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Still here, chilling with the fam, eating leftovers, yadda yadda yadda. I brought home a decent amount of homework which is all due Monday (yes, my professor is evil and mean) and I haven't done a bit of it yet. Oh, and there are tests next week. heck.

We went shopping today! It wasn't as bad as people like to make it out to be... yeah it was crowded but we were at Town Center which isn't as huge as some malls. I looked at cute new year's party dresses... sigh. We tried in scents. I'm almost getting a grip on balancing Christmas, the holiday, with Christmas, the shopping spree. When I was 20 I worked in a little store in the mall for a summer and a Christmas and it really opened my eyes to just how bad the commercialism is. It was depressing, to tell the truth. There's an innocence you lose when you learn that it's all about the money for so many people. I was raised to believe Christmas was about the birth of our savior. It's hard to remember that when you're looking at all the sales numbers, doing math, working the year, planning on it. The sales jumps were unbelievable. December is nothing like any other month... nothing... at our store we sold a lot of cool nature-y stuff, and the most expensive items we sold were telescopes. I sold a telescope over the summer and it was very exciting. Over Christmas break I'd sell three a day without even trying. Everyone just bought without thinking about it. That's why the store could mark stuff up all year... Christmas.

I've had to kind of sit back and learn to not hate the stores or our culture for degrading the holiday so much. I've had to re-learn how to make it my own.

In other news, my brat sister thinks it's really funny to take my wireless bluetooth mouse when I'm at my computer, run off, lock herself in a close room and run it along the wall, because I can't move the cursor anywhere... I'm going to beat her.

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everandeveramen
Nov. 26th, 2004 11:32 pm (UTC)
omg
that is the funnies thing i've ever heard. My dad has a bluetooth mouse. I'm totally gonna fuck with him


Hey, btw, did you work at a Natural Wonders? We used to have those here, and then they all shut down and... mysteriously, Discovery Channel Stores appeared in most of their places.

It's a conspiracy, I tell you.

"It's CIA foul play if you ask the guy selling hair dryers out of a gym bag."-Ani DiFranco.


-loves, and happy holidays

dustin.
illusio
Nov. 27th, 2004 05:21 am (UTC)
Re: omg
ha!
spacefem
Nov. 27th, 2004 08:22 am (UTC)
Re: omg
no, I worked at DCS and we totally ran Natural Wonders out of business! They sucked, their people were mean.
the_lady_lily
Nov. 27th, 2004 03:50 am (UTC)
I've had to kind of sit back and learn to not hate the stores or our culture for degrading the holiday so much. I've had to re-learn how to make it my own.

Very much hearing that. I mean, I love buying people presents and modestly like to think that I'm quite good at it - but the centre isn't about that, and it took me a while, despite being brought up in a Christian household, to separate out the church bazaar and the buying of Christmas gifts from what else went on in church. My brother doesn't get it, which is quite painful sometimes, and I do wish it was far less commercial and more emphasis on getting someone something that's going to mean something to them or that they need - but that'd just be my idealism. I think Christmas is my own again - but it can be hard to keep it that way.
peacegood
Nov. 27th, 2004 06:03 am (UTC)
You know my professor did the same thing. Plus I have a group project that my study group has been working on, and somehow weeks ago we thought THIS weekend would be a good due date to have it done by. That was silly of us... I'm still reading the book!
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