The Ninth of December

I hope you had a nice weekend.

Most everyone I know is out and about and in a festive, holiday, mood – and I’m not.

(I’m kind of like the grinch hiding out in his cave?)

But, I’m seeing Dr. Painless this afternoon and I’m sure I’ll be in a better place very soon.

By the way, I’ve been told Dr. Painless is swamped with pain patients.  His schedule is double booked.

Is it terrible it made me feel a little better to hear that?

To know I’m not the only one who has a body that freaks the hell out during holiday season?

In any case, here’s my latest:

•  I hate cold.  It was 58 here yesterday, and by OC standards that’s FREEZING.

•  It looks like an elf barfed all over my house right now.  There’s Christmas stuff everywhere, but none of it is (yet) where it needs to be.  I’m waiting for my arm to feel better.   (??)

•  No, I don’t have a tree either.  I’m failing at Christmas this year.

•  I did get my out of state gifts wrapped and mailed over the weekend.  Thank goodness I had taken care of those purchases before my arm freaked out.

•  I guess next year I will have to hire help for November and December.  I hate to say it, but pain wins.  I feel defeated.  Just a couple weeks ago I was feeling so on top of things.  I felt like I’d come so far and that I’m capable of so much more than I ever have been since the accident.  Obviously, feeling better led to me to doing way too much … and now here I am knocked on my ass.  Boo hiss!

•  I bought my Texas son a winter jacket.  I planned to give it to him for Christmas.  As many of you know, Texas went from 70F to 28F over the last few days.  I paid (a lot!) and “overnighted” his Christmas present to him so he wouldn’t freeze.  It didn’t arrive.  Why?  Apparently Texas shuts down the roads when there are storms.  They aren’t used to storms?   (Southern California can’t function in storms, but I was surprised Texas can’t either.)  They haven’t had mail delivery to his campus in four days.  In any case, he should get it sometime this week — after the weather warms up and just in time to come home for winter break.

•  Does UPS give refunds when they don’t/can’t deliver what you paid for?

•  Even though I have most of my gift shopping still ahead of me, I’m super excited about giving one, particular, small gift this year.  Truly, the best part about the holidays is giving.

8 Responses to “The Ninth of December”

  1. Michelle

    Hoping your feeling a lot better after seeing Dr Painless. Also, hiring someone to help out next year – BRILLIANT idea. And a tree? My tree this year is one made a few years ago with coat hangers, tinsel and fairy lights. It stands about 18″ high. The kids (18 and 19) couldn’t be bothered putting up the tree, so got this one out. It’s cute. And does the job. And leaves room for the nativity a friend brought me back from Malawi.

    • Suzanne

      Thank you.
      I actually love the idea of a two foot tall tree. : )
      I think the tree might have to wait until next weekend when I’ll have at least one kid here to do the work. : )

  2. Jenny in MN now in AZ

    Well, just know a tree is not what makes Christmas the holiday. If you need to, leave it for your family and have them enjoy the time setting it up and decorating. You can only do what you can do. Throw a few decorations out if you want and skip the rest. It may not look as festive, but your health and they way you feel should be more important….to everyone!

    Good luck with your appointment. If I lived near by I would do all your extra work out of free!

    Sending gentle hugs!

    • Suzanne

      Thank you.
      Yep – I’m skipping a lot of stuff this year. I don’t have much choice.

  3. Jan's Sushai Bar

    I agree – a tree does not Christmas make. Is PR the only kid coming home for the holidays? Perhaps you can get a little help from the offspring in putting it up. I’m SO glad you’re seeing Dr. Painless this afternoon, and think hiring a little help next year is an excellent idea.

    Yeah, Texans don’t know how to deal with 3 inches of ice on the road for several days; I have several friends complaining on Facebook of cabin fever. And potholes, which I find hilarious – they’re a fact of life up here. But not to worry; he’ll have plenty of time to use the winter coat in January and February before the temp shoots up to blazing.

    • Suzanne

      PR will hopefully come home this coming weekend – weather allowed. My other two will be here for Christmas, but they won’t be arriving with much time to spare.

  4. Ben

    Suzanne – You’re always welcome to come share our tree. It isn’t up yet but it certainly will be soon; we always wait until at least the 10th. And, we’re used to having extra bodies at our place for Christmas, you would fit right in. If not, then I might have to send you a picture of the tree and you can celebrate around the picture 🙂 !! Sending you warm thoughts from AZ today even though it’s cold here too today.

    • Suzanne

      You’re such a great friend. I bet your home is one of the best places to be in the entire world on Christmas. I hope you’re having a good trip to AZ!
      : )


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