This is rather belated but this week was especially nuts. I had permission to telework so I heavily stacked my hours toward the beginning of the week. I only had to work partial days on Thursday and Friday. Yes, while I have an office job, I worked on Thanksgiving. Luckily, I could do it in PJs from my couch. Some folks weren’t so lucky.
I’ve heard from a lot of people that their loved ones had to be at their retail jobs at 5 or 6 PM on Thursday. Despite having a national holiday devoted to giving thanks, it was trumped by consumerism. I think it’s despicable that people are so desperate to get mediocre deals that other folks aren’t allowed to have a holiday with their loved ones. I refuse to shop before lunch on Black Friday for this reason.
Christmas should not about shopping, spending, or getting what you want. It should be about being with your loved ones, making memories, watching cheesy TV specials, and helping others. Watch cheesy movies, bake cookies, go to a community event, and find a way to do good.
I finished in a couple of stores before my husband and even went to a store because he asked. I do participate in Black Friday because you can score some good deals and I had some things I needed to get but I’m doing better at not going overboard. I’m actively trying not to get too swept up in the materialism that can dictate this time of year. Shopping for gifts is inevitable but don’t let it dictate your holiday.
I Hope It Rains by Jana Kramer
Merry Go ‘Round by Kacey Musgraves
Love Is War by American Young
Letting Go by Jessica Harp
Just a Show by Rachel Potter
Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It by Darius Rucker
Tin Man by Miranda Lambert
Quarterback by Kira Isabella
XO by Kelsea Ballerini
There’s More to Me than You by Jessica Andrews
Tie It Up by Kelly Clarkson
I attended an event at my library and it was amazing! It was Late Night Recess for adults. They had a ton of fun things to do including
- Giant chess
- Giant Chinese checkers
- Giant connect four
- Bubble wrap dance room
- Four square
- Jump rope and double Dutch
- Hula hoops
- Face painting
- Button making
- Board games
- Make your own slime
- Parachute and balls
- Nerf fights
- Hungry hippos/people
- People bowling
- Cookies and milk
- Smoothie bike
The last one was a bike that generated a blender and resulted in free smoothies for everyone. FHubs and I played with the parachute and did several games. I stomped on a lot of bubble wrap and watched the nerf fighting in the stacks.
There were also free books but the person who wasn't 100% sure what they were for. He thought they were for people who got library cards. I made a case for my devotion (I type the letter L in my phone's browser and it autocompletes for the library) and said please and got a copy of The Royal We.
Below are some photos. The event was amazing and I really hope they do it again ere too long.
I was doing really well on having nothing to haul until I went to Nova Con. It's a first year con here in northern Virginia (NoVa). I chatted with some WWE wrestlers and some 501st members. I also bought some books.
The Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy crossover, signed by one of the inkers. I still need to read this series which kind of makes this worse.
The first three trades for Lovecraft and Tesla by John Reilly. It's been option for TV and will be making its tabletop RPG debut at Gen Con this year. Yes, I got him to sign all of them.
Behind the Avril by Indi Martin which she described as X-Files-esque but Scully is brilliant and Mulder is a PITA*. It was $10 and she signed it.
That's 3 more books bringing my annual total to 48. Yes, I'm counting the L&T trades as one.
* = That's a delightful acronym for 'pain in the ass' ICYMI
I’ve had Leaving Megalopolis by Gail Simone and Jim Calafiore on my TBR for literal years. I snagged cheap at Baltimore Comic Con a couple of years ago. I am kicking myself for waiting so long to read it.
I love the idea of the heroes we put our faith and security in turning on us. How do we react? How do we handle that?
There are a lot of stories about humans hunting each other. This takes it to another level. What would happen if someone had a psychotic break or serial killer behavior with meta-human powers?
The heroes don’t want to be bad but are you a hero when your powers force responsibility on you? What if you think people are beyond saving? This makes you think about tough questions about what it means to be heroic.
What really got me were the dogs. Seeing the poor dead puppet on the street and watching poor Mina’s heart break when she sees the dog she didn’t want to care about hurt her. I just wanted to find one of my dog friends and hug them.
I loved how the raccoon became this beautiful metaphor. As an animal person, this all resonated with me. Lots of feelings were had.
One bonus of waiting so long to read it? Surviving Megalopolis is already on shelves! (No, I’m not buying it yet but that’s happening before the year is out.) Go read this now. 5/5
Despite trying the KonMari method, I seem to work best when I mull over what I really need in my life. Since there’s a major change on the horizon, I won’t need as many office clothes as before.
Skirts – I don’t have many skirts by American standards. An asymmetric black mini skirt (with pockets), a reversible purple and orange silk skirt, a hi-lo skirt with classic movie monsters, and I’m waiting on a gorgeous rainbow cloud skirt from Elhoffer Designs. I’m waiting on a red skirt from Gaia Conceptions for my Velma costume.
I had two knee length full skirts from ModCloth, a navy one with pastel sharks and a blue one with a bright octopus. I love the shark skirt because sharks are one of my favorite animals. The octopus skirt has a big waist that my chubby belly likes to squish down. I realized that I will never wear them to go out and be social and if I’m leaving my office life behind, there is no reason to keep them. I listed them on Poshmark and they sold in about 2 hours.
Camis – I have a lot of tanks from Jordan Dene and sleeveless rayon tops. One of the main reasons I wore camis was because they worked so well with all of my skirts. All of them also show a sliver of bra in the back so I’m getting rid of all of my camis except my black one.
Leggings – I don’t need to look office appropriate as much so I’m gravitation more toward my bold leggings. This means that I can phase out at least one pair of my plain colored leggings.
Cardigans – I know I’m not going to wear a lot of my cardigans to hang out or go out so I can narrow this down by quite a bit. Some of the snaps on by Eddie Bauer 7 Ways cardigan don’t hold well and I’m accepting I’m probably more Slytherin than Gryffindor. I also got a cute black and white cardigan from ModCloth hoping it would be a great basic and I just don’t love it.
I like my 4th Doctor cardigan but I don’t wear it very much so I’m on the fence about it. I have a purple bolero sweater with half sleeves I’m also on the fence about. I’d use it with anything with thin straps for the office but I also have it in cream. I’m not sure if I still have a use for it but I’m not sure if I should get rid of it yet.
Tops – I have a plain tank top from ModCloth and I reach for one of my graphic tanks every time so it doesn’t make sense to keep it.
Unfortunately, selling these clothes is more of an exercise in minimizing and contrbuting to my side hustle since I had to replace a part on my car that the mechanic called “the most expensive part to replace.” I got this news just after I found out a doggy daycare near me might be hiring. Looks like I’ll have to put off my career change for a little while longer.