I'm not fooled by towers dressed up like trees, the teal color they take on after time in the sun is just not a tree color found in nature. I wonder, though, if they couldn't make them look more artistic? Couldn't they sell them as "public art"? Maybe they should have a design contest and find ways to make them work properly but look cool.
2.) The Christmas music was turned on before Thanksgiving in the hotel. It was an interesting mix this year, more current artists performing renditions of old favorites. I realized why having the Christmas music in the background bothers me so much more than the rest of the music, actually Muzak. It's the lyrics. The rest of the year the music is all instrumental.
I mentioned it to our manager and she said that she hated the tape they had sent, that the hip hop (she called it rap) versions were inappropriate for our environment and she asked for a new instrumental one. Last night I realized after about 4 hours that the music was different. Yep, having music with singers is so much more invasive.
|A small preview of my holiday decor.|
Jen on the Edge is hosting the Holiday Homes Tour again, and My photos will be included, hope you come by On December 21st.
4.) I am also almost done with shopping. I have not been to the mall and I may not even go there! I have set up my wrapping table and plan to spend a lot of time getting things wrapped and out of the way this weekend. Next weekend Maggie will want to sleep in the bed currently covered with boxes and bags and a pile of ironing.
I 'm also starting to plan meals for the family. I saw a segment on TV with chef Anne Burrel making Cornish Hens with Pomegranate Molasses. Doesn't that sound amazing? And Sweet Potato Gratin is what I am going to take to my sister's house. How are the holiday preparations going for you?
3.) I ended up having a one on one meeting with the benefits person for our company (the rest of the attendees are Spanish speaking and they had their own meeting.) After going through all the options and talking through my thinking and bottom line - coverage with more money in my paycheck - I decided on a High Deductible plan. That way I pay more than half what I have been paying and get a tax deductible Health Savings Account to put money in which collects interest and rolls over every year. So instead of paying Kaiser for a level of care we rarely use, I am paying myself in case there is a catastrophic event. I can't wait to see my paychecks in January!