It is 12 days until Christmas. Aren't I supposed to get a partridge in a pear tree today? I've always hated that song, it goes on and on and if you can remember the "lords a leaping" and the rest, you're spending WAAAY too much time listening to the radio this month. And partridges are very messy birds, also. I'm not sure about how tidy eight maids a-milking would be, cows being non- housebroken and all. Anyway...
I got t-shirt number three yesterday, two white ones in two different sizes, and one black one, a ladies black one, all with the same logo on them. I'll show the shirt(s) after Christmas, as I don't want to give it away yet. Anyhow, I am clearly not proficient in on-line shopping yet. Yet. Practice makes perfect, yes?
Also, I opened a package that was addressed to our neighbor, it was from China and I had a correct package from there too that day. Oops. We get a lot of mis-directed mail, it hasn't been a problem until lately. I hope all our mail isn't suffering the same fate. Some of it is very important, like the check for $$$$ from a class-action lawsuit of ten years ago. Can you believe they just poke a check in an envelope and drop it in the mailbox, no confirmed delivery, no signature needed, no insurance? I sure hope ours is on its way without a glitch.
I was selected by the Nielsen TV group to participate in a survey about TV watching a few weeks ago. I ordinarily pitch such mail unopened, but this time I opened it and money floated out. It was followed, over the next week with two more dead presidents. I'll do their surveys anytime now. At one time I was part of a consumer survey group, and sometimes I received products ( like shampoo, bug spray, laundry detergent, and paper towels) to test. Sometime in there I was dropped as a tester, probably skipped too many products. I remember one where I had to keep track of how many loads of laundry I did in a month, and I was surprised at how many there were, 50 or so I think. Four of us then, even so that is a lot.
Did you ever hear a piece of folk superstition regarding New Year's Day? I had a friend in the 60s who was appalled when I told her I was doing laundry on that day. She said, 'oh no, someone in your family will be washed away (die) that year'! I don't know where that started, she was a Georgia farm girl before moving to south Florida, so maybe that was the source. Superstitions are always fun to hear, but now I count on www.snopes.com to get the lowdown on dubious tales. Some of the ones floating around on the 'net are really old, but still believed by a lot of people. Tales of dying children that want postcards sent; chances to win a great prize if you forward an email to 20 of your friends (that used to be called chain letters, before the net), and so on. Snopes is a great source for quashing the false rumors, or even validating the ones that are true (not very many, I notice). It is fun to check out their web pages once in a while.
Oops, the load in the washer is done, time to load the dryer. Take care these next 12 days especially, lots of maniacs on the road this time of the year.