Blogmas Day 1: Work, Covid and Ornaments

I’ve decided to participate in this year’s Blogmas posts. I have no idea where it originated, but it sounded like a good idea at the time. I don’t know that I’ll get a chance to post every day, but at least once a week. Here we go!

I worked today. I’ve mentioned that I work at an internationally-known company that also has a retail division. Normally I’m doing desk work, but because of Covid restrictions, my workplace can’t hire the 60 seasonal workers like they’d normally do, so it’s up to current staff to pitch in and help out in the warehouse. I’m glad to work a full 40 hours a week, even though it’s only for a month or so. After having my husband spend 10 months unemployed before ultimately retiring, and me only working part-time, we were dipping into that emergency fund quite a bit. This will help replenish it.

I also just got some really cool news from work today, sort of an early Christmas present for the family. We’re going to a socially-distanced event on Sunday, where food and drinks and entertainment will be provided. When I told the kids, they were super-excited, as we’ve been pretty strict with our Covid regimen because of my husband’s age and health issues. I had planned on giving them some work swag for St. Nick, but will give it to them early so they can wear it to the event. My husband, sadly, will not be joining us, but he’ll be able to watch for us when they put the event on local television. He’s not much of a people person, anyway, so he doesn’t mind staying home.

Pictured is the ornament I bought for the kids this year. Every year I buy them one highlighting something they are interested in, or maybe something signifying somewhere we went. Last year they all got Hamilton ornaments because we saw the touring show, the year before that they all got Paul McCartney Freshen Up Luggage Tags, which look like records and can pass as ornaments, because we took them to see Sir Paul at Lambeau Field. This year it’s a John F. Kennedy ornament because they all know how much their parents admire the Kennedys for their works (not necessarily their private lives, obviously). You’ll see more of the tree and more ornaments as Blogmas continues at a later date!