Archives for the month of: December, 2014

Have you ever noticed the stress of last minute shopping? People watching this time of year is better than at the airport! From the men that haven’t a clue what to get for the women in their lives—-to the screaming children demanding everything from the most wanted toys to their favorite holiday candy. Which always brings up the question in my mind, “why is everything delicious for the holidays so negatively impactful on the waistline? Most years, I swear that there are tiny elves invading my closet and stitching my clothes smaller —- as all get smaller after New Year’s! Why do we not have holiday healthy food everyone craves?

Today I had a stroke of ignorance and decided to tackle holiday shopping—-2 days before Christmas. Insanity was at peak. With the holiday shopping rush, I entered into the crazed crowds of last minute shoppers. Amazingly enough—- people survive this rush every year.

As for me—-I lasted about an hour before running, screaming to my vehicle. I left the parking lot with no hope of return. Of course my mind changed my driving map directly to the nail salon where I did what any sane woman would do—-headed for a stress reducing mani/pedi.

The pedicure was amazing! I stood up and headed to the next station for my manicure. As my back side hit the chair on wheels in front of the manicurist—-the chair began to roll backwards gaining speed with each second. My voice chirped, “Help!”, as my arms reached out for the small man behind the station. His eyes opened wide with amazement —- his arms reaching for me. Luckily, he locked on my arm before I rolled into the waiting area—-pulling me in to safety.

Why did I not use my feet you ask? I would have messed up my pedicure! Sometimes a girl must do what is necessary.

With the shopping experience over —- the rollaway manicure chair locked down—-and my digits shining brightly—-today ended with complete relaxation.

In life, it is necessary to know when to vacate a stressful environment—-when to reach out for help —- and when to relax and get pampered!

Christmas takes people to an entirely different place than the rest of the year. For some people the holiday season softens the heart. For others it brings out a sense of urgency to have everything decorated and wrapped. A select group become NFL fullbacks tackling elderly people for a discounted television or the toy of the year. Christmas also brings out the free spirited child buried inside.

A friend, her husband and myself had just finished dinner when her husband declared he needed to stop at Home Depot on the way back to their house. Home Depot—-the ultimate man cave experience. A place men should probably think twice before dragging women along. Most women know nothing about anything in a man cave store. We wonder around finding things to amuse ourselves, thereby embarrassing our male counterparts.

As we walked in, immediately we were greeted by Christmas decorations—-gift ideas—-toys—-this man cave store were taking aim at the one stop male shopper. My friend and I immediately focused in on a bin stuffed full of 5 foot tall stuffed bears. If small bears were great—-the enormous bears were incredible! We decided they would make wonderful body pillows.

Our attention spans were short, for as quickly as our focus drew on the bears, we lost focus and managed to scope out shelves of Christmas paraphernalia. Everything from a jack in the box popping up Micky Mouse to owls singing carols. The husband had already abandoned us—-he had concluded we were “embarrassing”.

As we rummaged through every item—-there they were—-the ultimate find! A Christmas helmet! What a find! Fully equipped with antlers…bells….lights….and a button. As I placed the unique hat on my friend’s head, I pushed the button. Suddenly—-without warning—-the hat began to chime “grandma got run over by a reindeer”! As it chimed the top of the hat swung back and forth in beat, complete with lights flashing! It was hilarious!

Hysterical laughter and dancing ensued. At which point each of us were wearing our own singing helmet—-dancing around and laughing. Other shoppers were laughing at our entertainment.

We searched the store and located the husband. If he wasn’t embarrassed before—-he was now. Of course we had to play the chime for him—-while wearing the helmets—-and laughing! “You guys are embarrassing!”, he said.

As adults, we forget to enjoy and laugh. It is times like Christmas, our inner child can jump out and create relaxing laughter that soothes the soul. It is true—-dance like nobody is watching!

Remember always to take the time to see the humor in life—-to enjoy what is in front of you—-dance with an open heart and never ever forget to laugh!