NOooooooo........ Please no. We managed to have dinner in the garden this evening. I am now at 21.05 P.M sitting in my shed with doors open enjoying the peaceful evening air. Surely we can forget all that crap for a while longer...?
A curse on you Shitsburys and Tescum while we are at it.
Post by thesentientpasty on Nov 7, 2016 10:00:41 GMT
Sprouts? One of my favorite veggies. Either lightly steamed and rolled in butter, or boiled to near-death and bobbing about in an onion-gravy thick slop. Mmmmmm. I'll eat yours if you don't want 'em, LD!
soo, confession time. not only have I done most of my Christmas shopping but I have wrapped half of it too.
but as bez mentioned in other post, Christmas in retail is hell. I am soo busy between now and c-day, and I spend so much time bah humbugging it all then suddenly its Christmas eve and I've run out of sellotape and everyones getting giftcards and chocloates.
so I wanna get it over and done with. and then hibernate.
Don't feel ashamed, confused, I think you've done the right thing. Get it out the way asap I reckon. I've done about half of my shopping but I just can't be arsed with it. Mind you, I can never be arsed with xmas shopping. I want to opt out.
I dont do Christmas, particularly shopping for gifts that folks dont really need or want, being retired its not really even a holiday for me (they are all days off now) but it is a chance for family to gather and for shopaholics to go crazy. As a small concession to the season and so as not to be called a total scrooge I do get into the woodshop and handmake make some personalized gifts which generally far exceed the value of anything I might buy both in resale value and sentimental value. Over the years I have gifted handmade jewelry boxes, a portable writing desk, wooden pencil case, personalized pendant etc etc. This has led to 'requests' for larger items some of which dont get finished in time for 'the season' but do eventually get to the recipient, a captains bed, a set of book cases, a scrapbooking work center (valued at over $1000) and so on. This years request from my daughter was for a wood screen door which is currently under way in the shop, its debatable if it will be done in time as I do a great deal of thinking before cutting so as to not screw up, something I am getting better and better at! So shopaholics go do your thing, I will just continue to do mine at much lower cost, in money if not time!
Post by thesentientpasty on Nov 21, 2016 11:14:05 GMT
^ Great to hear it. I've decided to make a pressie for Lady Bez this year. It's a miniature of the front of the old home in Belfast that she loved. Small (going to fit in a 10*8 frame) and I'm doing it brick by tiny brick. One fifth done, four-fifths to go. Super cheap as pressies go, but maybe 100 hours work.
One of the few things about the 'season' (not going to say the C word) is the edible goodies that come with the family gatherings, not the massive sit down meal so much as the 'snackies'. As I sit here typing this the Mrs (and my talented cook son) are busy making 'stuff' for said gathering. A little early I would have thought but I am told most is going in the freezer for 'later', but the C.....mas cake muffins are going to soak a bit in suitable liquor before freezing. Only if I dont find them first is all I am going to say about that!
Last mid winter. (see what I did there? I avoided that word!) Anyway last mid winter, I had a part internally finished shed. It was cosy enough with the brief aid of a fan heater to hide away in for quite a few hours on that day while himself watched all the crap dished up on the t.v indoors. This year it is my dream space. Finished and very cosy and I love it. So you guys will know where I shall be. Don`t worry I get wifi in there.
The C-word. I won't use it here, because the C market is in town. It consists of wooden toys, noisy drunks, bad food, crowds, hassle and cheap tat sold from wooden sheds. I doubt Jesus would bother to attend this egregious pile of sharny, 'cos he'd be busy doing stuff with wood. Or sheep ... or goats. It's been a while since I read the Bible, but I believe it has something to say about money-lenders, temples and greed.
It is when you are using what you have learned from books that you wish you had read more.
Well we have got let`s con everyone gullible enough into buying crap day (Black Friday) out of the way. Only now to be followed by what seems to be called. Oh no there is loads of shit left. (Cyber Monday) To be followed by Christmas and Boxing day sales. And not forgetting the carpet warehouse sale that apparently must end soon but never does..........FFS.
Post by thesentientpasty on Nov 29, 2016 10:43:40 GMT
Have you been to a carpet warehouse recently? I have. Three disconsolate staff muttering phrases like 'fecking laminate flooring' while surrounded by hundreds of square miles of dusty, unwanted carpets. I nearly felt sorry for them, but I knew they'd pounce on me, their only customer that week, if I didn't get out of there fast.
Post by thesentientpasty on Nov 29, 2016 11:05:55 GMT
Well the Joy of Petrol is that all the induction lessons go out of the window. No 'being nice' to clueless feckwits while nodding pointlessly and patiently. Got a mobile out on the forecourt? Attempting to light up near some diesel? Prepare to receive our wrath via tannoy.
"PUMP SIX ... PUT ... THE <garbled> PHONE AWAY ... (ya feckin' numpty)" - the last bit if you don't take your finger off the tannoy button quickly enough.
Honestly, it's great fun shouting at them. I think all departments should have something similar.
"Customer in aisle three ... that hat and jacket do not suit you." "Woman in the purple top ... there's an offer on three foot to your left which is cheaper, if you were to bother looking." "Child at the comics ... leave the cheap plastic Peppa Pig shite well alone, or we'll come over and thrash you." "Customer at Self Scan 8 ... we saw what you did there. Scan it first."
Post by thesentientpasty on Nov 29, 2016 11:12:41 GMT
"Man in the blue jacket near the changing rooms - if you're going to drop one like that, please do it outside." "Young woman in the skirt near the meals-for-one freezers ... that'll be your future if you don't buck your ideas up." "Boy picking his nose near the fish counter ... while it may feel like a long way off, the eternal chill of a cold coffin has infinite patience." "Middle aged man in the rap-logoed hoody and Dad jeans ... just fuck off out the store."