...is to have my injured chinchilla fully healed... "
I hope you weren't looking for a coat or fur lined gloves!
We used to have a chinchilla when we were first married, It was my wife's. It once suffered a broken leg and with lots of care, it healed. I built a large cage with 2 levels and a sand box for her. It eventually shared its home with 2 guinea pigs. Comical to watch.
It didn't necessarily care for me but would behave perfectly for my wife. I think it was jealous.
As far as Christmas at work goes, well who knows what the new owners will bring. For myself, my involvement with IT will be ending a little more as each month goes by and we phase in to their system which is a step back in time. For me, its one day at a time. I have other duties that will become dominant.
Personally, I can echo a lot of what has already been said as far as health and family. I'm thankful that most of the troops I know through Church that are from the local Army base have now just returned over the past few weeks. This includes one that a daughter is especially fond of. One of those troops from Church did not return so he will be remembered this season.
If I had one wish for this season it would be for our Country to return to God and the Christian lifestyle upon which this Country was founded.
I apologize for the somber note, but I grow sick of "holiday trees" or "holiday shopping" advertisements. While this is not the time that Christ was actually born it is the time we celebrate his birth. Don't let the humanistic liberals spoil it.