Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Manic Monday

Yeah, I'm a day behind. BITE ME. Uh, I mean, happy holidays.

I'm usually done with my Christmas shopping by this time of year. Now I know the joy of all the last-minute bullshit that people put up with. Dear God, why would anyone intentionally wait till the last minute??? This whole thing kind of snuck up on me this year. I looked at the calendar yesterday and was all, "Holy SHIT! Christmas is only a week away?" And I'm still on the quest for the "WOW" gift for hubs. It's usually basketball tickets, but due to budget constraints this year, I've been rethinking that one. Worst case scenario is that I can cave at the last minute and go pick some up downtown. We'll see.

Speaking of not having enough time (?), yesterday I also lost 20 minutes of my life - AT FUCKING KOHL'S. I went in to buy Diva a new pair of sneaks (they've got the best deal on toddler Nikes, and she needs them for her skinny feet) and when I got to the checkout, there were three (1-2-3) people in front of me, none with particularily large purchases. And it took 20 minutes for me to get out the damn door. Generally, I'm the world's most patient person, but this was RE-TARD-ED. When in doubt, team up and have a comedy jam session! I don't know that I've ever had as good a stand-up set as I did yesterday in line with the customers behind me. I offered up that I think stores should bring back carolers and snacks for people waiting in line. And then, the cashier asked the woman in front of me who was paying for her items if she wanted a gift receipt. And on cue, me and everyone behind me sang a chorus of "NO! Dear GOD, NO!" It was actually pretty funny. Well, I guess you had to be there...

Then, I was completely parched and needed a beverage. As luck would have it, there is a brand new SBUX drive-thru across the street. Like manna from HEAVEN! As I went through the DT, I believe I proposed to the barista. I don't know that I've ever been that happy to see my iced chai latte come out of the damn DT window. I called bananafana during my manic fit of tea-ness, and I think that now she may be rethinking our friendship. TOO BAD, SISTA! YOUR ASS IS STUCK WITH ME!

On the running front, well, the sidewalks are still a bit icy from the 6 inches of snow we got over the weekend. The good news? The highs today and tomorrow will be in the 40s, and we're not getting any major precip until later in the week. So I'll be back on track shortly. Thank GOD!

On the writing submission front, got a rejection yesterday. But at least it was a nice one. So I'll edit and send it somewhere else. Several folks have asked if it bothers me when I get one. I'd have to say that it really hasn't. It's annoying at worst. I can't be angry with editors if they don't think I'm a good fit. Someone out there somewhere wants what I have; I just need to find them. And most publications will start taking submissions again in January, so I'm getting ready for that. Thanks to everyone for cheering me on. If, however, I haven't gotten any acceptances by next fall, please punch me in the face, burn the flash drive, and tell me to get my head out of my ass. Thank you in advance.

For anyone who would like, I've posted an excerpt of the family Christmas letter at my other blog. Take a gander if you like.

Happy Tuesday to all!!!

8 comments:

Tessie said...

I accidentally went to Kohl's the Friday after Thanksgiving, and it was...TRAUMATIZING.

I do love toddler Nikes though. Especially those Nike Shox with the little pink shox. I mean, COME ON.

Saly said...

We are those people, the ones who wait 'til the very end. Oh yeah. We're FREAKS!

We did get the kiddos done early though, and our mothers. I'm off on Friday and that's when we'll get everybody else.

I don't spend much time at Kohls, but my boss just gave me a $40 giftcard, so off I go!

bananafana said...

not rethinking the friendship just wondering WHAT THE HELL WERE YOU ON?!?!?
I went to that Kohls today and it only took me 15 minutes to get through the line . . . with one person in front of me

Jess said...

I once spent OVER TWO HOURS at Kohl's because I opened a credit card there specifically to get the discount because I was buying expensive luggage, and then the cashier rang it up and charged it without giving me the discount. That part took almost half an hour. Then I spent an hour at the customer service desk, waiting for the one competent person working there to outvote the two clueless ones. Finally, they refunded my whole purchase--and then sent me BACK TO THE ORIGINAL LINE to buy it again. Luckily, it worked the second time. However, I've never used my Kohl's credit card again because I refuse to darken the doors of that cursed store ever again.

mom of the year said...

Tessie: Oh my dear. The day after? Are you kidding. You have BALLS. Also - yes on the shox!!!

Saly: You have my admiration. And also my sympathy for the gift card. HA HA HA! Take some codeine and maybe you'll at least enjoy your time there...

Fana: There you are! Hmmm. I was not on anything, but perhaps I should have/should be. One person. Ugh.

Jess: Welcome! Glad to hear I'm not alone in my battle v. Kohls. I hate to be mean, but for the love of all things holy! It's a friggin scanner not a NASA project!!! Hope your luggage absolutely ROCKS...

Kristen said...

Oh man... I am at the point I REFUSE to go into that store. I think they purposely find THE dumbest person walking on the street, and give them a job at the register. It should not take 30 minutes to get through the line when 2 people are ahead of you! Oh, there I go on a tangent again...

Jenny's Vegcafe said...

Nothing makes me want to be a kid more than the Christmas holidays... then I wouldn't have anything to do except wait for the fat man to give me some loot. I fricking hate cookies, shopping, and tinsel. Down with Christmas! And Kohl's! And stinky expectations! And guilt!


Ok, now I feel better. Whoo.

mom of the year said...

Kristen: No shit, girl. Just say no to Kohls. AND - thank you for the fishbowl donation. YUMMY! Don't worry; I've carefully selected a treat for you as well!!!

Jen: Gurrrllll, you crack me up! I love the smell of Christmas angst in the morning!