Christmas Gifts And How I Spent My Day


Please don’t feel sad when I tell you how I spent my Christmas day, because if you’ve ever worked in retail during the holiday season surrounded by mobs of people, and experienced the sensory overload of bright lights, constant Christmas music, screaming children, and non-stop talking to customers, you might just understand my need to spend Christmas day totally ALONE and QUIET.

Actually, I had a lovely Christmas day because it was so nice to not have to be anywhere at a specific time. And even though friends offered that I spend the day with them, the last thing I wanted to do was be around MORE people. So, I declined.

I slept in, had a leisurely breakfast while watching the movie “White Christmas”, opened a few Christmas gifts, and then spoke to my mother and brother in Florida on the phone.

Oh yeah, and I also did two loads of laundry because I literally had NO clean clothes to wear. And thank god no other tenants were in the laundry room that day because I had to do my laundry NAKED, except for the big red ribbon and a piece of holly I tied around my manhood.

It gave a whole new meaning to the song, “Jingle Bells.”

Later that night, I had a nice quiet dinner and then spoke to my dear friend, Diana, in Florida on the phone.

It was so glorious to finally have a day to myself, when I could just chill out, relax, and just BE.

To me, Christmas is a state of heart, therefore I can experience the spirit of Christmas whether alone or spending it with others.

Since my immediate family lives in another State, we don't have the chance to get together with one another, therefore we celebrate Christmas in our own way. But yet, together in spirit.

This year, I received some really thoughtful gifts from family, friends, and people I work with.

Here are a few….


My brother, Tom, sent me this book on Lucille Ball because he knows how much I ADORED her.


The book is a documentation of Lucille Ball’s long-spanning career which includes: stories, photos, and replicated memorabilia. It’s such a freakin’ COOL book. Thanks, bro!


Here are some bottles of wine I received from people that I work with because they know how much I love the taste of red wine. My favorites are Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. But I also enjoy a hearty Shiraz. Two of these bottles were given to me by my buddy, Frankie. Thanks, Frankie!


My friend, Diana, sent me a FABULOUS body care kit from Kiehl’s because she knows what a beauty product junkie I am. Thanks, Diana!


Here are a two Starbucks gift cards I received from people I work with. I also received one (which I already used) a few weeks ago from my blogging friend over at My Friends With Benefits. Thanks, girl! You have no idea how much that gift card helped to keep me AWAKE during these past two weeks at work.

The only thing I’m not happy about when it comes to this Christmas was that I asked Santa (once again) for a Barbie doll. And considering how NICE I’ve been this year and not NAUGHTY, you would think he would have given me my one GREAT Christmas gift wish.

Therefore, I’ve decided to give Santa a subtle hint for next year….



I feel pretty….oh, so pretty….I feel pretty, and witty, and GAY.

62 comments

  1. Hi Ronnie,

    It's great to be seeing ya on regular blogging time! Wow; you had some wonderful gifts! Santa had been generous with ya!
    No Sir, I won't go writing you an e mail on the subject of your solitude on the birthday of the baby Jesus. I KNOW how much you earned that peace and quiet, buddy.

    Humm; extra loads of dirty unmentionables and other stuff? I could almost guess that one! It happens every Xmas season :)

    Too funny that babe at the end of your post! She's a beaute!!

    Have a great day buddy, and I will be in touch xo

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  2. I almost envy you the peace and quiet, Ron. Although there's only two of us I always feel I HAVE to be jolly when all I really want is to savour things in quietude. Yes I know, I'm selfish. Heehee glad you got your laundry done without interruption... love the sound of your 'outfit' while you did the washing. Jingle Bells indeed....hahaha. Well, I'm off to sort out a few piccies for the blog. Have a great Boxing Day.

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  3. Happy Christmas my lovely friend. I'm so pleased you got to spend it just how you wanted. What great gifts you received from you family and friends - that's because they L.O.V.E. you. I do too. xx

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  4. Goooood Morning Barb~

    Thank you. It feels so GREAT to be posting again on my regular blogging schedule - I've missed it. Since I had off yesterday, I had the time to actually take some pictures and write a post in the afternoon.

    I received my brothers' gift on Christmas eve when I got home from work. It was so thoughtful of him. And I now have enough red wine to last me through January - HA!

    "No Sir, I won't go writing you an e mail on the subject of your solitude on the birthday of the baby Jesus. I KNOW how much you earned that peace and quiet, buddy."

    It was sooooo wonderful to just spend the day being quiet and chillin'. Other than doing my laundry, I never even left my apartment the whole day.

    "Too funny that babe at the end of your post! She's a beaute!!"

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Yup, isn't she a BEAUTE?

    Strike a pose!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Hope you and hubby had a VERY Merry Christmas!

    Have a FAB Monday!

    XO

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  5. Hey there Valerie~

    OMG....it felt absolutely wonderful to spend the day in peace and quiet. And since so many of the tenants in my building were gone for the holiday, I felt like I had the whole building to myself. I was so QUIET.

    "Although there's only two of us I always feel I HAVE to be jolly when all I really want is to savour things in quietude. Yes I know, I'm selfish."

    No, you're not selfish, because I totally understand - I'm the same way.

    "Heehee glad you got your laundry done without interruption... love the sound of your 'outfit' while you did the washing. Jingle Bells indeed....hahaha."

    Tee, hee. Aren't I a silly man?

    But honestly, I literally had NO clean clothes left because I haven't the time to do laundry in over a week. I ended up hand washing a few of my dress shirts, socks, and underwear in the bathroom sink because I had none left.

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, dear lady. Have a great Monday and week!

    X

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  6. Good Morning Akelamalu~

    And a Happy Christmas to you too! Hope you enjoyed a beautiful day with your family.

    It was so nice to spend my Christmas day in peace and quiet. I also shared some Reiki with myself because I REALLY needed it.

    Thank you so much for stopping by today, m'dear. And thank you for your sweet words.

    L.O.V.E. you too!

    Have a MARVI Monday and week!

    X

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  7. Hahahahahahaha!! Love it! LOL! You would look fabulous in that dress, I'm sure.

    Looks like you had a lot of gifts to unwrap on your solitary day. I'm so glad you did exactly what pleased you for the most special day of the year. Good for you!

    Jingle bells. *Shakes head* What have you been drinking?

    (That was seriously funny!)

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  8. Hey there Jay~

    "You would look fabulous in that dress, I'm sure."

    Aw...thank you, my friend. It's a Valentino - HAHAHAHAHAHAHHA!

    Yes, I had a wonderful Christmas day. Peaceful and quiet. And I soooooo needed it after my loooong working schedule. I have one more week left to work, and then I'm off for a WHOLE month - yipeeeeeeeeeee!

    "Jingle bells. *Shakes head* What have you been drinking?"

    Bwhahahahahahahahhahaha! Amazingly enough though, I wasn't drinking anything at the time!

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, Jay! Hope you had a very Merry Christmas!

    Looking forward to catching up with you this week!

    X

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  9. Well, that Barbie situation isn't being addressed by Mr. Claus so I believe I must take it to the next level. I'm totally shocked that Santa would be so non-politically correct in this day and age but I guess the guy is old and can't keep up.

    Other than that, I'm glad you had a good Christmas - sometimes being with yourself is the absolute BEST company.

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  10. Hey, Ron, that sounds like a GREAT Christmas. Relaxing, avoiding people, and tying ribbons to your privates--that's the true Christmas spirit! I hope Santa gets the hint for next year and maybe you can graduate from ribbons to a nice big bow! Merry Christmas, buddy!!!!

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  11. Oh, thank god you're back.....I MISSED YOU!

    Your Xmas sounds quite relaxing......I'm looking forward to having the house to myself once again. Won't be till mid-January, but tis the life of a mother! The gifts received look fabulous! I'm glad people know what you like!
    Well, except that rotten Santa. When is he going to listen??

    I have to go to the inlaws today, so wish me luck. Xmas is not over yet.....

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  12. I bet that did give a whole new meaning to jingle bells... maybe we should make up a new song called "dangle balls" for when you just feel like letting it all HANG OUT!

    I think it's wonderful you got to spend some quiet down time. Hubby and I just went to the movies and out to eat and other than that we pretty much spent the day in bed watching TV! Now is that lazy or WHAT?

    I love Rex-Goliath and yellow tail but I don't think I've ever tried Bare Foot. I love red wine too. I recently tried Cupcake brand Red Blend and really liked it. I like the red blends because you kind of get a little of it all! Some of my faves are Blackstone Red Blend (I also like their Cab and Merlot) and my two newest finds that I really like are one called Primal Roots (red blend) and Toasted Head Untamed Red. Worst part about this cat bite thing is I haven't been able to have my nightly glass of wine!

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  13. Maybe he was already nipping at that wine! ;-)

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  14. I am willing to bet the new Ron Barbie will be all the rage next Christmas! Sometimes it wonderful to have a day to ourselves to unwind and do absolutely NOTHING! Glad you got the chance to do just that.

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  15. Welcome back to the blogging world, Ron! I've so missed you!

    It sounds to me as if you had a marvelous Christmas day. The peace and quite of "me" time is priceless. I have often gone and rented a hotel room alone just to get away from EVERYONE. I totally understand.

    I actually got a mental image of you doing your laundry. HILARIOUS!

    It looks like Santa did you well this year. Except for your Barbie, of course. Maybe he didn't bring a Barbie because he couldn't bring one as GORGEOUS as the one that you posted?

    Have a wonderful week, Ron.

    (((Huggles)))

    d.

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  16. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    *wink*

    X

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  17. Helloooooooo Lady Nitebyrd~

    "Well, that Barbie situation isn't being addressed by Mr. Claus so I believe I must take it to the next level. I'm totally shocked that Santa would be so non-politically correct in this day and age but I guess the guy is old and can't keep up."

    Bwhahahahahahahahahaha! That was BRILLIANT! And TOTALLY agree, I must take it to the next level, pronto!

    " I'm glad you had a good Christmas - sometimes being with yourself is the absolute BEST company."

    Yup! Especially after being around so many people for the past month. It felt so nice to just be quiet and enjoy my own company.

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, Sis! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

    X ya!

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  18. Hey there Rob~

    "Relaxing, avoiding people, and tying ribbons to your privates--that's the true Christmas spirit!"

    OMG.....That CRACKED ME UP!

    "I hope Santa gets the hint for next year and maybe you can graduate from ribbons to a nice big bow!"

    Bwhahahahahahhahaahaha! Touche'!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Rob! Hope you had an AWESOME Christmas, and are enjoying your break.

    Have a faaaaaaaabulous week, buddy!

    X

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  19. Hey there Bijoux~

    Aw...thank you, my friend. I missed ya too! So glad to be back to my normal posting schedule.

    Yes, I had a great Christmas day. Peace and quiet.

    "The gifts received look fabulous! I'm glad people know what you like!
    Well, except that rotten Santa. When is he going to listen??"

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I know, isn't Santa ROTTEN for not giving me my one great Christmas gift? If he doesn't bring me a Barbie doll next year, I'm going to start spreading the rumor that he DOESN'T exist!

    "I have to go to the inlaws today, so wish me luck. Xmas is not over yet...."

    OMG, no, not the INLAWS?!?!?!?!

    Sending ya LOTS of luck, my friend.

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you had a super Christmas day!

    Enjoy your week!

    X

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  20. Hiya SuziCate~

    "I am willing to bet the new Ron Barbie will be all the rage next Christmas! "

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! You think? Oh, I hope so!!!!! This could end up being a whole new career for me.

    The Ron Barbie Doll!

    "Sometimes it wonderful to have a day to ourselves to unwind and do absolutely NOTHING! "

    You said it! NOTHING! It felt glorious!

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, my friend. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas day!

    Enjoy your week!

    X

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  21. Spending Christmas alone is only sad when you have no choice.

    I'm glad you did what you wanted to do and had a lovely time. Mo and I spend it alone too. We like it that way. We do what we want, when we want and just enjoy it, with no pressure :)

    Hope you are still enjoying yourself. It isn't over yet :)

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  22. Hey there D~

    Aw...thank you. I missed ya too. It feels so great to have the time to BLOG again. And I can't wait to have off for the month of January - yipeeeeeeee!

    "The peace and quite of "me" time is priceless."

    You said it! I really enjoy having a job where I'm around people and socializing, however during this time of the year it's gets a bit much. So I relished my "me" time yesterday.

    " I have often gone and rented a hotel room alone just to get away from EVERYONE. I totally understand."

    OMG....what a GREAT idea!

    "I actually got a mental image of you doing your laundry. HILARIOUS!"

    Tee, hee. Aren't I a silly man?

    "It looks like Santa did you well this year. Except for your Barbie, of course. Maybe he didn't bring a Barbie because he couldn't bring one as GORGEOUS as the one that you posted?"

    Bwhahhahahahahahahha! OMG...that was FLAWLESS!!!!!!

    And thank you for the compliment, girl!

    *wink*

    Thanks so much for stopping by today. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas. LOVED your post yesterday!

    Have a great week!

    X

    P.S. and thanks again for the Starbucks card. I sooooo enjoyed it!

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  23. Hiya Peg~

    "... maybe we should make up a new song called "dangle balls" for when you just feel like letting it all HANG OUT!"

    Bwhahahahhahahahahaha! OMG...that made me HOWL!!!! HYSTERICAL, Peg!

    " Hubby and I just went to the movies and out to eat and other than that we pretty much spent the day in bed watching TV! Now is that lazy or WHAT?"

    No, that's not lazy at all. Actually, it sounded like an AWESOME way to spend the day. PERFECT!

    "I love Rex-Goliath and yellow tail but I don't think I've ever tried Bare Foot. I love red wine too."

    Yes, I can ONLY drink red wine because white makes me sick. I don't know why, but white wine just doesn't agree with me.

    Isn't Rex-Goliath the best? And it's soooo inexpensive too. A woman at work turned me on to that brand last year, when she got me a bottle for Christmas. It's truly one of my favorite wine companies. Barefoot is excellent too. And also very inexpensive.

    I've never tried Cupcake brand Red Blend or Blackstone Red Blend, but I will look for them the next time I'm in the wine store. Thanks for letting me know about those two brands because I love trying new wines!

    "I also like their Cab and Merlot"

    Me too! I actually prefer blended wines the best. Especially a Cab/Merlot because it cuts down on the dryness of the Merlot.

    "Worst part about this cat bite thing is I haven't been able to have my nightly glass of wine!"

    Aw....shucks! Well, after you're all healed, you MUST make up for it by drinking a WHOLE bottle of wine - HA!

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, dear friend. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

    Enjoy your week!

    X

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  24. Hey there Babs~

    "Spending Christmas alone is only sad when you have no choice."

    LOVE how you said that.

    And you're absolutely correct!

    "Mo and I spend it alone too. We like it that way. We do what we want, when we want and just enjoy it, with no pressure."

    BRA-VA! And A-MEN! No pressure. I like that!

    "Hope you are still enjoying yourself. It isn't over yet :)"

    Yup, one more week left to go. But, this week will be a bit easier because I'm not working as many hours as I have been.

    I am soooo looking forward to having the month of January off!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Babs. Hope you and Mo had a delightful Christmas day!

    Enjoy your week!

    X

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  25. Katherine KrigeDecember 26, 2011

    Congrats on surviving another season of shopping and cheer Barbie! Sweet presents. One more hugs sent from me! Merry ho ho!

    Katherine

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  26. Greetings Katherine~

    "Congrats on surviving another season of shopping and cheer Barbie! "

    Thank you, my friend!

    And isn't Barbie the BOMB? Even though she does have a moustache - HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    " One more hugs sent from me! Merry ho ho!"

    And back at ya!

    (((( Katherine )))))

    Thanks oodles for stopping by. Hope you had a glorious Christmas with your lovely girls.

    Enjoy your week!

    X,

    Ron Barbie

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  27. Herman TurnipDecember 26, 2011

    "except for the big red ribbon and a piece of holly I tied around my manhood."

    Heh!! I could imagine a fellow tenant walk around the corner only to encounter you decked out with naught but a bow, come to a sudden silent stop, and quietly back away and quickly at their feet will take them.

    Great to hear that you were able to unwind during Christmas. It sometimes seems like it takes quite a bit of work to "enjoy" the holidays. Sleeping in, watching movies, and unwrapping gifts is a nice way to celebrate, and not get caught up in all the frenzy!

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  28. Do you know how much a 20 pound turkey between two people is? (LOL.....now, that's not a trick question--we'll be having leftovers for a chunk of time, huh?!)

    All plans to be surrounded by family went by the wayside when the Bug decided to get sickly--which meant a decision about subjecting me to it got to be made......which meant--10 pounds of turkey each!
    It's all good--it was a wonderfully quiet and relaxing foodfest. LOL You would not believe the food--OMG......

    But it was quiet and peaceful and I got to watch Scrooge uninterrupted--'cept for the bazillion breaks I require, of course. ;-)

    NICE prezzies. Do folks know you or WHAT?!

    I'm enjoyin' the Lucy book idea and will now go on a quest when I land at Barnes and Bankruptsy next. It looks like a fun one!

    I'm glad to see you back, sir. Glad to hear that the holiday was a good one for you--and happy to hear that January's a 'go' for that renew and rejuvenate time.
    WITH a new putery thingy to mess about with, even! And STUFF!! :-)

    What a lucky fella, eh?
    With or without the Barbie.... ;-)

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  29. Howdy Herman~

    "Heh!! I could imagine a fellow tenant walk around the corner only to encounter you decked out with naught but a bow, come to a sudden silent stop, and quietly back away and quickly at their feet will take them."

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! OMG....that's a RIOT! And I kinda wish that DID happen, just so I could have BLOGGED about it!

    "Great to hear that you were able to unwind during Christmas. It sometimes seems like it takes quite a bit of work to "enjoy" the holidays."

    You are so spot on about that. I agree! I think I really "enjoyed" the holiday because I had been SO busy at work this month, that I savored the day.

    Hope you and the family had a faaaaaaaabulous Christmas!

    I only wish I could have seen Tyler's cute little face, as he opened his presents. I hope you got some photos!!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, buddy!

    Enjoy your week!

    X to you, Karin, and Mr. Tyler!

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  30. *waving*

    Hiya Mel~

    "Do you know how much a 20 pound turkey between two people is? (LOL.....now, that's not a trick question--we'll be having leftovers for a chunk of time, huh?!)"

    OMG....you're kidding me? Yes, I bet you had a TON of food left over. I'm so sorry to hear about the Bug being sick.

    (((( Bug )))))

    But I'm glad to hear your day was all good!

    Oh wow, SCROOGE!!! I LOVE that movie!!!!!! I watched "White Christmas" on Christmas day, and "Noel" on Christmas eve. I ADORE both those movies.

    "I'm enjoyin' the Lucy book idea and will now go on a quest when I land at Barnes and Bankruptsy next. It looks like a fun one!"

    Yes, it sure is a fun one! I haven't read the whole book, but what I did read was faaaaaaaaaaaabulous! The best part is the replicated memorabilia that's at the beginning of each chapter. It's soooo cool! My brother was so thoughtful in giving that book to me this year.

    YAY, Tom!

    I am so looking forward to having January off to just chill out and renew. I am planning a trip to NYC at the beginning of the month and can't wait to go!

    And yes...I'm LOVIN' my new putery thing! The monitor is HUGE!

    Thanks oodles for stopping by, dear lady! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

    ((((( Mel )))))

    X

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  31. Wow! You have a whole month off? Good for you. You probably need it after your busy lead up to Christmas :)

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  32. Hey Babs~

    Yup...a WHOLE month. That's one of the things I really love about my job. There are two months of the year when I don't work (January and July) because those are the slowest times in cosmetic retail - the end of the Fall and Spring seasons.

    Have a GREAT day, my friend!

    X

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  33. Awwwww! Ron!

    "To me, Christmas is a state of heart, therefore I can experience the spirit of Christmas whether alone or spending it with others."

    Absolutely.

    I am thrilled you had a FAB Christmas.

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  34. Pamela D HartDecember 27, 2011

    Ron, I’m glad you had the Christmas day you WANTED and NEEDED.

    “To me, Christmas is a state of heart, therefore I can experience the spirit of Christmas whether alone or spending it with others.”

    I couldn’t agree more! Too many people get wrapped (no pun) up in spending money rather than spending TIME with those they love and presents rather than presence. It truly IS about the “spirit” of Christmas!

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Barbie “Ron the Fabulous” Holiday 2011 doll! I want one!

    Damn Santa, not bringing you a Barbie again this year. Remind me to spike his milk with arsenic next year.

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  35. I would've wet my hand under a cold faucet and totally slap you on the butt in the laundry room. ;-)

    I'm very sure you'll get three or four barbie dolls next Christmas - just wait till we find out where you live ... in a nice way that is.

    Cheers !

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  36. Hey there Meleah~

    Thank you, my Libra friend!

    (((( You )))))

    Honestly, it felt absolutely faaaaabulous to just be at home and experience the quiet of the day!

    I've got one more week to go and then I'm OFF for the month of January. Can't wait!

    Thanks for stopping by, girl!

    And HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and your family!

    X ya bunches!

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  37. Greetings Pamela~

    Thank you! It felt so wonderful to just BE and not have to go anywhere. I relished the silence and solitude.

    "Too many people get wrapped (no pun) up in spending money rather than spending TIME with those they love and presents rather than presence. It truly IS about the “spirit” of Christmas!"

    Beautifully stated, dear lady! And I love how you said, "....and presents rather than presence"!!!!!

    RIGHT ON!!!!

    "Damn Santa, not bringing you a Barbie again this year. Remind me to spike his milk with arsenic next year."

    Bwhahahahahhaahahhahhaa! OMG....that's freakin' HILARIOUS!

    I'm thinking that I might start mass producing the Ron Barbie Doll myself and have them ready for next Christmas.

    What do ya think?

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Pamela! Always such a DELIGHT to read your comments. You ROCK!

    Have a great week!

    X

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  38. Howdy Jaffer~

    So GREAT to see ya, buddy!

    "I would've wet my hand under a cold faucet and totally slap you on the butt in the laundry room. ;-)"

    Bwhahahahahahahahahahahahaa! OMG....that made me HOWL!!!!!

    And I would have deserved it too!

    "I'm very sure you'll get three or four barbie dolls next Christmas - just wait till we find out where you live ... in a nice way that is."

    Ooooo....I can't wait!!!!!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Jaffer!

    Hope you had a VERY Merry Christmas!

    The BEST to you in 2012!

    X

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  39. Ron, that last photo of you as a Barbie made me LAUGH so hard! Too cute!

    So glad were able to spend the day in peace and quiet; enjoying your Christmas. I bet it was wonderful after working all those long hours in retail this month.

    And you're right, Christmas is a state of heart. So whether we're celebrating the day with other people or simply by ourselves, we can still feel the Christmas spirit.

    Love your gifts!

    Have a great week, Ron!

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  40. Hola Denise~

    Tee, hee!

    So glad you enjoyed the photo. I created it over at Face In Hole - I LOVE that website!

    Yes, it felt soooo wonderful to spend my Christmas day in peace and quiet. I NEEDED it after these past three weeks - OY!

    I'm so looking forward to having the whole month of January off. I've got some great day trips planned.

    "So whether we're celebrating the day with other people or simply by ourselves, we can still feel the Christmas spirit."

    Amen!

    Thanks oodles for stopping by, girl! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

    Have a beautiful week!

    X

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  41. A creative new way for hubby to get me to WANT to do the laundry... if he showed up in the basement with a ribbon and some holly. It would give me something fun to do instead of clean lint off the dryer screen.

    I think it's wonderful that you enjoyed some down time on Christmas. If we didn't have family coming over both days I would have loved to just relax!!

    Looks like you received some very nice and thoughtful gifts. :)

    Maybe you should send an 8x10 glossy of your Barbie photo to the Mattel company. You'll have your own line of dolls by next season I'm sure of it!!

    Glad you had a happy and quiet Christmas and you survived the mad rush of the holiday season at work. Wishes of PEACE, LOVE, and JOY for you in the New Year. xoxo

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  42. Hiya Mary~

    "... if he showed up in the basement with a ribbon and some holly. It would give me something fun to do instead of clean lint off the dryer screen."

    Bwhahahhahahahaahhaahha! OMG....that CRACKED ME UP!!!!

    STELLAR comment response! BRA-VA!

    "I think it's wonderful that you enjoyed some down time on Christmas. If we didn't have family coming over both days I would have loved to just relax!! "

    Yes, it was wonderful to just have a down time day on Christmas. The only time I left my apartment was to do my laundry in the basement. But other than that, I never left the building that day.

    "Maybe you should send an 8x10 glossy of your Barbie photo to the Mattel company. You'll have your own line of dolls by next season I'm sure of it!!"

    HAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHA! What a GREAT idea! I may do that in January when I have off. Hey, I may even start my own Esty Shop; selling Ron Barbie Dolls. And maybe you could even make the JEWELRY for the doll to wear!

    We'll split the profit, 50/50!

    Thanks soooo much for stopping by, M. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

    I look forward to blogging with you in 2012!

    Thanks for being such a great friend!

    Have a SUPER week!

    XOXO

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  43. Oh my word!

    You are starting the New Year off RIGHT with a free-time/no work/vacation month!

    Good for you, Ronnie!!

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  44. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!

    And I can't wait!

    And if it works out for you, I would LOVE to meet up with you sometime in January.

    Think about it, and let me know. You can email me and I'll send you my phone number, so we can talk.

    X

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  45. Hey! Came from Peg's spin on your blog and she was right, you are quite a fun and humorous writer. Glad you got a day of rest after retail season. As a middle school teacher, I, too, relish time to myself.

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  46. Greetings Pseudo~

    Welcome! Thanks so much for stopping by via Peg's blog. It's soooooo nice to meet you!

    Tee, hee! Aren't I a silly man?

    "As a middle school teacher, I, too, relish time to myself."

    OMG, I bet you do. I once taught a creative dramatic class for two months during the summer to kids. And I can I just tell you how much I now appreciate and respect all you wonderful teachers out there? Holy cow...what a tough job teaching is. But, (as I'm sure you know) it's SUCH a rewarding one. As tiring as it was, I thoroughly enjoyed it!

    Thanks again for stopping by and sharing a comment.

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    Cheers!
    X

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  47. GREAT!

    I so look forward to it, girl!

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  48. Ron,

    You did just the right thing to do. You followed your heart. You spent the kind of Christmas you intuitively knew was the best for you. Good job! I totally see what you mean about needing some non-social time after all the hassle.

    You did not get a Barbie!!!! You know what, I'll get you one for next Christmas. In France sometimes folks - well guys - would holler after me... "hey how are you Barbie?" So, would that no be suitable or what a big Barbie getting you a smaller Barbie. I ma honored if called Barbie. She's a gal who goes out there and does stuff... fearlessly!

    Oh, and we share love for red wine and especially shiraaaaaz!

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  49. Greetings Susu~

    Thank you, dear friend.

    And yes, after you've been around TONS of people for practically the whole month, you CRAVE non-social time. So I REALLY enjoyed it.

    "You did not get a Barbie!!!! You know what, I'll get you one for next Christmas."

    OMG....you're such a SWEETHEART!!!! Bless you! I'll have my very OWN Barbie!!!!!!!

    HA!

    " So, would that no be suitable or what a big Barbie getting you a smaller Barbie. I ma honored if called Barbie. She's a gal who goes out there and does stuff... fearlessly!"

    You GO, Barbie girl!

    And you're right, it's an honor. Because she's a gal who goes out there and does stuff....fearlessly!!!!!

    OMG...don't you just ADORE Shiraz????? I drank one once, that had the accent flavors of lavender and mocha. It was heavenly!

    Cheers, my friend!

    And thanks so much for stopping by! Enjoy your week!

    Ciao bella!
    X

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  50. oh good lord! the barbie doll kills me
    I want one too

    Angelica was here Christmas Day, we were talking about you
    did your manhood feel the warmth?

    love ya

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  51. Good morning Lady Dianne~

    "oh good lord! the barbie doll kills me
    I want one too"

    Listen, if Mattel decides to start my own line of Ron Barbies, I'll send ya one next Christmas - HA!

    "Angelica was here Christmas Day, we were talking about you
    did your manhood feel the warmth?"

    Bwhahahahhahahaha! As a matter of fact I DID! At 3pm, I began to feel all WARM in my mid-section!!!!

    Oh, how WONDERFUL that Angelica was with you for Christmas day! If you speak to her again, please tell her I said have a Happy New Year!

    Thanks for stopping by, dear lady!

    X ya too!

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  52. bahahahaha! you crack me UP!

    I am glad you had a wonderful and relaxing xmas bestie! I do know what the retail world is like so I don't blame you one bit! but if i'd of been there we'd be relaxing in our pjs together watching some SATC drinking hot choco.

    Kiehls!!! what wonderful gift. You got some good people watching out for you (and your skin ;)

    Have a fabulous new year Ron. Thanks for being a wonderful part of the blogging community!!

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  53. Hey there Blunt~

    Tee, hee....aren't I silly Barbie man?

    "I do know what the retail world is like so I don't blame you one bit! but if i'd of been there we'd be relaxing in our pjs together watching some SATC drinking hot choco."

    OMG, YES, that would have been so much fun!!!! And it's funny you mentioned SATC because I almost bought myself the complete 6 season set this year for Christmas. And I may still do that when it goes on sale after New Years!

    Don't ya LOVE Kiehl's???? Their lip balm is the BEST!

    "Have a fabulous new year Ron. Thanks for being a wonderful part of the blogging community!!"

    Thank you, girl! And the same to YOU! It's been such highlight getting to know you through our blogs this year. I look forward to sharing 2012 with ya!

    ((((( Blunt )))))

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

    X

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  54. I'm so glad to hear that you survived the holiday season intact! A former retail gal myself, I actually went shopping on Christmas Eve, even though I didn't even need anything!

    My sister and I spent a quiet Christmas, too. Glad to see you back, my friend.

    xoxo

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  55. Hiya Chrissy!

    OMG...I just this SECOND finished leaving a comment on YOUR blog - how in sync we are!

    "A former retail gal myself, I actually went shopping on Christmas Eve, even though I didn't even need anything!"

    YIKES! How BRAVE you were to go out shopping on Christmas Eve! The last two hours in my store were INSANE! It was all the last minute shoppers (men) going crazy to find something for their women; asking us, "Why is nothing left???" HA!

    "My sister and I spent a quiet Christmas, too."

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaay! And I hope you and your sister had a GREAT one!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl! Missed ya these past two weeks, but it's so nice to be back.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR, dear friend!

    (((( Chrissy ))))

    X to you and the gang!

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  56. Jeanne PursellDecember 29, 2011

    Sounds like you had a fabulous Christmas Ron!! Having been in the retail world...I DO understand...believe me!! It can be total sensory overload!!! What a freakin' riot it would have been if you had run into another tenant while doing your laundry!!! Jingle those Bells...INDEED!! Bwahahahaha! The Lucy Book does look like it would be very interesting...she was an icon! Kiehl's is great stuff!!! Enjoy your time off!!! xoxo
    Jeanne

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  57. Too funny on so many fronts. First, I saw that book at Barnes and Noble and instantly thought of you. Second, while at Target right before Christmas and in line at the checkout it occurred to me that I hadn't checked out the Barbie in the little black dress collection to see about getting you one. Third, I felt exactly as you did even on Christmas Eve. If Jon and I hadn't already agreed to go to someone's house both Sat. and Sun. I would have said no. I was on people overload by last Thursday. I still don't want to socialize. It was a very cheery Christmas but I'm cheered out. Glad you had a relaxing day.

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  58. Greetings Jeanne~

    "Having been in the retail world...I DO understand...believe me!! It can be total sensory overload!!!"

    You were in retail too??? Then you TOTALLY understand the sensory overload during this time of the year! All I wanted to do each night was take a nice hot shower and then sit in silence. Christmas day was great because I finally had the day to do NOTHING.

    "What a freakin' riot it would have been if you had run into another tenant while doing your laundry!!! Jingle those Bells...INDEED!!"

    Yeah, I'm sure they would have SCREAMED!

    Bwhahahahahahahahahahaha!

    From the time I saw my first episode of I Love Lucy (when I was a kid), I was hooked! I LOVE LUCY!!! I even have the show on VHS tapes, so I can watch them over and over. And I laugh just a hard as I did seeing them the first time. Her comedy is timeless!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear lady. Hope you had a faaaaaabulous Christmas!

    I look forward to blogging with you in the New Year!

    Cheers!

    X

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  59. Hey there Jen~!

    You should have seen me when I opened my brother's gift and saw the Lucy book - I acted like a little kid - I screamed with joy!

    "while at Target right before Christmas and in line at the checkout it occurred to me that I hadn't checked out the Barbie in the little black dress collection to see about getting you one."

    OMG....how FUNNY! And you know what they say about 'the little black dress" - it goes with EVERYTHING - HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA!

    The next time I'm in Target, I MUST look for that!

    " If Jon and I hadn't already agreed to go to someone's house both Sat. and Sun. I would have said no. I was on people overload by last Thursday. I still don't want to socialize. It was a very cheery Christmas but I'm cheered out."

    I sooooooo know what you mean because even this last week at work, I'm totally cheered out and can't wait to have the month of January off!

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, my friend! Glad you had a very cheery Christmas!

    We MUST talk on the phone sometime in January and catch up, okay?

    Have a GREAT rest of your week!

    Cheers!

    X

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  60. sounds like you had a great time ron. not too many people can enjoy their own company but need to be around people. i know how to enjoy my own company and sometimes i even enjoy people. rest and alone time is important, if i don't get it, i'm cranky.

    looks like you got some nice gifts too.

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  61. Hey ladyV~

    "i know how to enjoy my own company and sometimes i even enjoy people. rest and alone time is important, if i don't get it, i'm cranky."

    OMG....I'm the EXACT same way! I love being around people, however, if I don't get my 'alone time' I can be VERY cranky - HA!

    Thanks for stopping by, girl! Hope you had a VERY Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    Cheers and much X!

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