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mints from secretary T

mints from secretary T

It’s Christmas Eve.

I’m so disinterested in work I can’t believe I am even sitting at my desk.

Doodles with the ink I got from my Secret Santa!

Doodles with the ink I got from my Secret Santa!

So if I don’t check in before tomorrow…

gingerbread house with baba-yaga (!!) from secretary A

gingerbread house with baba-yaga (!!) from secretary A

Merry Christmas!! Happy feasting 😀

turkey!

turkey!

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the christmas post

my only pict from this christmas

my only pict from this christmas

Hope everyone had a blessed Christmas of good eats and good times with the family. We sure did!

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cutting out stars

cutting out stars

We kicked off December by making up some gingerbread stars this weekend for Peanut’s birthday goodie bags for her classmates.

Over the years, I have acquired quite a few gingerbread recipes but this one is my favourite because the taste of the cookie is a bit more complex than the usual kind of gingerbread you get with only ground ginger in it. The taste of the ginger in this cookie is only a lingering aftertaste. What you get when you bite into the cookie is instead the licorice taste of molasses and all spice.

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I received an incredibly strange phonecall at work before lunch today that went like this:

Me: [In my usual office phone voice i.e. tentative in case I need to pretend I’m not me should the call turn out to be from a random nutjob] Hello.

She: Hello, is this [JoMelChaton]?

Me: Yes?

She: Thanks. [hangs up]

What was that about?!

I turned back and noted with relief that my secretary had stacked my window sill full of files so that no one can see my back from my window. In case of snipers, you know.

I then proceeded to spend the rest of the afternoon quizzing everyone who returned my calls from the morning whether their staff had called me earlier and had that strange conversation with me. All of them neither confirmed nor deny the act on behalf of their employees.

I haven’t left the office since I got in at about 9:30am. Will I be killed when I step out in the evening? Is my phone bugged? Does this mean that I can’t have any silly conversations on my office phone henceforth?

The mind boggles.

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In other news, Putin turns 60. I celebrated by contributing to the Russian economy by buying some amber jewellery and books at the Hermitage Museum Shop.

Still looking good, Sir.

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And a completely random gift from my lovely secretary in the middle of October for children’s day? her visit to the dentist? Lord knows! But it’s fluffy, it has feathers, it writes and it is so darn cute:

Merry Christmas, one and all!

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I am so disinterested in life today. Can you tell?

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1. Peanut turns 3 years old.

After waiting all year and returning home with birthday goodie bags from school every other week and partaking in everyone else’s birthday festivities, Peanut finally gets to blow the candles of her own birthday cake!

2. Moving out

The Parents have more or less moved out of our family apartment for the last 35 years into a newer place down the road. It’s been a really trying time – trying to fit into the new space, trying to get used to living, cooking, sleeping in the new place, trying to get used to walking a longer distance to the train and childcare and everything else.

3. A little baby is borne!

Congratulations to Elmi and Algene! We’ve been waiting all year for this!!

You have no idea how incredibly happy I am for you.

[all the words unspoken]

4. More help at work

The new associate whom The Buddha hired to work for me finally arrives! He smokes, he drinks, he has no dietary restrictions, he’s attentive and seems quite sharp and normal…it’s really beginning to look like we will get along famously.

But then, yesterday afternoon, he told me that his sister and I were classmates back in Secondary School…say what?!

I’ve always referred to my secondary school days as the “lost years” of my life. So when he tells me that his sister was my classmate, and someone whom I didn’t get along with (and there are many of those given that I am mostly a social misfit), and he says it with this impish sheepish smile, it is all a little bit of a disaster for me.

So the first promisingly normal person I’ve hired in years turns out to be the little brother to someone I didn’t care for in secondary school, who knew me at possibly the worst period of time of my life. What are the chances?

All I can say is that I have seriously bad hiring karma.

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So if I do not check in again before, Merry Merry Merry Christmas to all who drop by from the grouchy dude:

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The little ones in the extended family are growing up so quickly that I no longer have any idea what to get them anymore since 2 Christmases ago.

In fact, earlier last month, I had remarked to my mother that since my parents were moving and all, maybe we should just buy each family a box of chocolates from my chocolate shop of choice and call it a day.

But what is Christmas without Christmas shopping?

Over the years, I’ve done toys, charm bracelets, and all kinds of knick-knacks. The one thing that I find returning to is what I love best to receive: books.

So I wandered around the bookstore on Saturday afternoon and bought 7 books that I enjoyed very much in the past for the little ones and I turned out with these.

I really hope that the little ones will enjoy these books as much as I did, and that these stories will in some way touch their lives like they did mine.

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