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Sunday, December 30, 2007

New Year's Eve Eve

So, my family finally celebrated Xmas today and tomorrow will be New Years Eve. Traditionally, my family has pizza on Xmas eve (and when we were kids, left a slice out for Santa). I will call today New Year's Eve Eve because we're talking toppings and it seems appropriate to be the eve of something. I still don't have any plans for New Year's Eve. I am not a big fan of crowds, but Blondy doesn't have to work and I think we should celebrate. I've had a year that is worth blowing a noisemaker about. I'm looking forward to more of the same in 2008 and consider it necessary to make the transition with a few cocktails. Here's hoping I'll find my celebration.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

G'Day And Welcome To Day 12

It is almost Xmas for me. Santa's sleigh will be rolling into Tremp City this weekend. It doesn't feel quite like Xmas to me, though. I haven't purchased any gifts and just had the thought today that maybe I should get on that. And that is when it sunk in. Xmas is over for everyone else. I feel like I missed out. Why don't I get any holiday spirits? I mean spirit. Everyone else is already thinking New Years Eve parties and I still have to buy Xmas gifts! I was going to try to buy a new fake tree after Xmas. I think this is how I always miss the after Xmas sales. I'm still thinking it is Xmas time and at the stores, the cupids and hearts are advancing even before the reindeer and tinsel retreat. Why does it seem that the world is always one step ahead of me? I feel like I need to catch up. Maybe it is just my slow motion perspective today from the holiday spirits last night.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Snowed In In Tremp City

So, with an impending blizzard, and the thought of having no plans for the weekend, I got my act together on Saturday and went grocery shopping. After all, if I was going to be snowed in, I should have some food in the house. I picked up three movies at the Walsmart and made a list of all the things I should accomplish with my free time. Then I got the call. A conference had been held and it was decided I should pack up Peanut and head to Tremp City to hunker down for the storm there. I got home from shopping and put away all of my supplies, quickly packed a bag for me and one for Peanut, and hopped in the car. I delivered Peanut to Grandma and Grandpa's house. I enjoyed dinner with the folks and then made my way down towards the river. At the S&S Holiday Inn, we played a few hands of cards, watched a few movies, and had a few drinks. As I was crawling into bed I thought about how lucky I was to have friends like these...until they disrupted my ruminations with a gigglefest from the other room. These kinds of memories aren't made every day. I've been left to fend for myself as they celebrate the holidays with their family. I just got a call from my family and I've turned down the invitation to travel to our celebration in favor of waiting it out for another night at the S&S Holiday Inn. Possibly tomorrow I will be ready to rejoin civilization for a holiday celebration. Hopefully the weather will agree.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Happy Holidays

It is wild and crazy times here at work today. We have a half-day scheduled with a noon release. It is the day before the holiday, though, which usually means mimosa day in our commissary. I'm enjoying my third...or fourth? I love days like today. There is a buzz in the air like party day in elementary school where you had to try to maintain focus when you knew there were games and candy and presents waiting for you come afternoon. I'm looking forward to a laid back weekend. My family isn't celebrating the holidays until next weekend, so I am feeling the pressure to make plans for the weekend. Four and a half days is a little long for me to go all by myself. Maybe I'll begin my Xmas shopping. I've got my traditional steak and shrimp planned for Xmas Eve at my house. I'll probably be doing that all by myself, but it will still be delicious. Then I'll be starting a new tradition of going to the Bodega. I'm hoping it will ease the pain of losing my Rob and me Christmas celebration. I will miss you dearly. If only you ever read this blog. *sigh* Happy holidays.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Bowling Rock Star

I apparently am a bowling rock star! Last night at bowling league, you wouldn't have been able to tell by my first game. It was a low average score for me of 112. The next game was even worse at 90. I'm not sure exactly what happened next. It might have been that I had ingested the right amount of bowling juice, or that I had finally warmed up, or that I had finally woken up, but it was stellar. My first throw of the third game was a gutter ball. I knew I had to do something. The next ball was a spare and the following three balls were strikes (what we like to call a turkey)! It went a little down hill after that, but I pulled it through with a 168--a personal high for me! Even better was the fact that I beat the resident bowling rock star on my team, so he owed me a shot! We reconvened at the Bodega for my celebratory shot and a few more celebratory drinks. We enjoyed a "conversation" evening at the Bodega (sorry you weren't there for this one Sherman) and although all very important, I can't quite remember what world problems may have been solved. Maybe next time.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Trailer Parkin'

I began my evening around 8pm at the trailer park... My goal was to finish the five crappy beers on my card and redeem my trailer park t-shirt. I am an over achiever!And so were the boys...
But a good time was had by all.
Until our next trip around the trailer park...cheers.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Tremp City Tra La La La La

Deck the bars with drunken folly, Tra la la la la, la la la la. Tis a night to get real jolly, Tra la la la la, la la la la. I'm excited to see my friends at the old Vet's Bar in Tremp City again tonight! It seems it has been way too long. I'm looking forward to a few cocktails, some pull tab shenanigans, and a lot of laughter! Drink and laugh we're all together, Tra la la la la, la la la la. Heedless of the wind and weather, Tra la la la la, la la la la.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Tis The Season

It is party season! Yesterday I attended my first official holiday party at my boss's home. This took the place of our regular 3-5pm sales meeting, so that is always a bonus. The big guy had Traditions cater some hors d'oeuvres, which were delicious. I heard rave reviews about the chocolaty dessert nibbles, but I stuck to the bacon-wrapped scallops, stuffed mushrooms, and such. Downstairs around the crackling fire, the bartender was pouring a stiff vodka tonic that warmed me from the inside. As the sun slid down across the snow on the Mississippi outside the back door, the party goers began to collect their shoes and coats from the overflowing front hall and say their goodbyes. A few of us decided to continue the festivities at a nearby tavern. We enjoyed a dash of conversation with our coworkers, sprinkled with shots, and some brand new experiences for some. After a few more hours, I decided to call it a night and head for the hills. It was a lovely way to start the season.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Another Day Older And Deeper In Debt

Only a few more weeks until Xmas. I still haven't managed to decorate my house (apart from hanging the greenery and lights outside). It was on the agenda for tonight, but I'm still not feeling it. I visited my sister on Saturday and we started a Xmas cookie factory. We played Xmas tunes for awhile until the little one pulled the speaker cords loose. We worked in silence for awhile and by the time I left, I forgot my music. So, sans Xmas music, it seems inappropriate to decorate my house. It is trailer park night at a local tavern. I do have about 13 more beers to drink to fill up my punch card. All I'm waiting for is someone to ask! I'll drop my housework in a second, I swear! Any time now...

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune

I finally read the play Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune that a friend lent me months ago. The dialogue is snappy. I enjoyed it. It is about two lonely, people whose first date ends with them tumbling into bed. Johnny finds his sould mate in Frankie and she finds every reason imagineable why a relationship between the two of them won't work. I think there may be a reason my friend wanted me to read this play. I've got it. The signs lately point to tearing down the walls. As Feist would say, "...could it have, something to do with admitting that you, just can't go through it alone..." If I ever get the chance, I'll work on that.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

A Rainstorm of Fire

I'm being productive at work today. It is probably because my arch nemesis is out sick today. And even though I've been able to accomplish a lot, I can't help but wish a rainstorm of fire down onto some people. I think it is my dark mood. There is nothing in particular shadowing my existence. There is nothing new crushing my soul. As I find, that is usually the way it goes. It is bowling night and it is snowing. This will either be my first test of crossing the bluffs in the snowy darkness or I'm going to be late for bowling. At this point I'm hoping for a fiery crash and no bowling. I have so much joy in my life, it bursts forth in a rainstorm of fire.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

A Magical Storm

I enjoyed an evening out in a blizzard with almost the full Tremplo Gang last night. A few of us enjoyed a delicious pear-flavored bottle of Riesling (named Naked something or other) at the Trempealeau Hotel. I selected the oregano-garlic chicken with a side of the most delicious mashed potatoes I think I've ever tasted. After dinner we bundled up to face the storm outside. The snow had turned to sleet and our feet crunched through the the crusty top layer of snow to trudge up the hill towards Vet's Bar. Beth and I clutched onto each other, laughing as we trudged, and opted to change our course to walk on the street. The laughter continued through the night with stories, stories, and more stories. Of course there is always a touch of reminiscing about stories from the past, there are the stories to catch up on each others' lives, and stories of future plans. The only thing missing was the fifth wheel of our Tremplo Gang, but his brother and parents were there to bridge the gap. Those of us present really enjoyed our magical, stormy night out in Tremp City.

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