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'Twas the Week Before Christmas

Been very busy. I last posted on Monday, and since then, a friend of ours was suddenly thrown into tough times and has to be moved out of her apartment by the 31st. So we've spent the week helping with sudden moving and such. I am weary and my feet hurt.

I have been having, on and off, bouts of the "I feel like Charlie Brown" holiday blues, of the "I don't know what's wrong with me, Linus. I don't feel the way I should" sort -- nothing I can pinpoint or explain, and fortunately, it's been going as often as coming.

I've come over with a desperate and unrequited desire for one of the little pine trees they're selling at Fry's. It's silly, this particular kind of pine won't grow well here so I can't put it outside, but damn it, I want one. The old dragon plant I had on my desk for years and years and years finally died and it's still in its pot on the front porch, glaring accusingly at me.

I haven't been able to do much (read: any) baking yet, although I made one batch of slightly failed fudge (the butter separated, possibly due to using marshmallows instead of marshmallow fluff), which at least tasted good, and now a NOT failed batch. Which reminds me, for those of you who have received sweets from Barb & I, would you like fudge with nuts, fudge without, or fudge with coconut?

I'd do a poll, but I've never done one and I don't know how.

Despite the general horribleness of things lately for so many people, there is good stuff happening -- I loved this story.

This amused the hell out of me -- I've felt the same way about a number of those songs, especially #5.

PRETTY pictures!!!

I have to work tomorrow, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. I hope we get everything cleared out of the apartment in time. Barb was able to take some time off -- I can't. I move into my next team leader position tomorrow, and although I already know the job, I can't not be there!

Happy holidays, everyone, no matter what you celebrate -- Happy Festivus, Solstice, Christmas, Hanukkah, or just have a good day.

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nutmeg3
Dec. 24th, 2012 04:20 am (UTC)
I love "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer"!

And I despise coconut. It makes my whole body cringe.
wildrider
Dec. 24th, 2012 04:30 am (UTC)
I know, it's adorable. But it does have a fairly gruesome message... :D

I know that -- therefore, you get nuts or no-nuts.
nutmeg3
Dec. 24th, 2012 04:32 am (UTC)
I like nuts, but no-nuts would be fine, too. :-)
wildrider
Dec. 24th, 2012 05:03 am (UTC)
Good to know! :)
(Anonymous)
Dec. 24th, 2012 04:25 am (UTC)
I'm a purist and like fudge plain & unadulterated, but I know I'm in the minority. ;)

Agree with those "bad" holiday songs, especially "Baby, It's Cold Out There," which I've always found creepy (even the "Elf" version). And of course DTKIC has always been absurd ("And there won't be snow in Africa this Christmas..." Well, DUH - there never is, except in the mountains).

But I cannot hate on the ridiculous "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer" because it was my darling nephew's favorite holiday song when he was little and still liked me. Reminds me of happier times before the sulky/mocking/rude teen years. :/
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wildrider
Dec. 24th, 2012 05:13 am (UTC)
I had a feeling that was you -- it sounded like you. :)

I will make fudge any way folks like it. My personal favorite is my coconut fudge, but I like it with AND without nuts! I've also made it with orange chocolate, which was quite nice.
cornerofmadness
Dec. 24th, 2012 04:55 am (UTC)
good luck being team leader and helping her move.
wildrider
Dec. 24th, 2012 05:19 am (UTC)
Thanks!
evil_little_dog
Dec. 24th, 2012 04:57 am (UTC)
I read that song article when it popped up in my daily news email, and kind of cocked my head. I'm not too keen on Grandma getting run over, but the others - particularly "It's Cold Outside" - I really like.

And I adore that story about the puppy breaking into the shelter. Smart little guy; wonder just how he got in there, though?
wildrider
Dec. 24th, 2012 05:19 am (UTC)
Well, as the writer says, it's all tongue-in-cheek. I actually do like them all, but every time I sing along with "Do They Know It's Christmas?" I find myself questioning the lyrics, with such things as were brought up in the article, like a large number of Africans of whatever country are Muslim, and it's in the Southern Hemisphere so it's summer in December, so even in areas that are given to snow probably don't have any, and...

My favorite version of "It's Cold Outside" is Kurt & Blaine from Glee, so what can I say?

evil_little_dog
Dec. 26th, 2012 03:50 am (UTC)
I figured, in re: "Do They Know..." - IT RHYMES AND IT'LL SELL. :D

I notice we never hear the American version of the song on air any more during the holidays, or at least, I haven't heard it in a long time.

Ahahaha, my favorite version is by Tom Wopat and Bernadette Peters(? I think it's Bernadette, at least).
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