Archive for December, 2010

It’s hard to believe that 2010 is just hours away from being over.  At least in our house (our NEW house), it was a pretty spectacular year and we’re looking forward to everything that 2011 has in store for us.

On the other hand, we’re also both dead tired from hosting our families over the holidays (which was great, but tiring) and I’ve had to come into the office on the non-stat days, so hopefully we can start the year off with some sleeping in.

Have a great time tonight, and be sure to keep your expectations low.  Just because a new year starts at midnight, it doesn’t mean it’s that much different than any other midnight… except you might be more (or less) inebriated.

Happy New Year!

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Sadly, because I’m working on contract, I don’t get paid for holidays, so I’m in the office for the rest of this week.  That’s the bad news.  The good news is that it’s super quiet here and commuting is a breeze with everyone else off on vacation.

We had a great Christmas with the family and it’s still going on with Danielle’s mom and step-dad as they arrived from the hinterlands of Minnesota last night.  We’ll be celebrating second Christmas with them tonight, but we won’t be roasting a second turkey, mostly because of all the work involved in putting on a full Christmas dinner.

Hopefully you’re snuggled up at home watching bad movies and playing with all the toys you got for Christmas.  And if you ARE in the office, be sure to take an extra long lunch.  I won’t tell.

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It’s the day after Boxing Day and you should be sleeping
in, playing with your new toys and exchanging all your unwanted
gifts not reading blogs. I plan on doing some grocery shopping and
watching bad movies on TV. It’s yet another miracle of the season.
So step away from the computer and go make yourself a leftover
turkey sandwich.

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If all goes well, I should only be in the office for a few short hours, so I’ll make this quick.

If you’re traveling today, I wish you a safe trip and that you arrive in good time to enjoy the holiday with family and friends.  If you’re staying put, you’re smart like me.  My parents and grandmother arrived last night in Toronto and Danielle’s dad and step-mom will arrive by train late this afternoon.  Then we can start our first Christmas celebration in our new home in earnest, and I’m excited.

Have a great holiday, everyone.  Don’t skimp on hugs and wine (the best Christmas gifts you can give yourself and others) and on this hectic travel and shopping day, don’t forget to be kind to those around you, especially those less fortunate.

Have a very Merry Christmas, and I’ll see you all next week.

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Twas the night before the night before Christmas and all through the land,
People scurried and hurried with bags in their hands.
The stockings were piled in a mess on the floor,
While shoppers threw hipchecks in aisles at stores.

But I’ve bought all my gifts and they’re all neatly wrapped,
I just need to bake buns and then have a short nap.
The office is empty and I’m surfing the net,
I think my desk phone is broken; it hasn’t rung yet.

If you’re out and about on this busy shopping day,
I wish you good luck as you spend, fight and pray.
May you win all your battles for last second deals,
And may you find all the vittles for your holiday meals.

Keep your wits and your patience with all of your powers,
It’s going to be worth it in 48 hours.
Good luck, God speed and believe me when I say,
It’ll be even worse on Christmas Eve day.

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Tradition can be a beautiful thing, but sometimes you need to shake things up and augment existing ones or create new ones altogether.  For example, it’s a long-held belief that kids should leave milk and cookies out for Santa to keep his energy and spirits high on his Christmas work night.

If I know anything about fat, jolly people, it’s that they’ll eat milk and cookies if they’re just lying there, but I’m sure we can do better for this particular elf.  I’m starting a tradition of leaving a belt of single malt Scotch and a plate of delicious french fries for Kris Kringle.   If I was him, that’s what it would take for me to get through an all-night once a year shift of chimney diving.

I believe it’s a fine tradtion, and if you disagree… tough.  My house, my rules.

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At long last, the first official day of winter is here!  If hearing that makes you want to punch me in the face, you probably should get an infusion of Christmas spirit, but I can give you some good news.  The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year, in terms of sunlight at least, so that means that starting tomorrow, you’ll see incrementally more and more daylight until it’s sunny, warm and the trees start showing leaves.  In the meantime, let’s all just bask in the awesomeness of winter by enjoying some hot chocolate and getting our skates sharpened.

I wish I had time to reflect on what the end of one season and the start of another means, but we’re way too busy at home getting ready to host all our family for Christmas.  There are buns to be baked, menus to be prepared and gifts to be bought and wrapped (yes, still).

There are three shopping days left, and only four more sleeps until a fat dude with a beard breaks into our home to deliver presents and fill socks with chocolate.  Hmm, when I put it that way, it doesn’t sound very appealing.  On the other hand, turkey!

Have a great day, and enjoy the lack of commuter traffic for the rest of the week!

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We finally bought our Christmas tree last night, and thanks to the late date, the pickings were pretty slim.  Sadly, I didn’t take a picture, but it’s resting comfortably in our living room soaking up some water and unfurling its glorious boughs.  It’s not your typical Christmas tree shape, with that triangle that everyone looks for.  For the most part, the branches are the same length from top to bottom, so it looks more like a Christmas pole, but that means it fits better in our living room.  There is plenty of room for lots of presents, which is the key selling point of any Christmas tree, so we’ll have a merry Christmas no matter what.

Now all we have to do is decorate it, finish buying and wrapping our presents, grocery shop for all the big family meals and find time to relax and enjoy the holiday.  Easy peasy, right?  I should’ve started all this back in November.

Have a great weekend.

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