I picked up a car today, then picked up Marcel and we made our way over to the storage unit. 30 minutes later the house was filled with bags and boxes od Christmas Decorations.
After 2 hours of unpacking we got to decorating... and after 3 more hours, we have the Mantle, 3 trees and three tableaux set up. 3 more trees and 2 more tableaux to go and we'll be ready for Christmas!
Okay, well, we have more baking to do, and gift wrapping and card signing, a bit of shopping, and a few parcels to ship and THEN we'll be ready for Christmas. But considering that Dec 1st is only on Monday, we are well ahead of schedule!
I Am so excited and also so tired I can hardly stand it!
I happen to know of this really great photographer that just opened a shop on Etsy. Great photos, even greater prices... and many would be great purchased in pairs or triples. Why give one Print when you can give more?
Hey! What are you still doing here? Go take a look!
The Monday Morning Commute, sucks to an added degree.
This particular Monday Morning Commute went far and beyond the call of duty... or rather the STM did.
So a massive Thank You and Merci to the STM for reminding me that today is Monday! (Like I could forget) But you really didn't have to have TWO Slowdowns AND an Interruption of Service to do this... the alarm clock and then the rain to start the day were more than enough.
My 45 minute commute was stretched to just a little over 90 minutes...
Bell you STM... you certainly make me feel I get my money's worth.
I was at our Distribution Center today. And the senior clerk there took me into a room with a large table full of boxes of products and returns, going back to 2011...
Some of these needed immediate attention, while others had been discussed and confirmed at length over the years. And yet, there they say.
Some products are still usable / sellable, while other *were* but are no longer because... nothing was done.
After an hour, I went back to my temp desk and caught up on my own tasks, but damn if this doesn't piss me off. Especially since my name was plastered on a lot of these things... It's a good thing I don't throw out any email, because I was able to provide whole email threads concerning a great many of these.
I go back on Friday to continue helping to resolve issues and answer unasked questions.
It's not often I've overtly social. Don't get me wrong I have friends and I like people... well some people. There are a lot of idiots out there, so some lever of avoidance is necessary to keep me off the evening news, and more importantly, out of jail.
Today I went on a small adventure to Chinatown, to meed some new friends... well new in the real world sense... I've know one for nearly 3 years on FB and the other for another good 2 years. We decided it was long past due to meet in person. So, a Saturday afternoon lunch date was planned... Dim Sum in Chinatown.
I got there a little early so I could take some pictures, for my Instagram, and just to look around. It's a shame in one respect that there is so much construction going on current;y because it meant a lot of planned photos didn't happen, but on the positive side, things should look much nicer next year...
And then to lunch and friends...
We had such a wonderful time. Great food, bitchy, yet witty conversation. And probably a few too many rambunctious laughs...
We had SUCH a good time that we're already planning a repeat. CAN. NOT. WAIT.
So it wasn't a blizzard, or even technically flurries... it DID snow for about 5 minutes today, which instantly terrified most in my office today... but for me... I was as excited as a school girl at a One Direction concert.
It's rare that we get good news at the office but we've gotten double good news today. Twelve new clients!!! On top of seven others we gained last month and this puts us in a positive position after some losses earlier in the year.
Now I've never been accused of being an optimist, but there has been some chatter, from upper management that this could equate to a bonus in the Spring.
I won't hold my breath, but I might go light a candle at Notre-Dame.
So while yesterday was our Anniversary, we decided to just make last night low key and order in from our regular Friday Night Resto.
Today we went out to Old Montreal, walked a bit, shopped a bit, took some pictures and had lunch at A resto I've not been to in a good 10 years... and it was Marcel's first visit...
Stash's Cafe. It's a Polish restaurant. Been around since the 70's, and they know their food! Traditional, hearty, peasanty dishes that were the PERFECT thing to have on a blustery 1'C day.
Soup - I had borscht, he had a sour rye malt soup with sausage. Then we doth had the Tasters menu... some pierogis, potato pancake, a Breaded stuffed crepe with meat and mushrooms and an amazing cabbage and roasted stew. YUM YUM YUM! Washed it all down with a lovely Polish Amber Ale. Then had coffee and a sweet and tart plum crisp.
More walking and looking about and *poof* three hours later we were back at home where we're always happiest.
A lovely afternoon and who knows what tomorrow might bring....
Not to get to detailed or personal, but I am empty on the
inside. Not figuratively or existentially, but physically.. I am void of any extraneous materials other
that what god gave me…
I had some sort of
intestinal attack last night / into this morning that kept me awake and in the “library’
from 3:30am or so until 6 am. At 7am I decided, as things had pretty much come
to a halt, that I could head to the office. Luckily for me, I made there just
in time. And within 90 minutes and 5 more “visits’ That was it, I was cramping
and it was time to head home.
Ever get that sensation that you are completely empty inside,
and yet you’ve no hunger, and the thought of putting anything back in, makes
you nervous for what might happen shortly thereafter?
I managed to catch a couple ours rest at home in the
afternoon which was more than welcome – thank you very much. And supper
consisted of instant rice with a few veggies. Mm Mm Good.
T'was another busy day today. I got up early-ish. had breakfast, then putzed about, un-decoration the house from Hallowe'en. No mote skulls, no more spiders, no more snakes, no more severed hands, no more eyeballs, no more bones, no more crows... well okay fewer crows. There are ALWAYS crows... Then a quick tidy of the kitchen and BAM! Craft Time! I made a new arrangement of collected feathers and put them under a cloche. Then I put my recently purchased Abalone Shell, Crow Feather and some White Sage in a glass display box. Then I added another shadow box onto the Kitchen Wall. This one with cookie cutters: an 'S' for Shawn, a small dog-bone for Santiago, an large dog-bone for Peanut and an 'M' for Marcel. Then off to the Storage Unit to take the Hallowe'en decorations back. And another quick stop at the grocery store. And back home and time for a snack... nachos and salsa.
Only two more projects for the day... two more Shadow boxes to display two earlier art projects: The Deconstructed Beach (8 vials containing: Sea Shells, Sea Weed, Sand, Ocean Water, Sea Glass, Sandstone Pebbles, Seagull Feathers and Driftwood). The 5 Elements (Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit). I had to build an structure to go inside the Shadow Box, to support and center the 8 mini vials, and then cover that structure in textured paper as a back drop to the half filled vials, and the see-through water vial. It went rather well and can'y help but think I'd be able to sell such a piece for a fair amount of money. Honestly, not to toot my own horn but I am pretty impressed with the completed look. The other Box (The Elements) was a bit of a disappointment and I'll have to re-do the supporting structure... I mis-measured and the vials were not help snug and bounced round a bit and I cut the paper cover wrong... UGH! I guess I was getting tired and wasn't paying close enough attention. Ah well, At least now when I re-do it, I'll be able to do it quicker because now I know what I'm doing! lol All in all, a good day.. but golly, I'm exhausted!