Can you believe that there are only 20 days until Christmas?! Are you done your shopping? I have to tell you, normally I start shopping in the summer. You know, back to school sales and Labour Day sales. This year? I was soooooo not into it! I started in October but only because I kinda had to. Canada Post has been striking for what seems like forever! And you know, at one point the union or someone said , “okay, how about we table the talks, you guys go back to work just for Christmas and then we resume talks after ” and did they?! Ahhh, that would be a big fat NOOOOOO! I get it. They felt like if they agreed, they were conceding too much and maybe doing something DECENT! I mean, come on people! It’s Christmas and some people – like me – depend on mailing our presents! Anyway, I’m done my Christmas shopping and I have received most – MOST – of my parcels.
As I said, I’m really not in the festive mood this year. I don’t even really know why. Normally, I love hunting for a great deal. Don’t get me wrong, I still got great deals – I mean we’re talking about me here and I never pay full price! It’s just the whole Christmas thing that I am not in to. I think that this year I’m just tired. Tired of everything, really. I wake up, I get on my computer, I watch a movie and then I go back to sleep. Rinse and repeat. Day in and day out. Sometimes I throw in an infection, you know, just to mix it up! Like right now. That’s it! I’m cranky and want my mommy! Ahhhhh, the true reason. I lost her on December 29th, 2011. What a crappy time of year to lose a loved one. Sorry to all of you who have lost loved ones during the holidays.
Recently, I was told that my previous deserts of choice were that of an old womans! I mean, come on! Just because I loved Pralines and Cream ice cream and Date Squares with my coffee didn’t make me old, right?! Those were favourites of mine from a very young age. Oh, and pumpkin pie instead of cake for my birthday. Okay, okay! Maybe they were something an older person would have chosen but I loved them so, yeah there! I’m an old soul! lol
So I have this nurse. If you’re reading this and you’re one of my nurses, this is not about you but I’m sure that you will know who I am talking about. Anyway, this nurse, she is lovely. You know that she cares for her patients which believe me when I say that there are many who don’t care. It’s about the money for some. This particular nurse is an older lady. She really is amazing but, wait, wait, wait! Before I say this, you should understand what I’m like, at least at my very core. I’m a type A woman who has a very logical brain. I am constantly watching every single situation and breaking it down into the most logical way to move forward. It is something that I have struggled with the most since being diagnosed with ALS. You can probably see how this might have troublesome. Having to very slowly give up all control of, well, everything! Not easy for someone with my kind of personality and then top that off with how my brain processes just about everything and anything around me. I have struggled but I’m proud to say that I have gained some patience and learned to laugh at the things beyond my control. Not an easy feat, mind you and I do have my meltdowns. But I’m still proud of where I am.
Back to this nurse! Again, she really is great! The thing is, well, she is sooooooo slow! I truly don’t know how she gets all of her work done?! Everyone who thinks that Canada is great because of our free health care needs to spend some time in the shoes of those who either works in the health care system or is living depending on it. These nurses work their asses off! And the support staff who keep our hospitals running, you know – the personal care workers or PCA’s and the cleaning staff , the Porters and clerks – running around like chickens with their heads cut off! I feel badly for them all. Anyway, this nurse, I have to tell you that there are times – when I’m tired and just want to lie down – where I want to either scream or burst out laughing! It’s just that, some of the things that she does, I mean, come on!
The way she meticulously wraps the face cloth around her hand before she, errr, you know, wipes me! She puts the cloth over her hand so that it is equal on both sides – front and back. Then she folds first one side in towards her palm making sure her thumb is holding it – you know cause if it falls apart she has to start all over, which happens often – then fold the other side in. Success! Now she has a perfectly encased hand to wipe me! And then its three, yes 3! – wipes. One on the left. One on the right and one down the middle. That was just the soapy cloth. Begin process all over for the rinse cloth. And that’s just the front! Repeat this all over again for the back! Oh and before that even started, she wipes my mouth which means? That is right, hand encasing! lol
I started writing this post on the 5th and now it’s the 7th so only 18 days until Christmas! Hope you are getting your shopping done! Don’t forget to use Ebates if you are shopping online. I go through Ebates for all of my online shopping and I am always getting money back for the shopping that I have done! Woo hoo!
(If 3 of you join, I get a little rebate. If that bothers you can find Ebates on your own. It’s worth it!)
Here are some recipes that I think look delicious!
- This chocolate caramel tart looks Devine! Chocolate Caramel Tart by Smitten Kitchen!
- This looks like a quick and easy weekday meal that will make everyone think that you spent hours at the stove! Crescent Roll Chicken Pot Pie by Oh Yes They Did!
- These little cookies look like you are eating clouds on your way to Heaven! Toasted Almond Russian Tea Cakes by The View From Great Island!
- I have been waiting for this post to share this recipe. Alison, this is your next mission! The Old Lipton Onion Soup Mix Pot Roast Recipe by Frugal Hausfrau!
- Look at this cake! It looks sooooo yummy! The North Pole Cake by HalfBaked Harvest!
- Every one needs a little booze during the holidays, or a lot. Errrr, just me?! Well for all of you who are like me, you’re welcome! Pink Peppermint Cocktail by How Sweet Eats!
- One last one because I love her site and these brownies look super yum! Cookies and Cream Brownies by Sally’s Baking Addiction!
Merry Christmas everyone! Have a safe and wonderful holiday! xo