Good air in; Bad air out.
Thank the Heavens that the 2011 holidays have ended! Although I do love all of the quality family time and seeing people I haven't seen in what seems to be ages, my occupation just doesn't make it all worth it. This Christmas has been the busiest Christmas I have ever seen in my seven years at Mrs. Fields. The opening of H&M and Crate & Barrel on 11/11/11 have just made the mall soar above any other this side of the United States it seems!
I was able to peel myself away mid-month to enjoy one of the most epic bands I've ever been able to witness for the third time; Anberlin. This winter has been the most snow free season of my life, this only means it will be snowing till July :/ The concert was announced 2 weeks prior of the actual date. It wasn't until the day before of the show that X96 announced the venue and time, which was outside at the Gallivan Center mid-December! We were only second row back right in the middle of all the action; although six songs in, it became a little too chaotic for any of us so we charged through the sea of people to the back where we could actually fill our lungs with crisp oxygen. Post-show we were able to meet Anberlin and have them sign a few personal items as well as take a picture with the five of them.
Following the show was more work, work, work, work! Busy, busy, busy busting our butts! Finally, what seemed like forever to arrive was Christmas Eve! I opened the store with a little more relaxation than I had the previous weeks because I knew it was about to be over! Eight short hours later I was walking around the mall finishing my final gifting for those who matter most. Suddenly an employee corporate appeared in my face and was congratulating us on what a spectacular season we have been doing; for those of you who don't know my store is certainly not corporate's favorite location! It felt amazing to be encouraged and felicitated on our success! Finally, it was night and we were headed to The Wagstaff's for the annual Christmas Eve party! Chase was dog sitting Maddox (Chase's best friends' dog) and I was instructed to take his food and toys to Chase's old room where Chase would be sleeping for the night. When I opened the door to his room it was exploding with presents in red and green papers and ribbons of gift boxes and bags! Although on the bed was an unwrapped MacBook Pro and Printer both sealed in their boxes. I knew Chase's mother had been saving to upgrade to a MacBook Pro so I assumed it was for her. Following me was Chase with Maddox in his cage, suddenly Chase started exclaiming how mad he was and to my cluelessness I hadn't the slightest clue of what he was upset about! He started explaining the MacBook Pro was my Christmas present and he had a fantastic plan to fool me when he wrapped it, but hadn't had time yet. Inside I was screaming of excitement while I was trying to keep composure. Chase was so sulky the rest of the night, I was trying everything I could think of to attempt to cheer his mood. Nothing worked until he unwrapped gifts at my house, which actually turned out to be an amazing Christmas Eve night! Thanks babe for making me the luckiest girl!