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Sorry yours is so bad.

Mine is about 5% suck.

 

The good:

  • Kids are great and it's fun to watch their excitement
  • I'm getting the shoes that I wanted from my wife. We decided to just go buy for ourselves and say it's from the other - more for the benefit of the kids than anything else, because we don't want Christmas to just be about them
  • I'm getting a Vita-Mix from my mom, and our blender died a year ago, and our Magic Bullet died a few weeks ago from me making smoothies
  • I get Christmas off as a paid holiday, and won't come back to an insane workload
  • I'm getting better at ignoring the posts on Nightly that belong in a YouTube comment section\

The not-so-good:

  • My mom is coming over on Christmas Eve, so it'll be all about her
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Tami, I am so sorry about your cat and all this crap! I will tell you a Tim/Family story to help you feel better.

 

My sister fell and broke her hip. Here are the pertinent details that lead up to the demise of my sisters hip:

 

My sister is on the manic side of bi-polar and discovered that she can drive an hour to a casino near Tucson. So after her dialysis she drove to this casino. But she ran out of gas and was on the side of the road. A couple pulled over to help her and she screamed at them to go away. She called Tim instead and he got AAA to come out and give her some gas because paying a dude 80$ is cheaper than driving the 30 minutes to her car with a gas can full of gas or you know letting strangers help you when they offer to fill up your tank for free because you look like a crazy screaming harridan on the side of I-10.

 

So because she successfully navigated that pitfall she decided to take her last 15$ to the casino. Where she won 50$ on 0.15 cents (I dunno. This is what she texted me about during the day). She leaves the casino hours later the next day and calls Tim to meet her at this restaurant so they can go out to eat for lunch.

 

When she pulls up to the restaurant she has flat tire. They can't find the jack. Yaris' are weird and the jack is under the driver seat in the front of the car. I tell her to look there. They can't find it. So they say someone stole the jack (WHY?) and call AAA again in 24 hours to come out. The key to the wheel lock is also "stolen" but really is right where I left it when I gave her the car last year because the tow truck driver found it to help change out the tire.

 

For some reason I let Discount Tire put a full size spare in the Yaris so technically she doesn't need to get the blown tire fixed right away. But they do. They eat lunch, then go over to Discount Tire as the tire is still under warranty on 1.5 year old tires that have less than 10K miles on them. Two hours later I learn Tim had them put two new tires and got the blown tire replaced for free. Tim and Tina managed to get three new tires. I know because my Discount Tire Credit Card is still on file for the Yaris and the charge was to my card and they emailed me a receipt. Tim brightly tells me later "But they prorated us for the two new extra tires which is why they were only $150!". What the hell did Tina do that she had a flat tire that they couldn't patch and why did she need 3 tires? These are answers I will never get. But hey! I bought two tires for $150! Merry Christmas! I have taken that credit card off file.

 

So while they wait they go home because it's within walking distance. It is when Tina is rushing to close the front door to keep the cats and dogs from escaping the hell that is their home that she falls and breaks her hip. She's only 43. Her and Mom have matching broken hips!

 

Tina has been arguing with the nurses because they won't give her hard pain killers and she was released yesterday. Which she immediately had a friend drive her up to the casino again...She keeps endlessly sending me Facebook messages with links to YouTube videos of her favorite rap music people and she's mad that they want her to go to dialysis both tomorrow and Sunday.

 

And yet they want me to come out for Christmas. I said no way. I had school up until today and have my own baby cats to look after. Porky Poot has been helping me make Christmas cookies. She learned about counters this week. She is on a diet because I'm worried about her. She loves Schmootz-cat. They say meow to your poor baby.

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I'm working nights starting tonight (tonight being the 25th...), and my partner is away at her mums. So I have a 12 hour shift guarding an empty building where nothing happens anyway, and is somehow going to be even deader than usual, and when I get home, it'll be to an empty house and bed, just me and the cats.

 

Nice and lonely.

 

However, because my nights started tonight, I was able to get up early today and go to my sisters for a family Christmas meal, which was nice, so not a complete wash.

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Mine isn't going too badly. I'm getting some badly needed time off work (serious burn out over here, and makes for a clean break from my previous position). The house we rented this year was nice, and my dad made it out here now that he's lost 160 lbs (aka my former stepmother). I literally haven't spent Christmas with him in 10 years. Lots of good food, good wine, and gifts went off without a hitch.

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We had a few different family gatherings for Christmas, but didn't have to travel for any of them. My mom let us do gifts and dinner at our place, so that was great. We got a bit of snow too. I'm sad everyone left town now, but I very much love seeing my brothers.

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I love my wife. I do. But, our Christmas sucked. It was just the two of us. That's it. Christmas Day. Christmas Eve we went to our niece's place. That was fun. But, Christmas Day was just us. No family. Watching the Hallmark Channel all day. Good God.

That's what we both wanted to do... Without the hallmark channel thing.... But family obligation won the day.

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My Christmas was pretty good despite some pretty awful things going on (my "aunt's" mom died the day before Christmas Eve, our entire HVAC system is out, I did all my shopping 2 days before Christmas because the weather wouldn't cooperate so my husband could finish this big job he's been working on all month and we didn't have any money, and this entire damn city has the flu.)

All of Luke's presents have been a HUGE hit. I think he's happy to have stuff for slightly older toddlers. Noah got a PS4, and I don't think he cares about anything else (except a rubber Hei-Hei from Moana).

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Wait, your evil step mother and her awful kids are out of the picture? How did that go down? Is your dad doing okay?

Her mom died just over a year ago, they were very close. I knew it would really affect her, but my dad said she just went off the deep end. A lot of self-destructive behavior, and she told him he wasn't doing enough to support her. I think she ultimately asked for the divorce, but he didn't fight her on it. He's really happy that he gets to focus on me and the kids instead of her and her rotten kids. Strangely enough, the oldest daughter really wants to stay in touch with me and thinks the world of my dad. Was texting him on Christmas day and everything. Not how I expected that one to go, but glad someone in that family realized what a good guy he was.

 

Dad just got diagnosed with stage 1 prostrate cancer, so I hate that he's alone, but seriously, that woman was the worst. She is my husband's least favorite person ever, and he's pretty tolerant of people, but he's got a really good eye for people who are just awful. When he says someone has zero redeeming qualities, that's saying something. He put up with some seriously weird people in college and at work, without complaint.

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It is probably the first year time in a long time I didn't go back to Kansas City for either Thanksgiving or Christmas...so that was tough. But I had a good reason...my second child is due next week. Family is staying with us to help for the next month and I have this week off. This means I am going skiing every ****ing day this week. It is sometimes tough not having any family here to help for months at a time. However, when grandparents do come, they stay for weeks at a time and they want to do everything. I have so much free time when this happens I don't know what to do with myself.

 

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TAAAAAAAAMMMIIIIIEEEEEE! I have a hilarious famiily story which will make you feel better about life I hope.

 

This one involves my brother Matt's ex-wife (He still lives with her in her house she had built because she took leave of her senses and asked my brother Matt for a divorce. She just didn't want to live with a stable caring guy like my brother Matt. She started going for her business masters and borrowed money from our parents to go to get her masters but dropped out after a year and burned through the 50 grand she borrowed from our parents. So basically Matt had to move back in with her to ensure she paid back the loan she took out and because he really still loves his messed up ex-wife).

 

Recently Vala, my brother's Ex-wife paid off the loan she got from our parents so Matt was getting ready to move out. He was just there helping her to make sure that the parents were paid back but he's finally realized Vala will not be the person he wants her to be. Plus it's time. To celebrate paying the loan off Vala decided to buy a vacation to Australia. She'd be gone while Matt moved out and come back to work once he'd moved. Matt was going to move and share a house with his son, the son's new born baby and his sons girlfriend to help them make ends meet.

 

Well Vala went to this place with cliff jumping into the sea and was told not to jump a certain way but did it and broke both her legs horribly in Australia. She literally jumped legs first into a cliff instead of trying to clear the outcropping. She's still in the hospital and the insurance you buy has only covered some of the medical expenses when you go on these trips. Let me just say, buy the travel insurance with full coverage if you are going to do something stupid like drink heavily and decide to cliff jump and instead of going into the sea you hit the cliff. She's lost her job and is still in a hospital in Australia. Her friends have started a go fund me page to pay her medical bills.

 

Just for fun here's the Go Fund Me Page link:

 

https://www.gofundme.com/medical-expenses-for-vala

 

And Matt is debating if he should be home for her when she comes back because she will need help. Hello! She was bringing men home to the house while he is there while on dates. It's time to move on, dude.

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