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Old 12-28-2017, 12:23 AM
 
Location: Bellevue WA
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Does anybody have an unusual or unexpected Christmas story to share?
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Old 12-28-2017, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Portal to the Pacific
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Yeah sure, I'll bite...

Mine wasn't so great this year.

First of all we got snow and a fair amount of it on the plateau here in Issaquah. Snow on Christmas is literally what dreams are made of, but for a pet sitter solely responsible for multitudes of cats and dogs spread out over a 600-700 foot elevation gain it's a bit of a nightmare. Or maybe just long nights, early mornings... and power stretches. I've lived here long enough to know the limits.. how much snow the main artery of the community can handle before people start sliding into each other (.5 inches), how much snow my car can power through (far less than that).

And I have not ridden my beloved electric bike in nearly a week.

So by 4:30pm I knew what I was in for. I left at 5ish to begin my evening visits. I walked up and down and over and back again. Visits were cut short, sliced and rearranged and a few dogs responded negatively to the changes in routine and shat in places they aren't supposed to. One of my clients is an older divorcee of a stock market man from Mercer Island, let's call her "Mrs. Chester" (not remotely her real name). Mrs. Chester is an able-bodied woman, but she still pays me $1200 a month to take her dog outside to crap. Because she can. Anyway, when I got to Mrs. Chester's place she was literally glowing in Christmas radiance (a light up necklace) and the dog had on its necklace (a matching set!). I'm not sure if I can quite set up the image of me coming out of three and half hours of snow and hills and anxious dogs and dog excrement and seeing the two of them beaming through their full holiday glory.

I had some words when I saw her, but I politely swallowed them.


I got home at a quarter to ten. And because I'm a mom (you know, flyingsaucerMOM), I had to make Christmas.

Well, sure.. I have a husband, but honestly in my nearly 40 years on this Earth I've yet to see a straight man out perform a competent mom on Christmas. I'm sure I just offended the hell out of someone, and I know examples exists to counter my statement, but whatever.. I've got plenty of sis-tahs to back me up on this ...

So anyway...

I get to work on stockings and gifts and merry making when I get a message from my estranged dad. There is a big backstory with my old man, but it's too much for this forum. Easy to say that dad made some mistakes many years ago and he's in a world of regret that will never go away so long as he lives.. maybe longer... Anyway, I decided to open up the line of the communication and I sent him some of my reputable Christmas cookies for the first time in 14 years.

Amazing.

He messaged to thank me and asked me when my birthday was: He couldn't remember. He couldn't remember my age or when I was born. And he didn't know when my sister, who is five years older, was born either. Well, sorta.. he was "very sure" she was born in a blizzard. He just wasn't sure of the year.

My sister was born in the summer. I was born during the blizzard.

If you're not getting it, let me put it this way. Dad keeps a public facebook account and last week he was reminiscing about his glory days of his two years in college (before dropping out cause mom got knocked up). He can remember the pranks like turning the hall showers into mini swimming pools (and subsequently compromising the structural integrity of the walls.. which to this day he still finds it's hilarious). He remembers defacing the dorm signs so that they read something else entirely (which I have to admit, is pretty clever).

But he can't remember the births and ages of his two oldest kids?

Merry Christmas to you too.. DAD.

Well, I didn't have much time to ponder this because I had work and we had snow. I hastily pulled Christmas together, threw it under the tree and went to bed. But not for too long.. I was out the door at 5:30am to do my morning round. It was still snowing and there were easily 3-4 more inches to trudge through. It was me and a lone city snow plow and we separately forged on, tackling Christmas obligation together.

When I got to Mrs. Chester's that morning I was late (of course, you know, because SNOW). She was in her holiday bathrobe at the door and had he dog in a cherry red holiday sweater, leashed up and ready to go. She asked me in her bright cheerful voice, "So how'd you do going through the snow this morning?"

I managed to swallow some of the words, but not all of them:

"I don't want to talk this morning".

Merry Christmas Mrs. Chester...

And I took the dog's leash and left before I could see the expression on her face. Fortunately when I returned she had already gone to shower so I didn't have to apologize for my curt response (and I wasn't yet ready to apologize). Things did improve after that... it was light out and I could finally see that it was indeed a very white and beautiful Christmas. I got home and amazingly everyone was still asleep... I hadn't missed the kids waking up and opening their gifts. I hadn't missed the phone calls from relatives (the ones that do remember my birthday). I had self-lovingly prepped my espresso machine and left a scone on my coffee saucer so all I had to do was press a few buttons and my morning coffee was essentially done (I don't ask for much in life).

Everything was kinda okay... Until I got stood up by a dog.

Or rather, a dog's foster mom in Federal Way. This year we decided to adopt a dog for our younger son. We found a beautiful deer faced chocolate chi and we had been accepted as its "forever home". I had had several emails back and forth with the foster mom and we supposedly decided on a date and a rough time. Except she never showed up and then the messaging stopped (on her end). It was my son's BIG gift and it was my birthday.. but we got no dog and no explanation.

Merry F- Birthday to me.

Finally at 11:45 last night I did get a very short email. Foster mom gave it to a volunteer who "became attached". Well, guess what lady: So did I and so did my boy!

Ugh...

Well, whatever.. Mrs. Chester graciously accepted my apology. The snow is gone. The dogs stopped pooping on the floor. My dad wished me a happy birthday. And the world keeps turning...

BTW: If anyone knows of a small dog (8-13lbs, mostly housebroken, friendly with cats) in the Seattle area that needs a home please message me directly. I owe a boy a Christmas present.

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Old 12-28-2017, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Kirkland, WA (Metro Seattle)
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The snow is gone. The dogs stopped pooping on the floor. My dad wished me a happy birthday. And the world keeps turning...
...What she said.

I did some snow flyin' donuts in my 911 C4 (AWD), the best snow car on earth w/engine over the rear wheels, embracing my inner 14 year old.
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Old 12-28-2017, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Bellevue WA
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Default My story

My in-laws live on Juniper Street in Issaquah.
Let's see, my story goes like this. Was with daughter and daughter's boyfriend on Christmas Eve. Boyfriend goes home, it's just me and daughter watching Natl. Lampoons Christmas Vacation. We go to bed, roommate stumbles in who owes daughter $1700. Words ensue between me and roommate, roommate decides to move out on the spot, daughter is up and freaking out. Now daughter starts crying. Mom(me) is on the couch, totally silent wishing I could crawl under something.
💡Next day, daughter posts room for rent ad, gets a hit immediately, and now has better suited roomies in the form of a couple. Mom's bacon is saved by Craigslist.

Happy New Year Everybody, Happy Better Year 🎉
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Old 12-29-2017, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Portal to the Pacific
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My in-laws live on Juniper Street in Issaquah.
Let's see, my story goes like this. Was with daughter and daughter's boyfriend on Christmas Eve. Boyfriend goes home, it's just me and daughter watching Natl. Lampoons Christmas Vacation. We go to bed, roommate stumbles in who owes daughter $1700. Words ensue between me and roommate, roommate decides to move out on the spot, daughter is up and freaking out. Now daughter starts crying. Mom(me) is on the couch, totally silent wishing I could crawl under something.
��Next day, daughter posts room for rent ad, gets a hit immediately, and now has better suited roomies in the form of a couple. Mom's bacon is saved by Craigslist.

Happy New Year Everybody, Happy Better Year ��
Oh that sounds like a marvelous time...

I'm counting down the days to the New Year.. but more importantly to January 2nd... when I can get back to a normal routine.

BTW: I wish I lived on Juniper St. Not that I don't already spend a lot of time at Issaquah Coffee Company, but if I lived on Juniper ICC would be walking distance. The baristas would see my face at the door and without saying a word would put my "short drip, no room, for here" on the counter. They'd have my ICC card in a special drawer for the VIPs (paying chronic loiterers) and exchanging social pleasantries would be optional. That would really depend on how much of a sshmuck I'm feeling that particular morning.
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Old 12-29-2017, 01:28 PM
 
Location: WeHo, Ca
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I just want this year to be over . Friday night our youngest ( age 16) daughter went into surgery finally and capped off a 4 month nitemare when they finally found out she has a fairly advanced case of H pylori . Her specialist says he has seen a puzzling upsurge of this in teens in this area and does not know why yet . I cannot explain to you all what that has been like in this house . The day before our old siamese was diagnosed with diabetes and an enlarged heart . I delivered him under our kitchen sink so many years ago I can't believe he is getting old.

We were all so tired we stayed home
Good things
My Seahawks beat Dallas which was just the best .
Musician daughter who'd had the surgery finally got her beloved Gibson ( Les Paul) Black Beauty I found at a pawn shop here months ago. It's a 1983 ,no one knew what it was, and got it for a mere fraction of the real price. The staff were too busy fighting over a boom box . hehe....
Ordered our Christmas lunch from Denny's and nibbled in peace .
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Old 12-29-2017, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Alamogordo, NM
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I'll bet she's thrilled with that black Les Paul Gibson gee-tar, DutchessCottonPuff. Cool beans!
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Old 12-29-2017, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Well it was unusual for us

We didn't wake up at 3:45 am the day before to head to the airport, didn't have our flights delayed or canceled, didn't have to hang on the phone with customer service or find some overworked gate agent to figure out how we were going to get to a destination we had tickets booked to months in advance (dunno why we bother), didn't have to literally run all out through any airports to make our connection, didn't have to drive hours on crappy roads in a rental car with questionable tires, and then didn't have to put up with any drama when we got to our destination.

Instead we lounged in our pajamas, and then later went to the Mongolian Hot Pot and had a marvelous dinner (instead of eating dry turkey and grazing on the relish tray because that's what you eat in the Midwest if your diet is protein 'n produce).

It was wonderful.
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Old 12-29-2017, 11:10 PM
 
Location: Portal to the Pacific
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Well it was unusual for us

We didn't wake up at 3:45 am the day before to head to the airport, didn't have our flights delayed or canceled, didn't have to hang on the phone with customer service or find some overworked gate agent to figure out how we were going to get to a destination we had tickets booked to months in advance (dunno why we bother), didn't have to literally run all out through any airports to make our connection, didn't have to drive hours on crappy roads in a rental car with questionable tires, and then didn't have to put up with any drama when we got to our destination.

Instead we lounged in our pajamas, and then later went to the Mongolian Hot Pot and had a marvelous dinner (instead of eating dry turkey and grazing on the relish tray because that's what you eat in the Midwest if your diet is protein 'n produce).

It was wonderful.
One of my clients is stuck in MI for another night. Apparently O'hare was having weather issues today. She sounded pretty disappointed about it.
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Old 12-30-2017, 08:10 AM
 
Location: WeHo, Ca
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I'll bet she's thrilled with that black Les Paul Gibson gee-tar, DutchessCottonPuff. Cool beans!
You know that ! She has already been playing and says it's really "stage loud" ( she was always a Fender girl) it but oh boy is this other stuff making her sick . It's one of those things where the medicine is as bad as the illness.
They got me an Earl Thomas jersey and I was so happy about that I cried !
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