Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tuesday's Orts

This week's Orts will be a hurried affair, I'm afraid.  I woke up late and then had lots of transcription work to do and need to rush out the door to the post office before going to Job #2.
  • Shopping in Newport Beach was a lot of fun, though Grant's co-worker and wife saved their entire spree amount and spent their own cash to see a movie and eat out.  They had their eye on a new big screen TV closer to home. Smart!
  • The hotel was fully decorated for Christmas and in typical So Calif style there were poinsettias everywhere, stuck into the base of all the large potted palms and amid all the outdoor landscaping.  I just love those bright pops of red.
  • Entertainment at dinner was a magician/comedian who had us all laughing.  He brought several people up on stage and riffed off all of them.  I admire people who are quick with the witty lines...I always seem to be three beats behind!
  • Traffic rant:  Crossing major streets in marked crosswalks with a green walk sign means the pedestrian has the right of way.  I was almost brushed by the car of a lady driver who couldn't wait another two seconds for me to reach the curb.  If I had dropped a package or something and bent down to pick it up, she would have flattened me.  Really, people, just count to three--or even two--before you barrel around someone walking past your vehicle!
  • The tree decorating took two nights.  I only had help from Erica with the lights and did all the rest myself.  I can't imagine having multiple full sized trees to decorate alone!  Finally all the decorating is complete.  I think.
  • I'm feeling more than a bit overwhelmed that suddenly it is 10 days until Christmas Eve--the stockings are not hung, the presents are not wrapped, the shopping is not done, and I'm not ready for our staff party this Friday.  I need another week between Thanksgiving and Christmas, which we won't get until 2012, but the world is supposed to end then anyway, so why worry?
  • The perfect accompaniment to holiday decorating:
Fuji apple slices and warmed Fleur de Sel caramel sauce from Trader Joe's served on a Christmas plate.  Yummy!


Libby said...

Another thing I miss: poinsettias everywhere. Oh they have them out here, but the just lose some of their fresh and perky in the journey. Today at the grocery store they even had blue! ones *ugh* I had to double-take. They were actually white that had been air-brushed. Why?

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

Is it bad that I want apples with caramel dipping sauce for breakfast at 6.20am?

Think of all the fun you're going to have shopping and wrapping and doing all sorts of other Christmassy stuff over the next 10 days.

I read a blog yesterday where someone has 7 Christmas trees up(that's not a typo). I had fun decorating one but cant even imagine how long 7 would take to finish !

Vivian said...

Doggone -- I must have missed the news bulletin re: world ending in 2012. What will I do with all my fabrics and my bucket list between now and then? I think I need to prioritize.
Thanks for the warning.
Putting up our tree tonight (I think) and I'm leaving space for a couple special items coming in the mail. :)

julieQ said...

Big rush for all of us this time of year...relax if you can and enjoy those apples!!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Your post is funny. I am like you, job 1 and 2 and all the rest. It is a lot. Your thoughts on life give me a smile.

Tanya said...

You are eating Fuji apple slices on your side of the world and I'm eating Fuji apple slices on my side! I can't get caramel sauce though... boo.