In a holiday mood *Gasp!* and other randomness

I am just in a holding pattern right now waiting for Christmas. In the past several years I have not been much for holidays, but this year I started getting excited about a week or so ago. It surprises me that I am unemployed this year and we just lost our beloved Clyde on the 5th and I can now be in a holiday mood when that mood has eluded me for so long.

I think my whole Christmas spirit feeling started at Petsmart. I found the cutest Christmas mittens with kitties on them. Of course, the two designs they had were a black cat and an orange one. Just perfect. That afternoon when I got home I decided to get the Christmas decorations out, even though I had previously vowed no tree or decorations this year. How festive would it have been with just a couple of cat mittens hanging on the wall? So I decorated and put up two trees!

I had a lot of fun this year making budget-friendly gifts for my family. I started writing a post about the gifts I made, but I can’t post it until after Christmas since I know some of the recipients read this blog. I have some cards to finish up today and am awaiting my box from my parents. Presents! What I will really miss is watching my family open the gifts from me. That is really my favorite part of any celebration with presents – watching someone open something I bought or made and seeing their reaction (as well as the reaction of those around them, especially if I made the gift). I like ego-boosters.

I just watched last week’s episode of Top Chef and found the way all the competing chefs pitched in to help two who had their proteins spoil overnight very Christmasy. How sweet that Tom decided, in the spirit of the holiday, no one would go home. (Even though out of the three bottom chefs, I would have preferred to have seen Melissa go, but not sure that would have happened had they sent someone home…) Oh! That reminds me, I need to see if the library has a copy of the book Martha Stewart gave to the quick fire challenge winner. I am always on the outlook for a cookbook that does not have a bunch of fancy shmancy recipes and ingredients.

The roads here are icy and we have advisories and road closings all over the place. Back in North Dakota, sure we’d have a warning, but people know how to be cautious and drive in this weather since they get it every year. Here, not so much. I like to stay in on days like this because I fear the other people on the road more than the weather conditions. I am so glad I got all my errands done yesterday even though it meant spending almost 2 hours in the Wal-Mart, of which about 30 was just standing in line. I hate the Wal-Mart so why does it call to me when I have big amounts of shopping to do?

I am also considering going back to school. I would love to have an art degree with an emphasis on graphic design. I’ve been bolstered by the fact that everyone I’ve told about this so far has been very supportive. “That’d be perfect for you!” they tell me. Why couldn’t I have known myself as well as these people know me 6 years ago when I was making my way through my first degree? A bachelor’s in psychology. Blah! What am I going to do with that, is what I should have been thinking. Instead, I was thinking I would remain in school for copious amounts of time and eventually wind up a psychiatrist. Yeah, a snarky psychiatrist with social phobias – just what the world needs! It didn’t happen and now I am trying to re-evaluate what I want to do with myself.

Well, off to the library’s online catalog to see if they have the cookbook I want. Won’t be getting out today to get it, though. In case I don’t post again until after Christmas:

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Warm Snarkies to All!!




  1. Storm said,

    December 25, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    73 degrees is the predicted temp for Saturday! Wow!

  2. Brother said,

    December 23, 2008 at 11:13 am

    You’d be surprised if you drove here. We haven’t had much in the way of snow and ice in the last 4 or so years. That being said, people are out of practice and are all over the place. It probably also doesn’t help that we are getting more people around here. We have cars backed up from Burdick to about I-Keatings in the mornings and after work. When is the last time you saw that? If you can remember where those are in relation to each other, its about 3 blocks or more.

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