With the encouragement and advice of Liene from Femme au foyer I decided to fancify my sad looking wreath.
And there are the results. Click for a larger view.
TWT = That was the week. I am shortening the title so I can include more descriptive text.
I went back to work on Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday break. I forgot why I was there or what I did there.
I realized I displayed the signs of having had a good a rejuvenating break. I felt like I had been gone from work for almost a month. Often when I feel stressed out I think that to do nothing would be the best way for me to relax. I will schedule weekends of nothing but wasted time and leisure. I found I would usually not be that rested. If I do something, like go to show or hand out with loved ones, I find that I recuperate better.
The rest of the work week went by in the normal fashion of me trying to avoid working, just kidding boss… or am I.
On Saturday I had to drive back to Chicagoland. I had agreed to go see the matinee showing of The Christmas Story musical. I had forgotten the exact date. Luckily my friend reminded me. The show was on Sunday but I decided to head up the day before to make sure we had plenty of time to get there. When I woke up a dense fog settled over the land. Since I didn’t need to hurry I took my time getting ready. I also had some stuff to do around the place, clean etc.
This picture was taken at about 11:30. The fog did not burn off for over another hour.
Small aside. The entire morning Jobu was General Von Grumpy Meow. He just could not settle down. He would whine at me and I would pet him. He’d get all purry and seem like he was about to go to sleep and then he’d wake up and whine some more.
At some point I went for a walk, I hoped that Jobu would settle down. I started walking and was startled. Rain seemed to be falling from the trees but only under the trees. The fog was condensing on the limbs and falling down.
The temperature must have dropped during the walk because the fog started to condense as ice. It seemed like the trees were weeing ice.
Luckily the show on Sunday happened during the Bears game so I didn’t have to see them look horrible and lose to the lowly 49ers. I enjoyed the show.
The beginning of the week was fairly boring. It was all spent in anticipation of the big holiday.
Thursday we celebrated Thanksgiving. This Thanksgiving ended up being a pretty special one. My Mom was getting a special treat. All her children and grandchildren were going to be there. I had planned to lave about ten am so I could arrive a little after noon. My family has a tradition that for big feast holidays, like Thanksgiving and Christmas, that we eat the big meal in the afternoon. We planned to eat about 2 or 3ish. Being me I didn’t leave till almost noon. The cat had to be petted etc. I arrived a little after 2 and walked into a house filled with action and yummy smells. I thought I had walked into the 1950s or something. The women were all in the kitchen and the men/boys were playing a video game. I guess in the 50s it would have been smoking and playing cards or something. The rest of the guests arrived and we sat down for a great meal. Everybody had a lot of fun and enjoyed the family camaraderie. That reads like I am trying to fake something but it was true. Everybody enjoyed themselves and my mom had a great time being with her family.
That was all nice and good but the most important thing happened later in the evening. THE BEARS BEAT THE PACKERS IN LAMBEAU FIELD!!!
On black Friday, we managed to mostly avoid the crazy crowd and had a trip to Best Buy. I noticed that my work laptop wasn’t charging. I looked a the end that goes into the laptop and it looked like it had been broken off. I checked and it had not broken off into the charging hole. So we did a trip to BestBuy, which was not that crowded. I picked out a universal charger that looked like it would fit. I drove home that day and then opened the charger to find out that none of the tips included would remotely fit. So I went looking online for an official replacement. I zoomed in close at the end and realized that there was no metal bit on the end that had broken off just a bit of rubber that seemed to have eroded from use. I fixed it easily and now have a fully charged laptop.
I spent Saturday simply. I cleaned around the house and spent time with the cat and returned the unneeded laptop charger. That night I went to a birthday part at a karaoke bar. It was loud and crowded and I left early.
Sunday I put up the Christmas decorations. For a few years now I have put up colored lights on the balcony of my apartment. This year when I plugged them in I noticed a big section in the middle, the most important section, didn’t light up. I fiddled around with them for a bit but couldn’t get them to work. So off to walmart I went for replacements. I bought some cheap lights and while I was there I thought we not buy a cheap wreath as well. The lights are up and here is my sad cheap wreath: