You are listening to ‘300 Seconds with Eduardo Soliz,’ and this is episode number 93, “So This is Christmas,” so let the 300 Seconds begin!
I’ve been in a funk this Christmas season; it just hasn’t been the same as in years past. I sold my house a few months ago and in the meantime, I have been rooming in with some friends. It’s been pleasant for the most part, but not having a place of my own means that I’ve missed out on a few Christmas things. Things like putting up and decorating my little Christmas tree after Thanksgiving, stringing up lights on my house. Even the little USB Christmas tree that I usually keep at my work desk sits somewhere in my storage unit, unused. Granted, I don’t even HAVE a desk these days, but that’s a podcast for another time.
What bums me out the most, though, is that for the first time in years, I won’t be making Christmas cookies for my friends. My work schedule right now includes weekends and I can’t squeeze in a full day of baking and another full day of making deliveries into my schedule. Complicating matters is that it’s a temp job, so I don’t have any paid time off. I’ve also been told that the job is ending soon, but I haven’t been given a definite end date, so every new week at work might be my last. Yeah, thanks, guys.
Otherwise, Christmas has gone on as usual: Gifts have been bought, I have another group of favorite Christmas songs to add to my website, and I have already written a Christmas story. Granted, the story wasn’t quite as happy as those in years past, but that seems appropriate. Funny thing: I’ve actually written a second, more optimistic story to make up for the dreariness of the first one. It’ll be up soon.
My mood will likely improve when I go visit my family for Christmas next week. Cookies will be baked and gifts will be delivered, and that’s always fun. Spending a few days with friends and family always lifts my spirits, but until then, I’ll muddle along as best I can.
This has been 300 Seconds, the next episode will be posted after I wrap my Christmas gifts. I am Eduardo Soliz. For more podcasts, short stories, and my blog, visit Eduardo Soliz dot com. Thank you for listening and a very Merry Christmas to you!