For the first time in eons, I was at the gym, and I went before work, so I’m on the arc trainer at 6:00 in the morning, watching the news. As it happens, the entire East Side of Cleveland dealt with the first real seasonal Snowmageddon. And as we all know, everyone forgets how to drive when that happens, so I thought that prudence was the best course, and I opted out of my commute into Beachwood and am working from home today.
Right now, I’m just working on the habit of working out before work, so the fact that I am getting there and getting on the arc trainer for 30 minutes is achievement enough for right now. We’ll work on integrating strength training into the routine once I actually get a routine.
So, since it’s been a jillion years, I’ll just include a short list of some of the stuff going on right now.
There are not going to be any Rox-themed Pussmas cards this year. I tried, tried, tried to get something economical and speedy ordered today, but those standards are mutually exclusive. As much as I love doing the cards, and love sending them out, I’m not spending $6 gazillion dollars on Pussmas Cards.
This year, Charlie and I are making the Annual Sojourn Down for Yule. I think this makes it our 14th year? We’ve been going since we’ve been dating, which we started doing in 2002, so that would be 14 years.
I am heading down tomorrow, for work, as the company’s web development team is located in German Village. So, I’m heading down there to learn the website roped, eat at Katzinger’s, and then go out to dinner with Mandy. Charlie is coming down right after work, so I’m not sure what he’s going to do Friday night, but it’ll be nice to have him down there. We have mostly all day on Saturday free, so we’ll probably do out brunch/short North shopping on Saturday before dinner.
(On Sunday, I have to rush back up to Twinsburg for Tams’ Friendsgiving celebration. I’m doing the rushing with a joyful heart, though.)
Am I a total jerk for being a teeny, tiny bit glad that we’re taking separate cars down to Columbus and back? The Zedricks have a tough time traveling together in cars.
I’m headed to Miss Lys’ last Balance & Brews yoga session of the year, and I looked for a pair of Christmas leggings to wear. So, let’s revisit the Pussmas cards, and see that I’m late to the party and nothing will arrive before the date, despite Amazon Prime. I’m super on top of things.
I’m thinking about this while I’m sitting in my home office. Now that we have the Red Sled, the plan is still for me to go to IKEA and get the Kallax bookshelves and try to make this office something worth working in, rather than a terrible catch-all-room-and-kind-of-office. Of course, like a basic bitch, I’ve made a Pinterest Inspiration Boad about it.
Last year, Charlie and I went to the Holiday Lantern Tour hosted by Hale Farm & Village. Last year was nice, there was snow on the ground, and it continued falling through the tour, but it was bitter cold. This year, there wasn’t any snow on the ground and it was muddy as hell, but at least the cold wasn’t bitter. The premise of the tour is that you step out of 2011 and into Christmas Eve, 1861, and get to visit different places around the village on that night.
I’m a huge reenactment nerd, my favorite history-lesson era is the pre-Revolutionary War, I love most everything about Victorian times, but I also enjoy the Civil War era, so the Lantern Tour is right up my alley. It pretty much cemented me getting a reenactment costume (that I was going to get this year for Halloween, but didn’t pan out), which I will not only wear for Halloween, but probably also to 2012 Yankee Peddler.
Last year, as my memory token, I got a pressed-glass ornament, this year, I got a hand-blown drinking glass made on the farm that I will use at work. I’m thinking about also ordering a basket for my blankets in my bedroom, and maybe a ceramic pitcher that I can use as a vase for flowers.
Onwards, to the Friday5!
In 2011, what did you do far too many times?
Rationalized too many bad choices.
In 2011, what did you rediscover?
I both discovered and rediscovered Zentangle. Since finals week, I need to re-rediscover Zentangle. But now that I have a 5-day weekend, I think I’ll b able to do that.
What 2011 event will you still be paying for in 2012?
Closing out some debt. Nothing major, but it will still be there through January.
In what unexpected place did you find a friend in 2011?
The Internet, that great Small World in the ether.
As 2011 comes to a close, what in your life is trending upward toward a much better 2012?
I made an oath at Yule this year that I was going to pursue more me-positive things, truly believing that by doing so, the Universe would answer. I fully expect to hold up my end of the bargain.
It’s Yule Day! I’m so excited because it’s finally here, and it means that yes, I actually made it through Hell Fortnight of finals.
Charlie and I still have to wrap our gifts, and I need to make our potluck dish. But I’m really excited to see what other food will be there, I’m looking forward to seeing our friends, and I’m looking forward to how this Yule will shake out.
Onwards, to the Friday5!
What wins your award for Best Supporting Household Appliance?
That would be a well-sharpened 6″ (I have smaller hands and a 6″ fits me better /that’s what she said) chef’s knife.
What wins your award for Outstanding Performance by Something that Comes in a Bottle or Can?
Diet Coke. I know that it is horrible for me, but swear to god-particle, it’s the best thing that comes in a can. Liquid gold.
Who wins your award for Excellence in Poor Timing?
Me. I’m reminded of this incident as on Tuesday, I went to my high school’s alumnae Christmas party and re-told this story. At our five-year reunion, Charlie and I ran into the sister of a student he went to school with. I asked her how her brother was doing, her response was her face going ashen and telling me he had passed away. I found out later that not only had he passed away, but it was sudden, and had happened two weeks before. There was no way I could have known, but I felt like a total shitweasel about it. I still do.
What wins your award for Wardrobe Newcomer of the Year?
My cowboy boots. I wear them 5/7 days per week. They go with everything!
What wins your award for Outstanding Achievement in Stealing Time?
Oh Internet, you time-sucking delight, you!
(bonus question!) The American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences calls its trophy the Oscar. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences calls its trophy the Grammy. What do you call yours?
The Sticky Wicket (gold, silver, and bronze categories).
I wish that I could say the radio silence was worth it, and that it all paid off in the end, but only about 25% of what I studied (which, for the record, was 50% of the book) was on my final exam tonight. I really curious to know where he came up with the topic for the exam, because I don’t remember reading about any of it – and I read every single chapter of that textbook, which in my entire education tenure, I have never done.
So, now I wait until Monday to see what grade has been posted and what my academic fate will be. I’m actually very nervous.
Tomorrow marks the beginning of Annual Yule Weekend, wherein Charlie and I bundle ourselves down to Columbus to see Heather and David and all of our other Heather and David Friends to celebrate Christmas, friendship and make toasts and oaths for the new year.
I finally did it right this year and took both the Friday and the Monday off of that week. Friday so Charlie and I could have date night, and Monday, because, without fail, some abominable weather pattern moves in that weekend and I end up struggling to drive home in a blizzard. Knock on wood, let’s hope that I over-prepared this year and have not poked spiteful Mother Nature in the eye, challenging her to a duel.
But, really, two whole days off with no school obligations? I definitely can dig that release.
I did it. I made it through a busy week of work, office Christmas party, BNI White Elephant, department Secret Santa, relatives in town for the weekend, 6 MK Christmas gift baskets, and I am almost home-free for a 1-week Christmas vacation.
Tonight, The Boy and I hop into our rental (let it be a Charger, please let it be a Charger), trundle out to BGSU to watch Binkles graduate tomorrow morning, and then down to Columbus Saturday afternoon for Yule.
I really expect Yule to be good this year: I won’t be hung over, The Boy and I are driving a rental, I took the week after work off. I’ve veritably set up the Perfect Yule Storm. I mean, I have a contingency plan for potential snow!
I’m ready for the feasting, for the toasting, for the oathing and the boasting!
But I don’t know if I’m ready for the room full of smokers. I’m five weeks and five days strong, in a holiday of vice and excess. It’s going to be hard.