Hold on Tight | Blogmas 2015

Can somebody help me?  I’m looking for Christmas.  One minute it’s Halloween,and I’m cranking Christmas music.  Now it’s December 19th, and I’m mentally preparing for the end of the holiday season.  This month has been an emotional roller coaster ride, but now that everything is winding down, I don’t want to get off the “ride.”  I know I’m crazy for saying such a thing, but I’m a sentimental sap.  No matter how “Grinch” I feel during December, I always miss it when it’s gone.  I suppose the only way to handle my current state of mind is listen to the rain, eat ice cream, and watch “Love Actually.”  Going out with a BANG!! :D

Vlogmas – Lauren Michele

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6 days until Christmas…

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P.S.  I don’t want to get too excited, but on Christmas day my city is expecting rain and temperatures below 30.  Could it be??  A white Christmas in California??  Please please pleeeeease!!

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Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal | Blogmas 2015

See that broken ornament?  That is how my heart feels right now.  I recently experienced my first robbery, and it took place in an area that I, as an employee, was responsible for.  The culprit was potentially dangerous so it really is for the best that I wasn’t closer.  BUT, I can’t help feeling guilty.  I have been through the gamut of emotions.  Shock at what took place.  Guilt that it happened in my department.  Anger that I was taken advantage of.  Fear of what could have happened.  Relief that I am alive and safe.  Determination to never let it happen again (hence the title, a nod to “Home Alone 2”).  After one too many nightmares, I am feeling a little better this morning.  Dried pineapple and Christmas movies are helping along the process.

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8 days until Christmas…

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Nipping at Your Nose | Blogmas 2015

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It isn’t snowing in Southern California, except in the mountains, but it is finally cold.  And by cold, I mean freezing temperatures.  It’s about time!!!  I was getting fed up with sweating in my sweaters.  I’m still a little sick but much better than I was Sunday.  I’m working tonight so I spent my morning sleeping in and my afternoon relaxing on the couch blogging and watching Christmas movies.  Right now “Saved by the Bell” is playing.   I know, I know.  Such an exciting life!  I really wish I had more to blog about, but life in December has revolved around my new job.  “How is that going?” you might ask.  Forgive me for sounding like a whiny, broken record, but customers are so messy and inconsiderate.  The other day I found a Kate Spade perfume sans packaging on the floor under a display table.  KATE SPADE!!!  Who does that??  Last night, a fellow employee and I spent precious time cleaning up a spill in the beauty department.  Do you know how hard it is to wipe up beauty scrub?  Everything on the shelf was oily.  I don’t mind if a customer spills or break something because accidents happen, but tell an associate instead of leaving a mess that is potentially inconvenient/harmful to customers and/or other products.  Please & thank you.  In all seriousness, the job isn’t that bad.  I don’t hate it so that’s a plus.  On that note, I’m going to stop my rambling and go get ready for work.  I hope you are having a holly jolly Tuesday.  I shall return Thursday. ;)

* * * Get excited!!!  Today is the first day of Artmas.  Go check out the first artist – Artmas Day 1 – Amigurumi by Jean Greenhowe

Vlogmas – Lauren Michele

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Seasonal Sneezings | Blogmas 2015

Is sneezings even a word?  Oh well!  It sounds clever. ;)  I stayed home from church today because I woke up feeling like I had been hit by a truck.  Dairy-free egg nog and “The Great British Bake Off” on Netflix has proved to be a successful remedy.  I really need to get better because I work tomorrow night.  Lovely!  Sadly, today was the last day of Hanukkah.  I am grateful for all of the gifts I received.  To commence the Festival of Lights, I will be watching “Maccabees: The Story of Hanukkah.”  Here is a clip of the short, animated movie:

Last night I started reading “The Pawn” by Steven James.  I have read it before, but I am starting over because the series is longer now so I want to refresh my memory of the first few books.  The Patrick Bowers Files is a great series; in a nutshell, the books are thrilling crime/mystery adventures.  The format is similar to that of “Criminal Minds” on TV because you read from many points of view including agent Patrick Bowers and the unknown serial killer.  I will definitely be reading a few chapters before bed tonight.  Smart decision!  If you are interested in this series, click the link: Books

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12 days until Christmas…

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Deck the Halls | Blogmas 2015

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Doesn’t that room look warm, festive, & inviting??  MyWebRoom is celebrating the holiday season by promoting their new folder feature.  Certain decor items have a label indicating a folder for saving articles, videos, websites, etc.  Here are some examples:

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• Click on the dresser – http://www.mywebroom.com/room/mwrchristmasparty/content/8/holiday-style-beauty/0/explore

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Click on the dog – http://www.mywebroom.com/room/mwrchristmasparty/content/32/christmas-pets/0/explore

Did you forget how to get to the Christmas Room?  Here is the link one more time: http://www.mywebroom.com/room/mwrchristmasparty

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I made my own Christmas-themed room.  It is a cozy Christmas cabin.  Take a look!

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* * * Watch me decorate my cozy Christmas cabin:

Now it’s your turn!  Go to http://www.mywebroom.com, make a room, and have some fun with your very own folders. :D

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Elf in Recovery | Blogmas 2015

 

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I am off work today so the only things on my to-do list are PJs, Christmas movies, and blogging.  Even though Hanukkah is in full swing and Christmas is 15 days away, I am in holiday limbo right now.  Perhaps starting the festivities early really is a December buzzkill.  Either that or my long, emotional year full of changes is taking its toll on my mentality.  Oy vey!!  I love Christmastime.  I’m pretty sure there is elf somewhere in my heritage.  Why oh why is the Christmas struggle real right now??!  I’m sorry readers.  Despite my attempts to be holly jolly, I’m only human.  That’s what this blog is all about, me being myself.  Unfortunately that includes mood swings. ;) Perhaps eggnog, Chinese food, and quality time with my brother will boost my spirit. :D

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15 days until Christmas…

I hope all of you are having a very merry Thursday night.  Happy 5th night of Hanukkah!!

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Retail Rant | Blogmas 2015

I have been a retail associate for two weeks and seen things that make me ill with disgust.  Now I know why my mom taught me and my brother to be thoughtful shoppers.  Part of my job is keeping the store clean, but that isn’t an excuse for customers to leave a mess.  Don’t leave cutting boards on the sunglasses rack.  Don’t spit out your gum on the floor.  Don’t put candy or toys on the shoe racks.  One purse per hook, not twenty.  When you look at an item and decide not to buy it, please put it back where you found it rather than leaving it on the floor or in a random department.  This is a season for love and joy.  Let us all, myself included, think of the employees giving of their time to help others prepare for Christmas.  Please be a considerate shopper this season and year-round!

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