My Christmas Retail Update


Hi folks!

I MISS YOU!!!!

Yes…I’m still alive and doing well.

Amazingly enough, this is my seventh day in a row without a day off and I still feel pretty chipper and sane.

I’ve still got another seven days straight to go, so that may change.

I haven’t had time to do laundry or go grocery shopping, so in a few days I’ll be going to work naked and eating saltine crackers.

HA!

This particular Christmas retail season is very different.

I guess with the economy the way that it is, customers are being extremely hesitant with making their purchases; waiting until the last minute for things to go on sale and it’s making retailers VERY fearful and cranky.

However, it's been a good reminder for me to remain in the holiday spirit and stay focused on giving good customer service; keeping the faith.

I have a feeling that all the business will be happening within the final three days.

(which is when I will most likely go insane)

Anyhoo…I really miss talking to you guys everyday and hope that you're all doing well and having a wonderful holiday!

Oooh and hey, I have some exciting news…




A very good blogger friend of mine (Nitebyrd) has just recently opened a brand new Etsy Store. She’s the coolest lady you’ll ever meet and she’s got a heart of gold. So if you have some time, please drop by and check out her store. You’ll find some really unique and special items. Just click on the Nitebyrd’s Nest graphic on the left-hand sidebar….and you’ll be there!

Take care everyone...

... and know that I'm thinking about you!

X

28 comments

  1. Awwwwwwww.......I'll have to make a visit to check out the goodies.

    And thank you for checking in...I needed to check on you last evening--just a need of mine, silly as it might be!

    Naked and eating saltines, eh?
    I'm hopeful that won't hurt the sales. LOL

    Stay sane, eh?

    Oh, and with six inches of newly fallen snow and six more forecasted for tomorrow--know that I'll be thinking of you.

    :-/

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  2. We miss you too my friend. You are so correct, this year people are more hesitant to spend. With the way the economy is and the horror stories coming from the news groups, I am suprised that more and more people have not taken all thier cash and put it under the mattress. The parking lots at stores and mall are less then full there is no waiting in lines to make a purchase and the deals are flying fast and furious. You maybe right when you say that the last three days may be the crush. It is then when the old Christmas spirit kicks and people rush the stores and start to yell and demand and rip objects out of other people's hands all in the good name of Jesus. This will be the time when road rage will be at the ultimate high and carry forth into the supermarkets and retail stores all in the spirit of PEACE. Ah, what a wonderful thing to look forward to. Remember that first Chirstmas when the gifts were Gold, Frankensense, and Myrr. Now it is just Gold, Gold, Gold. All in the spirit of LOVE.
    Thanks for your post. Keep your cool have a cracker and put on a fig leaf will ya!

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  3. Wahoooo, an update from the naked man!

    I guess if you go to work that way you could sing a Christmas classic with a slight variation,

    ♫"Jingle Balls
    Jingle Balls
    Jingle all the way
    Oh what fun to let them flap
    From the left and to the right"♫

    My mom was at the mall yesterday and said it looked like a ghost town. Great customer service, but very strange to see it so empty this time of year.

    Glad to here from you.

    Hope your sanity holds out for another week.

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  4. Helloooo Mel!!!!

    Thank you SO MUCH for checking in on me, dear lady!

    When I got your comment last night it made me SMILE...so thank you!!

    OMG, OMG, OMG....we finally got a little snow yesterday, but it was more like HAIL and SNOW...it was freaky!

    But I'm grateful for ANYTHING...so it made me very happy!

    Thanks for stopping by, Mel!

    Well....it's off to work!
    X

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  5. OMG...David...

    Thank you SOOOOO MUCH for your HYSTERICAL comment, it TRULY made me laugh right before I had to go into work!!!

    Your description of the last three days before Christmas, and the line about the First Christmas Gifts were BRILLIANT!!!

    God...that was funny!

    And VERY accurate!!!

    Ok...so I've got my fig leaf on and my saltine in hand....

    ...it's off to work!

    Thanks for stopping by, my friend!

    I appreciate that!

    Enjoy your day!

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  6. HOLY SHIT Jeff!!!!

    I hope you know just how much I appreciated and HOWLED at your variation of Jingle Balls!!!

    That's a million times better than the original!

    Oh man, I know I keep telling you this...but your MIND is freaking BRILLIANT!!

    That was HYSTERCIAL!!

    And just what I needed before heading into the trenches!

    YES...it's just as your mom said, the stores are like a ghost town. I was at work until 9:00 last night and for the last 4 hours it was excrutiation, because it was SO friggin' BORING!!

    *So I started dancing in the isles!

    And what little customers were in the store...

    ...they applauded!!

    Anyway, buddy...thank you SO MUCH for your comment. I can't wait to go to work and sing it to everyone!

    HAHAHAHA!

    Have a great day!

    Later gator!

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  7. KEWL!!! I will check it out as soon as I can. She is awesome so I'm sure she'll have fun with it.
    My Etsy store is closed for now, first for vaca and then the dreaded computer virus but maybe after the first of the year I'll get things going again.

    I have been away too, as you know. And I miss everyone sooooo much. But we all just have to take care of the business at hand. Our people will wait for us. ;) Well, I'm hoping anyway. LOL

    We did alot of our shopping before leaving for Cancun so I only have a few things left to get. We're actually going to attempt the Mall tonight with our Grandson. The last time we went to the Mall it was fairly crowded, atleast by the look of the parking lot. Well, it could have been the workers just got all the good spots up front figuring not that many people would be out and about. We still got things for all the same people on our list and spent about the same amount of money. Actually, we probably spent more because as a housewarming/Christmas gift, we bought a couple remnants and had them installed in two small bedrooms at my daughter & future SIL's new digs.

    Just on the chance that I don't get back to a computer before the holidays..... have a wonderful Christmas and a happy healthy fun-filled New Year! Miss ya! Hugs, M

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  8. MWWWWWWWWWWWWAH! We miss you too!!
    I anxiously check blogger several times a day, hoping that dear Ronnie has taken a quick bloggie break. :D
    Actually, going to work in my underwear, with clothes inside out or without a bra is my recurring fear...
    Yeah, I once did just that, had a 7am class and felt something out of the norm...felt around for shoulder straps (none...GASP!!!!!) what to do, what to do? I left my arms folded across my chest during the whole class. One of my fave classes ever, HIST 151...we learned about eunuchs...good stuff!
    Stay caffeinated, dear Ronnie...ONE WEEK TO GO!! :D

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  9. ronnie baby...I miss you.

    *Pouting*

    I know you're busy sweetie...but I do miss you. You make me smile, laugh and you pull about every emotion string I possess.

    I'd would have done your laundry or at least taken them to the dry-cleaners for you and fixed you a nice warm bath while I fixed you dinner with a glass of your favorite red wine. Why I'd even massage your feet...and listen to you vent about your day, but You forgot to leave me the key.

    Sorry...rest up sweetie...7 days to go.

    Then you'll come back to us...yes?

    ciao honey.

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  10. Evening Crystal-Chick!

    So great seeing ya!

    Thanks for stopping by!

    HAPPY HOLIDAY!!!!!

    Yes, Nitebyrd just recently opened up her Etsy Shop, so when you get back online, check it out...it's very COOL!

    OMG...your computer had a virus???? Damn...about a year and half ago, my other computer had one too!!! It infected 18 of my files! My computer never ran the same after that. It was really time for a new computer anyway, so I just got a new one. The computer I have now has MEGA virus and spyware protection. That's one of the great things about VISTA!

    That's SO wonderful you got most of your shopping out of the way before you went on vacation. VERY SMART!

    Customers still seem to be slow on purchases, but fortunately the company that I work for is doing a solid steady business. I feel very blessed!

    Listen, I totally understand about not being online right now, believe me...so if we don't touch base before then, I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas and a HAPPY HAPPY New Year!

    Thanks again for dropping by, M!

    That's so sweet of you!

    Miss ya too!
    XO

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  11. Aloha Debi!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend!

    That's so nice of you!

    OMG...that's so funny about your BRA!!!

    I swear, if I don't find some time to do a little laundry...I'm going to have to start handwashing my UNDIES!!!

    HA!

    I've truly missed being online and blogging more, but with these CRAZY LONG hours I'm working...I can either do a few minutes in the morning or like now...later at night.

    It feels like I'm LIVING at the store!!!!

    Today was tough, because it would get really busy and then drop off to NOTHING. I can handle the busy, but start to get very tired when I slow down.

    Oh well...only seven more days and it'll be all over!!!

    YAHOOO!

    Hope all is going well for you and that your enjoying this Holiday season with your precious little dogs!!!

    Thanks again for dropping by, Deb!

    ALWAYS enjoyed!

    I'll probably post one more time before Christmas...so we'll talk soon!
    XO

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  12. Hey My Ronnie!!! :-) *MWAH*

    I've missed you!!! Sounds like you've been busy yourself, I haven't posted for AGES because I'm too fat and hot to be bothered lately! LOL But I've just dragged myself on to do a quick update... and to see you of course! hehe (Don't tell the others! :-P)

    Oh those rotton cranky christmas retailers! If they have anything to complain about to me, I set em straight and tell em WELL AT LEAST YOU'RE NOT HEAVILY PREGNANT IN THE SUMMER TIME!!!! Ruuuurrrr!!! :-)

    I'll be back to blogging as soon as the Bubette is out and it's much cooler to be out of my airconditioned bedroom (aircon is like my life support lately!)

    Hope you have a MERRY CHRISTMAS Dear Ronnie!!!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxox

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  13. Helloooooo Miss Jones!!!

    OMG...aren't you the SWEETEST friend!!!

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!

    And listen...if we lived closer, I'd take you up on your generous offer!!!

    HA!

    It's not so bad having to work these LONG days, but when I get home I suddenly CRASH!

    Tonight...the minute I got in the door, I jumped in the shower, ate dinner, and then got online to answer comments...and it's already almost 11:00PM!!! After I finish, I'll have my nice glass of wine and then fall into bed!

    ZZZzzzzzzzz!

    Oh, yes...I can't WAIT to get back to posting on my regular schedule after the Christmas holiday. And also visiting everyone!! I SO MISS you guys and gals!

    I hope you and your family are enjoying the holiday season and that work is going well for you!

    Thanks SOOOOOO MUCH for stopping by to say Hi, Miss Jones!

    I miss ya, you wild and wonderful lady!

    If we don't talk before then...have a FABULOUS weekend!

    I'll be posting again before Christmas Day, so we'll definately talk later, ok?

    Ciao bella!
    XO

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  14. OMG, OMG, OMG...Giggles!!!!!

    WHAT A FABULOUS CHRISTMAS PRESENT!!!!

    Thanks SOOOOO MUCH for stopping by and letting me know how you're doing, dear one!!!

    Oh boy...I've MISSED YOU SO!!!

    I feel like it's been a YEAR!!

    Oh, that's right...I totally forgot that you're experiencing SUMMER HEAT! OMG...I would be DYING! You know EXACTLY how I feel about heat!?!?!?!?!?

    GRRRRRRRR!!!

    Hey, the Bubette should be here anytime now, right??? I can't WAIT to see how adorable she is, cause I KNOW she's going to be GORGEOUS!!!!

    OMG...I'm so freaking EXCITED I could SHIT!

    Listen, if we don't talk before then...have a MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NUDE YEAR, ok?

    I've been working NON-STOP and cannot wait until I get back to my normal hours again, but this is the time of the year when I've got to haul-ass!

    Be well, dear one!

    Sharing much LOVE with you!
    XO

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  15. OMGOODNESS!!!!

    As I was rereading your post, I REALIZED that I was standing UNDER the mistletoe (guy-- pronounced gee) in French... So, in following the customs of the season.... MUAHHHHHHHHH!!!!
    You've been given a Christmas smootch...SHHHH... don't tell my hubby, though!! ; )
    Hope you're doing well... Just stopping by to say HELLLLLLLOOOO!!!
    Hugs,
    Leesa

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  16. Sorrow

    Sending you
    a coffee
    with cream.
    laughter
    love
    and strength...
    and hugs
    Just cuz.
    and make sure you don't get any paper cuts...
    they don't mix well with saltines.

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  17. Barbara

    Hi Ronnie,
    I think that we all miss you tons !!!
    OMG; you are really going like mad; almost no clean clothes or munchies ? Now, we can't be having you catch cold walking in your "birthday suit?"
    Haaaaa !!

    I'll be throwing in lots of positive thoughts that you get through this second week and keep your head.
    Cool head and good humor.

    Miss you
    xxxx

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  18. nitebyrd

    Thank you for the great pimping of my shop. MMMMWAH! :-*

    I'm sorry but the vision of you sitting naked in a corner, all wild-eyed, covered in saltine crumbs is making me laugh!

    The economy sucks, that's for damn sure. I'll keep the candle lit that you're still sane and properly clothed by 12/26!

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  19. Akelamalu
    I'm missing you m'deario!

    I hope you keep your sanity in the next few days. If you have to go naked wear a Christmas Hat and maybe the customers won't notice!
    :0

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  20. Bonjour Leesa!

    OMG...you're so FUNNY!

    And thank you!!!

    Hey...I've NEVER been kissed under a mistletoe so I'm FLATTERED!!!

    MAUHHHHHHHH!!!!!

    shhhhh....and I promise not to breath a word of this kiss to your hubby!

    Tee, hee!

    Thanks so much for stopping by today, Leesa!

    You've just made my evening!!

    Have a wonderful weekend!!!
    XO

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  21. Hiya Lady Sorrow!

    THANK YOU DEAR LADY!

    Cause let me tell you...

    ...after today...I need all the coffee, love, laughter, strength, and hugs I can get!!!

    The holiday weirdness has begun!

    Oy VEY!

    Thanks SOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH for dropping by, Sorrow!

    You're loving support is so appreciated!!

    Have a FABU weekend!
    XO

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  22. Bonjour Barbara!

    And I miss you all too!

    Oh....your comment made me LAUGH!

    This morning before I headed into work, I ran to the grocery store because I was literally out of EVERYTHING!!! Sometime within the next two days I also NEED to do a load of laundry!

    And yes...I AM going like mad.

    I had no idea, that taking on these additional hours would leave me NO time to take care of FOOD AND CLOTHING!?!?!?!?

    And I better be doing some laundry soon, because it's suppose to get very cold and snow tomorrow...and by BIRTHDAY SUIT won't cut it!

    HAAHAHHAHA!

    Thanks SO MUCH for all your positive thoughts! I REALLY appreciate it!

    Thanks for stopping by, Barb!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Love to you and Didier!
    XO

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  23. Helloooo Lady Nitebyrd!

    You are SOOOO welcome, dear lady!

    I'm so damn excited about your Etsy Store, that I wanted to share it with everyone!

    It's FABULOUS and I wish you MUCH success, cause you deserve it!

    BRAVA!

    As I shared with Barbara...I FINALLY got some time to do a little grocery shopping, so now I've got more than saltine crackers to eat. But CLOTHING...that's another story!!!!

    HAHAAHA!

    Thanks for your support, dear lady. Retail is CRAZY right, so it's important for me to keep my humor to stay SANE!!!

    Hope all is well for you during this holiday season!

    Have a great weekend!

    XO

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  24. Hellooooo Akelamalu!

    OMG...you're so CUTE!!!!

    Your comment about the Christmas hat made me HOWL, because it's SO true. Maybe it'll distract everyone from noticing anything BELOW!!!!!!

    HAHAHAHHAHA!

    I miss you too, my friend and appreciate your loving support through this INSANE time for me!

    I've been sharing Reiki with myself every night to keep me positive and calm. It's been a life-saver!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Happy holiday to you and you family!
    XO

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  25. Good luck retaining your sanity! :) and thanks for the holiday cartoon giggle!

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  26. Just popped by to wish you a wonderful christmas and hope you get some time off soon! x

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  27. Greetings Latharia

    Welcome!

    Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to share a comment!

    So nice meeting you!

    I've seen your avatar over at Mel's. Isn't she a great lady?

    So glad the cartoon gave you a giggle. It did me too!

    And thanks for the well wishes for my sanity, because with only three more days left...I'll definately need it!

    I should be back on my regular posting schedule sometime soon, so please stop by anytime!

    Merry Christmas to you!

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  28. Helloooo Dear Casdok!!

    Thank you SOOOOO MUCH for stopping by to say Merry Christmas!

    That's so thoughtful of you!

    The same to you and C!

    It's been a LOOOOONG two weeks for me and I can't wait to have a day off. It just started to hit me today. I'm POOPED!

    Sharing much love and hugs with you and C...and wishing you a blessed Christmas!

    Thanks again for stopping by!

    XOXO

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