Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.
HOW MUCH TIME
do we really have anyway?
Carpe Diem my friends and Have a Happy New Year!
The joys, rants, irritations and daily experiences in the crazy world of a working mom.
photo--my mother with President Ford in 1966, a Michigan congressman at the time.
Democrats and Republicans all liked him.
He healed a nation by making tough decisions.
He was married to his best friend, Betty, for 58 years.
He was a good husband and father.
He was a man of faith.
He was humble.
He was a politician who told no lies.
He never said a bad word about anyone.
He is the only President from Michigan to date.
He opened Westpoint and the other military academies to women.
He was an eagle scout.
He was a World War II hero.
He represented western Michigan well in the House of Representatives for 25 years.
He was a cheerful man.
He was an intelligent man.
He was a shining example of what was truly our greatest generation.
I finally put up this tree Tuesday night. B-girl had fun helping to decorate. This is the latest I have ever put a tree up, but I have been sick with some kind of coughing thing that feels like half cold/half allergies. Well at least the tree is done, and I always leave it up for Armenian Christmas, which is not until January 6, a tradition I inherited from my mother.
Now all I have to do is start and finish the shopping and get these darn cards out. Then I will be able to relax. Ha! No way! I am loaded down at work, and I just got an assignment that has to be completed between Christmas and New Year's. Plus, I took on a free-lance gig, due January 1st. Tis the season to be busy!
If you sent this card to me, please let me know! By the way, this card is prettier than it looks here. For some reason, the gold foil scanned as black on my system.
Here is the letter I received from the Postal Service...
DEAR VALUED POSTAL CUSTOMER:
I wanted to extend my sincere apology for the enclosed document that was inadvertently damaged in handling by your postal service. (as long as nobody got hurt)
We are aware how important your mail is to you. (if only I knew where it was coming from)
The United States Postal Service handles over 202 billion pieces of mail each year. While each employee makes a concerted effort to process, without damage, each piece of mail, an occasional mishap does happen. (the only time we play with the slicer is on the midnight shift and, well you know, that crew can get a little carried away)
We are constantly working to improve our processing methods so these incidents will be eliminated. You can help us greatly in our efforts if you will continue to properly prepare and address each letter or parcel that you enter into the mailstream. (oh sure project the blame on me--I haven't sliced up any mail since I got that Dear Jane letter from that spoiled rich kid in college who drove a Porsche and didn't think my Pontiac was good enough)
We appreciate your cooperation and understanding and sincerely regret any inconvenience you have experienced. (something like this could knaw at my obsessive craw for years until I find the sender--who will pay for my therapy?)
SR PLANT MANAGER (who forever shall remain nameless)
PROCESSING AND DISTRIBUTION CENTER (ha. we could be located anywhere in the world, so you'll never be able to find us!)
6) part 2 Sara (for some family fun!)
I love Christmas cards. All the women in my family love Christmas cards. They are just part of the whole celebration.
Was I surprised when I got my first one on Thursday, and the B-girl was on the front! Mrs. S. is a great teacher. She took 26 pics, sent out these cards to each student's family and she asked all the kids to keep her secret. B-girl didn't say a word until it came . When I told her our first card was from Mrs. S. she said "Mom you have to open it there is a surprise inside."
Nothing like a goofy pic of your kid in a silly hat (to add to her powerpoint at graduation). It's not the best photo, but it makes me smile. This will go in "the collection."
Last summer when I was off work for a while I cleaned out many closet shelves. I forced myself to throw away some Christmas cards, but I could not part with many of them. I still have boxes of them. I like to look back and remember Christmases past. I am planning to post some of the best ones if I have time. There is nothing like a hand-written Christmas card.
Now I know the e-mail cards are cool, but what happens if you lose your motherboard? They are gone forever. More importantly, they are not hand-signed. A person's handwriting is a reflection of their personality. I get a few e-mail cards each year and they are nice but the handwriting makes a difference to me.
Since B-girl was born I have been sending out those photo cards. I will definitely post some of those, they are adorable! I am not doing the photo cards this year. I want to send out regular Christmas cards, but I will include school photos for family.
The trouble I have had, in some years past, is picking out the right card. I am very selective about the front and the sentiment. I was shocked that I didn't find any I liked at Bronner's when we were there in August. It often takes me a long time to find cards I that suit me.
Not long ago my sisinlaw blogged that is was a bit sad to see the decrease in number of cards sent out each year. I completely agree. It's a great feeling to get cards from family and friends. Not only that, but it is a Christmas tradition that is hundreds of years old.
My mother always sent out Christmas cards. She is 79 and told me yesterday she has half of her cards done and intends to finish on Monday. Her hands are shaky, but she is still writing out her cards. My mother, in her typical fashion, asked me this weekend, "When are you sending out your cards?"
"When I find them, " I replied. Now I have to step up my card quest to avoid a daily rerun! I will hopefully get mine out soon (once I find them) and I hope my daughter will send out cards when she is older. I am glad that traditions hold places of honor in my family.
I received some more cards on Friday and Saturday and they are very nice, but I have to admit, this first one made me laugh!