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December, 2011

  1. Tornado Blues

    December 28, 2011 by C.

    I have been a little down this holiday season. This happens to many people over the holidays due to family dysfunction, lack of a special someone, loss of a loved one or just sick of all the shopping/wrapping/shipping that goes on during this time of the year. But my melancholy mood is a little different.
    Living in Joplin, MO I know I have so much to be thankful for. My house wasn’t touched by the tornado, my work only had power loss for a few days and I personally did not know anyone that was killed by the storm. But my mind cannot stop thinking about those who were not so fortunate.
    I know that things can be replaced but I keep thinking about special Christmas ornaments their children might have made, a recipe from Grandma that cannot be recreated from memory and personal photos. Those are things that can never be replaced. Or maybe a loved one was killed by the storm. Maybe the house that many generations of family grew up in was destroyed. Many are spending their holidays in FEMA trailers, knowing in the back of their mind that this housing is only temporary and worrying about where they will go once the trailers are taken away. My biggest worry this holiday season was receiving the gifts on time that I had ordered online. It doesn’t hold a candle to what the tornado survivors are going through.
    Someone recently asked me how do I cope with living here now…it is so depressing and filled with large empty spaces that once were neighborhoods. I guess I don’t see it that way. I see that in seven months most of the businesses that were destroyed have re-built or moved into a new property. Houses are popping up in all those empty spaces…brand new houses that offer a family a new beginning. Progress is being made in leaps and bounds. Seven months ago when there was debris piled high on the sides of the streets, everything seemed so overwhelming. With most of that cleared off now it is like seeing light at the end of the tunnel. Things will get better…things will be back to normal sooner rather than later.
    A writing professor of mine said, “Always write what is on your heart.” When I sat down to write this evening it was not about the Joplin tornado but all the thoughts I had been having over the holidays kept jumping around in my mind so I knew that it should be put down on paper. I am not really sure what the point of all of it is other than to serve as a reminder of how many blessings I have…to try not to take simple things for granted and to have faith that things will only get better each and every day around here.
    “Nothing is permanent in this wicked world, not even our troubles.” –Charlie Chaplin

  2. 10 Days of Things I Don’t Want For Christmas…#1

    December 24, 2011 by C.

    I am all for homemade gifts. Really…a nice knitted scarf or hat would be a great gift for me. But these things are just hideous. I am seriously concerned about the person that created these slippers. However, it is a great idea for our Christmas gift exchange next year at work. 


    Merry Christmas everyone! 


  3. 10 Days of Things I Don’t Want For Christmas…#2

    December 23, 2011 by C.

    The thought of looking at this twerp for the next 12 months makes me nauseous. Don’t you do it…


  4. 10 Days of Things I Don’t Want For Christmas…#3

    December 22, 2011 by C.

    This is just damn creepy. If I ever get so lonely I order one of these, you have my permission to lock me up in the nearest crazy house. 


  5. 10 Days of Things I Don’t Want For Christmas…#4

    December 21, 2011 by C.

    At first thought this might be a great gift for me because my feet are always cold. Where these cute socks go wrong is having toes. Having anything between my toes freaks me out. I cannot wear the flip-flops that go between the toes. 


    So if you are into giving socks as a gift, please make sure mine do not have toes please. 


  6. 10 Days of Things I Don’t Want For Christmas…#5

    December 20, 2011 by C.

    If you know me, you know that I absolutely hate to work out. But this dvd would make it worse. I would rather chew on glass while having all my toenails removed than work out to this.


  7. 10 Days of Things I Don’t Want for Christmas…#7

    December 18, 2011 by C.

    I see people driving around town with these on their cars or trucks or mini-vans. They are stupid looking. Get a clue people and whatever you do don’t give these to me for Christmas. 


  8. 10 Days of Things I Don’t Want for Christmas…#8

    December 17, 2011 by C.

    The Obama Chia Pet. I am not a big fan of Obama’s and I don’t think this would make me like him more. 


    Actually, I don’t want a Chia Pet. It wouldn’t matter if it was a dog or a turtle or Obama. Pretty much any gift that has to depend on me in order to live won’t survive. Save your money. 


  9. Things I Don’t Want For Christmas…#9

    December 17, 2011 by C.

    Poor Ralphie. If they had done the “A Christmas Story Reunion” movie I think we would have found out that Ralphie was in therapy for years because of this bunny suit. 


    I don’t want a bunny suit. Actually, if you can find one that fits me, I will wear it, but that my friends is mission impossible. 


  10. 10 Days of Things I Do Not Want For Christmas

    December 16, 2011 by C.

    Every year I seem to get something that just sucks for Christmas. So the next 10 days I will show a product a day that I do not want for Christmas in hopes of improving my chances of getting something decent. 


    #10: Nothing
    Really? How clever. People are actually making money selling this. Incredible. 


    The smart ass bastard that shows up with this gift for me will wind up with a fruitcake up his ass and a gallon of eggnog over his head. You have been warned.