it at school. Last week we read this book and I loved it, today we read this one and I am so in love with it. You have to read it, the kids loved it and so will you.