Archive for December, 2008

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holidays, all!

Still around. Kind of. Sick child. Healthy fledglings. Fatigue, fatigue, fatigue. And I still haven’t done any Christmas baking! Oh, and I had a birthday. But I don’t feel one way or the other about that. Eh.

For your reading pleasure: The ending is a Charlie Kaufman movie waiting to happen.

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darling…

this is. I don’t know how Left Handed Scissors landed on my dashboard, but after a quick peek at this new blog, I’m charmed by her sewing projects. I’m in awe of people who sew…in this age, there’s a lot of love of the craft behind those projects.

other thoughts….

C.C. Sabathia…a Yankee? I love his durability and skills, but I’m skeptical in of a player who seems like one of the least enthusiastic prospects ever to consider playing for  this legendary team. C.C. always struck me as a Californian…as in, Angels. And wouldn’t he have loved to play in L.A. for Joe Torre? Ah, well….

I’m appalled by the Illinois governor, aren’t you?

I got a Plenty magazine subscription free in the mail and I have to say, this could be one of my favorites. Good read for the environmentally conscious.

more ketchup

time. We had a nice Thanksgiving, though the kiddo kvetched about the lack of people. She doesn’t appreciate quiet as much as I do. And how was yours?

The nestlings are, at two weeks, fully feathered and very comfortable in their orange juice carton nest. I try to take pics, but all I get is fuzz. Miles….I love this bird…does all of the feedings. I expect that at the three week mark, they might venture out for some flight. O.k., I hope so. That cozy little nest is beginning to get rather rank. And that’s because the parents have lined the inside with, um….excrement. Yeah. Feces. Lovely. That thing is going as soon as I see them perching. Blech.

Here’s a little song the kiddo made up on a morning car ride:

“The cats meow.

The dogs meow.

They all meow.

They all meeee-oooooow, all the time.

The dogs don’t like to meeee-ow….

But they have to. “

I have nearly all of my Christmas shopping done. Yay! I found this at a great price and now I have to get it for her. It’s considerably cheaper than it was so many years ago.  I loved this thing as a kid. My father got it for us all.

I’m steeped in Christmas. It’s our first one in our new place. I have pretty much ceded the tree to the kiddo, who’s burdened its branches with all sorts of toys and blueberry candy canes. She loves her some blueberry.

I stole this from Pentyne:

1.  Wrapping paper or gift bags?   Absolutely wrapping paper.

2. Real tree or Artificial?  Artificial.

3. When do you put up the tree?  Usually, it’s the first weekend in December, but this year I jumped the gun and put it up on Thanksgiving day. I’m making a lot of the ornaments this year and needed to assess what’s needed.  

4. When do you take the tree down?  I think the latest was around the middle of January. Not sure. I’m thinking of getting some plain prelit trees in urns and leaving them around the house for the birds to look at. I like the idea of feeling like I live outside a bit.

5. Do you like eggnog?  Heavens no. That’s for Roz (my mom). Though somehow I think the kiddo would like it.

6. Favorite gift received as a child?  My mom always included a craft, which was always welcomed and used. Very useful for making Barbie clothes, which was about all I cared about regarding things Barbie. I liked my toy McDonald’s restaurant alot, with the squared people. Go figure. Also, the Atari set with pong and target shooting games that my father got us was tres cool. And Merlin, as mentioned earlier.  

7. Hardest person to buy a good gift for?  I don’t live with him anymore, so I’m off the hook .

8. Easiest person to buy for?   the kiddo, of course.  

9. Do you have a nativity scene?    Nope. I sometimes wonder if the kiddo will want one. I had a paper one as a child that I loved.

10. Mail or email Christmas cards?   I like getting them in the mail. But I don’t really send them. And I feel a little guilty about that.

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?  I’ve gotten very bad jewelry from the ex. Always  good quality gold, but heavy, brassy looking stuff that is so not me. Heavy chain bracelets and necklaces or once, a locking bangle. That kind of says something to me, upon thinking about it.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie?    I don’t really have one, but I’m very much looking forward to Un Conte de Noel (A Christmas Tale), starring my number one, eternal girl crush, the great Catherine Deneuve (Oooooooooh, Miriam…..). Disfunctional families. In French! Bring it on.  Off topic, but since Christmas is about the time when I start wanting to watch movies again, I’ve Loved You So Long is another one that I want to see, starring another sort 0f-girl crush, Kristen Scott Thomas (loved her in The English Patient). Nice to see her get a starring role with a good story.

13.When do you start shopping for Christmas?  This year I started little by little in the summer. Usually it was online in December.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?  I’ve recycled prizes I’ve won in the past, but not gifts.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?  I’m all about the sugar cookies. With round, crunchy sprinkles, not jimmies.

16. Lights on the tree?   White, usually. But this year, for the kiddo, I did colors. It’s beautiful and reminds me of my childhood.

17. Favorite Christmas song?   Do You Hear What I Hear

 18. Travel at Christmas or stay at home?  home

19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer’s?   Yeah.

20. Angel on the tree top or a star?  I still haven’t found the topper of my dreams. Usually, it’s an elf, or a cluster of birds.

 (Note to Pentyne: Way back in the day…possibly before you were born, there was a star. White, with circles or ovals in colored lights. And if it still exists, I want it. But not for my tree. Just as a centerpiece or something. Oh, and the colored  lights encased in icicles? Mine too.).

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? morning.

 22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Traffic.

23.  What theme or color are you using? No real theme.

24.  Favorite for Christmas dinnerMom raised us all right. Scalloped potatoes.

25. What do you want for Christmas this year? I haven’t really wanted anything for Christmas since I was about twelve years old. So, nothing in particular, except for everyone I love to get what they want and deserve.