Christmas Eve, must buy all the things!

Christmas eve is here, and sticking with tradition Denice and I will do most of our Christmas shopping today. It’s how we roll.

On a quick side note I’m down another three pounds. I’m in the 23o’s now. It’s been a long time since I’ve been here. I’m probably not going to do so well over the next three days (I’m off work on Monday) given all of the holiday treats to partake of. But I’m confident I will gravitate right back to my plan afterwards.

Ok, now down to some disgusting consumerism. Last night we made a trek to BestBuy. It wasn’t as packed with people as I had anticipated. They had a lot of good deals. We found a Samsung Chromebook 3 for $150, but they were out of stock. I’ve been looking to switch to a Chromebook since most of the stuff I do is on Google apps. I have an old Sony Vaio, which is what I’m writing on now, but it’s bulky and the battery is long since dead. I can only use it while it’s plugged in. Denice has an old Chromebook 1, which is showing some deterioration. If we can find a similar deal online we may replace our current two laptops. We’ll see.

After scouring the store the only thing that we ended up buying was some Bose SoundSport wireless earphones for Denice. I tried them out when we got home and the sound is amazing. Her Powerbeats broke last year and we never replaced them, so she was very happy to get these.

This morning we are heading down to the Honeybaked Ham store to pick up our Christmas ham, and after that we are heading to the outlet mall in neighboring Pigeon Forge to see what we can find. I have a feeling we are going to find a Walking Dead style hoard of humanity all hopelessly trying to do the same thing. We really have to plan ahead next year.

That’s about it for now.

The Multiverse Holiday

Good evening faithful readers. It is Thursday, or as our pagan friends knew it… Thor’s Day.

We are just a couple of days away from the ultimate hodgepodge of a holiday, Christmas. Late December, the time when most cultures that grew up with seasons celebrate the Solstice, the Standing Still of the Sun. It is at this time, the winter solstice, that the Sun reaches its lowest point on the horizon, and for three days appears to not move lower or higher. Last night was the longest night of the year, and from here on the days will get longer and the nights shorter. The fact of this celestial event has spawned all sorts of traditional  celebrations over the eons.

As a secular guy, I have no hangups with participating in any winter celebration, religious or otherwise. Just last Sunday I attended our Church’s Christmas program with Denice. It was great! The kids put on a good show, and the choir was amazing. Denice had a solo and she killed it! Of course it was all about Jesus, because that’s what they believe in. Do I believe that “Jesus is the reason for the season?” Um, no. I don’t. But I’m not going to let that stop me from enjoying some Jesus flavored Christmas.

It’s thoroughly understood by theologians that December 25th is not the birthday of Jesus of Nazareth. Well, at least it’s not any more likely that it is his birthday than any other day. That’s because no one knows when he was born. Celebrating “Christmas” on December 25th was something that the Roman emperor Constantine tacked on to Christianity when he took it over. The whole thing was probably a move to try to consolidate Christianity with the more widely practiced pagan traditions of the Romans who had a big festival at this time called Saturnalia.

So, whether you’re a Pagan and you mark the Solstice with your coven, or you’re a Jew and you do Hanukkah , or perhaps a German who observes Yule, or a Christian who loves them some Baby Jesus… this season is your season to celebrate as you please, and don’t let any uptight individual tell you any different. Boy, that was a run-on sentence.

No one “owns” this season.  I prefer to use the greeting, “Happy Holidays,” because there are many legitimate winter holidays, and I do not discriminate against any of them.

Ride’s here, gotta go

I know what you’re thinking… “There’s no way he has a drivers license. He’s just seven years old!”

We made it to the weekend, friends! Tomorrow is a new day, and a new opportunity to experience life in all it’s wonder. And, it’s Saturday. In my case that means a day when I can do what I want to do. It means a day when I can focus on self and family care. It is a day to recharge and recalibrate for the week to come. It is my favorite day of the week.

Tomorrow I am going to focus on getting my GTD system refined and more functional. Denice and I are also going to (finally) get our Christmas tree and decorations put up. I’ll get some photos of everything when we’re done.

Till tomorrow.

Getting Christmassy

I’m a little late getting to the laptop tonight. It’s been a busy day. Denice and I had rehearsal for the Church Christmas program. We just got back from that. So, it’s late. I’ll make this short but very sweet.

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We did Christmas diner at work today. They always have Thanksgiving and Christmas meals catered. It’s was awesome. Some of the best banana pudding that I’ve had. I made an exception to my Slow Carb protocol so that I could enjoy this meal with my coworkers. I hold social things like this to be more important than being perfect with my endeavors. However, I am going to pay for it. I am stretching my fasting period to about thirty hours through tonight and tomorrow. I’m hoping this will compensate for indulging in such decadent food on my On Cycle.

I’ve been listening to CGP Grey’s review of ‘Getting Things Done.’ I’ve had this book for years, and have a very rudimentary GTD system in place. I don’t use it very well though. I’m going to spend this weekend trying to improve my process.

Good night, my friends.

 

Weekend happenings

This weekend we are attempting to jump-start the holiday season. Like most things, we procrastinate, pushing off getting things done until the last-minute. We are a little ahead of the curb this year though. Today we got our photos done for Christmas cards. It looks like we are actually going to get those mailed out before the first of the year. We still don’t have our decorations up, but we are working on it. When we get our tree up I will post a photo, and our Christmas pics when we get them back.

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Lilly had to go to the vet on Saturday. She has an ear infection, and had to get some meds squirted up in those big floppy things. Needless to say, she did not like the experience. Half way through the treatment she dove off of the table. Luckily, my cat-like reflexes kicked in and I caught her in mid-air. We both escaped injury during her Peter Pan impersonation.

I finally got caught up on The Walking Dead. Negan is the coolest… most interesting (I’m not a psycho) character that has been on the show. If you haven’t seen the last episode, I’m not going to do any spoilers, but I will say that I don’t think Rick is going to have a good day in the next one.

Ok my Internet friends, I’m out for the night. Talk to you tomorrow.