Random Black Friday Thoughts

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Today for Blog Every Day in November (#BEDN) I’m supposed to tell you what I want for Christmas this year. That answer is fairly obvious and also hella-boring. Let’s just say that this week’s employment alerts for “public relations” have included being the general manager of a Kentucky Fried Chicken. Have I ever told you about the time my mother found a snail in their coleslaw? It was certainly not finger-lickin’ good. Let’s not go there. Instead, I’m going to provide you with random thoughts that have occurred to me between fits of sneezes today. Yes, somehow I am the proud recipient of a head cold that commenced this morning at 5 AM. I did not ask Santa for that.

First random thought: I’d like to alert you to someone’s 40th birthday. A very talented and creative buddy of mine, Joe Mayernik, created this post about his Black Friday Birthday on his blog. Basically he wants to you submit a photo on social media and tag it with #Mayernik40. The resulting photos will be made into a poster to commemorate his milestone day. It’s a really clever idea and it’s been fun seeing what other people have posted today.

Other random thoughts include another amazing live tweet session documenting an irate American traveler trying to get home for Thanksgiving, complete with note passing and slapping. It’s hilarious. Then we had some shoppers wreaking havoc in Walmart  and apparently there was also shooting at a Kohl’s department store in Chicago last night. Is it really worth it, people? Has anyone been out to experience this? I’ve honestly never done it and after seeing some of the footage, I’m still not interested. I prefer my retail therapy to take place in a calm, relaxed environment.

The last random thought for today is that I need to clean up my eating habits for the next few weeks. The timing is not ideal with all of the holiday parties but November was chock full o’ bad choices and I’m feeling like crap on a stick. So you can expect some healthier recipes in the coming weeks and I’ll be choosing water more often than wine. Hopefully this will keep me from filling out a Santa costume!

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Holiday Traditions?

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"I may be a sweetheart now, but no one pees on the diva!" Photo from http://www.who2.com

“I may be a sweetheart now, but no one pees on the diva!”
Photo from http://www.who2.com

With Christmas being only a month away, “holiday traditions” are on deck for today’s Blog Every Day in November (#BEDN). I’m no Ebony Scrooge (yes, please cue the Vanessa Williams classic, A Diva’s Christmas Carol), but my Holiday spirits aren’t quite what they used to be. Let me give you a summary:

1) I’m not a fan of the cold and snow and it’s only gotten worse as I’ve gotten older. I’ve actually hightailed it out of the country to warmer destinations for the past several years.

2) I have no kids and let’s be honest –  there really isn’t anything better than watching kids get excited about Christmas, Santa, and opening presents.

3) Everything has become so materialistic and people get quite nasty and impatient in retail establishments at this time of year. I know this because I have worked in retail during the holidays. This is very sad to me considering it’s usually a person who is generally more fortunate than others.

With those items in mind, I resolve to do the following:

1) While I won’t be leaving the country, I will be getting out of this cold and somewhere warm. That makes me very happy. Extremely happy. I don’t think you even understand how badly I need to see some sun right now.

2) I will be spending time around my friends’ kids in the hopes that some of that Rudolph-loving infectious disease rubs off on me. However, I do not want any of the daycare cooties, so please steer clear if your kid has the sniffles.

3) I will find ways to give back or get involved in any capacity I can. I’ve already talked about Breakfast with Krampus, but my financial buddy puts on an annual fundraiser every December that benefits two local non-profits called Farley’s Friends Give Back. This year’s event takes place on December 2 and will benefit the Rahema Home and Fairport Baptist Homes. There will be snacks, raffle items, and all sorts of amusement for a good cause.

4) In lieu of our annual post-Christmas/ pre-New Year dinner celebration, I’m spending some quality time with my high-school peeps right now since everyone seems to be in town. Here are a couple of us with Santa last year. And just ignore that giant goblet in front. Santa knows that we’re only occasionally naughty.

Santa-ngelo's in Liverpool, NY

Santangelo’s Santa in Liverpool, NY

5) I will bake my mother’s cut-out cookies at some point. Recipe can be found here. Disregard the rainbow sprinkles pictured and substitute with holiday colors of your choice. I may have a few other holiday baked goods up my sleeve as well.

6) While I will participate in my friend’s annual ornament exchange and have developed quite the ornament collection, I still refuse to put up a tree for the 6th year in a row. Come on now, people. “Ain’t nobody got time fo’ that!”

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Celebrate Kindness with Krampus

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Krampus holiday card image from Wikipedia Commons

Krampus holiday card image from Wikipedia Commons

I know. You’re looking at that title and thinking, “Man, this Lady Sensory chick is whack.” Admittedly, I have a lot more free time on my hands to research things going on around these parts. Today’s Blog Every Day in November (#BEDN) post is dedicated to World Kindness Day. Certainly, there are loads of ways to be kind and find a way to give back. You could volunteer at a senior community, a soup kitchen, or certainly send some relief money to the Philippines because lord knows they need it.

With the holidays quickly approaching and the recent changes in my life, I’ve been looking for new and fun holiday activities that are also charitable. A friend posted a link to something called Breakfast with Krampus on Facebook.  I have a twisted sense of humor and a low threshold for Jingle Bells, so I was immediately intrigued and wasted at least an hour if not more on “the internets” perusing facts and images of Krampus. Apparently, this Krampus character is some kind of European folklore beast that rides shotgun with St. Nicholas and takes care of the naughty children by licking them, beating them with a stick, and throwing them into burlap sacks. So if everyone acts kindly and behaves on World Kindness Day, then we won’t have to worry about anyone taking any abuse, right?

Wait. Why on earth am I posting about this stuff on World Kindness Day? I must be a deranged lunatic, right?

Nope. Breakfast with Krampus is actually a local fundraiser and toy drive for children in need being held on Saturday, December 7. The event is for people aged 16 and up and is all in good fun. It is free to attend, but they are raising funds to help pay for the Krampus costume, food, and other items needed for the day of the event. It is recommended that you bring one new, unwrapped toy to donate. Basically, if Krampus thinks your toy sucks, then prepare to be humiliated!

For those in the Rochester area, more information on how you can attend or volunteer (a.k.a. become a ‘Krampling’) can be found by visiting this website or better yet, watch the hilarious video on the indiegogo page.

Happy World Kindness Day. Now go out and make a difference in whatever way you see fit. Remember – Krampus is watching!

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