My hatred for this holiday has not improved one iota since I experienced World's Busiest Day at Work yesterday ohmygod. We got out of work early, though, and Ryan came and hung out after, and I know you all envy old Mrs. Robinson/Pamela Smart/Dinah Shore, over here. In unrelated news, Edsel has a new One Truu Love. He's out getting his Ryan tattoo on his forepaw as we speak.
I'd love to tell you about the stuff Ned and I did last night, and no it's NOT filthy, but Ima share with you some of your good deeds now. There are literally hundreds of them, and I don't think I can list them all, as it will take six days to do so, but we should be happy to know that we made the world a little more tolerable during this most depressing season.
Or is that just me?
Oh, and before I begin, my mother called to say her computer isn't working so I'm supposed to tell Melvie that she bought coffee for the person behind her at Tim Horton's, she let people in front of her in all traffic and grocery store situations she could, and she got a list of what the animal shelter needed and bought it and is taking it over to them.
Other good deeds from all y'all (and Outcast Lee, as I write this, Ned is schlepping Tall Boy to the airport, another good deed from him. Heyyyyy, guy my girlfriend used to sleep with! Let's go to the unbusy airport together!) (Do you think they're talking about my breasts and nudging each other? God, I hope so.)
OHMYGOD let's get started. Here are some of the good things you've done this dumb season...
I came out of Trader Joe's to see a man in a wheel chair just finishing putting his groceries in the back of a SUV. He could hardly reach into his basket (buggy to you Southerners), as he was at the same level as the top of the basket. I told him I would return the basket to the corral, but he proudly told me he could do it. Being the bossy woman that I am, I ripped it from his hands and returned it to the corral. JK I nicely told him I would do it and did it.
I became acquainted with a young lady from a very small country who had never had a Christmas tree. I invited her over for dinner and decorating. She was thrilled to decorate her first ever Christmas tree.
While in line to checkout at the grocery store, the elderly lady in front of us was purchasing a huge birthday cookie in a bakery box she could just barely get her arms around. As soon as we exited the store, we assisted her with loading the box in her trunk.
So my first random act was to let every single car that was trying to merge into traffic go ahead of me. Not all at the same time, because that would just be rude to those behind me, but randomly throughout the day. And may I just say that I HATE when they don't acknowledge my good deed.
Yesterday I donated to our local mission. Peoples can eat now! Which, is like, necessary.
There's a very nice homeless man named Bob who I see around town all the time. He was at the gas station this morning sweeping up the parking lot, so I asked him if I could get him anything from inside. He politely asked for a ginger ale, so I bought him two cans.
Yesterday at work I put money into the coffee fund jar. I don't even drink coffee but I thought I would help fund the habit for my fellow teachers.
I started my good deeds yesterday by, like many others, letting several people in front of me in traffic.
Jbluehouse, I started my good deeds in your name yesterday by, like many others, letting several people in front of me in traffic. None of them waved either. Central PA drivers are obviously not wavers, although I always try to.
I also put a sizable donation in the Salvation Army bucket in front of my local Kmart, and even told the bell-dinger guy (I'm sure that's his official title).
I paid for the coffee of the car behind me at the drive through today. Hopefully it started a chain reaction.
Yesterday I started knitting another hat to give away to someone in need.
[I'm] providing 100 teddy bears and back packs to homeless orphans.
I put together a little fun run/walk thing for our neighborhood on Thanksgiving morning, and said to bring non perishable food items instead of a registration fee. Finally made the run up to the food bank with the donations yesterday.
I gathered the uncut, decorative pumpkins on our cul de sac, took them to a local park and chucked them into the woods for the raccoons et al. Removed fall and fed critters in one act.
I let 2 people go ahead of me at the DMV.
We have been wracked by thunderstorms. I awoke before dawn to go outside to change all five of our hummingbird feeders so that the birds would have warm, fresh sugar water waiting for them when they awoke after a night that could not have been pleasant. Since I love birds as much as I do people, does this count?
Filled out paperwork for the young man ahead of me at the lab. His right hand was in a cast.
Allowed three frantic mothers out of the school parking lot ahead of me (generating Aloha wishes and waves).
Told an elder woman how lovely she looked while grocery shopping. Seriously, she was put together for being at the Big Save at 8:30 am.
I do a fundraiser that buys a premium coffee for deployed service people. Today, I bought a coffee in the name of each person who has contributed so far, which is 29. So 29 additional coffees today for troops!
Today, while out Christmas shopping, I helped a lady on a motorized scooter by taking down things she wanted to look at on a shelf too high for her to reach. I put them back on said shelf, too!
Today a stranger came to my door looking for his lost dog. He told me where he lived, if saw the dog. I drove around looking for the poor thing, to no avail.
I work on a military installation and made donations to two separate packages for deployed troops.
I bought coffee for three servicemen who were behind me in line at the SBux. I carted trash cans up to the garage for two elderly neighbors. I brought the paper in for one of them. I helped a lady with a couple of kids push an uncooperative cart to her car at the Target. Bonus: Her kids were so fixated on the stranger pushing their cart they stopped screaming temporarily.
After walking the dog at 6am, the trash guys came to visit, it was trash day, gave out 4 $10 Target gift cards.
On a walk today I picked up the tipped-over empty garbage cans and took the cans up to the sides of the houses for two old people.
I tipped the brush men who do yeoman duty picking up our huge piles of brush every blessed week year 'round.
Today a friend and I took her elderly neighbor shopping in the rain. And I let cars merge in front of me (in the rain).
I was rushing trying to get my mom to the doctor and traffic was a mess and I let a poor guy out of a side street with traffic backed up at least a half mile behind me.
I donated several scarves to a local nursing home.
I purchased toys and clothes for a foster child in our community as part of a program at work.
I paid for breakfast for the car of teen-agers behind me at McDonald's.
I gave my yard man a bonus for his hard work all year. He was working with his helper in the pouring-down rain yesterday. And for you dirty-minded pieps, that bonus would be in the form of money.
I participated in keeping a thirty-year tradition alive by working with a few other neighbors to make Christmas tree ornaments for everyone in our subdivision.
I'm choosing to rejoice with the couple getting married at our church on Christmas morning. Instead of resenting the fact that my husband has to be abscent Christmas Eve afternoon and Christmas morning. I'm even sending a gift and a tin of baked goodies.
The contractor who has done thousands of dollars in repairs on my 100-year-old house is married with 5 kids. His wife has cancer and is undergoing chemo right now and has good days and bad ones. My contractor often works until 9:00 or 10:00 at night. I'm mailing them a gift card for a pizza place so that when his wife just doesn't have it in her to deal with trying to make sure dinner is made for the kids, she can have pizzas delivered instead.
Stoppped in Starbucks for a latte and a yogurt. Ordered and paid, and while waiting, I spotted a senior man sitting glumly with no drink of food in front of him. I went over to him and asked if I could get him anything and he asked if I could help him get something to eat. By this time, the line was out the door and there was no way I'd make it to work by 10am, but I got on the line, ordered him a breakfast sandwich, paid and asked the counter guy to make sure the man got it. Then I told the man that his sandwich was coming and I left for work.
I mailed a musical birthday card to a young boy with Down's Syndrome who was asking for a big ol' pile of birthday cards for his birthday.
At the pet store I donated to the guide dog fund. I gave my daughter's friend, who lives in the opposite direction from us, a ride home. And I sent two cards for Chemo Angels/Senior Angels, one to a cancer patient and one to a housebound senior.
I was driving home in the dark, minding my own business doing the speed limit. Mr. White-important-home-improvement-named-van was riding my bumper because obviously the speed limit is not good enough when he cannot pass me. His headlights were blinding me, instead of lifting the middle finger salute and slamming on my brakes, I did the noble simple act of kindness for us both and pulled over to the side and let him pass. The effer!
I had posted a picture of something in my house on Facebook...my friend commented and said I WANT YOUR TABLECLOTH...it's a pretty antique lace tablecloth...so I promptly took it off the table...washed it and wrapped it up and dropped it off at here workplace this morning...she text me and said she was crying :)
I donated to the Cup of Joe for a Joe charity that Kathi posted the link to in the comments yesterday. I am always grateful for our servicemen & women, but it really gets to me when I think of them being away from their families during the holidays.
KEEK! alert Deb who is back to being Deb:
My wonderful office, but stingy admin. staff, doesn't provide decent coffee creamer. A few of us buy our own, put our names on them, and keep them in the shared fridge. I started writing on mine "hot in az - and i will happily share with anyone who wants some!"
I have a hotel sales rep who lives in NC but whose territory is the West Coast, which makes her travel for weeks at a time. My RAOK for yesterday was to invite her to my house for a homemade dinner.
I did manage to buy coffee for the car behind me. And also probably a muffin or something, otherwise, that was one expensive coffee! I also threw a couple of bucks in the Salvation Army can at my hair stylist's place.
I was at a lunch yesterday and a lady in my group stood up, waiving her arms and looking wild-eyed. When asked, she nodded that she could not breathe. I jumped up and did the Heimlich.
A brother and sister in their 50s were waiting on their mother's valve replacement surgery. The brother really wanted to play cards but his sister wouldn't play with him. He tried another woman and she wouldn't play, either. So I went to their table and told him I'd play if he taught me how. He was dealing those cards before I finished my sentence. And he dealt his sister in. She sighed and shook her head and played. So I helped him pass some long hours at a game I couldn't care less about. By the time I was called out, two more people had joined in. I looked in an hour later and they were still playing--with more new people.
I have a lovely and humble coworker who has a very critically ill adult child in Honduras. We took up a fund to cover her airplane tickets. She's going to be blown away when she opens the card from everyone.
I adopted an angel from the senior citizen angel tree. His name is Henry and he is 77 years old. The reason I chose him is because among the items on his wish list were issues of Sports Illustrated and People Magazines. Go, Henry! I will be shopping and wrapping his gifts tomorrow.
I went to the grocery store today and there was an elderly couple sitting in the entryway behind a Salvation Army kettle. They were all bundled up and the gentleman was ringing a bell. I stopped and put some money in the kettle for Sandra and took the time to chat with the couple.
My daughter's last PT is today...got each of her therapists boxes of Flipz chocolate covered pretzels since they helped her get closer to being able to do her "Flipz!"
I gave a large box of chocolates to the nursing staff at my mother's care facility.
I made a donation to the Salvation Army today.
I let two people ahead of me in line at the grocery store (one actually *budged* but I would have let him ahead of me anyway...he just had a pack of gum). AND I gave my Kleenex box to another teacher who needed it in her office (even though I still NEED THE KLEENEX).
We are doing a toy drive for homeless kids and I brought in a bunch of toys.
I made a nice comment on Facebook this morning to someone who is sort of a former friend and with whom I don't have contact anymore. She has recently lost a lot of weight and I seconded someone else's comment and added my own flattering two cents.
A door to door young salesman was admiring my various pumpkins still sitting at the front door. He called them squash and asked if I was going to do anything with them and I said maybe cook them. (yeah sure, along with all the other things my house is full of that I am "going" to do) He admired one especially and said he cooked it before and really liked it so I gave it to him. I almost feel guilty for using it because it was so easy and he was so thrilled.
I did a small good deed today. I was waiting to get some lab work done and the woman next to me was quite worried so I talked with her and calmed her down some and took her mind off things. She seemed much calmer when she was called back for her lab work.
I did a good deed by filling in for someone who was out sick at work. Not how I planned to spend my day off, but it's ok.
I let EVERYONE go ahead of me in line at the grocery store. Just kept shooing them ahead of me until there was no one left. THEN the lady right in front of me was 26 cents short and I didn't have any change, (and the cashier just stood and stared at her) so I paid for her whole order. It was only 18 bucks, but still.
I helped a really annoying girl at work with her project that involved computer crap she doesn't know and I let her take all the credit for it.
I donated some toys to Toys for Tots. It was also in memory of my niece, Olivia.
I was shopping and found a $300 to $400 handbag on clearance for $139. I was paying for my items and the lady behind me was admiring it and really gushing so I let her buy it.
I gave the guy that filled my gas tank a huge tip. "Merry Christmas", I said, as I drove away. I get the feeling no one has ever tipped him before.
I saw a car in a parking lot yesterday that had its lights on. I walked over to it and there was an elderly man waiting in the passenger seat. I told him his lights were on. He turned them off. I know. I am impressed as well.
I helped a lady unload her cart of groceries into the trunk of her car so she could get out of the rain faster. Then I took her cart back for her.
At a work event on Friday, I saw a women in the washroom unrolling reams of toilet paper to blow her nose. I had a package of tissues in my purse, so I gave it to her. Not the budget store brand (which I usually buy), but real Kleenex! She was so grateful--she'd come down with a sinus cold and had already run out of tissues by 8:30 in the morning, and her nose was sore and red.
I told a cashier that he was giving me back $10 too much change. I also let an older lady in front of me in a store which sells smelly lotions, candles and air freshener things. It was making me nauseated to stand there but I was trying to be nice.
[That's all for now. Bye for now, as Eric the Actor would say. Jan will be the only one who laughs at that. Anyway, these good deeds were only from the first week, so you can imagine how many more there are! I'll give a few more tomorrow, but thanks, everyone, for participating, especially my partner because I'm a lesbian, Lisa not THAT Lisa.]