It's the (cyber) Monday after the wild in person shopping frieze of Black Friday! Is Black Friday a big deal outside of North America? In Canada we only took on this day as to keep Canadians from crossing the border & spending their holiday dollars south of the border. With so much online shopping now, I don't think it matters much, but it's over powering. There are now sales leading up to Black Friday, the week before Black Friday sales; pre-Black Friday & on & on. Too much!
Locally the school boards timed one of their many PD*days (professional development days for the teachers) to be on Black Friday. The malls were packed with kids having nothing to do but hang out & adults shopping for more stuff. There were warnings to stay away from the mall on several F/B groups. After a short shift at the clinic, I stayed home, had tea & read a little of my latest from the library; Origins by Dan Brown. Not sure yet if I like.
On the weekend I attended a workshop for Christmas card making. I made 16 (2 of 8 designs) cards. It was a time of stamping, embossing, glittering, gluing & working with sequins (which apparently distresses environmental scientists, glitter that is). I don't like working with individual sequins, they cause me to swear. I won a door prize of a set of retired Christmas stamps. We also all received a package of retired 6X8" Christmas paper. So all in all a nice haul.
The mail has been sparse, not even a lot of flyers. I am hoping to finish off any card making this week as I like to mail my Christmas cards on December 1st.
Thank you everyone from last week for the support to my continued hiring dilemmas, which I think are quieting down. A memo was sent to everyone as I did hire back the young lady who quit without notice. We had a chat about that & what my expectations of commitment are for this role. I also made some switches to our day time (other than me) front desk person, she is/was really struggling on the 3 therapist Tuesdays, plus two of the therapists made a complaint about her seemingly inability to multi task. I had a chat with this person & said it is not punishment but support to her to move her shift to the quieter Monday as she can gain more experience during a quieter, one therapist shift. So I am hoping that all things are settled for the remainder of the year.
One of our previous students from the clinic has graduated from her masters program, who with her partner, he graduated with a PHD, are taking the next 9 months to travel. She sent me this photo from her first lag of the travels as she knows, trees, mountains & water are my favourite places to be - this is in the Canadian Rockies. I would never grow tired of this view. They will be spending Christmas with family & then January 2nd leave for travels in South America.
Mr Man & I are off today for his 3rd eye injection with the new local doctor. What a relief not to have to drive to Toronto. So many new rules in place about driving on a particular street there, I would surely receive a ticket for not turning right after one block. Yes that's it, you can only travel north for one block at a time, after a block you must turn right, zig zag up & over to get back on the street & again for only one block at a time. Too much!
And that as they say is a wrap for the day. Happy week everyone, see you Thursday with my threesome.