Before I forget, I wanted to point out to you that along the top of the webpage there is now a tab called “FEED ME”. This page will have my photos of various delicious recipes that I make. Because they are my pictures but not my recipes, I set it up so that if you click on the picture you should be taken to that recipe on the website where I originally found it. There are a couple on there already! I’ll try to remember to put up a little note when I add something!
Now that I’ve gone and poured my coffee, let’s have a chat!
I ventured out into the snowy tundra at 4:12am this morning to hit the gym. I will admit that last week when it was -17C windchill (1.4F), I did not go. I truly didn’t think it was necessary and ya, I felt a little guilty at the end of the week when I’d missed those days but staying warm in bed when the wind was howling was more valuable to me. Now that it’s just snow, I was game this morning! I won’t pretend that it was easy to leap out from under a pillowy mountain of down softness….but….it’s not about being easy. So since I’d made a three workout cycle, this morning was my first time trying it out. And? I nearly broke my ankle. Sort of. I was doing “mountain climbers” which I also call “sprinters”. Here’s a picture of the general idea.
So ultimately you’re in a plank type position and you are rapidly doing a running in place motion. Only…..when you get tired and your legs start turning to rubber, if you don’t pick your feet up high enough, your toes catch on the rubber flooring and you jam your ankle. THEN, when you start doing donkey kicks and you’re kicking both feet up into the air behind you and SLAMMING them back down onto the floor, it makes you remember that you just jammed your ankle! I guess the gym-angels were smiling down on me this morning though because I didn’t actually hurt myself, thank heavens! So the gym felt good this morning and resolidified my goals and the fitness aspect of my balance. Next date is either tomorrow and Friday or Thursday and Friday. Or….given that my birthday weekend is this weekend, perhaps it should be all four days! Meh, we’ll see.
Tonight we’re having Ray’s son over for dinner and since it’s snowing and our house is all Christmassy and we’ll have a fire, I’m really looking forward to it, it’s very cozy!
In other Christmas news, as people who recently lost their jobs, gained new jobs (that pay less) and are still trying to recover financially, the sheer volume of requests for money and donations is overwhelming. My new boss is very involved with his church and since he happens to own the business that we work for, he inundates the 15 employees with requests for time, money, goods etc. Easily there’s an email every day when we get in asking us to buy tickets or come to an event or sponsor something or someone. If I did everything that he’s emailed to us in the last month I would be down nearly $300 already! The one thing that the company employees have committed to is sponsoring a family. Only….after we all agreed, Boss has decided that we 15 people are going to put together not one hamper but TWO. One for the family of 5 and one for a man recovering from some sort of addiction living in a residential facility. It seems like a nice gesture….until you read the list of things that are on the “need” list.
NEED: winter jacket, 2 pairs of jeans, techie gadget (eg. Ipod)
Don’t get me mistaken, I’m all for charity and Ray and I donate to lots of causes over the year that are important to us. But a 45 yearold man recovering from addiction, living off the generosity of others needs an IPOD for his hamper?? Aside from how ridiculous that request even is, jeans are $40 Per Pair, a winter jacket is easily $100 and then we’re also supposed to provide toiletries, socks/underwear and also create a Christmas breakfast (pancakes, eggs, bacon etc) and a full Christmas dinner including a turkey or a large ham. That’s for the ONE GUY. Forget that we also have to put together the same two meals, toiletries and gifts for 3 teenage girls and their parents. Seriously, I’m stressing out, who has this kind of money? It’s absurd! The smart decision would have been to offer ONE hamper, get each staff member to donate $20 and we would go and spend the $360 for One Family. It is also somewhat distressing that at the end of the email about the hampers from the Pastor at the church that is organizing this, they have requested that each hamper gets “rounded out with a gift card so that the recipient(s) can buy something special.” Theoretically this hamper donation thing could end up costing me more than I’m spending on members of my own family! It makes me feel uncomfortable and like I’m stingy or uncharitable. But I’m not going into debt on my credit card to help put an iPod into a recovering drug addict’s stocking. Sorry, I’m just…not.
I’ll leave you with a bit of a funny today. These are two phone conversations that I had yesterday, back to back.
Shannon: Hi, Customer, we tried to mail you a Christmas card and it came back saying you’d moved. The address I had was 1234 Marinaside Crescent.
Customer: Oh, ya, we moved to a new building.
Shannon: OK, great. Could I get your address then?
Customer: My email address?
Shannon: Err….no……not your email address…………..
Shannon: Hi, Customer, we tried to mail you a Christmas card and it came back saying we were missing the unit number portion of the address.
Customer: Oh, I’m just the receptionist.
Shannon: Err….OK…..do you think you could tell me the unit number of the business so I could mail the card?
Customer: I don’t have the unit number. How about if I just give you the address?
Shannon: OK, let’s try that.
Customer: OK, the address is Unit 1730, 10355 King George…….
Shannon: OK….so Unit 1730 then?
Customer: I’m not really sure.
Happy Snow Day, Beautiful People!
Oh heck no!!! I’m totally with you, you are not uncharitable in that thinking at all. And the funnies, priceless, thanks for sharing the giggles!
Thanks, my friend! I’m surprised just how many “giggle opportunities” I get at this job!
Wow, that’s way too much to ask people to donate or contribute. I’m thinking thrift shops would be the way to go for the clothes and nobody “needs” an iPod. Come on. Food, shelter and clothes are “needs.” I’m all for giving, and I donate throughout the year to various causes, but people go overboard at Christmas time. I hope you make it through these next few weeks with your sanity and some money left in your bank account. 🙂
Thanks Tammy, I actually hadn’t thought of thrift stores. On the other hand, with all my own stuff to do and take care of, am I really going to go thrift store shopping for someone? Mmmm….probably not…………
I think you (and your coworkers) are being asked far too much in the donation department. Two Christmas hampers for an office of 15 employees is a bit too much – ESPECIALLY when someone is asking for such extravagant things such as an iPod!!! I think that is really unfair!! Totally agree that everyone should donate $20 and then go shopping to fill ONE hamper – and if the boss wanted to go over and above that then perhaps the “company” or the “church” should buck up the rest! Nothing like FORCING people to be charitable beyond their means to make people resentful! Duh!
Got a giggle out of the phone conversations at the end… haha…
And PS: Really love the Feed Me tab.
Thanks Tara, I particularly think you hit it on the head when you say “nothing like forcing people to be charitable beyond their means”, that’s certainly what it feels like!