At a Total Loss
  • Maggie Franklin
  • December 14, 2011

I have nothing to gripe about today. I know, you're shocked, and possibly dismayed.

 

Mostly, it's the holiday season. I love the holidays. Sometimes I like the way that so many people get all grumpy and stressed out — something about watching other people make themselves miserable makes me feel so much better by comparison. You know, like, really puts my own life in perspective.

 

Sometimes I like that so many other people are all happy and cheerful and loving the season with me.

 

Sometimes I like that everything is all decorated and lit up, especially living and working in a region that has world famous fog — all those lights can really perk you up.

 

I'm also especially fond of having a live tree inside my house. I wish I had room in the salon for one.

 

I love hand addressing all my holiday cards — and yes, I do specifically say "holiday" not to be "politically correct" but because I legitimately have a mailing list that includes persons of all holiday persuasions. And besides, I'm all about celebrations, so I don't want to have to choose just one holiday.

 

I also LOVE doing holiday nails! People who never wear nail art or glitter give it a whirl for the season. I like the challenge of trying to think up new designs or put new twists on old ones.

 

I really like that it's cold. Of course, by "cold" I mean I finally get to wear boots and sweaters, as long as I leave the window open a bit. It just doesn't get that cold here, but it's better than when I was working in Hermosa Beach. Yeah, I like winter. I'm not jealous of some of my friends' and colleagues' ice storms and blizzards, but I wouldn't mind snow more often than every 29 years.

 

So I've been keeping busy here at the salon, painting everything green and red and blue and silver and I just don't have much of anything to rant about. But I can tell you to never put apple cider through your automatic drip coffee maker: It was a $9 coffee maker and it was on its last legs anyway. I knew I was taking a risk when I put the cider in it. Naturally, I killed the coffee maker... and then the BF explained how coffee makers work. Oops.

 

Yes. I'm sure there are plenty of people out there who are rolling their eyes and thinking that I'm an idiot. But it's supposed to be a funny story. I know it was a dumb move ... now.

 

So I have a new coffee maker. It's fancy, with hot water on demand on one side. That, and the little "Charlie Brown" Christmas tree have been the most exciting things new additions to the salon that everyone is loving. And their nails, of course.

 

So everything around here is swell. But don't worry, I'm sure something will come up soon.

 

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