Christmas Confessions

December 27, 2014
Happy Saturday!  I hope all of your Christmases were enjoyable.  Today I'll be sharing some of my Christmas Confessions with you.

*  I did all of my Christmas shopping online this year, and it was wonderful!! Everything arrived on time, which was amazing because I waited until pretty late in the game to get started on this.  I just shipped directly to everyone which saved me money that I normally would have spent at the post office.  This was the way to go for sure because it was easy, convenient, and I avoided the crowds in the shops.  I was short on time, and this saved me.  In the past, of course I have bought items online for others, but never have I done 100% of my Christmas shopping online.  Everyone seemed to love their gifts (at least they told me they did), so if I'm ever pressed for time again like I was this year, I will once again do all of it online.

* I didn't know what I was going to do for Christmas until about 2 pm.  I got invited to four Christmases (since people know I'm alone down here in South Carolina), but I ended up going to Ev's brother's house for the day.  At first I was scared that it would be awkward if everyone was opening gifts, but they did that earlier in the day and I didn't feel uncomfortable at all.  Ev's nephew got a Family Feud game for Christmas, and we played a couple of rounds.  Board games and cards are a Christmas tradition with my sister Melissa, so I was glad that even though we couldn't spend Christmas together that I still got to play some games. 

* The cash that I got for Christmas is going towards...a tattoo!  I am not happy with the tattoo that I currently have, so the tattoo artist I'm working with is going to be covering it up and making it part of a larger design.  I'm NERVOUS, but also excited because I looked at a lot of tattoo artists' portfolios before I took the plunge and made the appointment.  By the way, I'm only slightly nervous about the pain--my biggest worry is about the design.  I actually have a consultation today and she's going to show me what she created.

* The best Christmas present ever this year was not having to work.  As many of you know, I used to be an assistant manager at a movie theater for five years and before that I just worked there as a regular worker while in high school and college.  Since Christmas Day is a booming day of business at movie theaters especially because there are so many films that are released ON Christmas, employees are expected to be available to work.  In my ten years working at a movie theater, I worked almost every Christmas.  One would expect that on Christmas Day that the people coming out to see movies would be in good moods because of the reason behind the holiday, but that was not the case.  Some of the meanest customers EVER came out on Christmas.  Last year a worker and I had our jobs threatened by a grown man because we wouldn't let a girl who said she was 19 (but who knows how old she really was) into The Wolf of Wall Street without her I.D. or parent present. Another year I had the F-bomb dropped at me for not letting underage kids into a different rated R movie and got told that I ruined their Christmas.  Usually people just yelled at me because it was so busy, so to not have to deal with the general public on a holiday like last year was a real treat!!

* I feel like kind of a jerk, but I didn't send out any Christmas cards this year.  I did end up getting some lovely cards.  Maybe I could just send out some New Year's cards this year instead?
  
*  You know the line, "Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse," from 'Twas the Night Before Christmas?  Well, I wish I could say that was the case for me, but it wasn't so.  One of my students bought me Lindor Chocolate Truffles, and I had three of them left out on a table.  Well, I went into Savannah for hours, and when I came back, I noticed that there was only one left.  I thought that was really strange, but then I thought maybe I was mistaken and that I had actually eaten two of the truffles and just forgotten that I had.  Then, later in the afternoon, I came across a truffle wrapper under the washing machine.  The next day, I saw something out of the corner of my eye, and it was the second truffle wrapper all torn up into bits and pieces under the stove.  I called my best friend Ev in a panic saying that there had to be a creature in my house, and that I was terrified.  Ev loves to tease people and instead of telling me not to worry, he told me a bunch of ridiculous stuff about how he thinks it is a racoon that coming down from the attic at night.  He said that I had better be careful while I was sleeping because racoons are known to get close to your mouth and steal your breath at night.  Then he went on about how he also thinks it could be a giant rat since I live by the marsh. Thanks, Ev.  Thanks a lot.  Since I was scared, I ended up spending the night at Ev's place in Georgia. When I came back the next day, there were all of these bites out of an apple and what's worse is that the animal had been in my bedroom because it it had torn up and eaten a pack of hot chocolate someone had sent.  That did not sit well with me since I tried to tell myself that the mysterious creature had restricted access to the kitchen.  I told the family that I rent from, and they said that they've had this house for 17 years and they've only had a mouse problem one other time.  The husband came over to my side of the apartment and set out four traps.  I know I'm probably being dramatic, but I'm so incredibly grossed out by rodents, even though I know it is a common household problem.  I spent the night here last night, but I had to "sleep" with the light on and jumped a mile every time I heard the house creak. I've considered renting a hotel room, driving back to Georgia to stay at Ev's again, or buying a tent so at least I would feel "zipped" in.  Hahaha...please tell me I'm not the only one who feels this way about mice!  I love how this mouse went for my gourmet hot chocolate, truffles, and an apple.  I guess I at least feel better about living with a mouse that has good taste (joking.)  

* I was planning on making homemade cookies for my students on the last day before their winter break.  Then I found out that we were not permitted to make stuff for students and bring it in.  In the Ohio schools I worked at, we were allowed to, but students were encouraged to bring in store bought items.  I was kind of bummed about having to buy cookies instead of make them, but I understand why and in the end I was actually relieved because I ended up having something else to that night. It all ended up working out in my favor.

* I think I got everyone what they wanted for Christmas, but the gift I was the most excited about giving was this gorgeous headband to my future niece.  Denise texted me back saying,"This is the most BEAUTIFUL headband I have ever seen!  Thank you sooo much.  Sophia will love it!  Can't wait for her to wear it.  It is very special and has the style of Lisa all over it!"  Hopefully it makes an appearance in her newborn pictures.  Also, poor Denise is STILL pregnant.  Her official due date is in two days, but I don't think she would complain if Sophia came a little bit early.  I know that she is ready to be a mom and that I am ready to be an aunt!





* I say all the time how my mom is really embarrassing.  Every year, I dread to think about what types of humiliating and inaccurate details she will write about me in her Christmas newsletter that she sends out to hundreds of her friends.  What's worse is her picture selection... It's always something terrible.  This year she told me that she was going to send a picture of my two sisters with their husbands and then solo pictures of my little brother and I.  (Really Mom??)  I was worried about which picture she picked until I got a text from Denise that said, "Did you know that the Christmas picture Mom sent was a picture from Melissa's wedding?  She has been sending the same picture out since 2011."  HAHAHA!!  I guess that's better than having hundreds of people just get one random picture of me.

* Here in the Low Country it rained every single day pretty much non-stop until Christmas.  Having dry weather was a great Christmas gift!  It was starting to upset me because I wasn't able to do what I had planned for the week.  Ev and I were going to go out and explore some of the beaches at Tybee Island, but who wants to do that in the pouring rain?  Now that the weather is better we are planning to go on Monday. 

* Some people that I know are Jamberry nail wrap consultants and they incessantly post pictures of nail wraps and flash sales on Facebook.  This kind of bothered me until I remembered the "unfollow" option, but it turned me off from wanting to contact them about trying out a wrap.  I was kind of happy when Denise included one in her Christmas gift to me.  I might even review them on here since I don't have the pressure of offending someone I know if I don't like the wraps (even though I hope I love them!!)

Do you have any Christmas confessions?  Please share them in the comments section because I'm going through withdrawal of reading others' confessions posts.  ;)
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erica said...

I don't really have any confessions, I got my shopping done early this year although online shopping is easier. I had a great time with my family, too bad x mas is over, I love the season.


The mouse thing is gross, I would be scared to sleep there too so hopefully you get the little sucker soon.

Lisa K said...

I already called Ev and I'm staying at his place again tonight. Where is it lurking?? I'm so disgusted by mice...they're sneaky and I just associate them with germs.
Glad to hear that you had a nice holiday--at least we still have New Year's to look forward to. (Even though Christmas is much more fun to celebrate, lol.)

Lora said...

Yes. Yes. Yes. How can people be so grumpy on Christmas just baffles me.
And eek the mouse! I'd freak!!
And I've been wanting to try Jamberry and my boss actually gave us that for Christmas so I'm excited to try it!!

Bri said...

I would definitely freak out if there was a mouse! Glad you had so many people inviting you to their Christmases!

Krystal R. said...

The headband was seriously adorable!!! Too cute! And a mouse? I cant even!

Amanda MeeMee said...

A new tattoo... that's exciting! I want to get another but I've just been lazy about it.
Why can't you bring homemade things in??? Are they worried about people poisoning shit or something? Weird!

Jenn said...

Excited to see your tattoo when you get it, and eek about the mouse! I would be freaked out too!

Jocelyn Langford said...

I got shivers just reading about the mouse. I can't do rodents. Ew. I don't think I would have stepped foot in the apartment until I was certain someone had taken care of the problem. When I was in high school we had a mouse and I was home alone and heard the trap snap shut and wouldn't even leave my room until someone came home and disposed of it. Blech!

Lisa K said...

I just tried the sample of Jamberry my sis gave me (only enough for 2 nails). One went on well, but the other one is bumpy. I applied them the same way, so hmmm... Have you tried yours yet?

Lisa K said...

I've been sleeping over at my friend's house, but I have to stay at my place tonight. Ughhhh... I'm not so sure it is even a mouse because the traps haven't been effective, though one was moved across the room while I was out. NOT COMFORTING.

Lisa K said...

That Etsy seller has a whole bunch of other cute ones!! I may have to get Sophia a couple more. :)

Lisa K said...

I know that at schools in Ohio teachers encouraged kids to bring in store bought items just because that way we'd know that it was made in a clean environment (hopefully). Student allergies are another issue, and it's helpful that store bought items since they have all the ingredients listed.

Lisa K said...

I think I'll do a post on it! Why not? I know, I'm so grossed out about this elusive creature. I'm actually hoping that it IS a mouse because anything else would be way worse. :/

Lisa K said...

I've been spending the night at my friend's house in Georgia. I had the people I rent from check my place and they said that one of the traps in my BEDROOM snapped shut and was moved across the floor. The bad news is that the trap was empty. I searched my place high and low today and don't see any traces of rodents at all...I even had the man I rent from go behind some nooks and crannies with a flashlight. I might sleep in my car tonight!

Kate @ Another Clean Slate said...

My mom doesn't do the newsletters any more thank goodness. I know how you feel! And I didn't do a card either this year- nobody cares about me by myself with no kids or pets!

RebeccaBBird | HelloPrettyBird said...

I did all of my shopping online this year too. I did end up making packages to mail directly to my family, but I printed off the postage online so I wouldn't have to wait in line - love modern life! The thing with your mom and the pictures is really funny. This isn't EXACTLY the same, but my mom sent me the same exact greeting card for my birthday for three years in a row. Guess she thought it was really funny!

Lisa K said...

Hahaha!! Did she do it on purpose? I'm not sure if my mom did it on purpose or if it was an accident! Either way, people must be wondering!!

RebeccaBBird | HelloPrettyBird said...

Definitely by accident! She can be quite forgetful. I never had the heart to tell her that she kept sending me the same card. :P

Jocelyn Langford said...

Gah! I can't even handle this! I think it's time to move. haha

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