Yep… the frigid temperatures… the short days… the slippery icy sidewalks… and all the mounds of flaky snow have made it obvious. Winter is here to stay in my neck of the woods… at least for the next few months. Sigh…. winter just sucks… 😦
This wee Catgirl is sooooo not a fan of the cold wintery wonderland as all my Gentle Visitors know, so with a day off from work, nobody to bother me, and all that nasty chilly white stuff outside it wasn’t hard to find the time at last to do some stuff here at the Litterbox. Maybe even another review if I get the chance….
So, if you Gentle Visitors are the least bit curious about this silly lady’s mostly dull and routine “personal life” and have wondered just exactly what I’ve been up to since Halloween, then I suppose you’ll take me up on my invitation to “Read On” and find out all my boring little secrets. 😉
So Halloween evening…. well that didn’t happen this year. Not at all. I ended up working a Catered party at work and missed my chance for fun and frolic with my sweetie and friends. As it turned out that was just the first of quite a number of disappointing frustrations to plague me over the next couple of weeks, which… along with the arrival of cold weather somewhat early this year… managed to pretty much run me ragged and ruin my mood for a couple of weeks. Work… my personal bane of late. How it’s made my life miserable.
I don’t mind being “Boss” most days. Really I don’t. But… at heart… I’m merely a simple cook who enjoys the creative outlet of cooking, not an administrator. And there are times… at any job… where the boss has to be a hard-ass. Like firing people… something I dread ever having to do. So naturally that had to happen a few weeks back at the beginning of November. It wasn’t pleasant… it didn’t end well… and it happened in the worst of ways with a very public confrontation complete with the all the ugly shouting and screaming in front of other people that pushed me right to the brink of tears. God.. how I hated it. It was unavoidable… and waaaay overdue, given that person’s attitude, but I’d let things slide trying to not have to do it when anybody could see that only made things worse. Yep… that made the restaurant a very unpleasant place for a week or so as not everybody was happy with the outcome. It also left me scrambling to fill that person’s schedule without piling too much work on others, especially with Thanksgiving approaching and peoples plans pretty much already set up. So… you know who ended up filling the bulk of those hours, right? 😦
That was crappy… but it wasn’t the last annoyance with this wee Catgirl in it’s sights. I had planned to salvage all my Halloween costuming efforts for a party to celebrate the recent 50th Anniversary episode of “Dr. Who”, which would have worked beautifully given our Theme for them… but even that fell through at the last moment. Work again, no surprise there…. keeping me from being free that afternoon to be available for the mid-afternoon premier at the bar. Hey… no worries… BBC was running an encore showing that evening too. So what happens then? Why the “Mother-Of-All” early season blizzards…. dropping 10 inches of snow all across the area. Going out that evening was well out of the question, but at least I got to watch the show back at the apartment with Carolyn…. With my luck, I had almost expected a power outage to rear it’s ugly head and trample my fun entirely so I suppose I should consider myself blessed. But… again… no cosplay fun for Miyuki. Sigh…. I suppose there’s always the Christmas Special. Or maybe I can drag Carolyn and Sam to a Sci-fi convention…. (That’ll take all the “Magical Catgirl Princess” special powers I’ve got…. Yep.)
All that bad luck left me feeling blue and pretty much had me doing my best Grumpy Cat imitation. Throw in my own susceptibility to Seasonal Depression and…. ummmm… errrr… ahhhh… some “regularly scheduled uncomfortableness” at that particular time of the month… and I was pretty darn “bitchy” right about the beginning of November. How Carolyn put up with me is amazing. (Unconditional love… it’s an amazing thing…) Even Sam was hard pressed at times to want to be around me. Just call me “Mistress Cranky Pants”…. she most certainly did. A whole lot… (And perhaps some other choice names as well… )😉
Thanksgiving probably saved me from going insane. As we have for the last few years, we went to Carolyn’s sister Sandra’s to be with her and her family. Not only did we actually get to go, but we had three entire days this time. I needed that little mini-vacation, I certainly did. We spent the first day just hanging around the house, and Thanksgiving itself too. Then we wanted to do a Family Day out together on our last one. Although the whole “Black Friday” consumer greed-fest has never been my thing, I do have to admit that doing it with the whole family on Friday at the crack of dawn was unexpectedly enjoyable. But boy, oh boy, the Mall was packed!!
The highlight of our shopping fest had to be our “girl’s only” visit to Victoria’s Secret, just me and my sweetie along with Sandra and Maddy. Nothing makes me happier than spending time doing the silly “girlfriend” things like this with Carolyn and seeing her loosen up and be as playful and relaxed as she can be. The feeling is always so contagious and it wasn’t long before we all got more than a little goofy picking out things for each other to consider. I ended up having Carolyn buy me a cute pink striped satin sleepshirt …. which I did absolutely love. Not exactly the sexiest item in the store, but Carolyn knows just what I like in comfy sleepwear. After that, it wasn’t long before it was “sleepshirts for everybody”. I picked out one for Carolyn, and then Maddy found the perfect one for her mom… and I think she really liked the adorable one we all found for her too. At 16, she’s not a little girl anymore, and I really think she enjoyed being treated like one of the “women of the family”. Yes!!! Definitely a “Girl Power” moment!! 🙂
Naturally… once we had the appropriate PJ’s in hand it was only natural to decide we’d all have a family pajama party that evening with movies and more fun to celebrate. That meant shopping for some yummy snacks… finding a couple of DVD’s… and convincing the guys to come on board. Thankfully, your Favorite Catgirl Princess knows all the trashy movies that guys like, so finding a couple good ones they’d like wasn’t that hard a chore. 😉
It was a delightfully fun evening, and put me in the best mood I’ve been in in weeks. With all that, it was hard to leave early on Saturday, but I had to work that evening so we slipped away reluctantly at last with promises to come again for Christmas and do it all again. As if there was any doubt…. 😉
So that’s about it this time out I guess. I’m hoping this month goes soooo much better for us and I’m hoping I’ll get more time to post more often if my luck holds. Hey… c’mon…. the Universe owes me some Good Karma… 😉
“Meow, meow for now, o’ Gentle Visitors!!”