After a frantic, late-night packing session, a grueling, tedious, 45 minute drive home, and an equally frantic un-packing session, I am now, officially, home for the holidays.
I now have ample time to watch HGTV, eat copious amounts of dried fruit and cashews, tag all of my photos on my computer, AND catch up on my blogging.
I realize, in my preparation to make my “days be merry and bright,” that I’ve fallen behind with my RAC-centered posts. I know I’ve got a ton to catch up on….plus, I know that I owe an apology to you all for not keeping up with them. In an attempt to distract your attention away from the fact I haven’t posted about an RAC in 6 days, I will pair each of my RACs with a dastardly, adorable puppy. You all get puppies for Christmas! PUPPIES FOR EVERYONE!
#1: Ran a shopping errand for a friend
Due to a snafu in holiday shipping, two gifts meant for a group Christmas party had not arrived in time for said party. After speaking with a member of said group, I volunteered to drive out, amidst a flurry of snow and crazed holiday shoppers, and purchase new gifts from Best Buy. And I’ve come to one conclusion: Best Buy is never NOT busy during the month of December. I’m pretty sure I could sell real estate for a profit in the “Line Starts Here” area of the store…or maybe just vend popcorn and hotdogs…
#2: Finished all preparations for an ensemble gift for a group I’m a part of
As Part II to my above RAC, I also assembled and prepared the gifts, two photo frames, which I purchased from Best Buy. I spent a good part of my Friday afternoon gathering pictures, figuring out how to transfer 186 photos from my computer to these frames, and wrapping them in a flurry of paper and red ribbon.
#3: Made "thank you" treats for the stage managers and band members in our Christmas show
By the time our last weekend of Christmas shows rolled around, no one had made any mention of getting our stage managers or band members any small token of appreciation. I decided, very last minute, that they deserved even something as small as a few treats, all homemade by yours truly. The nice thing was that it barely cost me anything…I had plenty of leftover vittles from previous baking expeditions. On Sunday, I presented them all with individual bags/tins of Dark Chocolate Covered Oreos, Chocolate Cookie Bark, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles. One band member actually called me “evil” for giving him such a temptation.
#4: TRIED to pay for a meal for a friend; instead, the charge was accidentally applied to his credit card…resulting in the "next one" being on me
What do you do when an RAC attempt is unsuccessful? Do you still chalk it up on the RAC board? The answer is yes, especially if it results in a planned RAC. I merely tried to pay for food shared between a friend and I, but the charge was inadvertently applied to his open charge card sitting at the bar (of course, we were JUST drinking Shirley Temples and chocolate milk…). So, I promised to pay for the next outing between he and I. Which consequentially means that, hallelujah, I am promoting a healthy social life! The Mom would be so proud!
#5: Tipped an unmanned Sal Val Army bucket
The best part of putting some spare change into a Sal Val Army bucket is the response it solicits from the Bell Ringer manning the stand. They’re usually extremely happy to be there, and really, really, really love Christmas (even more than Buddy the Elf). However, the bucket I stopped by was unmanned. What, I thought…no greeter? What gives?!? I almost didn’t donate…I want my hearty “Merry Christmas!” from a crazed bell ringer! But, donate I did…approximately $0.57.
#6: Sent an "I miss you" note to a friend
I don’t send a lot of notes to people, especially to just say hello or “I miss you.” So, I did just that last night, hoping that I could finally reconnect with a friend of mine, who I haven’t seen since this summer.
So there you have it, folks! Puppies AND RACs, all in one post! The puppies were brought to you by my dog, Bailey, and a blizzard of photographs, taken with my brand new camera…an early Christmas present from The Mom.
I am very green when it comes to advanced camera photography, so I’m currently on the lookout for any tips/suggestions/advice/software ideas from anyone. Angelia, over at Living, Laughing, Loving, is an amazing photographer, and she’s already been kind enough to email me her ideas, and I welcome any other suggestions!
Until next time, my merry bloggers, have a wonderful start to your Christmas festivities, and I’ll see you under the mistletoe!