Yes, its Monday again. Luckily they don’t last long compared to the rest of the week. It seems hard to believe its December here where the temps have been in the high 70s and will remain there for the next couple of weeks. We had planned to go to Flagstaff over Christmas week to play in the snow with the dog but it doesn’t seem likely that there will be much snow to play in. We’ll see.
Our weekend was fairly uneventful. I’m still coughing my head off even though I’ve long been off of the antibiotics. Saturday morning I went to the gym and ran on the treadmill. There was a smog warning all weekend so I thought it best to run indoors. It really helped to clear the junk out of my lungs. Currently I’m working on getting down a 10 minute mile. I ran at that rate for a 1/4 of a mile and then would slow it down to a 12 minute mile and alternate between the two.
After that I was on a mad hunt for some authentic Southwest Christmas decorations. I hit up a nearby Hallmark store and found a few cute ones. Unfortunately the others were somewhat tacky. I think my Mexican-American husband would kill me if I came home with the chili pepper with the curly moustache wearing a glittering sombrero. Someone sent us a Speedy Gonzalez ornament a few years ago and that did not go over well with hubby. I stopped in the little town of Guadalupe at a shop that sold pottery and colorful wall hangings shaped like lizards and kokopelli. Inside they had hand painted ornaments shaped like eggs that featured cactus pictures. One had the Virgen de Guadalupe featured on it, and another was a carved gourd with the skeletal figures of a bride & groom on the inside. I also found terra cotta angels and others made out of straw, as well as punched tin. In a way we are starting over. This time last year we had a yard sale and sold all our old Christmas stuff. There were no real memories attached to them as they were things I had acquired when first arriving here 9 years ago.
We were invited to someone’s home to watch a parade but decided against it. We went out for what was supposed to be a quiet dinner instead at an Italian restaurant. Our conversation was quickly overwhelmed by the sounds of about 15 nine year old girls and two adult chaperones. I thought, oh no. But as it turned out, the girls were really well-behaved. From what the waitress told us, they had arrived via limo to celebrate one of their birthdays. There was a gilded statue of David on display not too far from where the girls were seated. I had to crack up when one of them pointed to it and announced that she could see his butt. The rest of the girls placed their hands over their mouths while craning their necks to get a better look. The two ladies accompanying them must have had the patience of saints. Although they were well-behaved, they were definitely a handful, especially when they all got up at once to visit the lady’s room.
After church yesterday I was able to get some things done around the house that really needed cleaning. I’ve been procrastinating for a while now. I also started my holiday cookie baking. Last evening I whipped up two batches of Caramel Heavenlies which just melt in your mouth. They are incredibly easy to make and I will post the recipe tomorrow as part of this month’s Bake Quest. Butter is the main ingredient (of course!). These were placed in the freezer for future consumption. Around 9pm hubby came in and wanted to know where all the cookies went. He seem to be quite insulted that I hadn’t left any out for him. Actually, I’ve learned to hide these early if I want any left to give away as gifts to friends and family. 😉
My one and only co-worker was laid off right before Thanksgiving. I’ve been adjusting to being the sole employee at work and so far so good. Of course my workload has increased but I’m happy for the challenge. Life has gotten very ‘solitudinal’ lately, if that is even a word. I’m kind of liking this. I had a close friend say something very hurtful a few weeks ago. It was on the equivalent of making a joke or reference to someone who has died that you were close to. No, no one close to me has died but the situation that was made reference to was just as painful. I never let on that it bothered me. In fact, it was only after the shock of what was said wore off that I realized how badly and deeply it hurt. I’ve talked to hubby about it, I’ve cried, I’ve prayed and now I’m finally feeling better about it. Although this ‘friend’ never apologized (or maybe they never even realized what they said was so hurtful), I think this person is getting it. I mean, how could this person not know? Anyways, I’ve shied away from this person and I think they’ve realized that something was up. I’m sure this person knows. Again, how could they not? I’ve prefered to be by myself lately, and for good reason!
Outside here the leaves are finally changing. It seems strange to look out and see a bright orange/yellow tree next to a very green palm tree. Of course the colorful trees are not native to here. Neither are the palm trees for that matter. But I like the way that they seem to just bloom where they are planted, impervious to the weather or the temperature. In some ways I could really take a lesson from that.
The race I was supposed to do is this coming weekend. I’ve decided to not partake in this one where my lungs have been so funky. There should be plenty more after the New Year though. So much accomplished this year and so much to look forward to in the coming one. With that I shall leave off here and get back at the day in progress. Happy Monday, my friends.