It’s like the taint, but much more pleasant! LOL
Yule/Christmas was pretty awesome this year. Despite all the fucked up banking shenanigans pulled on us by Wells Fargo (thanks Adrienne, you bitch and your asshat appraiser can fuck off, too) and Bank of America (eat a bag of dicks), we still managed to pull a very nice holiday from the hat. We did not travel, which immediately adds +20 to the whole affair. I HATE traveling at Christmas. You spend all your time shlepping when you could be having egg nog by your own VERY NICE TREE. So, no shlepping and all our time next to our very nice tree and we had a wonderful time. Very quiet. Very soothing.
I cooked a big dinner Christmas Eve and had friends over. It was FAB. I pulled out my china and vintage stuff to serve on, which always makes me happy. I made Ricotta and spinach stuffed shrooms to start, then creamy tomato soup, then Pork Loin Roast w/ herbs and cider, Roasted veg, sautéed green beans with pine nuts and red linguine (made by sautéeing with beets!). S made a chocolate pistachio cake. I served prosecco, sauvingnon blanc and pinot noir wines with dinner. Much food and good times were had by all.
We got snow on Christmas in GA this year, which was a real treat. It’s not happened in decades (if ever) and it was all that much sweeter because we did not have to get out in it. :) We enjoyed the snow, drank wine and watched movies and opened our presents, of course! We got small stuff for each other like we usually do. We are the type that buy what we want when we want it, so Christmas is usually small stuff and our traditional stockings stuffed from Rite Aid! I adore drugstore stockings! Dental floss, Bic lighters and lube! Oh, my! :)
Today, Nick is back at work and I’m back to my routine. I got some New Balance trainers to replace those horrible Skechers that injured my right foot. I walked for almost an hour w/out incident. Back story to the Skechers: I bought them about 9 mo ago. The first few times I wore them on the treadmill, they hurt my lower back, but that stopped happening pretty quick. After a few months, I began to have fairly severe pain in my right foot in the mornings, which I ignored. Then I noticed a pattern that was coinciding with exercise and wearing the Skechers. When I skipped a few days, my foot pain would lessen and when I started back up, my foot pain would increase. My foot didn’t hurt when I was exercising, but it would become stiff and sore if I was off of it for a few hours and especially overnight. I can barely walk in the mornings until my foot warms up. Weird, I know. So I looked it up and it’s an injury to the tendons on the bottom of my foot and heel that have to do with the Windlass Mechanism, which is how we walk. Yah, so I wrote a nasty note to Skechers and got myself some plain trainers. My foot is a little sore after 50 mins of walking today, but I’ll just have to put up with it until the tendons heal. Suck.
After almost a year, I can say with confidence that Skechers are for fashion, NOT fitness.
I’ve decided to skip another silver fabrication class. It’s just not money I wish to spend at the moment. It’s frakking expensive to take that class and buy materials. Silver is hella pricey right now. So, I’ll pass. I’ve got beads to keep me entertained for a lot less money.
I looked at p/t jobs on craigslist today. Buh. It’s a wasteland out there. And I tell you, some people are really out of their minds with the skillsets they want for a p/t job. I saw one that pretty much wanted a college graduate to run their office and do everything from design flyers to accounting to payroll for $10/hr, 30 hrs/wk. WHAT? That is just stupid. But the economy is so bad, they’ll probably get someone desperate enough to be worked to death for laughable pay. >:-(
While I’m glad 2010 is done, I’m not particularly optimistic for 2011. Thanks to the banks running rampant and treating us like we are losers (with high 700 credit scores) we have some hard choices to make in 2011. I hope we can get some relief from the bullshit one way or another. No matter what, the banks can suck our taints. This country will not recover from this deep recession as long as the banks refuse to give credit and do everything in their power to beat down what good credit already exists. We had TWO BoA credit cards taken from us this year. Explanation? Our credit is “questionable”. Really? At 750+? LIES! It’s hard for consumers to buy houses when perfect credit is ignored. It’s hard for businesses to expand when the banks refuse to lend. It’s really hilarious that these are the same banks who got BILLIONS from us taxpayers to ensure that their execs got their million dollar paychecks and bonuses. And we’re the assholes? Right.
Anyway, 2011 will probably not be much better than 2010, but what can you do? Soldier on, do your best and try not to let the bastards keep you down! :)