Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas 2008

Wee had a pretty good Christmas, all things considered. We both got the things we’ve wanted for awhile… my husband chose to have his gifts early (his laptop and GPS) but even though I knew what my gifts were, I had him wrap them and put them under the tree before I ever got the chance to play with them. So I had presents to open of Christmas morning. My husband bought me a Kitchen Aid Mixer… FINALLY! He also bought me a Cricut Expressions... which so far I’ve been having fun with. I can’t wait to decorate all sorts of things. I haven’t tried out the mixer yet, but my mom has one so I’m familiar with it.

Bad news for Christmas was that Aaron had to work Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I spent the day here at the house by myself, which I guess was alright because I needed to recover from the work week.

This was also my first Christmas without my grandparents. I haven’t physically spent a Christmas with them in years but this is my first Christmas without getting a card decorated by grandma (she was very artistic). My grandparents both passed away in September of this year.

Some more bad news came when my mom called to tell me that my uncle and cousins were in a pretty bad car wreck over in Smithfield (up near Raleigh). My uncle and his daughter were in one car and another cousin and her 2-year-old daughter were in the car following them when a drunk driver pulled out in front of the car my uncle was driving and then my cousin who was following my uncles car couldn’t stop fast enough and slammed into the drivers side of my uncles car (he was driving). So to my understanding, there were a few broken bones, a few cracked ribs, a dinged up knee, and thank goodness the ONLY injury my 2-year-old cousin suffered was that she bit her tongue really bad during the collision. Oh… and there were a lot of shaken nerves, not only by those in the wreck but by both my aunts and also my cousins families, my mom and myself.

Then a few days later, I found out that another aunt (the wife of my mom’s brother) lost her 23-year-old nephew in a car accident near Goldsboro… his tire shred or something while he was driving the truck and he lost control of it. His younger brother was in the truck but survived. So, my aunt spent her Christmas grieving for someone that was taken from this world way too soon. Needless to say that even in the season of Christmas, my family has had its share of heartache. (Sorry if all the “aunts” and “uncles” and “cousins” I’ve been repeating throughout have made this post confusing but for the sake of their privacy I’m trying to refrain from using any names)
I learned my final bit of bad news (which is hardly bad at all compared to the things I’ve already shared) is that one of the other girls who works in the cash office at Lowe’s is quitting at the end of January. It gets even worse when I find out that they are not even training anyone to replace her. This is bad because it may mean that I have to work every weekend instead of just every other. And in that case, I will be quitting my job. So, they can either work with me by having the woman who works in the cash office every weekday and has every weekend off sacrifice her weekends and share the burden or… I quit. Period. I mean it this time... seriously.

I’m hoping that 2009 will be a much better year for all of us.

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