Thursday, December 24, 2020

Thursday Thoughts - Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas but I think, I'll miss this one this year

1. The week has arrived. Tuesday I started listening to Christmas music. None of this months long Christmas jingle jangle up in here. If that's your bag, good for you, not for me. My favorites are Hard Candy Christmas by Dolly, Fairtytale of New York by The Pogues, Last Christmas by Wham!, Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses, All I Want For Christmas is You by Mariah, 2000 Miles by The Pretenders, and River by Joni Mitchell. I am the emo doomsday Christmas song lover for the most part. 

2. I fucked my list a little this year, had the addresses printed for the most part unless I knew someone moved, and I don't know who got cards and who didn't. Merry merry to all. I have high hopes for a better year to come. 

3. Christmas Eve is one of my favorite days. I'm really missing my traditions today but will make the best of it. Debbie is joining us for a few days. I was supposed to do two curbside pickups but one (bakery) cancelled because the owner got Covid. I ended Up staying in Philly last night so cancelled the second myself. I’ll wing it like I’ve done the rest of the freaking year. We'll relax and I will definitely enjoy not having to go anywhere. We'll have a zoom with some friends we normally see today. Zooming with MFD's siblings tomorrow. We did present drops to Mom and Rich, Dad and Carol, and nieces and nephews earlier this week. MFD is still doing his Code Blue overnight at the homeless shelter like he does every Christmas Eve, which he was going to do back and forth from the shore but fucking of course there is a crazy wind and rain weather event tonight. Why wouldn’t there be? So he is working today and will be down tomorrow morning with the old dogs. With this the first year both of his parents are not here for Christmas, we’re just trying to get through it. Nothing looks the same on any front. 

4. A favorite color combo: green and purple. 

5. Monday the freaking roof finally got replaced in Philly after being tarped for months in the wake of the Tornado Incident of August 2020. We still have window panes and fence issues to address. Our kitchen cabinets are also done being painted. We need to find a new backsplash next. And someone who does small jobs, is reliable and not outrageously priced, and will install it. Who do you know? I want to do this asap because MFD has hated it since it was installed over eight years ago and I'm afraid he's going to just rip it off with no replacement plan. That's how we do things LOL. I don't have appropriate before photos since I wasn't here, so mine are of the kitchen in the middle of food prepping. 

6.  It's a Christmas miracle at the shore, a little delayed like everything else. The windows that were planned and budgeted for the spring but put off because of 2020 and finally purchased September 21 are being installed at the shore this week. And only a zillion more windows to go. We're doing them in increments. The exterior doors absolutely had to be replaced this year, and they are all long lead time like the windows but we're hoping two of three exterior doors and two of two storm doors are installed the first week of the year. Next year's big project is examining structural issues on a 120 year old house on a constantly shifting barrier island, which we start addressing in January.

7. Some covers that caught my eye at my local indie in Ocean City - Sun Rose Words & Music

8. Bruce would like to remind you that Show Us Your Books Favorite Reads of 2020 is Tuesday. Every time I type that somewhere I fuck up the year. I have typed 2019 and 2018 in different places. Jesus take the wheel. 

9. Reminder: you've done enough just getting through this year. I hope everyone can rest some this week outside of work if you're working or any time if you're not.

10. E-cards: 
 Merry Christmas Eve, everyone. If you are feeling some sort of way, know you are not alone.

What appears beyond the hyphen in Thursday Thoughts titles is what I'm listening to when I'm starting this - this week is Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses - the opening riff is awesome and I just love the whole thing and always have 

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