Oh how lovely it is for it to be the weekend already! This week went by fairly fast, which is good and bad. Good because it means we’re closer to the holidays, and only two more weeks until my parents get here; bad because that means less time to shop!
Things are about to get a little dicey at work. One of the ladies retired yesterday (after spending 27 years at this job!), which means it’s just myself and one other person. I’ve been getting more and more comfortable with things, but phone calls still trip me up once in a while. We get the strangest questions sometimes, and I don’t always know what to say. It seems like there’s a lot of grey areas and answers can change depending on the day. Next week, I will be working my first Saturday alone. All I can say is, I am definitely grateful that my mom has said she’ll be available for phone calls, and that I have the luxury of being able to ask her things! I’d still rather have one stressful day than have every day be stressful.
Besides that, this week was relatively calm. R and I have been recuperating from the trip by relaxing, and we even fell asleep at 9:30pm one night. This weekend we are planning on sprucing up the apartment in anticipation for my parents, and rearranging some furniture around. With the new couch in the living room, we had to put the futon in the bedroom, and it’s not working out as well as we had hoped. With some finagling things should fit and look presentable. Maybe we will get a tiny fake Christmas tree, too, though I am worried the cats will be knocking it over. Weird fact: I’m allergic to real Christmas trees.
Being grateful has been easy this week, especially after spending time with family for Thanksgiving.
- I am really grateful that R drove a good amount during our trip. While he complained about traffic and that his butt hurt, he was a good sport toward me and I really appreciated it. I’ve said it before, but I hate driving, especially at night!
- I am grateful that we had a safe trip and that we ended up missing all the bad weather that was supposed to happen. Rain would have made traffic a million times worse than it was.
- I am grateful that my grandma was willing to check in on the cats while we were away. It was nice knowing they had someone looking after them as I felt terrible about leaving them alone for four days. I know cats are solitary, but they like their routines/schedules, too.
- I am grateful for free food (who doesn’t like free food?). The retirement party featured heroes, a cake, penne alla vodka (yum), dessert, macaroni and potato salad, chili, pulled pork…the list goes on. Everyone contributed a little something. I know my mom enjoyed her retirement party, so it’s nice to be able to do it again for someone who has been there for so long.
- I am grateful that we have a shopping date with family members on Sunday, so I am very much hoping to knock some people off my gift list. Some ideas have been rolling in which makes me happy.
- This is going to sound silly, but I am just grateful when R comes home safe and sound. I am such a worry-wart. On Wednesday he was only supposed to work until 5pm, but it was 6:30pm and I hadn’t heard from him since 11am. That’s not like him at all. I was pacing around the apartment getting ready to leave to go to his job when he texted me they were doing inventory. It was such a relief!
- I am grateful for having a great family. While there have been slight periods of time where the peace was disrupted, overall, I am lucky not to have experienced much family drama. I’ve been reading some horrendous Christmas/holiday tales, and ours were always enjoyable as far as I remember. Maybe it’s because my family isn’t large and we all keep in touch…whatever it is, I hope it always stays this way!
- I am glad that my pets are in good health. This sounds cliche, but honestly, when you work at an animal shelter and you witness people coming in to put their pets to rest, it’s heartbreaking. Three of my pets passed away within the span of a year and it killed me, to the point where I seriously contemplated not having any more pets. My baby has been gone for a year and some months now, and I still can’t remember her without tearing up, so I am just happy I have my two healthy, crazy cats right now.
- Another silly one, but gift ideas for me have finally started making their way into my head. I like to ask for practical things that I will actually use, so Febreze refills on the plug-in things, candles, possibly new windshield wipers, a car charger for my phone, and pens are on the short list. It seems like I disappoint everyone when I tell them I don’t want anything for Christmas, so I’m grateful for anything I can think of at this point.
What’s on your Christmas list, or what have you been buying your loved ones? I need some ideas!