Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas: The Good, The Bad, and the Just Plain Weird

I promised a Christmas recap, and here it is!

Disclaimer: I am not a miserable ungrateful bitch, but yes I *am* about to complain about certain Christmas presents. Consider yourself warned.

The Good:

-Good grades! I made the Deans List! I was incredibly excited as I've never in my life managed to get decent grades. I hope I can keep it up.
-The "We Are Happy To Serve You" mug I'd been asking for
-A Northface fleece vest
-A $130 Cashmere sweater
-Tons of art supply stuff including 2 table easels of varying size, brushes, canvases and paints
-Mamma Mia! (I feel like such a typical girl saying this, but words cannot describe how much I love this movie)
-$60 to buy Ugg boots with. This money will likely go towards bills... money given to me for Christmas generally never gets spent on what it's supposed to.

The Bad:
-Random toiletries. My mother means well and every year fills my stocking with various soaps, scrubs, face masks, shaving cream, toothpaste, etc. that is usually from the dollar store. I tried to stop her from doing that this year by being *very* specific about the things I wanted, but to no avail. I still got a crapload of cheap stuff that I won't use. (I'm very picky about those products.)
-Another scarf, hat and glove set
-Some strange black wrap/shawl thing. If I can figure out exactly how to wear it without looking like an old lady, it may move from the The Bad list.

The Just Plain Weird:
-Fake. HAIR. Not like actual long clip in extensions (which would have been a very good gift), but those weird clumps of hair attached to elastic bands that you wrap around a bun.

This is bad enough, but worse still? She got it in light brown... and my hair is red. (I know I need to get my roots done, but jeez, Ma...)

I'm very happy with The Good, considering donating The Bad to a homeless shelter/soup kitchen (I'm sure they'd be much more appreciative of it), but have no idea what to do with The Just Plain Weird. I emailed the website that sells the hair, but they won't give me a refund-- all they'll do is refund my mother's credit card. I don't want to risk hurting her feelings, but thats what I might end up doing.

Um, that is unless any of you want to buy some weird hair scrunchies?

I was incredibly happy that my stocking was mostly free of candy. In past years, there's been so much damn chocolate in my stocking, which I then wind up eating and being depressed about. I declared a "no candy" rule this year, which was adhered to with the exception of fruit snacks and a Nerds Rope (both were acceptable and welcome).

I splurged this weekend and got a manicure, pedicure and my eyebrows waxed. I'd been neglecting my appearance in that regard for quite some time, and it feels wonderful to be well-maintained again. It's an expense, but I had to reward myself for doing well in my classes. I'm dying my hair tonight... I've reverted back to box dye (Dear economy: You suck! Love, my soon-to-be-fried hair) so this should be an adventure. I haven't tortured my hair in this respect in a few years.

I need to get my bangs trimmed and exchange my cashmere sweater for a smaller size, possibly tomorrow after I pick up a shift at work for a friend.

That's all that's been going on here lately, I've just been working, relaxing, and enjoying my brief vacation from school.

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