Okay, okay, I know "Marchmas" isn't a thing, really. Except, this year, it sorta is. For me, at least.
As I mentioned briefly in my last journal entry, I didn't really have much of a Christmas this past December. Usually I hop on a plane and spend Christmas with my folks in Florida-- but that didn't happen this time. The reason is because things have been sort of tight financially for me, so I ended up taking a holiday position at a local Macy's to bring in some additional income. I went into this at my parents' urging back in October, with a tacit understanding between us that if I sacrificed my time with them on December 25th, we'd be able to make it up a few months later.
So I worked at Macy's for a few months. Not too bad, except for working on Black Friday. That was really rough-- an 8-hour overnight shift right at the peak of the shopping frenzy, and then another 8-hour shift on that Saturday afternoon. Otherwise, though-- my supervisors and co-workers were pretty nice, the schedule was pretty flexible, and the work wasn't bad. And I was considering staying on, actually-- my bosses were impressed with me, and offered me an on-call position. But then I got some stuff in the mail about joining a union, and I found out that membership was mandatory with the new position Macy's wanted to give me, and after running some calculations I realized that staying there and paying out union dues would result in me losing money rather than making any. So, unfortunately, I had to officially resign a little over a week ago.
In the meantime, I was also planning to see my parents once the holidays were over. As a result of the trip to Florida being a little more difficult now (because I now live in Bellingham rather than Vancouver), my parents and I ended up also agreeing on something else, to sweeten the deal: on my way back to Seattle from Florida, I'll be making a stopover in Chicago for a weekend visit with my friend mandy-kun! Somewhere along the way I realized that this arrangement meant that, if I timed things right, I'd get to be in Chicago to see the St. Patrick's Day parade and the dyeing of the river, which are two things I've wanted to see for years. Hence, I'm having Marchmas, because one of my parents' presents to me is the gift of getting to indulge my inner movie geek with a little sightseeing a la The Fugitive and Ferris Bueller's Day Off. XP
So this journal post is basically a notice: I'll be heading off on my vacation next Monday, March 2nd, staying overnight in Seattle, spending a little over a week with my folks in Florida, and then I'll be in Chicago from the 12th to the 16th. If everything works out the way it should, I'll be right back here in Bellingham the night of the 16th, just in time to spend the actual St. Patrick's Day here. I'm sure I'll have lots to talk about when I get back. Or maybe even while I'm away.