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15 December 2008 @ 11:04 pm
Things looking up?  
I want to thank everyone who gave me words of support and encouragment last Friday. It was a rough day and all your comments lifted my spirits. When I got home after work, I went to sleep at 7:30PM and did not wake up until 9:30AM the next morning. I really needed the sleep. I wonder if I wasn't also fighting off a touch of something. I was very pale on Saturday.

I spent most of the day continuing to research vacation options with a switch in focus to Mexico and Cancun. I think I've finally found a great resort, airfare and excursions all for $897 for 5 nights and then I checked the  pricing again this evening (a mere 12 hours later), and the rates have gone up $200 a person. Wha? What is it with airlines, really? I'm pretty miffed. I spent a lot of time on the phone with Gus, the travel agent, called Priceline and spoke to the resort to try and work out details. I thought everything was all good, and then bam. We want more of your money! *sigh* I need to speak to Gus again, but I think we'll just have to deal. I want to swim with dolphins, damnit.

Saturday I also did some long overdue betaing for only_passenger, which is always a joy. We work really well together and I love digging into her work and seeing where we can work to make it shine even brighter. I've been writing a few lines here and there on my holiday drabbles, but I think it's less and less likely I'll actually have them done by Christmas. I just have too much stuff going on in RL and  there's very little time to write.

I've also been mulling over what to get my folks for the holidays. Friday during lunch, I wandered around the shops at Bryant Park and came across a boutique that had really beautiful jewlery - real leaves dipped and set in various metals, including silver, gold, bronze, copper and gun metal. I thought it was perfect for my aunt and went back in the evening to buy it. Turns out that the guy who owns the boutique is a vendor that I paled around with in Tampa last April at the Museum Store Association show that I attended through work. I went out to dinner and clubbing with him and then lost his contact information. It was fun reuniting, chatting a bit and exchanging numbers. He even gave me the necklace for wholesale rather than retail. I saw my aunt on Sunday and exchanged gifts with her then. She contributed to my trip and I gave her the necklace. There was also some teary conversation about my future, lunch, a walk and vegging in front of her TV.

The last few days I've also been scheming about planning a short vacation for my mom & dad. I just received a thing from T-Mobile where I can sign up for a buy 1 get 1 free airfare to select cities in the US. My mom has talked about wanting to go to Sedona, AZ to visit our friend Elmira. She was one of the people I stayed with when I was on the road this summer with Gus. I called Elmira up today to discuss what her dates of availability are. Now is a good time because my dad has vacation for the next two weeks. After reading the fine print, I realized that I couldn't do the pay for 1 ticket thing through T-Mobile, but mom was really touched that I did all this research and called Elmira to see if I could make it happen. We have to continue the conversation tomorrow. She was thinking about possible timeshare in Florida since it's closer. I'm still willing to pay for airfare, but we'll see.

My office is throwing a holiday party on Thursday, so I want to make a batch of rum balls using my grandma's recipe. I used to have a lot of fun helping her decorate them, plus booze! Later that evening, my boss will also be throwing a holiday party at his apartment, which will be a shit show because when isn't it? He's going to make signiture cocktails, so I'm in charge of getting pitchers for him and putting together some music. I'll likely leave work with him to help him set up with his roommate at his apartment. I'm psyched! Drinking with James is always a wonderful time.

I'm sure it will be another long day tomorrow. Maybe I'll get a chance to do some writing, especially on the Faith/Oz ficlet that rebcake suggested. That one has fascinated me. I'm also digging on the Spike/Dawn.  
Sotiassddgr on December 16th, 2008 07:41 am (UTC)
I'm so happy this post felt so much more lively than your previous one. It means things are indeed looking up for you, and you so deserve that!

ClawofCat: Laughclawofcat on December 16th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
Heh. IRL my "lively" translates to uppity. When I'm annoyed, I tend to get a bit of fire under my ass. I suppose it's better than sedate and depressed. Gus always thinks it's funny when I'm annoyed because I get "ferrety," as he calls it, and curse a whole lot. That was me last night trying to pay for the dang trip! ktysksryr3hdg58mtsjr!
Sotiassddgr on December 16th, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
*giggles* that "ferrety" thing, combined with the chipmunk cheeks pic that popped in my mind made for an adorable visual (I'm in an uncommonly - or not - silly frame of mind today)

Shapinglightshapinglight on December 16th, 2008 10:38 am (UTC)
Hello. I was away on Friday and missed your post. Am sorry you were feeling so down and glad you feel a little better now.

Your choices of gifts are so thoughtful. Your family are very lucky.
ClawofCat: Buffy break freeclawofcat on December 16th, 2008 05:53 pm (UTC)
I made lots of lists. I calm down when I can start crossing things off. And with my trip paid for, I can divert my attention to other things. *is relieved* Some of the pressure is off.

Your choices of gifts are so thoughtful. Your family are very lucky.
Thank you :) I try really hard when it comes to gift giving. Personal, practical, classy - that's my motto. Hopefully we can all work out a vacation plan that will be to their liking. When I was in high school they would fund my trips and now I'm in a position where I make just enough money that I can contribute to theirs. They need to get away!

I saw that you posted your holiday fic yesterday. It's on my to-read list, for sure. I just need the time... *grumbles* I haven't read anything in nearly two weeks!
Shapinglightshapinglight on December 18th, 2008 11:40 am (UTC)
I'm way behind too. I keep thinking I'll catch up over Christmas, but in fact, it's more likely I won't have the chance.

Maybe in the New Year?
louise39: w winter Spuffy anim snowlouise39 on December 16th, 2008 01:05 pm (UTC)
Happy vacation! Sorry about the pricing changes though.

You are a busy elf-thinking of lovely gifts for others and planning events. Glad you're feeling better.
ClawofCat: spikesmilesclawofcat on December 16th, 2008 05:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah. What can you do, though? I'll try to make the best of it. I'm sure it will be great. My dates are January 15th-20th, so it's still a month away yet. Snorkeling, dolphins, Mayan ruins! Hurrah!

You are a busy elf-thinking of lovely gifts for others and planning events.
Hee. Yes, elf. I do all the planning with a smile on my face, but it takes so long. I'm really detail oriented and I have to research everything to death to make sure I have all the info I need. I think a lot of the stress comes from myself, in those instances. I was also researching alternate presents for my parents before the trip idea came to me.

I hope all is well with you and yours and the holidays aren't stressing you out! At this point, writing some fic would relax me, but so little time. *sigh*
mere ubu: not depressed;thirstymere_ubu on December 16th, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
Hey, darlin. I'm playing catch-up and glad to hear that you're feeling less overwhelmed and exhausted.

The leaf jewelry sounds gorgeous, and that's so incredibly sweet of you to plan a trip for your parents. I hope something works out there.

Have fun at your office party! Enjoy that resilient, young liver while ye may, young lady. ;)
ClawofCat: drunkclawofcat on December 16th, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC)
I am teh suck. I've barely read any fic or personal posts in like 2 weeks. I know you posted Spaiku recently-ish. Must get to that eventually.

The leaf jewelry was gorgeous. I'm forgetting the name of the biz, but when I get home I'll look and post a link. I got a copper dipped oak leaf, which symbolizes strength. It was very autumn. I hope the trip for my parents works out too! They haven't been on vacation together (without me) in sooo long.

Have fun at your office party! Enjoy that resilient, young liver while ye may, young lady. ;)
Ahahaha! I shall. One of the sig cocktails is actually a recipe that Jamesy and I had when we went out for a Barfly event. Must get wine. Lots and lots of wiiinne. It makes me feel so good and relaxed.

Btw, did read the second half of Route 17? I was wondering what you thought of it.
M: FF Christmasspankulert on December 16th, 2008 11:20 pm (UTC)
Good to hear you're feeling better :) A holiday trip should be loads of fun, and squee for you if you get to swim with dolphins. That's got to be amazing. It's something I've always wanted to do as well. I've never made anything except gingerbread cookies for Christmas, but rum balls sounds like fun. Just save some rum for the actual making of them now!
(no inviting Jack Sparrow over)
ClawofCat: coc spuffy kissclawofcat on December 17th, 2008 02:54 pm (UTC)
squee for you if you get to swim with dolphins. It's something I've always wanted to do as well.
Me, too! I once tried to plan to do it in Florida, but time got away from me. I'll definately spend the $100 for an hour. How often can you say you had that experience?

Just save some rum for the actual making of them now!
LOL. No worries. I'm going to try and make them today. Maybe I'll post the recipe and pictures of the finished product so everyone can try them themselves.
M: FF Kaylee strawberries mmm!spankulert on December 17th, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
I'm going to try and make them today. Maybe I'll post the recipe and pictures of the finished product so everyone can try them themselves.

ooo that'd be shiny! (although I've recently discovered the recipe for chocolate trouffles, and I bought me a chocolate cookbook yesterday. Me and chocolate are a dangerous combination.)