How were your holidays?

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Registered: 11-28-1999
How were your holidays?
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Thu, 12-26-2013 - 10:37am

I just wish I had more time off.  I have to say that I really have the worst boss, condiering I have been here 17 yrs. (first part time).  On Xmas Eve, I was waiting for him to suggest going home early but I guess he thought I must have nothing to do.  Finally I just decided to leave at 4:00 and he actually said "Every day is the same to me.  I even work on weekends."  This is a guy who doesn't come to work until 2:00 pm so basically he admires himself for working about 3 hours a day!  I said "well some of us like to spend time on holidays with our families."  So my DD came home Mon. night and is leaving today--I already miss her!  Xmas Eve we went to my ex BIL's house--you know you've been divorced a long time when you can spend the holidays with your ex & his wife and not even care.  I have to laugh when she is teasing him about become more like a cranky old guy.  Then yesterday we went to my aunt's house.  The only good thing about being back at work today is being away from all the candy & desserts that are in my house.

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Registered: 01-10-2014
Fri, 01-10-2014 - 3:24pm

Found a good book during the holidays.  Hope yours were great!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BE9PPHE

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Registered: 01-02-2012
Mon, 12-30-2013 - 5:02pm

Except the fact that we had absolutely no snow and had a warm, green, rainy and sometimes very windy Christmas, it has been a nice week off. Celebrated with my parents the first days and then it was a few birthdays in our families, followed by a bit of shopping and visiting the neighbours back home. I have enjoyed it all, but it is just not the same without snow and with plus degrees Celsius! I have never experienced rain on Christmas eve before...

So, New Years Eve tomorrow. No party or friends gathering in sight, which means staying with my parents. Having dinner, watching TV and hopefully crossing the road to their nearest neighbours. Which is all nice, but *sigh* I would have preferred a party. Or even meeting some of my friends, who are all busy with their families or having another couple or two over. It is not too much fun being 36 and staying at my folks as a single gal....I really feel like Bridget Jones in that retrospect, except my Mum does not find horrible clothes for me to wear, there is no uncle Geoffrey to grab my backside and no Una to say "tick-tock". Luckily! And it is not turkey curry buffet. Wink  But seriously, I would not want to stay home alone either - when I don´t have to and I like being at home. Anyhow....I wish I had an alternative.

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-02-2012
Mon, 12-30-2013 - 5:02pm

Except the fact that we had absolutely no snow and had a warm, green, rainy and sometimes very windy Christmas, it has been a nice week off. Celebrated with my parents the first days and then it was a few birthdays in our families, followed by a bit of shopping and visiting the neighbours back home. I have enjoyed it all, but it is just not the same without snow and with plus degrees Celsius! I have never experienced rain on Christmas eve before...

So, New Years Eve tomorrow. No party or friends gathering in sight, which means staying with my parents. Having dinner, watching TV and hopefully crossing the road to their nearest neighbours. Which is all nice, but *sigh* I would have preferred a party. Or even meeting some of my friends, who are all busy with their families or having another couple or two over. It is not too much fun being 36 and staying at my folks as a single gal....I really feel like Bridget Jones in that retrospect, except my Mum does not find horrible clothes for me to wear, there is no uncle Geoffrey to grab my backside and no Una to say "tick-tock". Luckily! And it is not turkey curry buffet. Wink  But seriously, I would not want to stay home alone either - when I don´t have to and I like being at home. Anyhow....I wish I had an alternative.

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-28-1999
Sun, 12-29-2013 - 8:19pm

Yes it's hard to get dates if you stay home alone all the time.  I was with my friend from high school yesterday and she complains that her exH is around all the time and that she doesn't meet anyone and I told her that's because she never goes anywhere that men are!  We ended up going to an early movie and then to eat--hardly a way to meet anyone.

Oh my latest news is that I am having my friends over for New Year's Eve!  My one friend was going to do it but her kitchen is in the middle of renovations and it won't be ready (and has no heat--and it's going to be very cold).  She suggested going to a local Chinese restaurant that has a band but no one really wants to go there.  No one was really stepping up to host, so I figured why not?  My house is really not great but I think that as long as we have food, drink & friends, no one will care.  I have been cleaning a lot today!

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Registered: 05-10-2005
Sun, 12-29-2013 - 3:55pm

Haven't checked the board in a while, but wanted to say happy holidays!   I haven't had too much time off, but I am going on a week vacation to FL at the end of January, so I am saving up.

I did have Christmas Eve and Day off, and was with my family for nonstop festivities.  Then I came back to work Thu/Fri, which were busy, and now I've had a relatively low key weekend to catchup.  Not sure what I am doing NYE.  I am very lucky to have been invited to 2 parties, and I know it sounds bratty, but I am not sure I really want to go to either.  One because of logistics (it's 40+ miles away in the city) and one that's somewhat closer, but hosted by a friend I've intentionally been drifting from.  We'll see.....

In the meantime, I've continued to hang out with some friends I made through Meetup.  There is one guy I think has potential, but have no indication yet he's interested beyond friends.  Still, I am meeting up with them in a bit to watch football, and I am more likely to meet someone out than in my apartment.  I've also met some friends that do running races, so am trying to get back into shape so I can do a few spring events.  

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-28-1999
Sun, 12-29-2013 - 11:53am

My boss tries to close the office as little as possible--he's so afraid he will lose a dollar as if someone who comes by on the holiday will never come back--other lawyers' offices will be closed too.  Obviously he has to close on the big holidays but he doesn't close on the minor ones like MLK day, veterans day, etc.  It was actually nice to work the day after Christmas (once I dragged myself out of bed) because it was very quiet--no phones ringing, no clients coming in, so I got a lot of work done.  

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Registered: 06-01-2008
Sat, 12-28-2013 - 6:21pm

    Your plans sound very similar to mine. In the last few years I've just enjoyed cooking a nice meal for myself on NYE and watching a movie or two. It's always a reflective holiday for me; the last thing I want to do is get drunk and deal with noise and strangers. A family member is having a party, but I think I'll just deal with the guilt of making up an excuse to get out of it. I think I've hit my family-time quota for the season. I'll be getting Don Jon (Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johannson) on DVD in the mail that day, so I'm looking forward to kicking back with that, a nice meal, and a couple of beers. 

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Registered: 05-14-1999
Sat, 12-28-2013 - 4:13pm

I got a poma poo :)  A friend of a friend found out I was thinking of getting a dog; they have two young boys and both work long hours; felt they weren't giving him the attention he needs.  They dropped him off Monday before last.  I named him Jack.  He's 9 mos old and is completely black.  He weighs 7 lbs.  His coat is a little more high maintenance than I am use to, and he's so tiny and delicate (afraid I'll break him) but he's cute as can be so he won't be going anywhere - hee, hee.  Anyway, I spent Xmas with immediate family. We pretty much spent the entire afternoon and early evening together - it seemed to have gone by very quickly but was nice.  Did you work Xmas eve?  I was actually off Xmas Eve and Xmas day but worked Thursday and Friday.  I'm learning quickly that Dr's offices rarely have any slow days.  It's always busy.  Luckily, I'm off NYE and NYD.  I won't be going out though, I don't even remember the last year I had NYE plans.  It's kinda sad in a way but mostly, I could care less.  I only hope that there are some good movies on the tele :)  I have on demand but I still can't find any good movies, ever . . . and Redboxes better movies are always out of stock.  I guess that's my new NYE tradition . . . catching a good movie on TV ;)  I've turned into quite the homebody!    

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Registered: 05-20-2009
Sat, 12-28-2013 - 11:54am

Fun reading what everyone has been doing!  Now that my family is growing up and I'm growing old, our holidays are changing year to year.  My son had everyone to his house the Saturday before Christmas, because it's become impossible to have everyone together on a holiday.  Too many divorces, everyone has two sets of parents, and the kids are spoiled rotten because they have 8 grandparents instead of 4!  Everyone wants to see everyone, and it can't be done all in one day.  The great grandkids are getting a little older, so it's not complete mayhem anymore.  My son and his wife came for dinner on Christmas day!  They got me a great present which I received on Saturday.  A 7" Tablet and a wireless router.  He installed it for me on Christmas day, and now I have to learn to use it!  I don't even have a "smart phone"......so it's all new to me.  So far I prefer a keyboard as opposed to "typing" with one finger!  My old typing teacher must be rolling in her grave!  Now that all the talk shows are accepting "tweets" I'll have to try that next!  Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?  This old dog is teaching herself!

To Buckeyegold:  Downtown Cleveland?  What is there to do except for the casino.......and some bars which sound pretty raucous.  There might be something good going on at Playhouse Square.    Yes, I live in the same area.....and remember when downtown was a great place to go.......along with the Flats.  No more.  Crazy young people with guns!  Whatever you decide to do, have a good and safe time!  I'm going to be home........probably alone........fine with me. 

I hope everyone has a happy and healthy New Year!

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Registered: 07-16-2001
Fri, 12-27-2013 - 11:57am
I went home to my mom's last Saturday to avoid ice and snow. I got to spend some time with my niece, but she's just getting over being sick so she was really cranky. REALLY cranky. We had to take her to her dad's on Sunday, which was sad. He's crazy, and is married to someone who is spiteful and manipulative (they're a perfect match). She came back on Christmas, but was really late- 7:30pm. We spent time at my sister's, which was nice. We didn't get back to my mom's until 10 pm and still had to open our presents! Of course, we forgot to cover my niece's new kitchen, so that's all she wanted to do when we got there. She didn't want to open anything else. I think we all got to bed around 11:30. We also decided to redo my mom's old, ugly bathroom. Christmas Eve we stained a new vanity and painted the walls. When I left yesterday, there was still a lot of work to do. When we asked mom what she thought so far (she was at work when we started), she said, "It's okay." Sigh.

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