Here I am. Home. Not alone, but nevertheless home. And I might as well be alone. I’ve heard a couple of doors closing so I know there are people here but they pretty much are holed up in their bedrooms. I too am holed up, but I have the door open in the event someone wants to reach out and ask for a grilled cheese. I’m supposed to be at work but I took a day. Actually I’m supposed to be on my way to Pittsburgh and off for the rest of the week, BUT alas that didn’t happen so I said I’d work. I can’t remember the last time I worked through the Christmas/New Years week, let alone Christmas Eve (which I’m working this year). In one way I don’t mind for some odd reason, but on the other hand I think my body just said “enough already” and here I am, in my jammies (or version thereof) at 3:00 in the afternoon. I’ve still been productive. I’ve wrapped presents, I’m doing laundry, I’m cleaning exploding corners (a term Sally coined) and I think I’m making dinner too.
So today I watched soap operas. I haven’t watched soaps since they took the Guiding Light off. But when I hear the Young and the Restless theme song it takes me sooo far back. I vaguely know the characters on the Young and the Restless and a few of them are from my GL. (Guiding Light) At my funeral I want the Guiding Light theme song to be playing. When I do my “rounds” at the Care Center for hospice (ha! Rounds!) anyway, they always have music on in the rooms. You know those music channels on TV. Sometimes I think it’s annoying and wonder if these patients would really prefer silence. I mean really doesn’t the noise get to you sometimes? Except for those of you that sleep with the TV on all night (you know who you are) – I can’t stand the noise after a while. Only one time did I turn the TV off in one of the rooms. I felt like it was the right thing to do. Once there was a note that the patient liked classic rock and they had on more like punk rock. I changed it immediately. Who can die peacefully with punk rock playing? Anyway, I think if I end up in that situation (which I hope not) I want them to be playing songs from old TV shows. Especially the Guiding Light, which had like 27 different versions throughout the years. Maybe throw in a Dallas theme song and Dynasty.
As far as family activities around the house, we’re getting there. Seems a little more haphazard this year. Probably has to do with that work thing again and the lost weekend to New Orleans. But Christmas will come and go regardless of who is working, who is in Florida and whether I have the perfect table setting or not. I’m pretty much done (i.e. out of money) – I’ve sent all the boys stuff this year through Amazon, less wrapping that way. Maybe I should have paid for the gift wrapping from them. I don’t know. I am always surprised to learn things about myself. Like this year I’ve learned I’m a little OCD. I have always had a coordinated Christmas wrapped event. For years I bought that double-sided wrapping paper and one boy had one side and the other the other side. The Christmas stockings were opposite green/red styles – I mean it was coordinated. Last year with this family I did something similar – each kid had their own wrapping paper – but all four piles matched in some way. Anyway, anyway, Phil wants to mix it up and have it all haphazard and says that’s the fun of it that it’s chaotic. I’m letting him do it his way. Afterall it is “his” family and well they are probably okay with it. I might be in therapy for a while after but it’s a growing experience for me right? I don’t even have matching placemats for everyday Christmas yet. It makes me a little cray-cray. I need to learn to let it go…Who knew I was so OCD.
Have you seen our temps for Christmas? 85 degrees expected on Christmas day. The weather people say that’s 20 degrees over what we should be. A record high. It’s not bad for me but it is different. Not like you can go in the water at the beach. The water temp is in the 60’s. That’s cold by anyone’s standards. Next house we’ll have a heated pool and then will be able to float on these unusually hot winter days.
I just wanted to check in. It’s not a real day off without a blog and I’m missing my friends and family and New Orleans 🙂
Hope you’re all doing well and ready for Santa. It’s like in 2 days. Sheesshhh. Phil, we still gotta get that ham!!