Glory, Glory *

Now that I'm standing on this higher ground

Writer's Block: Holiday cheer
Do you tend to get nostalgic during the holidays? Depressed? Giddy? How do the winter holidays make you feel?
Usually I'm extremely happy around this time of year, but this time around is just a different story. Yes, I enjoyed the usual fun things like shopping for my family & friends and wrapping gifts. But my work is really beginning to bring me down. Yes, last year I was at the same job - but last year, when Christmas rolled around, I'd only been working there for about two months, and the grumpy customers and insane amount of merchandise that needed to be packed away/put out on the shelves didn't seem that big of a deal. This time, I've been working there for over a year, and I'm not getting any time off except for Christmas Day. My boss said we weren't allowed to ask for any time off between Christmas and New Year's, so while I didn't ask, other co-workers went ahead and asked, and what did she do? She gave them the time off. I've been putting up with grumpy customers and the usual crap that comes from working here all year around, with very minimal breaks. So it's all coming to a head now, and I'm finding it harder and harder to dredge up a smile and act happy for the customers. They all want something they can't have, because we are sold out of it, but try telling them that. It doesn't go over very well. I'm usually a very happy person, but right now I'm even having a hard time keeping a cheerful demeanor around my friends at work (it must be said though, none of them are very happy either, so it's kind of a mutual grumpiness). All in all I just wish I could be at home preparing for the holidays by baking and decorating the house, but instead I'm stuck at work every single day. So yes, I am looking forward to Christmas Day itself, but everything else is just dragging me down this year. 

Writer's Block: Name that tune
Is there any song you'll never grow tired of hearing? If so, what is it, how long have you loved it, and why?

"I Won't Forget You" by Poison. I discovered it as I was nearing the end of my first (and final) high school year, and it was kind of my personal anthem for how I was feeling about leaving all my friends behind. I love everything about it - the lyrics, the guitar solo, the background vocals - the whole thing is a masterpiece, once again from the pen of the multi-talented C.C. DeVille. It's one of my favourite Poison songs, as well as one of my favourite songs of all time, and I have never - and will never - get tired of hearing it. I've loved it for over two years now. Now it has more meaning to me than just about my high school friends, but it'll always remind me of those days.

Writer's Block: Most memorable concert
What was the most memorable concert you ever attended? What made it so magical?
Poison, Def Leppard, and Cheap Trick, July 4th 2009. It was my first concert, and Poison was and still is my favourite band. Each of the bands played all their biggest hits, and all three sounded amazing. They obviously love what they do, and it was fantastic to still see them together after all they've been through, still playing great music and being great entertainers. Plus, C.C. DeVille, the lead guitarist of Poison and my favourite member, blew me a kiss - which cemented the evening as one of the best of my life.


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