A Really Fast 7 Quick Takes

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It’s late Thursday night and I’ve already taken my bedtime muscle relaxer, so this will have to be really fast. I binge-watched Atelier on Netflix this week, which tells you two things. My life is quite boring, and Netflix has dropped all the good stuff. I’ll be cancelling soon.

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I thought a hospital bed was the most uncomfortable place to spend a night until I spent a night in a recliner next to a hospital bed. It was like the Inquisition. It’s no wonder family members are so quick to bite off doctors’ heads on morning rounds.

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I’m constantly getting emails that promise five hours of constant sex or tell me I’m a whale in the subject line. Isn’t this what spam filters are for?

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I finally upgraded my phone and tablet today to whatever system Microsoft wanted to install, but I was offended by their overly pushy approach. When I clicked “install later” it asked “install tonight?” Seriously?! I’ll install when I’m damn good and ready, and not a moment sooner!

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John’s a Junior in high school, so we’ve hit the point when decorating for Christmas has to be worked around academic stress. Everything is done except decorating the tree and putting the candles in the windows, and we’ll do that as the sun sets after his last day of school.

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I’m reminded of the blessings of family and friends right now, as an elderly family friend is spending time in the hospital. He has no family left, so those of us who know and love him are making a special effort to make sure he’s well taken care of. There are huge cracks to slip through in our health care system.

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I saw my bariatric surgeon, and she was thrilled with my progress! And it’s only going to get better! I had to make an emergency run to Goodwill today since even my smallest clothes are falling off me! It’s hard to remember to weigh, but the inches seem to be falling off even when the pounds don’t! I credit Nerium Firm, especially since I don’t have any loose skin. Fingers crossed for no backsliding at Christmas!

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How I’d Like to Celebrate Christmas

One of Mama Kat’s writing prompts this week was to describe how you’d celebrate the holidays if you had no limitations. No financial limits, no scheduling conflicts, no long distances to be traveled, no work schedules, and no physical limitations. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?
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And if you think my fantasy Christmas is taking place anywhere cold you obviously don’t know me well. I’ll be at the beach. The only white stuff I ever want underfoot is sand. So we’d be at our beach house all of December and January, hanging out and spending time with the family and friends we love! There are at least five dogs around at all times, chasing each other and the waves and tracking sand all over the house. There are magical fairies who take care of all the dirty dishes, the laundry, and the cleaning. And we order all our groceries online and have them delivered twice a week.

All the decor is comfortable and quirky, as are the holiday decorations everywhere that the fairies put up before we arrived. There’s a lovely little non-denominational church within walking distance, and it always has candles burning. I can go in at any hour of the day or night and just sit and be grateful. We’ll go there at midnight on Christmas Eve to hear the choir sing.

The weeks leading up to Christmas will be full of plays and concerts. We have great seats for Wicked and The Nutcracker, too. There is a huge live nativity with local adults and children playing at being in Bethlehem. I’ll go to that at least three times. Shakespeare on the Beach will be wonderful – they’ll perform Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet at night while we sit in Adirondack chairs, wrapped in quilts.

Since gifts really aren’t important to the grown-ups we’ll have a huge game of Naughty Santa. We’ll lose track of which gift was stolen most often – the diamond necklace or the vintage Mustang. The speedboat and the Labradoodle littermate pups will be pretty popular, too!

We’ll watch NORAD’s Santa Tracker with the little ones between reading Christmas stories. The piano and guitar will come in handy for singing carols. And on Christmas morning Santa will bring every little one the three things they want most, and the adults will sip coffee and watch them play. Want to come? Everyone is welcome and our private plane can pick you up at your convenience!

We Get to Keep Our Home!!

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Let’s get the bad news out of the way. I always prefer to get the bad news first. John didn’t pass his driver’s test on the first try. He ran a stop sign.  He was so mad at himself, because he’d already aced parallel parking and all the other stuff. He’ll try again later this month. I was probably nearly as mad because I’d taken time to do hair and makeup (something I never do) in preparation for renewing my driver’s license. Their computers were down.   So I took my spare time to chat about Nerium EHT with the gentleman on my left and Jamberry with the glittery-nailed woman to my right. I may go back Monday. Until the computers come up they’re a captive audience.

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Also, I got a counterfeit check in the mail this week. A woman emailed me and wanted to place a $200 Jamberry order and pay by check. I didn’t just fall off the turnip truck, so I politely told her that once her check cleared I’d place the order. As our email and text correspondence continued her English deteriorated rapidly and she repeatedly belabored the point that she was a Christian, hoped she could trust me with her money, was praying that my business practices were ethical, etc. Of course the check, when it arrived, was counterfeit. I left her/him a voicemail to that effect and blocked both the email address and the phone number. That really didn’t put me in the holiday spirit.

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On a lighter note, I did get to call my mom and tell her I’d ordered something to wear that was too small to fit her. Since my mom is a size zero and my gastric band surgery was in August she was stunned nearly speechless. Then I told her it was a hairclip. I bought it on Black Friday online and can’t wait to get it. It’s sized by the circumference of your ponytail, and I wear the next size up from an infant. My hair is long, but baby-fine. Any but the smallest clips or elastics fall out. I’ll post all about it when it arrives!

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Speaking of hair, did I mention I actually made an effort with mine (OK, ten minutes worth, but it’s more than I usually do!) and put on makeup, since I’m due to get my driver’s license renewed. Of course when I showed up the computers were down. So I sat and made conversation with a couple of strangers for a few minutes before heading out. Never underestimate what you can learn from strangers. It’s one of the many things I miss from nursing: meeting new people and hearing their stories.

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We’ve found a show to watch as a family. . . Fargo. Yes, that’s our kind of family entertainment. The only problem is we’ve started responding to each other’s questions with, “Yaah.” Hopefully that’s temporary.

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The Small Business Holiday Bazaar is still going on! If you haven’t checked it out yet, please do. All the participants are small business owners who would truly appreciate your patronage this holiday season, and I’ve made sure we have gifts for everyone (men, women, and children) in every category (something they want, something they need, something to wear, something to read). I’ll be posting about Nerium on the 7th, but here’s a heads-up: If you want a spot in one of the fastest-growing international businesses, with job security and time freedom. . . for half the price it will cost you in January – contact me. It’s a small leap of faith that could change your entire life. It certainly has mine! And that small investment can easily be earned back within a month and them deducted as a business expense on your 2015 taxes. It’s kind of a no-brainer.

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Biggest and best news for last: After dead silence since when we applied in April we have been approved for a three-month trial starting January 1 for a loan modification. On Real Housewives of Orange County these things are easy and casual, but we’ve been expecting every single day to see a “For Sale at Auction” sign planted in our front yard. I’ve made it a point to check just before our 17yo gets home from school every day just so he doesn’t find out we’re soon to be homeless from a sign. I didn’t decorate for Halloween or Thanksgiving, but I’m gonna decorate for Christmas, because we’ll be here to enjoy it as a family! It may be frozen pizza and dollar store gifts, but that’s OK. We’ll be HOME!

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