Oh dear baby Jesus, why oh why is everything so hard for me this year?
I decided not to go to my usual post office but rather one in a cute little shopping district with lots of small, independent shops so I could finish my shopping. I started at the post office even though I was warned not to go to that one because it is so slow. The warning was accurate. There were about fifteen people in line and one person working the counter. I got in line and scrolled my phone while I waited. At one point, I heard the cheerful postal worker say, "Oh good, they finally sent me some help." With that the not so nice newly arrived postal worker said to those of us in line, "We close at 4:00 so not all of you are going to be able to go through so you may as well leave now and go to another post office."
I didn't care so much for the new help seeing as how I'd been in line for twenty minutes.
The older woman ahead of me in line said, "Oh dear. Oh no, honey. I don't think you and I are going to make it."
Me and everyone else just stood there. My new friend made it to the counter with a minute to spare and my eyes were pleading with her to hurry it up. Cranky Mr. Postman started pulling the metal doors closed by the counter when the post lady said, "Stop. We're going to stay late and we're going to wait on these people because they've been in line and they have things that need to get mailed out today so they arrive by by Christmas."
And I was like, "Dear baby Jesus, that woman is an angel. She is an angel."
When my time came I thanked her a meeeelion times over, wished her a Merry Christmas and if the postal bouncer wasn't so pissy already I'd have hopped the counter and hugged her.
Moral of the story: Don't lose your cool. It's all going to work out. The angels are ready to swoop in and give respite from the Christmas storm. The people behind the counter are worn out. They probably haven't been off much at all for the last month so be kind, be kind, be kind.
Okay, a couple of last minute gift ideas to consider............
This book. Oh my goodness, I love this book. It has seeped into my being and set up camp for, hopefully, a lifetime. The last page??? I've read the last page about thirty times. I talk about this book all the time so go get it for somebody you love and do a little holiday self-love and buy one for yourself. The movie version is in production and stars Reese Witherspoon, but we all know that the book is always better.
I've wanted this perfume forever. Loved the name and loved the Philosophy. If I was at the mall I'd go into Sephora and spritz myself with it but could not lay my money down because it seemed like such a luxury. My lovely daughter dragged her dad to the mall last year to shop for my birthday and made him buy me this. I wear it almost every day. It comes in all sizes and price ranges but Sephora sells a roll-on for $18.00 if you want to take it for a test drive.
This was the other thing I got last year for my birthday and I use it every day. I think it's about $125.00. It exfoliates your skin so that all the anti-aging stuff gets deep into your pores, and when you wake up in the morning your husband thinks he's in bed with a twenty year old. True story.
Some favorite things.............there's more but it's midnight and my copy and pasting skills quit a few hours ago. Take note, friends, you will always be at the top of the list. Now go be merry and bright then prepare him room.