Farewell 2011


I started this blog on July 31st of this year, and I’ve posted one almost every day since. I’ve certainly enjoyed the experience, and I intend to continue the blog next year as well.

The year 2011 has been good. I hope yours has been, too.

I pray great blessings for all of you for 2012, and for my family.

Happy New Year!

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Christmastime Is Here


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas–at my house anyway. Thanks to The Christmas Queen aka daughter #1 (the only daughter), the decorations are up, the tree is trimmed, and presents are being wrapped even as I write this.

Honestly, if it weren’t for her, Christmas decor would more than likely be a bah-humbug affair around here. I love the way they look when they are up, but I know I’d never get around to putting them up. Also, I’m rather decor challenged in that when I try to decorate, what I do just looks all slopped up and thrown together. Oh, and DH’s big plan for wrapping a present is to throw a blanket over it! Together we make quite the decorating team, don’t we?

The Christmas Queen, on the other hand, is happily a first-born daughter which means that she can put decorations up and group items together in a way that would never even cross my mind. When she was hanging the ornaments on the tree, she was grouping them according to color, types, and shapes. Really? If I had been involved, they would have just been slapped up there any ole way. All she would let me do was hand her a few ornaments and hangers.

She’s been here for about four hours, so now she tells me I owe her about $200. Um, I don’t think so. We like having it made in the shade with our own personal Christmas Queen decorator.

Cyber Monday Maze Madness


Cyber Monday has turned into a maze of madness for me. Shopping on Black Friday is a nightmare, but at least there are a limited number of stores you can actually get to.

On Cyber Monday, the possibilities seem endless; therefore, they are absolutely overwhelming! I have looked and looked online today and haven’t even scratched the surface of what’s out there.

I think if the cyber retailers really want lots of business, they should have their sales for about a week. Then, those of us who have actual jobs will have more time to throw our money their way.

Just sayin’.

Black Friday: Madness or Calmness?


I used to shop on Black Friday on occasion, but at some point in my life I decided that there wasn’t anything I wanted so much that somebody might snatch it out of my hands during the madness. I decided to choose calmness.

Choosing calmness means that I didn’t have to get up at 3 in the morning to go shopping at 4 or 5. It also means that when the retailers decided to back it up to Thanksgiving night this year, I didn’t have to pull an all-nighter like I used to do when studying in college.

It means that I missed the man snatching the Hot Wheels thingy from a short lady’s hands and go skulking off with it. What kind of low-down loser does that?

It means that I missed seeing women scrapping with each other trying to get the object of their desire.

It means that I missed watching people rushing the pallets at 9:51 instead of waiting until 10:00 at Wally World like they were supposed to. And BTW, DH went there at lunch today, and there were still pallets full of the bargains. Go figure. I asked him why he didn’t buy it since it was there, and he said, “What do I need with that crap?” Wise, wise man.

Pepper spray Demonstration; U.S. Marine Corps ...

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It means I missed the woman clearing the path for herself using pepper spray. You must be kidding me! Checkthisout

And then there are the drunks that I missed being tasered: Drunk Taser Story

Yep, I’m so sorry I missed all of  that.

I think I’ll choose calmness every year.

I Hate Halloween


I know that I’m treading on dangerous water here, but I really do hate Halloween. I hate the the ugly side of it–the blood, the guts, the witches, the yuk.

It all started when my son was just a little boy. We took him to a haunted house, and he came out terrified. I swore never again would I subject him to such a thing nor would I ever enter one again, and I didn’t. This was back in the ’70s when such things were tame compared to now.

My hatred of haunted houses was reinforced today when DH asked me if I had read the report today about the 17-year-old girl who hanged herself accidentally while working at a haunted house. The visitors to the house thought she was a prop. As of my last reading, they were hoping she would survive. How sad.

And for what? A few screams? You can read about it here.

OTOH, I like it when princesses, Supergirls, Jasmines, pumpkins, Mario, various animals, Spiderman and three Luigis show up at my door wanting candy. That is the innocuous, happy side to Halloween, and I like that part. The mischief part–not so much.

Additionally, I feel compelled to show up to work in some sort of Halloween attire, but being cheap, I won’t spring for a costume. Therefore, I Google “easy Halloween costumes” the night before and come up with some doozies like the following:

Apple Products Promoter

I love Apple Products which is why I showed up as a promoter.

A Scary Auburn Fan (I'm a Roll Tide Alabama Fan!)

I’m a ROLL TIDE! fan which is why I chose to be a scary Au-burn fan.

This year I came as an Iron Chef, complete with the Mario Batali orange/red Crocs.

See, I’m cheap, and I found the apron in my drawer, the iron on my bookshelf (it’s my grandmother’s BTW, and over 100 years old) and the Crocs on my back porch.

Anyway, I love the fun part of Halloween, but the dark side makes me hate it more.