Christmas Eve

The moon is going to be full or dang near full. The presents are under the tree and I’m doing nothing but watching Christmas movies.

I’m starting with The Bishop’s Wife, the one with Cary Grant.  I’m likely to watch Donovan’s reef and A Christmas Story. before the day is done.

Do you see a theme? Comedies and laughter.

I hope everyone is enjoying their Christmas Eve as well.

Black Friday

no, No, NO!

This is not for me. I have no desire to deal with crowds anymore stomping on my feet as we all trudge to the next so-called bargain.

Crowds are one of those things I just can’t take as I’ve gotten older. Disneyland is a nightmare for me. Enclosed malls during mall wide sales or Black Friday are horrific.

So what little christmas shopping I do, I prefer to do on a weekday with a friend of mine and we’ll turn it into a lunch, drinks, and a completely enjoyable shopping experience because we’re at the shopping center for lunch, not the actual shopping.

I’ve seen images of the crowds wrapping around electronic and toy stores. I can’t help but notice how very desperate the people in line look. Last night the news was showing people waiting to get a 49” TV for $149. All I could think was, “Really?” Do they have any idea about the quality of the image or is it just about the size?

I’ve got a 55” I bought in 2009 and I shopped TVs for a long time before deciding on this one. I can’t imagine just seeing a “deal” and running out to stand in line hoping that I’d be one of the lucky people to grab the TV before they sold out.

Back in ancient times… a.k.a. the ‘80s I remember looking forward to shopping with a group of friends on what has become known as Black Friday. We’d go out, and enjoy wandering the malls together. Back then, it wasn’t as crazy as it is now. The parking wasn’t a demolition derby and walking through a lot wasn’t taking your life in your hands, people were still generally polite and obeyed the rules of the road. I guess those days gone forever.

Ahh, nostalgia.

I did take advantage of one Black Friday deal, I purchased a little bit of software at 1/2 off. I’d been hemming and hawing at it’s normal price but then seeing the price this morning I figured aww what the hell.

I guess that means I’m not completely untainted but at least I wasn’t standing in line with a crowd.

Enjoy your shopping.

You can all thank me for being one less person on the road.

Cash donations gratefully accepted!

Happy Gobble Day!

Turkey

Taking a break in the Thanksgiving preparation.

For many years I’ve headed to friends for the turkey, pie, lots of laughs and great company. This year the cold from hell is kicking my butt and the butt of my other half. 

We decided that it was probably best that we stay home this year.

The reasons were simple. We’re both a bit cranky, we didn’t want to contaminate anyone else, and if we stay home we can stay comfy in our sweats, and drink as much as we want to dull the coughing and pain.

Since I’m the more functional of the two of us, the cooking has fallen to me.

I have a nice album playing quietly in the background, Divenire by Ludovico Einaudi. I think there’s some Mozart a bit later and after that I have no clue. one nice thing about iTunes is the ability to tell it to pick random music within a genre.

Divenire

There’s a nice turkey breast in the oven, with sweet potatoes, and I’ll be setting the table for myself and the other half with some rolls, green beans, a nice salad some wine, and yes… there will be pie.

We’ll probably sit on the couch for dinner watching a movie with our feet up, snuggled up in our favorite blankets.

It’s overcast here. There’ve even been a few errant snow flakes but nothing serious and the snow is melting as soon as it hits the ground.

Our Thanksgiving may not be a fancy one, but this year this is what works for us.

I hope you all are having exactly the day that you want.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Happy Veterans Day!

Veterans

Originally the holiday was called Armistice Day and marked the end of World War I.

The armistice with Germany went into effect at the Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of 1918. One year later Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first Armistice Day.

In 1947 the meaning of the Armistice Day celebrations was expanded to include all Veterans. Then in 1954, Armistice Day was renamed to Veterans Day 

US Flag

Since the day is meant as a day to celebrate everybody who served in the US Armed Forces, give a Vet a hug, buy a Vet a cup of coffee, or lunch, or whatever seems appropriate to make their day.

For those of you married to, sleeping with, dating a Veteran, start their day off with sex, that’s always a great start to a celebration.

To all the Veterans in my life…

Happy Veterans Day, I love you all.