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25 December 2009 @ 12:02 am
And at the end, there's always a Satsuma (Merry Christmas!)  
I was scheduled to work until 7:00 PM this evening, but we closed an hour early because-- although our scheduling department was apparently unaware-- everyone else knew it was Christmas Eve, goddamn it. ^___^ So, I made some Chinese dumplings and cheesey biscuts, talked to my mom on the phone, and watched Doctor Who's "The Christmas Invasion" with the girls. Now, with all the kidlings tucked into bed, I'm finishing wrapping presents and sipping on my frappicino.

It's been kinda crappy at work lately, with crazy last minute shoppers made even more hostile by the credit situation. I try to be kind and understanding, even though sometimes there's nothing I can do for them. I try to remind myself that they're lashing out at me because I'm a faceless voice on the phone. One of the girls who sits next to me took blue sparkly marker and made a big sign that says IT'S NOT PERSONAL and JUST KEEP SMILING, which she hung over her desk.
... yeah, it has been that ugly. ^^;

But!!!!!!! (yes, I see the inappropriate line of exclaimation points, but I want them there. ^_~) But, you guys remind me about how wonderful and good people really are-- about why this season is secretly magical to me still.

*raises her drink to the East* To my darling, talented and Masters-bound Leigh; the sqiddy-lovin', werewolf-supportin', real-life super-girl Amber and her Brittany; to my Lambykins, Nebula; to the amazing Jimaine; the supportive and clever Ra; the always astounding Leia_N; not to mention the witty and pithy Raven.

*raises her drink to the West* To the ever-awesome Dannisupernova; my dear long-standing Nihon-lovin' Antigone; the tasteful Bluerose; her royal Queen of Kawaii, Miyeko; the illegally cool LadyAeryn; and... yeah. To Jo.

*raises her drink in general* To the skillful and penetrating Bea, aka Spongey; to the sweet Lischel; the very kind Suzume; and Zixi the endlessly patient super-trooper. And, to everyone who has given feedback to this glacially slow, terimally dramatic excuse for a writer.

All of that is a long-winded way of saying "Thank you".

Hang out the holly, batton down the hatches, and keep an eye out for lurking Satsumas. Have a very, very Merry Christmas.

Emotional Temperature: goodgood
The Band Plays:: "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)"-- by Darlene Love
gamesiplaygamesiplay on December 25th, 2009 04:27 am (UTC)
Aww, Meredith. Thank you. I hope you guys all have a fantastic Christmas over there, and that customers start cutting you a break sometime soon. You're pretty wonderful and good yourself.
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: partnersgarnettrees on January 1st, 2010 01:55 am (UTC)
*hugs Leigh* We did have a good Christmas-- I hope you had a marvelous one yourself. I want you to have an even better 2010!

To be perfectly honest, I hope we can start giving the customers a break, too. Everyone is so used to running on credit that's just supposed to magically materialize from somewhere, and now the rug has been pulled out from under their feet. It's like working in rehab, sometimes. ^^;

You're pretty wonderful and good yourself.
It helps to hear that sometimes. Thank you, darling.
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Meredith Bronwen Mallory: kissmegarnettrees on January 1st, 2010 01:56 am (UTC)
*snuggles back*
If I could, I would call your work and pretend to be a customer just to say nice things to you. I hope your day is wonderful.
You win for sweetest sentiment ever. I always smile when I read your entries-- you always turn me on to great books and great music.
*clinks glasses*
To you, Spongey.
macadamanaity on December 25th, 2009 07:54 am (UTC)
Happy Christmas to you too!
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: marinegirlgarnettrees on January 1st, 2010 01:57 am (UTC)
Happy Christmas, and a brilliant 2010! Doesn't it look strange to write it out that way? *waves a peace sign*
Silke: nicknorajimaine42 on December 25th, 2009 08:26 am (UTC)
I return the raised glass in kind -- Cheers, dearest, have peaceful holidays with your loved ones, draw strength from the cheer of the season (even if only a bit to get you through the rough patches), and have a good start into 2010! *hugs*
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: fab4garnettrees on January 1st, 2010 02:00 am (UTC)
Cheers to you as well, gorgeous. I did have a wonderful Christmas with Sam and his girls. But you're right-- sometimes it's just nice to be the only one up in the middle of the night, to look out on the lights and snow and have a moment of peace.

*rolls up her sleeves* Let's catch 2010 before it even knows we're here!
Amberminttown1 on December 26th, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
<3 I love you, and I hope 2010 is an amazing year for you.
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: badassgarnettrees on January 1st, 2010 02:01 am (UTC)
<3 I love you too, darling.

2010 better behave itself for my Amber, and bring her much joy, or I'll be having some strong words for it. ^_~