Monday, September 17, 2012

Furry feet and good food!

My birthday is coming up. Gonna be the big 2-8. These things aren't becoming as big of a deal as they used to be, probably thanks to Grendal.  Birthdays weren't that big a deal in his life and while I want to celebrate his birthday he just seems rather blah about it.

As an odd twist, though, we are celebrating my birthday, along with my father-in-law's, in a nifty way.  We're having a Hobbit Breakfast! More like Elevenses, but it's the thought that counts.  Grendal and I are bringing the eggs, bacon, and sausage, making coffee and tea, and than his sister is providing scones and clotted cream.  Sounds like it's going to be a big thing, something nice for the family.  I'm thinking about breaking out my soundtrack for LotR to play in the background!

With the weekend also comes Mabon/Fallfeast.  I have become lax on doing much of anything during the warm seasons, but that seems to be what happens.  Strangely, I am more active during the fall and winter months, and a little in spring.  I'll make it a point to set aside a plate of food and warm bread (will try to make some for the day) for the gods and the wights.  Depending on the weather and how Grendal and I feel, I might be able to convince him to spend part of the day at a local state park.  We had originally wanted to go camping but, well, life happened. :I

Speaking of life, things are still kinda rocky/hectic for Grendal and I.  The deli I work in has been forced to go union thanks to the other stores in the area.  That's not bad, they seem to leave us well enough to ourselves, but it's the proposed contract that has everyone nervous.  Those that I work with seem to be okay with this version but the Union Reps aren't happy.  We vote again early next month and if we decline this contract we strike. Not good.  Many of us, myself included, cannot deal with a strike.  The amount we make there is just enough for some of us to get by and a strike would effectively cut off our income.  A lot of us are pretty nervous. Grendal has been getting more hours at his store, which is good.  He's happy but is getting worn down.  Hopefully the two days off this weekend will be enough to reboot his system.

We've been trying to save as much as we can for our wedding but things are falling through.  Our attempt at mead for the celebration might not happen, which is sad but things just keep cropping up and we have to place our money else where for the time being.  He also wants to save up so he can finish off his last college class (no financial aid, sadly) before looking into taking a similar job as my brother-in-law, which is working for Canadian Pacific.  He's keen on the idea and my brother-in-law enjoys it.  The only downside that we see at the moment is the fact that he'd be gone for days at a time.  It's a sacrifice we'd make if it means we can live with a slight bit of comfort.

Other than that, life has be chugging along.  Working what we can, saving what we can, and trying to keep sane.  With the chill in the air, though, I know I'm gonna come back to life and be a bit more present here.  Hopefully. :)