Sigh… Birthday Memories….

31 12 2007

Okay, so for those of you who know me, my birthday was yesterday. Nothing like a birthday to remind you how old you are, even though you may feel 20 years older than that.

I finally got to do some things that I wanted to do yesterday. You have to understand that for approximately the past 10 years, my birthday has been completely trumped by Christmas holidays, New Year’s holidays, and things that must get done on Christmas vacation for the kids. As a kid, it was fun having my birthday inbetween Xmas and New Year’s, but as an adult, it sucks.

Every year I have spent my birthday doing things around the house that absolutely had to get done. It’s been a running joke around here for the past 5 years that on my birthday, we’re supposed to pick a new room in the house to paint…. Every year I have relatives and friends come and stay with me. Not always a bad thing, but sometimes you just need a break from all the hubbub. I haven’t left the house for the past week and a half except to go grocery shopping. (This is what happens when your mother teaches you to be a good hostess…)

So I finally escaped with the kids yesterday to the park for about two hours. We took our kites and the boys’ new remote control cars and headed to the local park that has a nice area just for that, next to the playground. Loads of fun. We would have stayed longer, but I got a phone call from the clan (several, actually) asking where this and that were, how off on temperature is the oven, etc. So I gave up and we headed back home.

I’ll say this though, nothing like having relatives here that do actually remember your birthday. Two of the presents that I received was a new flash for my Canon 20D (I needed a second one for portrait work), and the other was a new 18-200mm lens with optical stabilizer. Talk about WOW! That one I wasn’t expecting. Apparently several of them pitched in to get it since my birthday had been overlooked for the past two or three years. That’s definitely one gift I will not forget and will definitely put to good use, unlike the ‘candle-warming’ set from Avon that someone else got me…..

Something New….

28 12 2007

A lovely gift that I received during the holidays here was an absolutely awesome book.  Just so you know, it’s a book of completely useless facts.  So watch for more posts on Tidbits of Completely Useless Information!  🙂

Just a quickie….

24 12 2007

Hmm.  Ever wonder why Santa is so popular in today’s times since the man is accused of illegal dumping, breaking and entering, stealing perishables, illegal animal traffikking, etc.  I mean, the list goes on and on..  And what about his passport and regulation through customs?

Merry Christmas

24 12 2007

The presents are wrapped….

The house is all lit…

Relatives are coming…

And it’s going to be a hit!

Hope everyone has a non-denominational, spirited holiday (with non-alcoholic beverages), for whichever holiday you choose to celebrate!

Nah – Just kidding!  Merry Christmas!    🙂

Public Safety Message

21 12 2007

Okay people – be careful out there!  I made the mistake of running a few errands today (non-Xmas related), and nearly got in about 10 accidents!!  Yep – that’s a high number.  Please people, drive carefully and slow down!  There are a lot of people that are talking more on their cell phones and not paying as much attention.  For some reason, they have a tendency to walk right out in front of cars….  Hmmm.  I wonder why that is?  (and people wonder why I think the world would be a better place without them….)  So please be careful this holiday season and have a wonderful Merry Christmas!

19 12 2007

Just a quick note – I’ve submitted a story about my ex to (for those of you who don’t know anything about it, you MUST go read some entries there).  So go check it out, it’s about my ex and his girlfriend’s size 18 dresses….

Let it snow… Oh, right – I’m in Florida

18 12 2007

‘Tis the season of happiness, joyfulness, presents, and…… flip flops! Yep – you read it right. Those tacky, inappropriate footwear that people have made fashionable simply because they’re too lazy to put on real shoes. Once proper only for the beaches, college dorm room showers, and poolside, they now have made their way into our regular wardrobe (okay – not MY wardrobe) to wear to work, to play and to “hang out” in….

Aside from all that, we finally got our ordered cold snap. Finally! The sad thing – people are STILL wearing flip flops in 50 degree weather! Let me just state that I think that is truly pathetic. Okay, Florida has this “Fountain of Youth” image from decades ago, so for some reason, people think that flip flops are appropriate anywhere. Not so people! And you people know to whom I am referring to… You wear your flip flops to the parks, the grocery stores, the malls, and even in fancy restaurants that require a tie. Then you’re surprised when your boss fires you for wearing flip flops to work, even though you’re going to change your shoes before you clock in, and even though your employee manual tells you that flip flops are not appropriate footwear, even for walking through the store! Ummm, Hello?!?! There is a reason for that, and it’s mainly because of Workman’s Compensation rates and laws. And to all of those people that hurt their feet in a retail store (i.e., a box falls on their foot), you deserve what you have coming to you, so don’t bother attempting to sue the store for your inappropriate footwear.

Recently I was at my local mall where there was a major anchor department store. I watched as an employee walked in from lunch,wearing her name tag and strappy flip flops. Please keep in mind that this store has a major policy against flip flops, even employees wearing them inside the store, even if they may be shopping on their own time, the employees have agreed to this policy. I watched as that woman didn’t even make it to the timeclock to punch back in before her boss walked up to her, told her she had violated this policy for the last time after repeated warnings, and was fired on the spot. Naturally, the woman walked out in tears. She had spent 2 years working with this store, the same department, she knew the policy, and yet she thought that it was okay to wear horrendously unsafe shoes in a working environment. Hooray for the boss! If I was the boss, I would have done the same thing.

People, get rid of the flip flops – no one wants to see them or your ugly feet. Me personally – I don’t want to see some fat woman’s fat, half- manicured feet either. Why take care of your feet if you won’t take care of the rest of your body? Get some sneakers with some good arch supports and take your feet walking around that mall. Your body (and feet) will thank you!