I’d Forgotten…

It has been a stressful few weeks back at work and despite my best efforts there are always extra pressures around the holidays- never mind the fact that I am Buddhist by association. Sometimes it is hard not to get caught up in what other people put themselves through- confusing what they think they should be doing with what they really want to be doing.

My family (thankfully) has never really gone cuckoo bananas with the craziness that this time of year seems to bring. We’ll make token gestures to the holidays (the quandary of finding or creating something meaningful with a $10 gift limit, pooling allowed) but this has always been about spending time with family and friends and food. (It is always about the food!)

But this year is different.

It is our first big holiday without dad.

This has been a year of upheaval, especially the last three months. I can say (write), without reservation, that I have never been pulled in so many directions at the same time and to such extremes.

In some ways it has helped to be so busy. Not thinking can be a good thing sometimes. But when you remember, it can be overwhelming.

Sessions with a fantastic RMT and music is saving me right now. There are some very juvenile shenanigans in the office surrounding the holiday party that have recently added to my stress levels. Some girls just never learned how to work as a team. One individual in particular obviously missed the “’We’ not ‘me’” lesson in kindergarten because she was beating on someone for the blonde Barbie (or beating someone with the blonde Barbie).

I have been subjecting myself to a steady diet of some slightly less well known Bangles and GoGos songs- “Going Down to Liverpool” and “Yes or No” to be precise- but I just came across Crash Vegas (Smoke) and The Skydiggers (I Will Give You Everything).

I have forgotten how good some of these songs from the 80’s and 90’s were and still are- chicken dance notwithstanding.

Unfortunately I must leave the 80’s and 90’s behind to deal with the stress of helping to throw a party for people who moan and whine and have no clue that we almost ended up with nothing while the L.A. office was going to swank it up at a posh club.

Whew.

Let the party begin…. In hindsight, maybe I should have taken over the reigns of the music…

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~ by angryegg on December 16, 2009.

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