Monday, November 21, 2011

Holiday Peeves

If you have ever read much of what I say on Facebook leading up to the holidays, you know that I strongly DETEST when Christmas is celebrated before Thanksgiving.  It's just not right.

But that's not what my current pet peeve is about.  This peeve exists on a year-round basis but operates at threat level red during the days leading up to Thanksgiving.  It's this...

...a crowded grocery store.  More specifically (although not blatantly pictured above), I loathe those unaware shoppers who block entire aisles.

You've seen it; the patron who leaves their cart on one side of the aisle while blocking the rest of the aisle with their body while looking at a shelf of goods.  This happens 365 days a year and it is not okay.  But it is most ESPECIALLY wrong on high capacity shopping days such as...oh I don't know...the days leading up to Thanksgiving!

It creates a lot of problems but most importantly, it aggravates Yours Truly and causes her to think unholy thoughts about people around her who are, presumably, otherwise nice people.  I  literally prayed for forgiveness after exiting the store today due to the awful things I'd thought in my head about my fellow shoppers.

So please...I'm beggin' you...if you visit a grocery store in the next few days, PLEASE be a conscientious shopper.  If you need to linger in a particular spot, be sure that your cart and your body are on the same side of the aisle so that others can pass.  

I miss the days when my biggest complaint about the grocery store involved waiting for people at the register to scribble out a check for their groceries.  When's the last time you saw that?

Keep It Real!

P.S. Los Alamos Trails Goal Update: 24.4 of 29.5 miles completed....5.1 miles to go!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Two Victories

This week in the Moore house hold came complete with many victories probably, but two stand out and are worth mentioning.

First, I finished our Christmas shopping.  Done and done.  Some gifts will be delivered in person when we see various family at Thanksgiving.  Others will need to be shipped to two locations and I will do that sometime in December when it is closer to the actual holiday.  Others will be given in person at Christmas itself.  But that's the easy part.  Being able to check off the To Do List that the gift selections and purchasing have been completed, is an enormous relief every year and being able to get it done in early November only adds to that enormity.

Secondly, after a drought in working toward my trail completion goal, I made some real progress yesterday.  I had completed 18.8 miles of my 29.5 mile target and had 10.7 miles to go, which involved 7 trails.  This weekend, we hiked the longest of these 7 trails and knocked off 4.9 miles, bringing the number of miles completed to 23.7 and the miles needed to only 5.8 and 6 trails.  Given that the average length of these trails is only 1.18 miles, it felt great to cross off 4.9 of the remaining needed miles in one trip.

Here's hoping that your Veterans Day Weekend was productive.  A special thanks to all the Veteran readers for the sacrifices they have made.  Only they and their families truly know the reality of those sacrifices and, whatever they are for each individual, I am thankful for them.

Keep It Real!

P.S. Los Alamos Trails Goal Update: 23.7 of 29.5 miles completed...getting there!