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An (almost) Vegan Christmas

Well, the big holiday is officially behind us. I went up to my Mum's this year (as I do every year). It was a small Christmas - just me, my mum, my brother and a friend of my brother's who had nowhere to go this year. We at the Williams' family welcome all misfit toys, and always have. We had one of my mum's friends over for Christmas dinner, too.
In an about change of pace, my mother didn't bother to make any Christmas cookies this year. In days of yore, she would make dozens upon dozens of them, giving them out for presents and putting them out for visitors and family alike. But not this year. Mom is on a diet, my brother has lost mad weight this year and I couldn't eat any of them due to the eggs and milk, so... she just didn't bother.
Not having the cookies there this year made it a lot easier to keep on the vegan path. Mom even made some really yummy bean dip for me for the veggie platter. It's really good and it was nice to have it. I brought my ow…

I have a Window!

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Car window, that is. The body shop was able to have one overnighted and it was installed this afternoon. So, no more holiday plans on hold. YAY! I took some pics of the damage, in case you were interested:

You can see all the safety glass everywhere. Thank god it was safety glass 'cause I was sitting on some at one point...

My ghetto patch job. Nothing says class like a garbage bag for a window.

Not Again.

Someone broke into my car while I was at work. I was only there for 4.5 hours. I was looking forward to four days with no responsibilities and lots of fun.
Now, I have safety glass all over the car from the smashed-in passenger side window. They didn't take anything (I leave nothing of value in the car; just junk). However, they did manage to leave a huge pain in my ass in that now I have to get the damn thing fixed. And tape a friggin' trash bag over it, completely my ghetto makeover. Have I mentioned it's like in the single digits outside with windchill? I am essentially carless until this gets fixed.
I just went through this back in September! Really!?!?! Again?!?!?
Whimper.

Random Thoughts of a Monday Morning

1. I am feeling much better today. I am very thankful that this cold is making its way out as quickly as it hit me. I've just got too much to do this week!
2. I have decided today is Christmas shopping day. It was going to be tomorrow since I wouldn't have to cut it short to go to work. But I figure I'm in the mood and have the energy to do it now, so I might as well not put it off anymore. I've got a super tight budget this year (basically taking $$ out of my savings account) so it should go quickly. Cash only, when it's gone, it's gone.
3. I have come to the conclusion that there are only 10 Christmas songs in existence. Everything else is just a remix of these various 10 songs.
4. To all you musicians out there releasing Christmas albums with "new twists on old classics": There are no more new twists. They were all used up 20 years ago. Please stop. Move on. One can only hear so many variations of Jingle Bell Rock in a single day.
5. My friend Alex is …

Greatful.

As I was standing there, wallowing in my own self-pity and wondering what I should wear to work and wishing I could go there in my pjs, I thought I should take a moment and think about the things I am grateful for in my life.
1. My Health. Yes, I am currently fighting off my second cold in as many months, but (knock on wood) I am healthy. There is nothing growing where is shouldn't, nothing falling off, and no gaping holes. I am lucky and I am grateful.
2. My Home. Sure, it's a rented apartment I share with my brother. But it's a nice space in a good location. Moreover, I have one. I have a place to come to after a long day and hide in if I need to. I am lucky and I am grateful.
3. My Friends and Family. Just because this is third on the list doesn't mean it's not first, if you get my meaning. My life is full of wonderful people and I am eternally grateful for each and every one of them. My life would be much the poorer without all of you. I am lucky and I am grateful…

*Cough* Hack* Wheeze*

I am sick. Again. This one came on quickly and without any kind of warning. I felt kinda off for most of the day yesterday, but by the time I got home I felt pretty crappy. There is no mistaking that today I am unwell. My sinuses are clogged, I think I blew an eardrum out with that last sneeze and my dreams were weird all night long.
Actually, in my dreams I spent an additional three hours studying for my muscles test today. So, y'know, not so bad.
Of course, right now I am exhausted and all I want to do is stay in bed with my blankets and pillows and tea and book. So of course today is my 12.5 hour day. Straight to work after school, there until 9:30.
Tomorrow I am not getting out of bed.
What I can't believe is that I've gotten sick twice in as many months. The last time I had a cold was like three years ago. I've been pushing myself too hard and to do too much. I know that. My eating habits also haven't been as good as they should be. I think I'm going to use my…

Actual Telephone Conversations Had Today

Phone Conversation #1
Me: Hello, this is (salon). How can I help you today?

Customer: Yes, I bought a gift certificate there the other day. I was sitting here wrapping them when I noticed the expiration date was 12/25. I can't give this to my daughter! She won't be able to use it.

Me: Well, that sounds like it was a mistake. Considering the date, I'm sure it'll be okay if she uses it anyway...

Customer: But what should I do? She won't be around to use it and the date is the 25th and you're CLOSED on the 25th...

Me: Is there a year on that expiration date?

Customer: Yes, 2010. What am I going to do?!?

Me: Well, she's got a year to use it, so you'll be fine.

Customer: But the date is December 25th! She won't be able to use it before she goes back to school!

Me: Ma'am. The expiration date is 2010. We're in 2009. She'll have plenty of time to use it.

(pause)

Customer: Ooooooooooh! Boy do I feel stupid!


Conversation #2
Me: Good evening, this is (salon). H…

Observation: Fire

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The 3rd Chakra is called Manipura, and its location is the solar plexus, which corresponds to the pancreas if we're talking about the endocrine system. Its color is yellow, its stone either topaz or amber, and its planets are Mars and the Sun (yes, I know the Sun isn't a planet, work with me here).
It rules power, will, energy, fire, metabolism, control, humor, authority, aggression, and the stomach, liver, spleen, small intestines, pancreas and gall bladder.

A healthy 3rd chakra appears as ease, warmth, laughter, joy, humor, pleasure, harmony, and graceful/purposeful action. An unhealthy 3rd chakra shows itself as a fear of rejection, issues in one's physical appearance, a lack of self-confidence and self-esteem, and a tendency to blame others.
One of last week's assignments for class was to "observe the world the the lens of fire." I couldn't do it. I couldn't look at the world through fire. You see, Fire frightens me.
Astrological signs can be broken…

Because it's been too long...

So, I was just futzing around with the picture at the top of my blog and realized that it's been a while since I updated you on my life.
Um.
Yeah.
So, anyway...
It snowed here today. Only 2.5 inches or so where I live, but I think outlying areas got more snow. However, it was the thing that (finally!) put me in a quasi-holiday spirit. Which is ironic because really I want to do on Christmas day is spend it in bed with a book. Or a boy. But since the boy has yet to materialize outside my imagination I'll settle for a book. A good book. That has no anatomy involved unless it's a Nora Roberts book and the anatomy is the fun sort.
But as that won't exactly be kosher, I'll probably go up to my Mum's either after work on the 24th (if I'm working - the mall's closing early that day so it's iffy) or Christmas morning. I have no idea what I'm getting anyone. No wait, that's not true. I'm giving everyone hugs for Christmas... it's all I can afford.…