First off, retail at Christmas usually sucks donkey balls. It goes with the territory- any big gift giving holiday brings out the worst in people, with Christmas being the ultimate hell. Surprisingly, it hasn't been that bad at my store, not crazy busy, not particularly hellish, though I have had some customers that I wanted to send on a one way trip to Mars without oxygen. That being said, my own shopping has not been easy this year. I put my layaway in too late and the payments were too much to handle, so I ended up putting back everything Joey and the rest of the guys could live without and am hoping the Salvation Army Angel Tree comes through with some clothes for Joey. I find out Thursday how that went, I'm not getting my hopes up too high though. I got Joey 2 video games (Sonic Generations and Little Big Planet 3) and the Minecraft Papercraft sets. I think he'll get the biggest kick out of that, honestly.
Shipped some stuff out to my best friend in Washington state, she's the one who took my pro cosplay shots. Also sent some stuff to the NEWLY MARRIED missyquill
and goddamn the postal service needs to chill out on their overseas shipping. Next time I'm gonig to take screenshots or pictures of the things I want to send and then attach an amazon gift card to it and let her get what she wants.
Speaking of screenshots, my photoshop is busted and I dunno what happened. I can't open or save anything, which blows chunks. I've never liked the CS5 anyway, so Walt is getting me CS3 again (which had better brushes and gradient packs).
I humbled myself and went downtown to apply for welfare since I can't seem to get a fucking job that pays decent and has steady predictable hours. I was denied, but today I got a letter saying they increased my food stamps. That helps out big time. Now instead of trying to feed the 3 of us (and Walt might as well count as 2 people) on $240 a month (that's $60 a week for those keeping track), I get $388, $97 a week. I might actually be able to buy beef sometimes again!
My fma big bang has temporarily come to a halt because of HOLIDAY COMMS!!!!! I wrote a fic for every stocking up at the fmagiftexchange
(would've liked to have done some arts too but the photoshop thing didn't work out...) and now I'm trying to figure out what to do for 12_daysofficmas
. This is the time I usually write my Ruouni Kenshin fics because I donp't belong to any writing comms for that fandom and I enjoy doing the haiku format with them. But this year I can add Attack on Titan to the ficmas-ing, I have an obsession with Levi and Erwin that's not going anywhere soon lol.
While ficcing, I rewrote the words to O Holy Night to have a distinctly Pagan flare to them. Tell me what you think:( Oh Winter's Night )
Not much on Christmas? Have a creepy Halloween-ish version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. This is from a tape that's been in my family since before I was born I think.
I'm going to be kepign my nephews next weekend for Yule. they had such a great time last year that they talked about it for MONTHS afterward. This year, we're going to make cookies and ornaments and do the lights at the park again. I really can't wait, it's my favorite new tradition ♥