Thursday, December 1, 2016

Happy Holidays VS Merry Christmas

I won't say that I'm not easily offended.  Fat jokes offend me, and entitled men offend me, and our whole political system offends me but...



If you wish me a Happy Holidays I'm totally NOT going to be offended.  Not at all.  Not even a little bit.

See, I am aware that while Christmas is the most celebrated holiday around these parts, but I'm also aware that its not the ONLY holiday celebrated.

Now, if I were a better blogger I'd go looking for all the holidays and all the people who celebrate them, and post statistics and stuff.

I'll just settle for saying that in my store alone I have spoken to several customers who are not celebrating Christmas.  One that I'm aware of was shopping for Yule decorations.  And many, many, many of them are Jewish so, no Christmas for them either.



And, while I am celebrating Christmas you know what else doesn't offend me?

If someone, who does not celebrate Christmas, wishes me a happy, merry, joyous whatever it is that they DO celebrate.

Saying Happy Holidays is NOT a War on Christmas.  While saying Merry Christmas is very exclusive.

Now, I'm not saying everyone should say Happy Holidays instead.



No, what I think is that people should be able to say whatever they want.  If someone tells you Happy Chaunaka they are not attacking you.  They are asking you to be HAPPY for crying out loud.  And instead of getting all defensive you should totally wish them a Merry Christmas (or whatever you celebrate) right back.

Because this time of year is supposed to be all about GOOD TIDINGS and it has turned into a bickering free for all.

I'm pretty sure that misses the whole point for most of the celebrations of the season.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

25 Days of Blogmas 2016 Prompts


HAPPY BLOGMAS EVERYONE!!!!

What is Blogmas you ask?

Blogmas is Christmas Themed blogging.  25 (or 31 if you're ambitious) days of writing about something Christmas related EVERY SINGLE DAY.

To help myself (and others) stay motivated in the event of a Christmas emergancy I'm throwing together 31 quick writing prompts. 

If you don't celebrate Christmas I don't mean to exclude you.  Feel free to celebrate a countdown to the holiday YOU celebrate.

1.  Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?  Which one do you say?  How do you react to the opposite.
2.  Pretend that you are still a kid.  What TOY do you want this year? (Real toy-toy, not grownup toy)
3.  Do your children (or the chilren in your family) beleive in Santa?
4.  What is your Wish List for this Christmas?
5.  What is your favorite Christmas movie?  Why do you like it?
6.  Share a childhood memory of Christmas.
7.  When you are feeling grumpy and anti-christmas do you think of yourself as Scrooge or The Grinch?  Why?
8.  Big presents are easy, but what about stocking suffers?
9.  Do you have one person who is almost impossible to shop for? How do you gift them?
10.  Christmas carols - love them or hate them? Do you go caroling anymore?  Do carolers come to your neighborhood?
11.  Christmas Parties.  What is your favorite party theme?  Cookie party, pajama party, ugly sweater party, or something else entirely?
12.  Christmas Decor - do you prefer white lights or colorful ones?  Santa or a nativity? Share your own Christmas display if you have one.
13.  What is your winter weather like?  Is it warm where you are, or will you have a white Christmas.
14.  Handmade or store bought?  What kind of gift means the most to you?  Do you prefer solid gifts, or cash/gift cards?
15.  Christmas Goodies - The holidays bring out our sweet tooth.  What are your favorite Christmas only sweet treats.  (Share a favorite recipie if you have one)
16.  Your christmas tree, is it themed?  Do you put an ecectic mix of ornaments on it?  Do you have more than one?  Share your tree(s) with us.
17.  Speaking of ornaments, do you have special ones on your tree? Share one (some) with us and tell the story.
18.  Getting...and giving.  Many of my prompts have been about getting gifts.  Do you do any charitable giving in December?  Do you also give other times of  year?  Why?
19.  Hot cocoa or egg nog, what is your go-to drink during the holidays?
20.  Elf on the shelf, yes or no?
21.  Is there a relative you only see during the holidays?  Is their presence enjoyable or a nusiance?
22.  If you have to give up one part of Christmas, FOREVER, what would it be?  Why?
23.  We're almost there!  Is your shopping all done?  Are you a last minute shopper or get it all done early?
24. Christmas Eve - What Christmas eve traditions do you have with your family?
25. Merry Christmas!

OKAY, there's 25 up until the day of, how about 5 more to get you thorugh the end of the year.

26. Was your Christmas day wonderful?  What was everyones favorite gift?
27.  How long after Christmas do you wait to take your decorations down?  Why?
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30. What is your favorite memory from 2016?
31. (Predictably) What are your resolutions or goals for 2017?

Okay, there are 31 prompts that came straight off the top of my head to keep you blogging this Blogmas.  But if you want more don't fret, check out Rusty2Rusty's Chatter for more than 31 Days of Blogmas prompts!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Goodbye Sweet Boy



Thursday, November 10, 2016

Losing a Good Friend



My kindle is dead.

Well, its not ENTIRELY dead yet, but it might as well be.

Half the time when I plug it in, it doesnt charge.  When I can get it to charge I can't leave it charging long because it gets EXTREMELY hot to the touch.  And what little charge I can get it, it doesn't hold long.

It has lived a good life, I suppose.

I got it back in 2011 when the Kindle Fire was a brand new thing.  My husband got it for me because I wanted an e-reader and a tablet, and the fire was the best of both worlds.

I've read a TON of books on it, and my children and I have played a ton of games on it.

It was $200 back then.  Now you can get a Fire 7 for just $50.  Maybe I can get a new one from Santa.  With a pretty YELLOW case!

There is always a debate among people who like to read, what is better and e-book or a real book.

I have room in my heart for both.  But, I do have to say that unless I drop it in the tub (which does happen from time to time) I've never had a book just stop working on me.

Right now I can't read any of the hundreds of books I have downloaded.

Well, I guess I COULD.  The Kindle App is free for most devices after all.

BUT...

I read curled up in bed all cozy and comfy, until I fall alseep.

One simply does not curl up with a laptop.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Almost Time to Move On

There is never enough of a day off.

Everyone must feel that way.

I never know where the day goes.

I spent a little time today working on my bullet journal. 

Most of my time I spent playing around with wordpress.  Toying with new blog name ideas.

I think by the first of the year, if not sooner, I'm going to be pulling up stakes here on Blogger, and trying wordpress on for size.  At least for a year.

I'm at a loss as to how to grow my blog.  I have regular readers (thank you) but can't seem to expand.  And I really do want more from Noner Says than random blatherings into the ether.

Now, if I could just figure out how to make a quick $100 by Jan.1 to buy an upgrade with.

In a perfect world I'd be able to go self hosted, but I'll settle for an upgrade on wordpress.com


Sunday, November 6, 2016

My Cat-like Helper

My oldest son reminds me of a cat.

When he wants extra attention he comes and rubs his face against my arm like a cat would.

I think it might be the skin to skin contact, but whatever it is, when he starts rubbing his face on my arm I know he needs extra attention.

Tonight I came home in an evil mood, as usual.  To a filthy kitchen, as usual.

It was Walking Dead night, so I knew I had to cook, eat, wash dishes AND, get both kids in bed in less than an hour before the show started.  I had to rush.

As I started running the water for the dishes he came up to me and started rubbing his face on my arm.  "Hot water!"  He said, because I run my dish water like my bath water, EXTRA hot.  "I'ts gonna be helper water tonight," he said.

He wanted to help me wash dishes!  No!  No! A thousand times now!  I needed to hurry!  I needed it done now!

He leaned his face on my arm, rubbed from side to side.

Damn it!

"Okay buddy, roll up your sleeves."

It might have beeninconvenientt, but I knew my buddy wanted to spend some time with me.  So I let him rinse while I washed.  This meant a few extra stops to re-arrange the dish drain, but I still got done in time to get them both to bed before the show stopped.

Letting your children "help" is very important.  If you don't LET them help when they want to when they are younger, when they grow up and it becomes a chore they fight you with doing it is nobody's fault but your own.

Also, it does give you extra time with your child.  Let them help, get them to talk about their day.  This is especially special for moms who work outside of the home like I do.

Love your family, always.  Everything else can wait.

Oh, and speaking of Walking Dead night, may I present you with:

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Turn Back Time

This morning started with a bang.

Actually, this morning started more like the fizzle at the end of fuse when the TNT is a dud.

My husband woke me up and I went back to sleep.  He woke me up again and I groggily asked, "What time is it?"

"9:30" he said, and I was out of bed like a rocket.

You see, 9:30 is the time I have to leave the house to be at work on time!  So I'm making a quick breakfast, throwing canned ravioli in by bag for lunch, and texting my boss.

The powers that be were smiling at me today though, because bossman was in a GOOD mood.

And then time SCREECHED to a halt.  The rest of the day ran by so very slowly.



I described it like this: "If today goes by any slower it's going to be YESTERDAY again soon."

So I'm glad that time "Falls Back" tonight.  (Well, at 2am on Sunday morning, which I count as still being "tonight")

I'm going through a "Why can't I freaking sleep like a normal person?!?" phase and I really wish the temperatures would drop so I could sleep a little better.

The reason I was sleeping so hard this morning was because it was well after 3am before I even started nodding off.  And then I woke up a billion more times.

Maybe a billion and 2.

So, yeah, time is strange.  It streches out and shrinks into nothing.  It passes like its nothing at all when you are sleep, and can strand you in endless hours of darkness when you can't sleep.

Someone recently said somewhere that time is a human construct, but that's not true.

After all, bears know time, getting ready for hibernation.  Then hibernating.

Hibernation must be nice.
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