The gift buying is winding down. Only a few more gift cards to mail off to nieces and nephews. Last Friday, I took my nephew to Target to buy a few things for his relatives in Minnesota. He wandered off to the toy section and I ended up picking the gifts. I told him this was the last time that I would be buying gifts for his relatives since he will be in college next year and going directly to his grandfather's house. He claimed poverty and when I reminded him how much money he has in his computer fund, he looked shocked that I would suggest that he use it. Ah well, I was only suggesting that he put a little thought in to it. He doesn't need to spend a lot. It's just nice to bring a little something when visiting someone else's house, especially if you are expecting to receive gifts yourself.
On Saturday, the weather was finally chilly by Arizona standards. I think the high was in the 50's. The leaves decided to fall off the trees and I picked the last of the green tomatoes. The weather change gave me a sinus headache so I took a long nap which was very nice but I still had a headache when I woke up. In the afternoon, we visited the cat shelter again and I went to my company's dinner. It was small, only 12 people, and over by 7:30pm. We have a new-ish boss. I think he's been around for 2 years. He just announced that our Chicago office will be closing at the end of next year so everyone is a little sad and nervous. I don't think they will close my office unless they sell the company but that has also been a rumor going around. I just need 2 more years and then I could put my semi-retirement plan into action. If I lost my job today I would need to get another job, at least part time. I would rent out my house and hopefully have enough money to finish off my barn-shed tiny house on the inside. I don't think I am going to lose my job soon but I like to have contingency plans just in case.
Only one and a half days of work left this week and then some much needed time off. I can hardly wait.