Survived Another Holiday

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Christmas itself was actually kind of fun this year. Had more customers Christmas eve than what I wanted, but still not enough to stay open. And Boxing Day was too quiet considering the day it was. I’m not sure how my other stores did, but man was I quiet. I’ve worked retail for years, and the holidays have never been my favourite. I stretched myself too thin this year with hours at work though, so come the new year, I’m going to try and relax again. 

Stealing more pictures from my friend overseas

I did the Christmas eve shift by myself. My boss was celebrating his 32nd birthday, so I took the shift. Made sense to me, and if I didn’t have enough customers by three in the afternoon then I was allowed to leave early. Spoiler, didn’t see enough people! I got home about half after three which was nice. My amazing boyfriend even came over with some presents! Being cared about is kind of the best. My roommate and I also now have matching pajamas!

Christmas day, the big day! Quiet, peaceful, and spent with family. Just the way I like it! We all got some good stuff, great food, and some amazing new memories too. I shared the funny tags my dad made for the presents even. Tight restrictions for visitors didn’t ruin our Christmas either! Mind you, we were only really missing my dads girlfriends family, who we video chatted with for a bit. Overall, successful holiday! I’m actually glad I didn’t work it this year.

Boxing day! The busiest day in retail! Man, I went in prepared! Breakfast, caffeinated tea, and even a bra! At about noon, it really hit us that we were going to be, well, quiet. I think I had two, maybe three sales before I went home an hour and a half early. ON BOXING DAY! Whether is lack of stock or the pandemic, I really don’t know, But it was quite a let down. 

My brothers cute shirt

Anyway, I lived. I was bored out of my mind, but I lived. That’s all I have for today though, so stay warm and safe out there!
— Deryn

The Last Saturday of 2019

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Isn’t this insane?! The last Saturday of a whole year! I’m excited for what next year has to offer, and I know I keep saying that, but I really do mean it. I’ve decided that I am indeed going to make a post New Year’s Eve, just because I find it really fitting to end the year with a post to wrap it all up.

Gifts on Christmas were delightful!
Family bought me bus tickets, and gift cards! Being able to make more “Bus Adventure” posts is going to be fun, plus actually getting around is handy.
Bath bombs for days! Well, realistically enough for a couple months.
My brother got me a huge bottle of Bacardi Rum, which is kind of neat.
And those are just some highlights on what makes me happy in life, travelling around, bath products and alcohol.

Shadow got some presents too! Got a huge bag of cat food and some toys for him, so hopefully he’ll quit complaining all the time. I say that but he complains because we don’t let him do dumb things, like drink bathtub water, and eat plastic.

On a side note, do you like what I’ve done to the homepage? It took me an unnecessary amount of time to figure out how to do that. I don’t even know what I did wrong either. But hey, it’s done now and looks really nice! Maybe next year I’ll get business cards made, or at least find a new way to market myself. Self marketing has probably been my biggest struggle this year. It has only been about six months since I started this blog, so I’ve still got a long way to go!

Today, besides working, I’m going to relax, and prepare myself mentally so a new year. I’ve already made a bath ritual of sorts for after work, and my meal is planned out. Planning everything and trying to be ready for anything has got to be my biggest growth point of the year.

Thank you for coming along with me for this ride, and for staying with me for many more posts to come!
And thank you for reading, it really does mean a lot.
— Deryn

Christmas Eve

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So we’re here finally. I’m working the next few days, so I may be late with the posts.
Traditions are weird aren’t they?
Having a tree covered in lights and ornaments, presents wrapped in miles of paper.
Turkey? Who actually likes turkey? Well, I’m sure someone does, but I am not that person.
I dunno, I think it’s because I’ve been working retail for so long. To me, the whole thing just screams consumerism.
Maybe I won’t get any customers today and I’ll get to read my book all day.
Or I’ll get stupid busy and make good money!
Probably not, but whatever.

I think I’m going to start some new traditions of my own.
Baking! There has to be baking!
Maybe a small present or two, nothing crazy.
I’m more of a “I saw this, thought of you and bought it for you” kind of person anyway.
I do like my little tree though, so I’ll keep that for sure.

My tree!

Got any fun, or even sure weird traditions of your own? I’d love to know!
I know this post is short, but I still love you! And I hope tomorrow treats you well and is safe!
Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a wonderful holiday!
— Deryn

Financially Preparing for Christmas

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Christmas is the definition of consumerism and it really bothers me. But, I was raised celebrating it and I enjoy having the family together to laugh and bond. I am however, broke as all frick, so I have set up a plan of sorts to save up and buy my friends and family gifts they’ll actually want.

1) I accidentally fell in love with Starbucks. I know, I’m dumb, but I’m going to fix this and quit getting those delicious, lovely, miracles that are eggnog lattes. I don’t even like eggnog! Ugh, stupid five dollar lattes.

2) My boyfriend and I have this ritual of sorts where every Wednesday we go for wings. I currently don’t have a car so he can’t get a drink, and I hate how expensive alcohol is, so normally we both just get pop and wings. It’s his favourite thing to do during the week and I don’t want to take that from him, so I may just stop getting wings and just sit and be social. We blow a good $30-$40 every time. Half of that a week in savings can really add up.

3) Cutting back with bills. I like being comfortable and my boyfriend likes the heat, so our furnace is always a little higher than it needs to be, so I think I’m going to invest in other ways to warm my place and start wearing sweaters so I can save on that. You’d be surprised how much that can get out of hand really quick too.

4) I have loads of wool in my house, so I want to start making things and selling them. I really enjoy making bows, scarves and blankets. There’s even a couple craft fares near me I can attend and try selling some stuff. I may even have some soap making product somewhere too. I guess it’s time to get crafty!

5) Crying. I’m kidding, if crying fixed my finance problems, I’d probably do it a lot more though. It really doesn’t help I went on vacation. I’d like to pick up some freelance writing eventually. Being able to do what I love and make a few bucks off it seems like a good idea.

And there ya have it, my attempt at saving and earning a bit more money before the holidays. Boyfriends present is being delivered right away here too, so that huge present is out of the way. I want to try and do a gathering for friends closer to Yule and then family shenanigans for Christmas. I also work Christmas, so I’ll have a good paycheque for the new year. But for now, saving as much as I can. Anyways…
Thanks for reading!
— Deryn