Monday, December 18, 2023

weekending, the boring weekend edition and the one where I talk about my job

 


Merry Monday, friends! I'm linking up with Holly and Sarah for today's post. I hope you had a wonderful weekend! 


I am in denial that it's almost Christmas! Is anyone else like me in this? Have you finished your shopping? I have a few more things to get today while I'm out with Mom. The stockings always hang me up! Give me some stocking ideas for your sons, please! 



I'm always sad when the day is over and the decorations go away. At the same time, though, I am always happy to take ours down and to get things clean and minimal again. 


My weekend kicked off with Dad. I missed him last Friday when Missy and I went out of town for the  day. Usually these days when Dad comes over, we stay here to eat, or at most we will go pick something up and bring it back here. But I had a lot to do yesterday, so we went to Costco for me to get some things I needed for that night, then when I was finished with the shopping, we ate lunch there. It was delicious, and it was nice to do that with Dad. He seemed to enjoy it as well! He pushed my cart for me while I lead him around to clear the path for him. We came to my house after that, and Sandy picked him up a little early, because we celebrated Christmas with Todd's side of the family that night. 



On Saturday I worked because there was a funeral at church. Is it weird that I really loved working during a funeral? In case you're new here, we have a bookstore and coffee shop in our church. I work anytime the church is open for services, and also during funerals. I went in to make coffee for the people who would come in during the visitation, and several of them did just that. It was the funeral of a retired police officer, so there were lots of people in law enforcement there. It was explained to me that we open during funeral visitations because it's a safe space for people to come in to get away from the reality of a funeral. That was the part that I loved! I have always loved to encourage people, and I can carry a conversation. 


I think the other part of my job that I love is that I feel like I am taking care of people. I have always loved that very thing about being a mom, so when they all started growing up, they needed that less and less. I've been missing it all these years, and I still do things for them in different way to show them that I love and care for them, I've missed that part of my life. I love that about being in the bookstore; it feels like I am taking care of people who come in. Hospitality has always been my thing, so I literally feel like I am living my dream by working where I do. When I first got my job, I was told that it was an important position to fill because it's also such a huge ministry, and a vital part of our church. 


It's also super fun to make it look extra cozy and inviting. I'm so glad I didn't quit! Did you know that I almost did a couple of times? I kept feeling like I needed to wait until after the holidays to give it more time before making a decision, and I'm so glad I did. Once the financial side started to make more sense to me, I finally took a turn and I now love every part of the job. I know I've said some of this before, but I really am grateful to love what I do and to get to do what I love. Thanks for listening! 




I can't wait to redo it all after Christmas. I'm having a huge book sale right now, and trying to get rid of all the books we have. I'm selling them all for $2.00! I have plans the week of Christmas to put all of that away, restring some white lights around, and mark all of the Christmas items down to half price. I also hope to rearrange some more items and to go through the closet where our things are stored. I'm looking at some furniture options, as well. I'm hoping to either find some furniture that's not being used in the church, or purchasing some inexpensive chairs. I've noticed that people love to come in and sit, so we need more seating options. Anyway, moving on now...


The only other thing I did this weekend was read and watch movies. 


This one was really good!


What did you do this weekend? I hope yours was a bit more eventful than mine, not that I mind. I'd love to hear about yours! Thanks for reading my blog, friends. Love to all! 



18 comments:

  1. You had a full day Friday and Saturday and some weekends just are not as scheduled! I would love decorating - for January I would do the twinkle lights like you said and then silver, blue, white, snow themed. Then Valentines, then St. Pat's, then Easter, then May showers bring May flowers, then sunglasses and suns, 4th of July, apples for back to school, and then you know the rest! How fun!
    Do they give you a budget with which to decorate and add comfy seating? You could also put a notice in the church bulletin if anyone is getting rid of anything?

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  2. Amy, I do plan on doing lots of those things in the store! I do have a budget, and am pretty much in charge of how I spend it, as long as I have money left for stocking supplies and bills. I should definitely ask around to some people who frequent. I could even use FB.

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  3. Sometimes, those cozy and uneventful weekends are the best ever, especially right before Christmas!

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  4. Ours was very uneventful as well. I find that stocking stuffers get harder each year too; this year Alec is getting some new measuring cups, a cookie scoop, etc. Ian is getting some more tools and model making supplies. But I really struggled with Evan's a lot. I finally settled on some blue light glasses, a bottle of body spray and some shaving cream. They each get a few chocolates/sweet treats as well.

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  5. Sounds like a good weekend. My son (20) just bought a new car so he's getting car things (dash wipes, a new keychain, vent cleaning goo), some of his favorite candy and some stress "toys" - he loves them

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  6. Not much for us this past weekend either...no funerals either:) Lots of rain...so plenty of time to stay cozy at home - which isn't the worst thing in the world! We made several batches of cookies and Christmas candy while we were in:)

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  7. A few stocking ideas for your big boys ;) = clutch portable phone chargers, airpod cleaner (it's like putty that clears the screens of any ear buds) shower speaker, sneaker cleaner (or boot oil, etc if your boys aren't sneakerheads) gift cards for gas or car wash, and toiletries - I always include nail clippers, since they seem to disappear into the abyss ;)

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  8. I need to come by and check out that sale! I'm so happy you love your job and sounds like the perfect fit for you!

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  9. I'm so glad you didn't quit. Sometimes it just takes a while to settle into something. Hope you have a wonderful week!

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  10. Joanne, those are great ideas! Thanks for sharing them!

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  11. Kirsten, those are great gifts and items for his stocking!

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  12. Obscure- those are great ideas, thank you!

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  13. Marilyn, you should come by! I'm there every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday! I'm confident you'll find some books.

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  14. Tanya, me too! You are so right. Thanks, friend! I hope yours is off to a great start!

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  15. I haven’t seen that movie yet. But I know hubby recorded it, so I’m pretty sure we’ll be watching it soon.

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