We've had the window
washers in, as well as the steam carpet cleaner. We've been
busy little elves, ourselves.
It's that time of year.
Yesterday, I was busy
decluttering the house, getting ready for the three parties that we
are hosting this holiday season, as well as for New Year's, when
according to Japanese tradition, everything must be sparkling clean,
as God enters the house on that day.
With eccentric tastes,
we are hard to shop for, and not surprisingly, we get lots of gift
certificates. Well, when I was cleaning out an abandoned IN tray, I
came across a forgotten stash of Wherehouse and Blockbuster gift
certificates -- a $100's worth -- from past Christmases.
So, last evening, we
took a break from our party preparations, and we went
shopping! After about an hour of fun browsing, we ended up
with a Fantasia
2000 DVD, which we'll donate to the office with hopes that it'll
keep our clients happily, musically, and visually occupied when we
are running behind; a James
Taylor Live at the Beacon Theater DVD for DH; The
Best of George Harrison for me; and a Bing Crosby double-CD for
traditional Christmas music for our gatherings.
We ended our
evening across the street from the Wherehouse to celebrate our
unexpected windfall with a very sloppy, but delicious rib dinner at the
restaurant, Love's, known for its finger-lickin' good ribs..
I'm no Martha
Stewart, who seems to easily and effortlessly pull things together,
and today, in preparation
for tomorrow night's office party, I've spent most of the day
cleaning and decorating the house.
"organized" the plethora of candles,
twinkling white lights, and gold poinsettias. The menu is
finalized. The linen, pressed. The centerpieces,
arranged. The flatware, in place. The stemware,
sparkling and ornamented with jingly bracelets. The garland leis,
made for each of our guests
Sounds like a lot of
work? It is. But you don't know this office staff.
They are worth every bit of our best efforts to make it a special
office Christmas party.
They are true gifts in
"Life is a Gift."
but keeping the real meaning of Christmas in mind,
P.S. If you would
like to share a portion of yourself with words, in response to
this journal entry, you may do it here.
only gift is a portion of thyself..."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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