Best and Worst

Best Thing of Today
We’re going on holidays to visit friends – yay!

Worst Thing of Today
HL is NOT looking forward to it…he’s not so keen on ‘people’

Worst and Best

Worst Thing of Today
Much angst and hurt over feeling unwelcome at a friend’s home and reluctant to talk to her on the phone

Best Thing of Today
After speaking to her the hurt and confusion was greatly lessened, and we decided to go and visit after all

Best and Worst

Best Thing of Today
Finally finished cleaning up from Christmas lunch…’twas a bit of a mess for a couple of days

Worst Thing of Today
Waking up at 1am to puke violently and continually for about half an hour – unpleasant…And, I hate being pissed off at my good friend, but I currently am; I feel sad and hurt and angry

Best and Worst

Best Thing of Today
An evening summer thunderstorm, an afternoon playing with our new Wii, a movie on Boxing Day, a visit with friends, and lots of Christmas leftovers

Worst Thing of Today
Feeling disconcerted and a bit hurt over changes to our Sydney vacation plans – made without even talking to us

Worst and Best

Worst Thing of Today
My Bûche de Noël was not so great this year…but everyone was very kind nonetheless

Best Thing of Today
Christmas stockings and cinnamon rolls, and badminton in the living room, and family, and overseas phonecalls, and Christmas afternoon naps, and an unexpected visit from a neighbour/workmate, and lying on the couch with leftovers and funny movies…’twas all good, really

‘Let every heart prepare him room’

‘Joy to the world, the Lord has come!’

Worst and Best

Worst Thing of Today
Burnt my fingers on the mower – idiot

Best Thing of Today
Calmest preparations for having company over for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day ever – almost relaxed really…and no pre-company fight with HL – it’s a Christmas miracle 🙂

Worst and Best

Worst Thing of Today
Vacuuming till 10.30pm

Best Thing of Today
Speaking to my brother in New Zealand

How To Put Up A Christmas Tree (if you’re an American living in Australia)

1. Look online, in the phonebook, in supermarkets, on farms, in the bush, in the newspaper, and etc., to find a Christmas tree that even vaguely resembles the perfect, purpose-grown, multiple-to-choose-from, Christmas-tree-lot-on-every-corner typical American Christmas tree.

2. Fail miserably on all fronts.

3. Cry a little bit, because the ornaments are gonna look dumb on a spindly, ugly-ass, holey, sad little tree.

4. Buy the best-looking one you can possibly find (in a net, so you can’t really tell what it looks like till you unravel it), and pay $50 for the privilege.

5. Drag the thing home and unload it into the front yard.

6. Smile a lot, and try to convince your spouse that, ‘It’ll look ok once we set it up and put all the lights, and tinsel and ornaments on.’

7. Fail miserably, as your spouse looks at you with upraised eyebrows, and says, ‘Uh huh, right.’

8. Trek into the back of the garage to find a rusty saw.

9. Spend half an hour hacking at the bottom of the trunk so the thing will soak up water through the fresh wood.

10. Stand aside as your spouse takes pity on you, comes outside and fixes your sawing job in 2 minutes.

11. Stand the tree upright in the Christmas tree stand and screw it in as straight as possible.

12. Stand back and examine the tree for straightness and best-angle-facing-the-front-ness.

13. Scream and jump forward to catch the tree as it overbalances towards you.

14. Sigh as spouse walks out of the room cursing the misshapen ‘Charlie Brown’ tree that’s gracing your living room.

15. Spouse takes tree outside to re-evaluate.

16. Shout at each other a little bit to vent frustration.

17. Apologise to each other.

18. Bring tree back in, straighten it as much as possible and decide to live – unhappily – with it.

19. Come back from work the next day to find that spouse has made tree stand upright without the precarious lean.

20. Feel grateful that tree won’t topple over in middle of night and squish cats.

21. Drape tree in hundreds of lights, four different types of garland, and box after box of the ‘fill-in-the-gaps’ ornaments (you know, the plain, round, ball kind…) in the hope that the holes, twisted branches, and spindly-ness will be somewhat concealed.

22. Stand back, look at the tree, and realise that this is a vain hope.

23. Come back into the room a few minutes later to find both cats sleeping under the tree branches, enjoying the lights and the pine-y smell.

24. Trim the tree that evening with spouse, listening to Feliz Navidad, placing the most special, and memory-laden ornaments towards the front.

25. Add handful after handful of tinsel to fill in remaining empty spots.

26. Sit on the couch with spouse, look at the lights and realise that it turned out pretty Christmassy after all. 🙂

Worst and Best

Worst Thing of Today
HL having to Christmas-shop for most of his day off

Best Thing of Today
Our traditional viewing of The Grinch which happens every two-nights-before-Christmas-Eve night

Worst and Best

Worst Thing of Today
HL had to get up at 4am to go to work, and worked till 10.30pm

Best Thing of Today
Much sharing of laughter and memories at a friend’s 60th

Best and Worst

Best Thing of Today
Totally broke the back of my Christmas shopping today

Worst Thing of Today
Damn, my feet hurt, and, so, so, so, so tired

Funny Things Said By My Husband

Me, to HL, after he had just woken up and wandered into the living room: I can tell you’re still very sleepy, you only seem to be able to open one of your eyes at a time.

HL: Yeah, they’re awake on a timeshare basis…

Worst and Best

Worst Thing of Today
The last day of the year at work is supposed to be easy and a wind-down and relaxing…it wasn’t

Best Thing of Today
Lots of Christmas pressies, and drinks after work, and family over for pavlova and Christmassy-ness…and I don’t have to go back to work till the end of January 🙂

Best and Worst

Best Thing of Today
Holiday Inn with HL

Worst Thing of Today
Mowing wet grass – it just won’t bloody well stop raining and the backyard is a jungle again

Funny Things Said By My Husband

HL, after looking in the bag of food we just bought at Red Rooster: Oh crap…

HL, 3 minutes later, back at Red Rooster, to the girl at the register: Look, I ordered AND PAID FOR a chicken roll, but when I got home and checked in the bag it wasn’t there. Can I have a chicken roll, please?

Register Girl: Ummm…sorry sir, how can I know you’re not just coming back to get another one?

HL: Are you kidding me? Why would I drive all the way back, with the rest of my food getting cold?

Register Girl: Well, can I see your receipt?

HL: You didn’t give me one…

Register Girl, to manager she has just called over: Uh, this gentleman says we didn’t put the chicken roll that he ordered in his bag, and he doesn’t have a receipt.

Manager, to HL: Sir, it’s our policy to give receipts.

HL, to manager: Well, I’m sure it’s also your policy to give the customer all of the food that they ordered and paid for…

Manager, to Register Girl: Give the gentleman a chicken roll.

Peace

“You will keep him in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3

Worst and Best

Worst Thing of Today
’twas difficult to go back to work after my lovely day off

Best Thing of Today
I started my Christmas shopping, and we had a nice time decorating the tree, and I finished our annual Christmas missive – a job which I have been putting off for over a month…took me an hour or two, tops

Best and Worst

Best Thing of Today
An unexpected day off

Worst Thing of Today
Not utilising it to its full extent

And, feeling like time is getting away from me, so I’m only posting short snippets, rather than extensive posts…maybe it’ll change when school holidays start and, theoretically, I’ll have a bit more time

Worst and Best

Worst Thing of Today
Bloody ferrit.co.nz…Spent hours adding Christmas gifts (for my brother in New Zealand) to my shopping cart, only to have ferrit remove them all, causing me to have to start all over

Best Thing of Today
Finally re-found all the gifts, and finished the transaction before they could empty my shopping cart again – all Chrissy shopping for my brother and his girlfriend is done, and on the way 🙂

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