Friday, December 21, 2007

T'was Four Days Before Christmas ...

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Here it is - the shortest day of the year with only four days to go before Christmas and it seems like I have a ton of stuff to try to accomplish today but no ambition to do any of it! Typical, isn't it? If we had managed to stay up to staff for even a month or two at work, I would have tomorrow to get things done, too, but one of our newest dispatchers is taking off for greener pastures so starting tomorrow I'm back to a 48-hour work week by adding Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. back into my schedule. Lord knows I need the money from the overtime but it sure was nice having three days a week off for awhile there!

So, with Christmas coming at us faster than a speeding bullet I've got today off followed by a day shift tomorrow, an evening shift on Sunday, and a 16-hour shift on Monday. Somewhere in between all that I need to bake a cheesecake and try my hand at making a Tiramisu (something I've never done before), buy a few gifts, finish wrapping a few gifts, do laundry, and keep the girls from squabbling with each other. That last part - about the girls - yeah ... that's next to impossible! They seem to push each other's buttons on a constant basis and I'm just not sure what - if anything - is going to make them realize that they're sisters and not adversaries. Right now Amanda is at school for her last half day before her Christmas break begins and there's a little peace in the house but after today I get the feeling I'm going to want to be at work more than I'm going to want to be at home unless they get this bickering under control. Perhaps Jane Iredale has a solution? Oh no, wait, she sells skin care products so how could that possibly help?! Heehee ...

Anyhow, it's not going to be all work and no play for the next couple of days. Tonight my son and his wife are coming over with the grandsons and we'll be doing an early Christmas with them. I figure if the boys can get their presents tonight they'll have a chance to play with them a bit before Christmas overload hits plus I got Mike and Laura a digital camera and, with them getting it tonight, they'll be able to take pictures on Christmas morning. Tomorrow after work we're going over for a pot roast dinner at Jason & Amy's new house that they've been spending the last week moving into piece by piece. I think it's going to be a celebratory "Thank goodness there's no more stuff to move!" dinner even more so than a first dinner in the new house but either way it'll be great. Amy's mother is making the pot roast and Amy assures me her mom makes a delicious one. Amanda is hoping they'll have the XBox hooked up so that they can play Guitar Hero III and I think that Jamie and Cate will get along quite well being that they are both Naruto fans. Good food + good friends = good times, right?

Okay, enough fooling around, I need to get myself in gear as time is a'wasting! If I don't get the chance to get to your blogs as often as I should the next couple of days, please don't think it's for lack of interest - just a lack of time! Oh ... and because Jamie has more or less commandeered my laptop, it's going to be for a lack of a computer, too!


  1. Oooo I'm first up!

    Sounds like you have a fun time planned, even if you do have to work some.

    I hope you and your family have an absolutely fabulous Christmas Linda and I wish you all the best for the New Year too. xx

  2. The Christmas season is officially here!

    Have a really super Christmas, Linda, my friend.

  3. Merry Christmas my dear!

  4. Merry Christmas, Linda! Hope you any your family have a terrific holiday. I really appreciate our friendship. Have a great one!!

  5. Whew! you do sound busy Linda. I'm not nearly as busy...can't seem to get into the shopping mode, but I'm going to try this morning.

    Have a wonderful Christmas. It must be great to have Jamie home.

  6. Merry Christmas to you and your lovely family. And if I haven't said it before, I do appreciate also what you do everyday to keep others safe. It is an important profession and you are a prime example of proud dedication to a job that is obviously more than a job to you. I am thankful for dispatchers and police officers and sheriffs and highway patrolmen and ambulance drivers and emergency technicians and all the others who make my life safer.

    Merry Christmas to all of them and may God bless and protect them.

  7. That was quite a ramble! Hope you stay sane, in between the work schedule and the girls at each other's throats.
    Have a Merry Christmas
    Ho Ho Ho

  8. Oh those long hours Linda. I so remember. At least you get overtime. I didn't and could literally work around the clock for the same pay. It kind of sucked. You have a wonderful time with all the outings and have a great Christmas. :)

  9. Merry Christmas and enjoy some time relaxing, please?!

    And I thought I left my stuff to do until the last minute (sorry had to get that in there).
    Brain Foggles

  10. Anonymous2:42 AM EST

    Happy Holidays Linda. I keep meaning to ask you if you got the little thing I sent in the mail. I'm sorry it was so delayed. You got one of the last two I will ever send out, since I will not be bloggin as "polliwog" any more. Take care and be well.

  11. Anonymous11:17 AM EST

    I can so relate! It seems like in preparation for the holidays we all stretch ourselves to the max. This is the first time I've read blogs in days! I'm up to the 600s in my reader. Ah well...slow and easy. :)

    Merry Christmas to you and yours, Linda. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and I can't wait to see photos of those beautiful grandbabies! :)


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