I said I was going to put it up and I did. What a delightully tacky pink tree, complete with all the Hello Kitty ornaments and so forth that I could scrounge. I know Jerry hates it but (unlike his normal whiny self) he’s not really making a point to protest, even though it is in the picture window where God and everyone can see it lit up from the road. I have been so unfailingly, maddeningly busy that it’s been an effort to keep up just on survival things like eating, bathing and personal landscaping. I am surprised I did this much decorating. It’s sad because I enjoy Christmas for the most part, and this year I am not dead broke like I normally am this time of year. The trade off is that I don’t have time to do anything extra, so whoever doesn’t enjoy their check and bag of little goodies can go blow.
I think the most frustrating part of the holidays is dealing with crowds. I detest shopping and traipsing about amongst the unwashed hordes anyway, but from about Halloween to January 15th or so, it’s like perennial Welfare Day at the grocery in every store you have to go in.
Then the stores compound the problem by having limited time specials. The Kroger Marketplace ran an interesting special where you got points to buy non-grocery merchandise based on your spending, which was cool, except that the entire Central Ohio area had exactly three days to redeem their points. Those three days (Dec. 1,2,3) would normally have been “avoid the grocery at all costs” for someone like me already, because the 1st being a Friday AND Welfare Day means the place is going to be a farking zoo. But my greed got the best of me- since they owed me $90 worth of non-grocery merchandise and I wasn’t going to pass that up- and I ended up getting folded, spindled and mutilated all the way through the Kroger store to get a vacuum cleaner. Granted, it was a free vacuum cleaner, and the way I burn through them because of the dogs, I wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity despite my claustrophobia and borderline agoraphobia. I just don’t understand why on God’s green earth that a store would run a limited time promotion on days when they are already going to be insanely busy to begin with. Why not do something like that at the end of February when nobody wants to go anywhere or do anything and the stores are pretty much desolate?
If it were up to me Christmas would be in August. Nothing else happens in August other than it’s bloody hot, but there’s a lot more daylight available for all that traipsing about in the stores. I don’t like wandering through miles of parking lots at night trying to seek out my car. It’s dark and there is usually at least one form of precipitation going on too which makes the whole process all the more miserable.
I am delighted that relatives generally don’t come to stay with us. Jerry alone is like cleaning up after a horde of hogs. Being invaded by house guests at this point in my life would drive me positively apeshit. I don’t mind going to other people’s houses for holiday functions, etc. because I can leave when I’ve had enough. It’s harder to throw people out when you’ve had enough of them, and truth be told most people wear on my patience very quickly. The good thing is, not too many people want to stay in a house with three large dogs, especially when two of the dogs only like a very select few people. Sheena pretty much likes anyone with a pulse who will pay attention to her, including kids. Clara’s approved list is pretty short. Lilo’s is even shorter. All the dogs love Steve-o and Hannah, and Bob and Debbie, but beyond that, there aren’t many people who can come in the house unsupervised. I like it that way.
It sounds pathetic to most, but I would genuinely enjoy a few silent sanity days to myself. If I could do the ivory tower get away for awhile I would- three or four days of silence and contemplation would be a dream, but it’s probably not happening anytime soon. I’ve not even had a chance to start on the Stephen King novel I’ve had for a month now.
Jerry has taken it on himself to get into the zombie movie genre. I’ve always enjoyed the classic ’80’s slashers but the only zombie movie I really got into was Shaun of the Dead. Go figure, as it’s British humor. I get to see enough real life zombies every time I have to fight my way through the grocery store at the beginning of the month.
Go zombies. I saw this one in the grocery store parking lot on an old Crown Vic: