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.
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.
Before the holday craze gets here I just wanted to say Happy holidays to everyone (even though I know there are maybe 2 people reading this and one of them is me, lol). This is the time of year that I can’t stand. Doesn’t make sense does it? It’s the time of year when we should all feel closer to people, want to give to others, and just be joyful. But not for me.
It’s cold, and the weather bites. It’s not so much that it’s cold but it’s the wind that comes up out of nowhere and gets under your clothes and you can feel that cold down to your bones. But I think the reason I can’t stand it that much is because this house is so drafty. I’ve put a candle in the kitcen, walked the 5 steps to the couch and watched it flicker on a slightly breezy day. It’s no wonder that our gas bill goes up so much in the winter. I would love to move to a different house that’s not drafty and doesn’t have holes all over the place and yard that is secure. Espically since on my walk home from school today my neighbor down the street told me tha my dog was out and playing wiht his. that is not what I wanted to hear.But that is something I have to work on with her.
Today at school was a good day. We only did a half since i wasn’t really in the mood and wanted to get some laundry done before the rains come in tomorrow but that was not the case. I fell asleep. But I did make it to the store to buy our turkey and a few other things for Thursday.
I really should be going to bed so I can get things done tomorrow and Wednesday for Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.