We will end the week tomorrow with an update on Joe the Bigamist. I first told you his story in October and there have been further developments. Check back tomorrow for the latest!
Thanksgiving is one week from today. The days have been passing in a blur and I don't think I can keep denying the holidays are here. The palm trees around here are covered with holiday lights. Christmas wreaths hang in the stores. Yes, the temperature has even dropped into the 80's. It's so refreshing compared to the 90's we were experiencing just a week ago. With hot temperatures, it's sometimes hard to remember the seasons have even changed. My first tip was running into this guy the other day.
We don't have any relatives close by so the holidays are always very low key. I know a lot of people wish they didn't have any relatives close by. It always makes me feel a little sad though. In my head I picture a house full of kind, warm, relatives all helping to cook and laughing joyfully. In reality my mother in law would be throwing the carving knife at my head prior to dinner. (Just kidding …?) In any case, it's always just Briefcase, myself, and our three kids.
(Sorry Briefcase, I know I promised your family would be off limits on this blog. I didn't mention NAMES now, did I? And I phrased it like a joke so all my readers totally think I was joking!)
I should point out a friend invited us to come over for Thanksgiving, but we actually enjoy the solitude when we finally acquire some family time. The Torturer invited us over too, but hell no! There's no way I'm getting Briefcase and The Torturer together on Thanksgiving. The two of them drinking together? It gives me ulcers to think of it. Besides, if I did that I'd never know when The Torturer might lean over and start yanking my arm behind my head or something like that. (Talk about a holiday spoiler.)
TR arrives home from college next Tuesday. I'm very excited to see her, of course. I miss her for many reasons, but one of them is the simple fact that she's female. I'm outnumbered three to one when she's gone. It's nice to have someone here who doesn't take pleasure in farting and laughing like the boys do. She also won't flip the TV remote to 300 different channels in 30 seconds or swagger around the house like a giant bear while belching.
No, with TR here there will be a flurry of cooking activities and girl talk in the kitchen. She's much more girly than I am. I will, without a doubt, be dragged out for shopping trips too. Traditionally, Thanksgiving weekend is when we begin our Christmas shopping. I hate crowds and I hate shopping. But, in the name of mother/daughter bonding I will go out and fight the crowds with a smile on my face.
I think the Money Town crowd will be interesting to watch this year. Let's be honest here, the economy sucks. People are struggling. Even Money Town people are experiencing lay offs, foreclosures, and severe downturns in their portfolios. Will they be spending less on holiday gifts like the rest of America? Or will I witness something like I did last year when the Cat Lady bought a diamond collar for her pet? I will be taking my camera with me this year. I'm betting I'll still see some pretty frivolous Money Town spending.
Briefcase still has his job, but we are trying to cut holiday expenses just like everybody else. What are you doing to cut holiday costs? It doesn't matter if your holiday is Kwanzaa or Christmas or Hanukkah or something else entirely. Are you making homemade gifts? Cutting back on the amount spent? Not sending out cards this year? I'd love to hear ideas you have for spending less.