Last night was my last shift at the mall until next week. The shifts this week have been madness made worse by the fact that the mall's credit card pin pads completely died last Saturday so we've only been able to take cash sales for the gift cards. By the time I left my 9 hour shift on Sunday I considered it a victory that I'd only been sworn at twice and yelled at twice. Most people realized it wasn't my personal fault, and I am happy to say that I let the swearing and yelling roll right off me because I knew it wasn't my fault either lol!
Very glad the holiday madness is behind me! Now I'm just on to my personal holiday madness of trying to figure out how to set everything up for Christmas day. One area of relief is the parking. Our neighbor is gone for a week and told me we should use her driveway for the extra guests and cars. That's a relief in and of itself.
Little Helen and husband are arriving tonight but we'll be sleeping by the time they get here. Poor thing is going to be shocked when she walks in and there is nary a Christmas cookie in sight! As usual the entire time they are here is filled with family get togethers and activity. One good thing about all the get togethers is that I don't have to do any cooking other than Christmas day itself.
While it's looking quite a lot like Christmas, it certainly isn't feeling like it around here. No complaints from me as far as the temperatures go, but I sure do wish it would stop being rainy and grey and foggy every time the temperatures get around 50. In other words, sun please!
The moderate temps have made for a nice fall/early winter running season (except for the rainy mornings). When my running is going like this I day dream about maybe committing to training for another race. Then I really start thinking about what that would take and I realize that nope, I really don't want to. Maybe if there was a regular running group around here and I could find a great running partner like my former buddy Pete.
Speaking of Pete, he just turned 90 and he's still running races!!! I ran into him at our local Greek Food Festival and he looks terrific. It's those good Greek genes combined with having taken care of himself. I did get him to agree to let me come and do a long walk with him some time after the holidays. I hope the weather cooperates so we can do that.
The other morning while out running, I took some photos of light displays that are left on all night. Sometimes I purposely route myself along these streets - it's nice to see the displays and it's pretty peaceful at 5 am.
I'll share these with you and sign off for now - Merry Christmas!