Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New Meaning for Happy Holidays

The hustle and bustle of the holidays is almost over, and I can thankfully say that I have survived my first holiday as a store manager. And, I'd like to think that I did better than survive considering my store made it's month with 3 days to spare! I'm one proud boss lady.

In between my nine and a half hour shifts, things have been pretty hectic. Baking, sewing, and shopping trying to make Christmas perfect for my friends and family. And it was. Absolutely perfect. I enjoy giving gifts more than receiving them, so I searched hard to everyone's perfect gifts. As for my loot, my Dad really outdid himself this year. It has been a couple years since I have actually spent more than 2 days with my Dad, and I've been missing him more than usual with everything that has been going on in my life. So, his gift to me was perfect- in February we are going on a cruise! When I opened the card I broke down with tears of joy. I have SO needed a vacation and to spend time with my Dad. It was the perfect gift, and I can't wait! I may have already started packing :)

While among family, I can really judge how I'm feeling. The past few times I've gone home I felt down, under the clouds, and wanting to be nurtured back to health. But it was different this time. I came in and felt like myself, or my perception of myself at least. It was then I realized that I've felt above the darkness for a couple weeks now. I'm not sure what exactly is leading to my success, but I have a feeling it is one or a combination of the following:

Busy bee: I haven't had time to think because of how busy i've been the past few weeks. My world has been absorbed by work, Christmas, and planning. As in my last post, I stated that I need hobbies to fill my free time with, and these couple weeks have been one of the variables that have shifted to prove this hypothesis.

Work Satisfaction: I hate being last, or even worse- not reaching my goals. I aim to be number one, and I'm good at being number one. And the past few weeks my store has been on top. We have been churning out great numbers and my store is feeling more like my own. It is a great feeling, and I'm proud of what I have accomplished.

Carl: All I can say is that I'm very, very lucky. It's not easy to sorting through my messy life, but the nice thing is that he is the one inspiring it in me. He is wonderful and such a great person, I can only wish to be on the same level as him. I could be having the worst day, and all he has to do is look me in the eyes and everything goes away. He puts things in perspective without having to explain, he has been so patient- a truly perfect partner. I have laid out this self-betterment plan for myself, but a large part of it is so that we can make the most of the time we have together.

These holidays have been the best I've had in a long time. I truly feel blessed.

Here's to already starting the year off to a good start!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

'Tis The Season

Last night I hosted my first party. Being that my house became a winter wonderland overnight, I decided to share it with a bunch of my friends!

After rushing home from work I started my "running around like a mad man" routine. First step,: put baked brie in the oven, step two: clean the house from last nights movie marathon, step three: panic because there are 23 other steps! Luckily I work best under pressure, so by the time Carl showed up most everything was done. I was then placed on the couch with a Shirley Temple while Carl and Oliver took out the trash and put the finishing touches on the cheesecake bites.

Around 7:15 my guests started to arrive, and I was so proud of how my house looked! My dinning room table was filled with yummy things, paper chains flowed across the ceiling, my tree shown in the corner, while my fake flame crackled away on the TV. It was a really cozy atmosphere.

Soon my house was filled with about 13 of my favorite people, and after a vote we all settled in with our plates of cookies and watched Elf.

Later in the night the crowd dwindled down to a good core and we watched Home Alone, one of my favorites, but I was so embarrassed when I didn't make it all the way through and sleep got the best of me. All in all, it was a wonderful night that went off without a hitch. I am so thankful for all of the great people in my life, and I'm so glad I was able to share this with them.

After my first party being a success, I will definitely be having more. SO fun!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Lazy Day 2010

For months now, Carl and I have been wishing for a day that we could just lay around all day instead of doing all of the things that keeps apart throughout the day. This past Sunday, that day happened.

In the morning we went and had breakfast with the Sidekicks, who had stayed at his house the night before. After an 821 breakfast burrito and a quick stop at Blockbuster we nestled in for the day. We rearranged some furniture and turned my living room into a blowup-mattress filled, cozy fortress. After getting settled and popping a Cheerwine, we began our Star Wars marathon. Boy was it glorious. The past few weeks we haven't really been able to see each other, so a day dedicated to all the things we love was one of the best days ever. I am still relaxed from our lazy day.

I hope there will be a few more lazy days in our future, possibly involving Indiana Jones or Harry Pottter!