Saturday, December 31, 2005

Happy Another Year

New Year is always depressing to me. Its not really a "new" year in the sense that lessons from the past year are learned and not repeated, its more of a "thank gawd we made it through another freaking year, let's hope we survive the next one".

New Year means that tax time is coming up. That's something to look forward to, isn't it?

New Year means starting the same old grind over again, same job, doing the same things, same routine, nothing changes except the digit you write at the end of your check date.

I haven't won the lotto, haven't found a likeness of the blessed virgin mary on a potato chip, haven't invented something that everyone wants, so my chances of "jumping" out of the dull routine are pretty slim to none. Still have to work, haven't been discovered as the latest hippest blogger, or cartoonist. Hubby's pictures haven't been "discovered" and purchased for outlandish sums of money.

So, on Tuesday, we'll slog back to work as always, get told what to do, get told to change it, get told to change it back, get our paychecks, pay our bills, worry about paying taxes, worry about what if we get told we're no longer needed to change, then change back things.

For those of you who simply say "If you want something bad enough, you should be brave enough to just go do it"... you have too much freakin money and live in delusion. Give away your money, work an 8 to 5 job, live paycheck to paycheck and in fear that someone that doesn't like you will can you, then tell me about all those glorious dreams you speak of.

Its not a "new" year, its just another year, like last year, the year before, and certainly like the ones coming up. Same thing, same routine, same.

So, Happy Another Year, now get back to work.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Made it through another one

Ok, so we don't have to worry about whether to say "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays" anymore, I think its pretty smooth sailing on the whole "Happy New Year". At least I haven't heard if there was a problem with that one yet.

Has anyone come out offended by "new year"? Is there a religion that doesn't go by a traditional calendar? By "traditional" I mean the one sold in the millions at all the bookstores around June. I do know that the Government goes by a different fiscal year, are we to start celebrating that as well? Happy New Fiscal Year! Since the government is really big on Federal holidays, I'm sure they'd all be for another day off to celebrate. Its been my experience that they usually take a few days off before Thanksgiving and don't do anything until after Martin Luther King's birthday, so why not declare those three months as the official government holiday.

Today should also be designated as the "take all the crap back that you got for christmas day" day. There's no way I'm venturing to a mall or store today. I made that mistake a few years ago, hoping to score a cheap winter coat, only to find myself in a JC Penney among two woman actually fighting (pulling hair, screaming, kicking) over a marked down gown. That was lovely. Lucky for me the people in line decided to go watch the fight so I was able to sneak through the line, pay and escape unharmed and unarrested.

Its another rainy, but this time somewhat sunny day today, so we'll just hang out at home. Perhaps I'll celebrate by bagging up more crap that has been "handed down as heirlooms" and put it on the curb as a sacrificial offering to the garbage gods.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Christmas in Maryland

What a lovely day today, Christmas in Maryland.
It poured ass cold rain all freakin day! Unbelievable. Miserable, crappy day. Ho, ho, ho.

We figured out what we ran out of that we had been trying to think of what it was we ran out of, and in order to brine the turkey for dinner... we needed salt.

Would you believe it, but no stores were open on Christmas day! Wow! Stores closed on a holiday? Who woulda thunk it! We did find a 7-11 that was open and bought enough salt to embalm a mummy with, and came home... in the pouring rain.

The dogs weren't at all pleased with the rain either. December: rain... what happened to that snow stuff? They pouted a lot, and got snarky because I wasn't about to go chase them in the yard in the rain, and frankly they'd go out, do their business and demand to be let back in again.

Turkey was tasty, gave the dogs an added bonus of raw meat in the dinner, so they're happy for a change (that will last 5 minutes), and its 7pm and I'm ready for bed.

The old dog has decided that I'm not allowed to sleep in anymore. He woos, and barks and carries on until I get up and go into the computer room and sit in my chair. He then throws himself down behind the chair and sleeps. If I try to get up and sneak back to bed... he wakes up, comes in and woos and barks until I get up again. I need to break him of this habit. Its killing me getting up so early in the morning on days when I should be able to sleep in.

Since getting dogs, I don't think I've ever slept in. Dogs are wonderful, but not if you really like to sleep in.
I should have napped today, I need to schedule one for tomorrow.

We did get some great robes from my in-laws. Very comfy, very very COMFY. This is a first, since their gifts are usually NOTHING that we'd want. As a matter of fact I spent a few hours yesterday tossing some of the crap they've sent us over the years. Finally, after 17 years of marriage, they actually got us a gift we'll use and like.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Most Wonderful Time of the Year

And here are the things that piss me off:

Idiots that stop in front of grocery stores and park there while their spouses shop, so that people trying to load their groceries into their cars have no place to pull up. MORONS!

The malls are already jam packed, lines throughout stores, rude people... I'm so happy for the glad tidings of joy flowing through the malls. The annual excuse to buy crap. Um, how about appreciating people 365 days a year AND STOP PARKING IN FRONT OF STORES!


Just read a festive article about government fighting over what to call their trees, schools debating what songs to leave in or out, and lawsuits being filed to keep people from getting fired for saying "Merry Christmas" instead of "Happy Holidays".

So, we're having a swing back now on the whole "Christmas" thing. 20 years ago we got rid of it, because it was apparently offensive to everyone that doesn't celebrate Christmas. Um, why don't those who don't celebrate Christmas do their own thing? Ok, sure there's all the gaudy decorations and lights and crap... but people can still do their own thing. But what about the government, what should they do to celebrate? Um, how about letting your employees do their own thing, and frankly you can save me some tax dollars by not putting up all the crazy blinky lights and blow up displays outside courthouses.

People are starting to do their own thing... and getting in trouble for it. Some person hung a santa up a tree by a noose. People are offended by it, want him to take it down. Um, perhaps your nativity scene offends him, but he hasn't said anything about it because you have the right to display what you want in your yard, so get your nose out of this guy's business and let him do what he wants.

Someone put a Santa laying face down in his yard with an arrow in his back and a big grinch on his roof with a bow and arrow. Once again, people are offended. Well, excuse me, but baby jesus (with the cracked plastic head, and sagging creche) really pisses me off, but I don't say anything as long as you aren't setting all that crap up in my yard.

So, if governments don't want to make people mad, instead of taking away or renaming their holiday stuff, they need to honestly celebrate ALL religions, include it in their whole spiel. I better see some bird seed, water, dirt, and a candle in a circle at the local courthouse if they do go all out.

Merry Bless the Earth and all that live on her (even the morons)
and have a very Happy Neo-Pagan New Year