Thank You 2010 for the Warm Welcome!

On the way to work this morning, I heard that the temperature’s not supposed to get above freezing for the next week. I do find solace in the knowledge that it’s cold most everywhere, at least relatively speaking. I took my Dad to the airport this afternoon and he was shocked to learn that the low in Ft. Lauderdale today was 39°. I’m ashamed to say my German minor in college left me with enough Schadenfreude to thoroughly enjoy imagining all the poor Floridians shivering too.

The icy cold weather sucks my will to live in three (3) primary ways:

  1. Abby has been blessed with a warm, woolly double coat best suited for this type of weather, meaning she likes to linger outside for at least a half an hour before deciding, “I’ll poop later so we can come outside again and enjoy the cold!”
  2. The static cling generated by my hair/coat/scarf/hat/mittens is relentless. Last night while shopping at Target, I yelped at least three times when tempting objects on metal shelves shocked the hell out of me.
  3. My lips? They are chapped. Like really badly. And I have a theory that the more you use lip balm, the more your lips become dependent on it and the worse off they are.

Surprisingly I was sort of grateful to return to work today and resume a normal schedule that doesn’t include frequent napping and Lindt truffle consumption. Unfortunately it’s inventory week and everyone has to help. I’m an Auditor, which means I randomly check other people’s counts. The only exciting part of the job is that I get a fancy clipboard and special red pen and well, I’m not afraid to use them. I don’t want to call anyone out but if you see someone with red marks all over their face, you’ll know not to trust their arithmetic skills.

For the last 10+ years come hell or high water, I’ve sent out holiday cards. I really enjoy doing it, especially using fun pens and stickers but this year I ran out of time and decided to cut myself some slack. I also normally whip up 50+ adorably decorated candy treat bags for my coworkers but let that go by the wayside too to instead focus on more important endeavors (see also: Truffles, Not Eating So Damn Many.) So in lieu of a proper papyrus greeting, I hope you enjoyed the holidays and best wishes for a wonderful 2010!

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3 Responses to “Thank You 2010 for the Warm Welcome!”

  1. lydia Says:

    Nothing says POWER like a red pen and a clipboard! I’m jealous… and inspired to get myself those two things for those days when I feel like a total peon in the giant university where I work. 🙂

    Happy New Year!!

  2. Kris Says:

    I know you don’t like lip balm, but do you live anywhere near a Macy’s? Try some Prescriptives Lip Specialist. That stuff saved my life when we were in Las Vegas, and I had the worst chapped lips ever. It’s $15, but it lasts forever (I got mine 3 or 4 years ago, and it’s still well over half full).

    http://www.prescriptives.com/templates/products/sp_nonshaded.tmpl?CATEGORY_ID=CATEGORY13716&PRODUCT_ID=PROD902

    Seriously, Myms. Pick some up & slather it on (especially when you go to bed). You’ll look a little odd, but you’ll feel so much better by tomorrow.

    And Zoey is exactly the same way (except she eats frozen poopsicles if we leave her out there unsupervised). Blargh.

  3. SweetBasta Says:

    Vas der SCHNELL!

    You should get a special hat to wear along with the clipboard and pen.

    Maybe you should just cover your lips with duct tape during the winter season, to keep them protected from the elements.

    I was wondering where my holiday card was.

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