This is why we can’t have nice things…

  I could sit here and write a post about the awful day that I had that started with the terrible customer service at Visions Electronics, or the car that almost hit us and then gave us the finger, to the incredibly rude woman that I talked to at the 911 call centre; but I am not going to focus on all those things. I am going to look past it and focus on all the amazing things that happened today. 

This morning I woke up and finished working on a project for Reel Pride that I am really looking forward to sharing with the board. Shortly thereafter, Patrick picked me up and, along with the assistance of my parents, we finished moving all the furniture out of Shannon’s house into my new place. It was kind of bittersweet in that I am absolutely loving my brand new home, but I sure miss coming home to one of my best friends. 

Once everything was finally moved downtown, I thanked them for their assistance and they all parted ways to continue with their days. Mike came and picked me up and we met up with his mom at Costco. It was fun to wander around, but I successfully made it in without buying anything!  

After that was when all the bad stuff happened, so I’m going to fast forward to the point where we went to my chiro appointment and Keith fixed me up. Then I came home and passed out for the best nap of my life. I woke up started and thought that it was already tomorrow because it was light when I fell asleep and pitch black when I woke up. 

  I was going to do laundry, but for sure didn’t feel like it so I put on my winter gear and headed out into the cold to get tickets for New Year’s Eve dinner and dancing at Club 200. I’m really excited for Prime Rib dinner with Tracy.

I just finished a good workout at the gym and am now at the Elephant and Castle for dinner. I really should be eating at home, but I am feeling lazy and this is absolutely one of my favourite restaurants in downtown Winnipeg. 

The walk over from the gym was kind of depressing as there was so much vandalism through the skywalk system. Between the broken railings and doors to broken glass it makes me wonder what would bring someone to the point where breaking someone else’s property seemed like a good idea to whoever broke these parts of our public skywalk. I love this city and it is really embarrassing seeing all our nice things getting destroyed. 

 However, I want to focus on something beautiful as I finish this post, and what is more beautiful than warm Highland Bread Pudding with a butter rum sauce and whip cream. It is so incredibly tasty, but I’m so stuffed I can’t even finish it. 

With than I am going to say goodnight, have an amazing day, and don’t forget to be kind out there!

The Most Unusual Christmas

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What an interesting Christmas day I had!

I have worked in a job that requires shift work for at least the last 10 years.  As a result, I usually end up choosing to work on Christmas Day so that someone who values spending December 25th with their family can have the day off.

My family has always done our big family dinner on Boxing Day (December 26), which I wasn’t able to get off this year (but yet I could have had Christmas Day off if I wanted).  I’m a little disappointed that I have to head into work here shortly, but I am sure that it will be a much better day than yesterday.

The people that I encountered yesterday for the most part were super nice, but there was at least one person every hour that was a definite grinch.  It made for a pretty long day, but at the end of it I survived and came home to my nice warm bed safe and sound.

Today is going to be a completely different challenge though as we move from all the stores being closed yesterday to everyone crashing down the doors for the sales today.  Personally, I haven’t yet seen any sales advertised that I am willing to go and endure the lineups in the stores.

If you are planning on going out shopping today, here are my survival tips:

  1. Make A Plan:  Look on-line to see what stores are selling the items you actually need to purchase and see where has the best price.  That way you can figure out the best route and avoid back tracking in the congested traffic.
  2. Check the Original Price:  A lot of sales happening today are only a $150 off, if not less.  It could be worth the convenience of paying the regular price tomorrow to avoid the headache of Boxing Day Shopping today.
  3. Order Online:  If you can be patient for a few days, you can certainly save some money today by taking advantage of the online boxing week sales.  It will of course mean you’re likely going to be waiting until after the New Year before you get to start enjoying your exciting new purchase.
  4. Make Sure You Can Afford It:  Christmas just happened and for most people that means burning a hole in your wallet.  Don’t make any purchases for a great price that are going to mean going without food for the next three months while you try to pay it off.
  5. Have Fun and Be Polite:  This one should come without saying, but I am sure that we will hear of all sorts of huge battles going down in the stores over the last sale items on the news tonight.

I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas (or whatever holiday your family chooses to celebrate) with your friends and families.  I’m looking forward to seeing my family later this evening.

Until then, have an amazing day and go be kind out there!  Don’t forget to checkout my YouTube Video for more fun adventures:

Merry Shopping-mas to All

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I recently had a debate with a friend about the true meaning of Christmas. The discussion all started over the fact that he felt that people were shoving their Christian holiday down his Jewish throat. While I agree that Christmas to Christians is a religious holiday, I believe that it has long since been superseded by the Christmas of corporate american retailers’ wildest imaginations.

The Christian Christmas is the celebration of Jesus’ birth in a stable in Bethlehem. Three wise men brought him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Christians believe that Jesus brought his followers the gift of salvation from their sins thus giving them the gift of eternal life in heaven.

However, the real roots of surrounding the Christmas celebration all seem to be based in Roman traditions celebrating the winter solstice, the return of the sun, and to honour Saturn, the god of Agriculture. It is commonly believed that the December 25th was selected as the date for which to celebrate Christmas as an attempt to replace the pagan Saturnalia festival.

Christmas was not recognized as an official federal holiday in the United States until June 26, 1870.

Thanks to some epic marketing on Coka-Cola’s behalf during the 1930’s, Santa Claus has become one of the most recognizable images of Christmas. Parents line up their broods of children in lines for hours to be able to pay someone to take a photograph of their kids with a random mall Santa. Children write letters and emails to the North Pole embellishing to him about how wonderful they have been all year and how they deserve all the most expensive toys.

Then the tradition of gift giving carries on into our adulthood where we continue to be told that we need to make sure to find the perfect gift for everyone on our list. People go absolutely crazy fulfilling their shopping duties without any regard for the damage that they are doing to their credit card balances. Going anywhere near a shopping mall is a near death experience as people rush to finish all their Christmas purchases.

So while I do personally believe in the Christian meaning of Christmas, people have been forced to be so politically correct about celebrating Christmas that I feel it has become more of a corporate holiday exploited by retailers. While many people may celebrate the religious origins of Christmas behind closed doors in their homes, the only Christmas spirit that I have found this holiday season has been the stress of making a list, checking it twice, realizing I forgot to include someone important, opening my already maxed out credit cards to discover that I can’t afford to buy everyone on my list presents that they don’t need, applying for a new credit card to go make sure I can put presents under the tree, and now the anxiety about whether or not the cute sweater I bought someone is going to fit and not remembering if I put the gift receipt in the box with the sweater before I wrapped it, and whether or not my Christmas cards are going to be delivered before the post office closes down for the year.

Has this become the true meaning of Christmas in 2015?