You Don’t Have To Explain Yourself

DSC_0050Hello everyone!

Long time no see 🙂

The winter holidays are a unique time of year for me.  K usually leaves to visit his family in Korea for about a month.  He actually just left for that very reason yesterday morning.  I took him to the airport and we said our goodbyes, now here Chester and I are sitting writing this post.

Needless to say, K and I have been very busy getting prepared for him to leave.  If you have left a comment and I didn’t respond, I’m so sorry. It’s not because I didn’t want to, but I’ve been so busy and time has gotten away from me so much.  I’ve just approved all comments.  Please know that I wanted to respond.  I’m just so tired lately.  Hopefully things slow down a bit for the holidays.  I have a feeling they will 🙂

This will be a weird Christmas because I’ll be home on Christmas day.  By home I mean with Chester, in my apartment.  My mom isn’t having on Christmas day this year and neither is my dad.  I don’t feel like driving two hours two different days. It’s a boring drive and it’s cold out there.  It will just be Chester and I and I’m ok with that.  No worries about contamination! 🙂

Something funny happened to me today at work that I just have to share.

When I go to the kitchen at work, I use a paper towel or tissue to open the cabinets to get a mug, turn on the faucet, and then open the microwave to make hot water for green tea.

I’m usually pretty sneaky about this and no one has ever caught me yet, except for today.  One of my coworkers was suddenly right there looking at me using the paper towel to turn the faucet.  All I could do was laugh and she laughed.  I said like I was caught red-handed, “I hate touching things!”  She just giggled and said something that actually was hilarious, yet meant a lot to me.  “You don’t have to explain yourself.  We all know.”  🙂

This made my day.  I am making a scarf for the same coworker.  I never thought I’d have coworkers who are this fun and kind.  I don’t want to jinx it, but they’re my friends.  We’re a close-knit bunch and we are kind, respectful, and funny around each other.  We all have a general understanding of not to come into the office when you have even the slightest sniffle.  My boss has given us plenty of paid-time-off, so we all know there’s no excuse to come in sick.

The employee gift exchange happened at work because not everyone could make it to the Christmas party because of the snow.  We stopped work a few hours early, opened up some wine, and did the gift exchange.  The picture above is what I received. It’s so thoughtful. One of my coworkers made it. It’s one of those glass block crafts.  It’s my only Christmas decoration at this time.  I actually have to hide it during the day because I caught Chester biting the pine cones.

This is something I’m really thankful for this holiday season.  I’m grateful for good, down-to-earth people.



37 thoughts on “You Don’t Have To Explain Yourself

  1. haha it’s funny that chester likes your gift! i’m glad your co-workers are so sweet! i would feel like i need to explain myself too. i have ocd as well.

  2. So glad to hear about your great coworkers! 🙂
    I’ve never spent Christmas without family, or in cold weather, but I could imagine that cozy-ing up with Chester and staying indoors would still be a great way to spend it 🙂
    Sort of an early Christmas gift from me, I know it might not seem like much but, I’m writing a Christmas story and hope you don’t mind I named one of my main characters after you 🙂
    Thank you for being awesome 😉

    1. Hello dear 🙂
      I don’t mind at all! That’s quite an honor actually. Thank you 🙂 Chester and I are indeed doing some warm cuddling. He actually purred when I trimmed his claws. It’s a Christmas miracle 😉 I hope you have happy holidays!

      ps, can’t believe I wasn’t following you, now I am 🙂

  3. Great post, having coworkers that understand you means a lot, unlike the ones I have who just poke fun at me even when I didn’t do anything but they do that even in anticipation that I might do something, they are not kind people. The gift is very cute, you can do so much with those glass boxes. I always want a wall made of them, I know weird. See you soon honey rest assured you are not missing a thing, but I miss u.

    1. 😀 chester usually hates to have his claws clipped. I just did it with him wrapped in a blanket and he purred the entire time. He just wanted some time with his momma i guess 🙂

  4. I love the snowfall on your page. It’s not icy at all, the best kind.
    Your co-workers sound warm and friendly too. I have a few I can kid with, and a few I have to be careful around. The real problem–
    My new job exposed me to a lot of new stuff and I was sick for months with one thing after another. Today I had a checkup and everything was finally clearing up.
    Hopefully I will be back to reading and writing blogs regularly again soon.
    I missed you.

    1. 🙂 It does add a nice touch. It surprised me too. I added it last year and then it came back again this year. I’m sorry you have been sick for so long 😦 I’m glad to hear you’re doing better!
      I’ve missed seeing you around too Lucy. Hope you have wonderful, happy holidays 🙂

      hugs from Chester and Megan!

  5. This really made me smile. It sounds like you are beginning to feel comfortable with your co- workers & that’s so great. Enjoy your Christmas. It sounds so fabulously relaxing 🙂

  6. My mother is not receiving on Xmas because her house is going through renovations. On last news, my dad is not receiving neither. The ritual big family party is always around the New Year’s Day, I assumed this was so that it won’t interfere with everyone’s other parties. So, I will likely spend the 25th alone with my three cats, my fish, my snails and my gerbil.

      1. I’m so sorry about the surgery 😦 And on Christmas eve! No worries, I won’t be doing anything this Christmas eve or day. We celebrate on Sunday as a family.

  7. Thank you for sharing this part of your life with us. I find it very interesting. I have never worked somewhere in which people did not come in when sick. At my working places, you didn’t not come in unless you were so bad you couldn’t and then you thought about it.
    Hope your holidays went well.

    1. Thank you for reading the things I write Scott. It means so much to me. I’m lucky to work at the place I do because of the flexibility, but I’ve worked at places that were much less flexible. I hope all is well with you and you had lovely holidays. Oh yeah, happy new year!
      Also, keep warm and be safe in this snowstorm we’re expecting.

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