What a fool believes...

In an attempt to lead a happier and balanced life, I think I'm going to try to live more in the moment, stop worrying so much. I'll try to focus on the joy in my life rather than the irritation.

Most importantly, I'll eat better and try to get some damn exercise.

I went to the Y this weekend, only to learn that this is the weekend that they were redoing both "wellness centers" - ie, the rooms with all the machines, weights, etc.

I put in 2 miles on the track, then came home.

Well, actually, before I left, I grabbed a tag off the Y's "Angel Tree" - this is a charity thing they do every year. Kids ask for what they want/need - you pick a kid and get it for them.

So, the first year, we got our angel a coat - really nice - lots of zip out liners, cool pockets - the kind of thing a nine year old boy would like.

Last year, we had an 18 year old girl who wanted a copy of Bob Marley's "Catch a Fire" and a mall gift card. Being a Jamerican as I am, I couldn't resist that request.

This year, I took a look, and found that lots of kids were asking for an XBox. And if I had the funds, I could have done that - but how do you pick which kid deserves an XBox the most? There was a 4 month old baby that wanted toys and needed a crib. That felt like a punch to the gut. I didn't pick that either, because I knew a crib would be an undertaking. Later, Laura suggested we could have gotten a Pack n Play. Oh, well. Sorry cribless baby!

There was an 18 year old girl who wanted a BabyPhat coat. Well, ok. You need a coat. That's a given. But BabyPhat? Sorry, sweetie. When I worked at Macy's, my department was right next to Juniors, and stupid girls would bring over their BabyPhat to try to scam me - they'd take a ticket from some other inexpensive item, then switch tags. I'm square, yes, but not stupid. They never fooled me. I'd always tell them that the ticket wasn't scanning, I'd just go get another of the same item and we could scan it. They were never there when I got back. Also, Kimora Lee Simmons doesn't get any of my money. I've seen her show, and I think she's a kook. And kind of a ho.

I ended up selecting a 12 year old girl who wants a CD/Radio Boombox, and needs socks and shoes. I figured Matt enjoys shopping electronics, and I can take care of socks and shoes at a lot of places. That said, finding a CD/Radio Boombox that isn't a piece of crap isn't as easy as you would think.

So the search continues.

I still don't know what we're getting Mom and Dad for Christmas, either.

Oh, and in a follow-up to songs I hate at Christmas...here are a few I love:

"Santa Baby" - Eartha Kitt

"Feliz Navidad" - Jose Feliciano

"Blue Christmas" - Elvis Presley

"White Christmas" - Bing Crosby

"Sleigh Ride" - The Ronettes

Huh - all 2 word titles...