BFF! Huey and Minnie
The elusive Hobo
Hey kids! My schedule changed and I actually had the day off today. I'm off next Monday as well. Next Monday will be the only day I have off until Christmas day. Ouch! Work is just dandy as well. Gotta love retail at Christmas time. I can't wait until it's over. It's going to be a long month.
It's cold outside and snowing. It's sticking this time too. Winter is officially here.
I ran a few errands today, but basically stayed at home. I cranked out 47 Christmas cards today. I don't think I've ever gotten them done this early. Today was my best opportunity to get stuff done. After this post I'll wrap some presents. I'd say that I've got about 90% of my Christmas shopping done. That's a record for me too. I'd say that I did about 80% of my Christmas shopping online this year. It's so much easier and there's so much stuff available. No lines, no shoving, no annoying Christmas music in the background. I've got Amazon Prime which means that I get free 2-day shipping (for a reasonable yearly fee). It's more than paid for itself. The only stuff I don't/won't buy on line are CDs, but I actually didn't buy too many as gifts this year. I listened to the "Best of Luna" 2-CD Import Only that I picked up at Glen's store
the other day. Awesome CDs! The disc of covers is very cool! Huey and Minnie, the dogs from upstairs, hung out with me for most of the day. It was a nice relaxing day. I took a few pics because it's been a while since I have. I had one picture of Huey, Minnie, and Hobo (the cat) all together but I accidentally erased it. I was able to get some pics of Hobo though. She doesn't hang out downstairs too often. She's pretty funny. She calls all the shots. It was a decent day off. Tomorrow will not be so kind...
This whole West Dearborn development thing is a real fiasco. The paid parking plan is a miserable failure (people are avoiding paid lots and no one is using the parking structures). To make matters worse it's rumored that Moe's Southwest Grill and the Post Bar are closing. (I will not reveal my sources.) The Subway closed, but that was for lease reasons and they hope to move. I doubt that Dearborn will ever become the Birmingham or Royal Oak the mayor and city council expect it to be. I think that Dearborn may be the new Detroit (as far population decline and closed businesses are concerned). It's not looking good. There are still about 1000 houses for sale in this city...and they're not selling. Obviously the economy is not just bad in Dearborn, but the rest of the state as well. It feels like ground zero of an economic disaster though. It's not pretty...
I was in BST's car last week with BST (obviously) and Julie
and we noted the horrid driving habits of an individual driving a Chrysler PT Cruiser. I've since had two more encounters with PT Cruisers that have made me determine that anyone who drives a PT Cruiser is an asshole
. I think that most of the drivers are also having some sort of mid-life crisis. They buy a vehicle that they think looks cool and makes them look cool, while in reality they look like like a bunch of douche bags. The PT Cruiser is an ugly car...realize it. And stop driving like idiots before you cause another 1955 Le Mans disaster...
Pomegranates are in season so I bought a couple last week. I was cutting one open and spooning out the delicious seeds while apparently not paying attention to anything else. I happily munched on my seeds in the living room while watching TV and then returned to the kitchen to discover a bloody murder scene. There was pomegranate juice EVERYWHERE
! It looked as if someone had bludgeoned a body repeatedly with a pick-axe. It was splattered on the counter, the floor, the cupboards, my T-shirt, and the microwave. WTF?!? It took me a while to clean it up. CSI
would be impressed with the splatter and range. Please, please be careful when preparing your pomegranate...it could be messy. And don't ever scoop out a pomegranate in a white kitchen.
Good news! I'm going to New York again this January for a couple days. I've been invited to Manhattan again for an Aussie reunion. There will be no black tie dinner this year, but we're invited to a dinner. The mega cool Wine Australia is paying for our hotel and inviting us to dinner as long as I pour at a tasting for them and pay my own way to New York. I already booked tickets. I'm looking forward to it. I hope that some of the others from my group show up again. I love New York and it's even better with friends. I don't have much free time unless I add an extra day, but I'll try to get at least one good meal in. Maybe DB Bistro Moderne???
Random Poll #1- What's your favorite Christmas song?
Random Poll #2- Which Christmas song makes you most want to eat a gun?
Random Poll #3- Why are customers so rude and retarded at the post office during Christmas? ("What do you mean I have to stand in this line just like everyone else? I want you to kiss my ass.") It's Christmas. You have to wait your frigging turn with your incorrectly labeled package.
Random Poll #4- How would you like your stocking stuffed?
Random Poll #5- Eggnog, hot buttered rum, mulled wine, hot chocolate, Samichlaus, peppermint tea, hot Vernors, coffee with Baileys, or white lightning straight out of the jug?
Random Poll #6- You're Santa. Who do you want to sit on your lap?