December 14, 2009

Tuesday Thoughts

Scrolling through various blogs I am noticing a trend.  Everyone seems to be wigging out about Christmas (myself included).  Christmas, as wonderul as it is (and it is my favorite holiday) is very stress-inducing.  Although, we seem to stress ourselves out more than the holiday actually causing the stress.

As I sat and looked at my lists today - it dawned on me (yes, sometimes it takes a while) that I don't have to do all these things.  (Yes, I still have to clean my house on a semi-regular basis, and YES laundry still has to be done - dammit).  But do I have to make 16 zillion different types of cookies, because I always have?  No.  Do I have to have that tree in the foyer (because we had one last year?). No.  Do I have to put out every little decoration from all 15 Christmas boxes just because they are there?  No. 

So guess what?  I'm not.  I will do what I need to do and if there is time (and the inclination) to do more - then maybe I'll do it. 

So tonight, all I've done is buy new windshield wiper blades because it's supposed to pour like crazy tomorrow (and the nice guy at the store installed them for me - THANK GOD! Because I don't know how they work!), made some fudge and some almond bark for the office party on Wednesday.  Tomorrow, I'll make green bean bundles (sounds icky, but they are heavenly!!) and that's it.  On Wednesday, I will NOT be making three trips to the car to get everything inside the office.  For pete's sake, we have at least 15 of us participating - why do I feel the need to make enough for 100?  Especially, since everyone is bringing something.  So, I won't.  (And yes, I realize when I said I made fudge and almond bark and am going to make the bundles - that sounds like a lot - but if you realized how quick and easy these items are....then you'd know I'm not going to a lot of trouble - I promise).  Once I get past that then I'll focus on Saturday (which shouldn't be too complicated since I'm off on Thursday and Friday (and for the remainder of the year!) Whoo-hoooo!).

This damn shed is going to be the death of us all.  This is the third time the inspector has failed us!!  Three times failure - FOR A SHED!!!  Apparently, this time - there isn't any Tyvek (insulation) around the top of the doorway.  Ummmm, okay.  But excuse me, IT'S A SHED!!!!  It's not like people are going to be living in the damn thing!  I don't even understand why it requires any Tyvek, much less some above the door!  ::sigh:: breathe in, breathe out, breathe in, breathe out.

And the ONE day I don't turn on the tv to listen to the news while getting ready for work (hubby was sleeping in after the marathon work weekend)!!!  I drive Man-Child all the way to school (the next town over) only to discover that there has been a two hour delay.  For what, I've yet to determine.  There wasn't time for me to drive him home - explain to Hubby what was going on and ask him to take M-C and still get to work on time.  So Man-Child had to sit at the school for about 2 1/2 hours until school opened.  I mean, the doors were open and he was able to go in - but still.  I felt kinda bad for him but told him to make the best of it and start working on his English project.  He actually took it pretty well.  I know I sure as hell wouldn't have wanted to sit there for 2 1/2 hours!!

The phone interview I mentioned on Friday - never happened.  I am furious about it.  I know what happened.  The guy mentioned that the application had to be filled out before they could talk.  No problem (even though he had the resume right in front of him that had all the requested info).  We got it filled out and sent off.  The guy never called.  I can only assume because he looked at the salary requested and said forget about it.  Hubby has over 20 years experience in this field and is good at what he does.  Actually pretty much enjoys it (just not in the environment he's currently in).  I can understand if the salary is not within their budgeted amount.  Can you not at least have the common courtesy to make the call and say I'm sorry - we just can't do that?  Although, from the job description....the things you want?  Ehhh, maybe you need to raise your salary or lower your expectations.  'Cause - while yeah, someone will do the job at the salary you want to pay but guess what?  They will not be able to do everything you are asking and do it well.  I'm just sayin'!  So come on Corporate America - wake up.  You are only doing a disservice to yourself and your customers.  So keep up the good thoughts, prayers, vibes, whatever that something will come along for him.

This post is long enough and although I know I could continue to ramble on - I know your eyes are beginning to good night!


  1. I control the Holidays, I don't let the Holidays control me.

  2. Aaahh but Blasé tell me - who does the majority of the planning, the shooping, the wrapping,the sending, the cooking, the baking,the decorating, etc.? This is why the holidays seem to get out of control (well, except for the cooking part for me anyway).

  3. almond bark that sounds yummy - recipe please

  4. Neither one of us...otherwise we'd be letting the Holidays "control" us. We don't 'do' Christmas in the Traditional sense. Senseless...

  5. Almond bark and green bean bundles...hope they taste better than they sound!

  6. Sorry about the job! What a blow. :0( x

  7. Oh Muummmmeeeeee - belive me they are! I agree; green bean bundles do NOT sound appetizing; but they are bits of heaven. It's green beans wrapped in bacon, covered with a butter, brown sugar mixture. And almond bark is chocolate with almonds ::swoon::

    Blase - I'm glad you guys have figured out a way to celebrate that makes you happy; but most folks (particularly those with children in the house - especially small ones) want the traditional holiday and all I'm saying is that it doesn't have to be so very stressful - to learn to say no and to accept that it doesn't have to be perfect (which is a HUGE step for me - since I have been accused of being a perfectionist a time or two...)