By Laurie Notaro
It’s the main wonderful–and so much dreadful–season of the 12 months, while packing containers of brownies assault your thighs, drunken vacation revelers remain long gone their welcome, and your grandmother has conniptions on the division shop over the cost of hand lotion. Welcome to Laurie Notaro’s Christmastime.
In ten brand-new tales and 3 formerly released favorites, Notaro stocks the sidesplitting day-by-day failures of the vacations, like discovering herself on emergency female product recon at the hours of darkness on Christmas Eve; surrendering to the inevitable terrible present Parade via easily inquiring for vacation dish towels and great white underpants from Sears; struggling with the morons in line on the 7th Circle of Hell, differently often called the selfmade craft shop; and attempting to reside down her acceptance because the so much Unfun Christmas get together visitor Ever, as a result of an unlucky false impression concerning a faux overdose and emergency paramedics.
So no matter if you end up on the uninteresting and clever celebration or the Raucous and silly occasion this vacation season, you’ll continuously comprehend the place to discover Laurie–just stick with the chocolate path over to the cheese platter. She’ll be the single dialing the law enforcement officials.
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Additional resources for An Idiot Girl's Christmas: True Tales from the Top of the Naughty List
In other words, people have an inborn disposition that’s set within a certain range, but they can boost themselves to the top of their happiness range or push themselves down to the bottom of their happiness range by their actions. This finding confirmed my own observations. It seems obvious that some people are more naturally ebullient or melancholic than others and that, at the same time, people’s decisions about how to live their lives also affect their happiness. The second question: What is “happiness”?
But I craved an existence of order and serenity—which, translated into real life, meant a household with coats hung in the closet and spare rolls of paper towels. I was also weighed down by the invisible, but even more enervating, psychic clutter of loose ends. I had a long list of neglected tasks that made me feel weary and guilty whenever I thought of them. I needed to clear away the detritus in my mind. I decided to tackle the visible clutter first, and I discovered something surprising: the psychologists and social scientists who do happiness research never mention clutter at all.
Of course she was right. They say that people teach what they need to learn. By adopting the role of happiness teacher, if only for myself, I was trying to find the method to conquer my particular faults and limitations. It was time to expect more of myself. Yet as I thought about happiness, I kept running up against paradoxes. I wanted to change myself but accept myself. I wanted to take myself less seriously—and also more seriously. I wanted to use my time well, but I also wanted to wander, to play, to read at whim.
An Idiot Girl's Christmas: True Tales from the Top of the Naughty List by Laurie Notaro