We closed earlier on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve than we ever have, and we really took guff for it. Not so much for closing at 1pm on Christmas Eve, but closing on 3pm on December 31st made many of our customers angry. The hours were posted physically and on the website, but it was still unexpected. And our buildings have these silly flimsy glass doors that make a lot of noise when there are a couple people trying to pull them open and yelling stuff. This made it really hard to concentrate on getting all the normal settlements done, plus all that end-of-year inventory and filing. I got done a little after 4pm, and must admit that I was nervous about leaving the building. Sorry for the inconvenience, we closed at 3, sorry....sorry...sorry.
December 26th was quiet in the morning (I always work the earliest shift that day), but January 2nd was noisy with complaints and very busy. Perhaps The Suits will keep us open 'til 4pm next year on Dec 31st. IF everything goes well, we'd be out by 5:30pm.
On New Year's Eve, we went out to eat with another couple, who happen to be in our book group, and had a fantastic evening. Dinner was at Alfred's Victorian, which I have pictured in this blog before, but this time, it was decked out for the holidays and looking extra swell. J & C, the other couple, had never ever been there before, and were impressed.
We didn't rightly know what we were doing after dinner, so decided to play it by ear, and we did surprisingly well. Knowing that Downtown Capital City was going to be a mob scene, we stayed across the river--just across the river--at a sprawling bar with a room with a view of the local fireworks. And yes! There was plenty of parking and plenty of room to sit. I had had so little faith that we would find such a perfect spot, but lo. And they had a wagging happy beer list, too. On draft. The lucky discovery of the night was DuClaw Naked Fish. Oh, and some drunk stranger took our picture because, he said, we were the most dressed up people in the place. That was funny.
Every Christmas night (I do jump around, sorry), we play this gag gift game at Pez Central, also known as Bushland, and I wound up with a most amazing toy...
The choking feature on my toy isn't exactly the same, but you get the idea. (Whoa, those eyes.) After a couple few several beers, I decided that I needed to have this, and so now I do.
What else? I haven't seen any new movies, and was shocked to see people lined up at noon, Christmas Day, to see something as sad as Les Miserables--and people working at noon, Christmas Day.
And now, it's mid-January. Isn't that amazing? Things are back to normal, except for the temperature. It's been in the 40's (degrees F), and even that is beginning to feel cold to me. I'm such a wus.
Have a great week, everyone! Any special plans?