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Random Thanksgiving

2010 November 25
by Pamela

Or an alternate title:  the post in which I write in bullet points because I’m too frazzled to think coherently

*  Bob is working this Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter AGAIN.  But 2011 is our year.  He has all three holidays off.  And he better not get switched to the other unit!

*  My mom made dinner for us on Wednesday so Bob could feast along with us.  It was wonderful to just go and eat without any house cleaning, food preparation, or cooking.  Except for the $35 gluten free, dairy free pumpkin pie I made with my girlfriend the night before. 

*  This morning I felt a little sorry for myself, being alone with the girls on a holiday.  But thankfully her neighbor friends were all home and she had six hours of playtime today.  And I had a two hour nap with Elizabeth.  We missed Thanksgiving dinner with Bob’s family in favor of a nap.  It’s hard to always have to be the practical parent, missing fun for necessities like sleep.

*  At some point I looked at the Toys R Us ad and decided it would be a good idea to go shopping at 10 p.m. to get some deals.  Not smart.  The line was at least a mile long and I was thankfully smart enough to turn around and go home.

*  Mary Claire got to eat Thanksgiving dinner at her friend’s house tonight.

*  The three of us feasted at the fire department for the first holiday ever.  They know how to cook.  And eat.  It was so nice to curl up on their recliners while the girls ran around playing with their daddy and Liam.

*  In the middle of dinner at the fire station, my under arms started burning profusely.  When I got home I took off my top and discovered that my armpits were red and swollen and my skin was peeling off.  Apparently I had some sort of reaction to the deoderant I’ve been using for years.  Is this some sort of pregnancy thing?

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  1. Lori permalink
    December 2, 2010

    Oh Pam, I have been with Ron for 5 years and he has worked every single holiday there is. From T Day to Christmas to 4th of July so I completly understand how you feel. The first 2 years he was on midnights but thankfully now he is on days so hes usually home by 7pm. This is the first time he will be off for Christmas Eve and Day I am so excited I really don’t know what I am going to do.

    Enjoy your day thanks again.

  2. Stacey Harper permalink
    December 8, 2010

    Hang in there…Mike never got a back-to-back-5-day off for over 10 years! He was switched to different shifts more than anyone there! There were three years when he worked most of the major Christian holidays for the same reason. I am amazed to see that this year he has Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve off! However, the state has a training scheduled that hasn’t been offered in two years, Mike has to have it, and it’s on Saturday, December 18, so Mike won’t be at my family Christmas party :( One of the downsides of firefighting. Fortunately, there are way more perks than downsides. Plus having a job these days is enough of a blessing :)

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