Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good morrow.

Had another good day, yesterday. Three in a row, bringing my chances of getting to my goal of break-even, (all bills paid, reserves untouched, credit balances zero), from not-likely, to likely.

Though, I haven't checked the weather reports.

The week after Christmas has sometimes been very good, and sometimes very bad, and I can never guess in advance.

I can't believe how relaxed I get on Christmas Day. There is obviously an underlying tension to business that I'm not completely aware of until it drops away.

Linda and I really stuck to our buy nothing vows this year. Got my usual calendar, my usual one shelf figure (other people call them toys), my usual book. Linda's brother is coming by in the afternoon for some Christmas Pizza. Then Linda and I are going over to my sister's for the traditional dinner.

I'm going to pop out the door every couple of hours to hack away at the berm in our driveway. A little a time.

Such a beautiful day outside.


Keeneye said...

Mmmm. Christmas pizza. You know what else is good? Day-after-Christmas pizza.

Oh! And Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday.... pizza.


Merry Christmas, Duncan.

Duncan McGeary said...

Picked up on Christmas Eve, of course. Hope you aren't working today!

Merry Christmas and continued success!

Quimby said...

Merry Christmas Dunc & Keeneye!

Best wishes for success to you both.

Duncan McGeary said...

You too, Quimby.

Businesses need all the luck they can get!

RDC said...

Merry Christmas Duncan

Good luck next year

blackdog said...

Merry Christmas, and best of success in the coming year. It's gotta be better than this one.

bruce said...

Great Christmas Day playing in the snow with Trudy. Hope you spent some quality time with those most important to you as well.

In the spirit:

This is old but still good advice
1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls.

2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. It's rare.. You cannot find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into an eggnog-alcoholic or something. It's a treat. Enjoy it.. Have one for me. Have two. It's later than you think. It's Christmas!

3. if something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.

4. as for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It 's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.

5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people's food for free. Lots of it. Hello?

6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that a vat of eggnog..

7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They're like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again.

8. Same for pies. Apple, Pumpkin, Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?

9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards!!

10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention. Re-read tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner. Remember this motto to live by:

"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!"

Have a great holiday season and Merry Christmas! I love it!