Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Year's Eve

I neglected to mention that Sun was my 4 year blogiversary! Hard to believe, but its true. What kind of gift does one give for the 4th year? According to this website its flowers, fruit, and appliances. Any and all virtual gifts will be warmly received and appreciated!

Well, its New Year's Eve and I am tempted to make a few resolutions. Most people speak disparagingly about New Year's resolutions, since most are not resolutions at all, but rather, wishful intentions that are forgotten within a week.

Here are the top 10 most frequent New Year's resolutions:

  1. Diet
  2. Quit smoking
  3. Exercise
  4. Quit drinking
  5. Quit procrastinating
  6. Save money
  7. Go to church
  8. Wake up early
  9. Quit cursing
  10. Read the newspaper

I, on the other hand, like to make a few resolutions each year that I really work to achieve. I also make sure my resolutions are measurable so I will know for sure I have accomplished them. "Stop procrastinating" is not a good resolution, as there is no real way to measure whether or not you've done this.

One year my resolution was to entertain on a regular basis. Spouse & I picked a weekend in every month and invited friends over for dinner both Fri and Sat nights. We did it, too, and had a LOT of fun. The dinners were often simple, and we ate casually in the kitchen instead of the formal dining room. It also forced us to do a really good/deep housecleaning once a month.

Another year my resolution was to sort, throw away, organize and file several bags/boxes of paperwork (ie: bank statements, paystubs, real estate documents, insurance documents, etc.) we had accumulated over several years. We did this, too, and will never again let our paperwork get out of hand. It was so frustrating to KNOW we had our car titles and birth certificates SOMEWHERE, but not be able to find them when we needed them.

This year my resolution is to enrich other peoples' lives (and my own) by doing something unexpected and nice for them, at least once a month for the entire year. Such random acts of kindness could include sending a friend a funny e-card for no special reason, sending Spouse flowers to his office for no special occasion, making cookies or brownies for a neighbor, donating to a charity, you get the picture.

Tonight Spouse & I are going to a New Year's Eve party at a friend's house, but I think we will sneak out at 11:30. Why would we leave a New Year's Eve party before midnight? Well, a neighbor told me that a neighbor on a nearby street rigs up his very own 'dropping of the ball' at midnight, and I want to see it! Apparently neighbors gather shortly before midnight to watch and enjoy this miniature replica of the famous Times Square event.

Whatever your plans tonight, I wish you a SAFE and FUN New Year's Eve celebration, and a...

I leave you with this.

Crush du Jour: Anton Antipov

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Scare

Our dog Jordan gave us a bit of a scare.

On Sun we noticed that her right eye seemed to be rolled up in her head. We could only see 1/2 of the colored area and a lot of white area below it. The other eye seemed normal.

My 1st thought was that her retina may have become detached. Dogs that shake their heads a lot can literally shake their retina loose. Our friends Kerry & Hugh's dog Chopper had to have emergency eye surgery to reattach his retina last year. Not only was it highly inconvenient for them to have to take off work and drive Chopper from VA to Chicago for the operation, it was extremely expensive. I knew retina issues have a definite 'shelf life'. You can't just put them off a little while like other surgeries.

Normally I'm the type of person who will 'give it a few days' to see if symptoms go away on their own. But because we thought there might be a problem with her retina, we felt time was of the essence, so we made the decision to call the vet 1st thing Mon morning.

Fortunately, Jordan's eye seemed better (less rolled up in her head) than the day before, but not back to normal yet. Although her eye appeared to be fixing itself, we took her to the vet anyway, just to be on the safe side.

Happily the vet's examination determined she did not have a detached retina or glaucoma or a scratched lens. The vet wasn't absolutely positive, but believed the eye got irritated by something, although there was no discharge or excess tearing. The vet also offered the possible explanation of an irritated nerve in her face that could also cause the eye to roll back.

We were given a small bottle of eye drops and instructions to give Jordan 1 drop 3 times a day. The vet felt confident it would soothe the irritation. Already her eye seems to be closer to normal than yesterday, so we're relieved.

The great thing is that there is no eye discharge, no excessive tearing, and she's not rubbing her eye area with her paw at all. In fact, she doesn't appear to have any idea there is/was a problem, which is the best!

Crush du Jour: Lior Ashkenazi

Monday, December 29, 2008

Can anyone explain this?

6 months ago...

3 days ago...
Can anyone explain why gas is now just 1/3 the price it was 6 months ago? I mean, I'm happy that gas has returned to a reasonable price, but how did it get so high back in the summer? I feel a bit manipulated.
I'm also concerned that low gas prices will make short-sighted consumers less concerned about pressing our government to insist on alternative energy sources. Certainly history tells us these low prices won't last.

Crush du Jour: Paul Francis

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas highlights

We arrived at Spouse's mom's house Tues at 9pm, and as usual her house was like an oven. Rather than heeding my advice, given to him in the car on our way to her house, that Spouse not argue with her about the thermostat but simply lower it when she wasn't looking, he argued with her. Fortunately, they don't hold grudges so 10 minutes after the argument they'd both all but forgotten it. (FYI - Spouse's mom keeps the door to our bedroom closed so the heat doesn't go in, and we close the heat vent and cover it with a large telephone book. This keeps our bedroom at a comfortable temperature.)

Wed evening, Christmas eve, we went to Spouse's sister's house to celebrate their mom's 79th birthday. Spouse's brothers Frank, Paul, and Louis were also there with their families. We had a very nice time eating and talking. We gave Spouse's mom a ring and earrings set that she loved. I had brought all the left over cookies, pies, and dessert squares from our party, so they were placed on the dining table with pies and cookies brought or given by others. We also had a birthday cake.

Thurs, Christmas day, I picked up my aunt Mary and brought her to Spouse's mom's house and we exchanged gifts with her. A little later we all went to Spouse's sister's house for Christmas dinner, which consisted of stuffed shells, gnocchi, meatballs, hot and sweet sausages in tomato sauce, salad, garlic bread, and orange sherbet/jello mold. For dessert we had more of the left over desserts I'd brought. After dinner we played 'Rock Band' on their Wii, which was a lot of fun.

Fri was supposed to be the day Spouse & I would visit my friend Lisa, with whom we stayed in NYC, followed by a visit with my cousin and her husband. Unfortunately both had to be cancelled because I woke up with a vagus nerve flare up. For some people overstimulation of the vagus nerve results in fainting. For me it results in extreme dizziness and vomiting. There is no "cure", and the only treatment that works for me is to lie down until it goes away. This usually takes 8-10 hours for me, which is why we had to cancel our visits. Bummer. I was finally able to sit upright at around 6pm so Spouse, his mom and I ate dinner and watched TV the rest of the night. Spouse's sister, brother-in-law, and their kids came over for a while, which was nice.

Sat morning Spouse, his mom, and I met his sister for breakfast at Silver Diner, then packed up the car and came home. It was a nice holiday, but I was quite happy to get home. As usual, our dog Jordan was a pain in the neck at Spouse's mom's house, spitting up and peeing several times in the house, which she rarely does at home. I swear, that dog gives us a fit when we take her to Spouse's mom's.

It was so warm yesterday that I went for a walk around town with no jacket. Someone said it was 70 degrees. Spouse & I tried a new Italian restaurant for dinner but didn't like it, then I went to the Purple Parrot to sing karaoke. My friend Tony was there so we sat together. I also saw Danny and Dougie, Russ, and Mark.

Today was another very warm day. We went for a walk on the boardwalk and saw people in shorts and flip flops - on December 28th! We also saw people driving with their convertible tops down. This must be what its like to spend Christmas in the FL or southern CA.

Crush du Jour: Bernardo Melo Berneto

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Home Sweet Home

Ah, home at last.

We had a great Christmas with the family, but I am quite happy to be back home. Details tomorrow.

Crush du Jour: Patrick Warburton

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!

Spouse & I are hanging out this morning with his mom, and later today we will go to his sister's house for Christmas dinner with the family. I hope all of you will have a joyful Christmas day with your loved ones, too.

To spread a little Christmas cheer and beauty with you, I'm posting the Christmas tree photos readers have submitted. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Our (new) camera was acting up so I couldn't take a photo of this year's tree, so here is our tree from last Christmas.

This glowing tree was submitted by Tornwordo at Sticky Crows.
Here's Tornwordo's tree again, along with his beloved Sara. We miss you, Sara.

This beautiful tree was submitted by afod, who reads blogs but doesn't write one... yet!

This regal scene is in the mansion where Mistress Maddie resides. Maddie writes A Day With The Mistress Borghese.

This colorful tree (and its beautiful wintery background) were sent in by Lewis at Spirit of Saint Lewis:

Thanks to Joie Mayfield at Joie to the Max for these 2 lovely trees:


This gorgeous and cozy scene comes to you courtesy of Jeff & Brad at And lo, a ripple. Don't you just want to curl up in front of that fire and gaze at their tree? I know I do.

These two beauties are from CJ over at Visually Speaking:


Enjoy this
cute little Christmas video.

Crush du Jour: Stephen Dillane

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Words to live by

Merry Christmas eve! Spouse & I are visiting with his mom today, and will be getting together with the rest of the family this evening to celebrate her birthday and Christmas eve. But I'm thinking of you all and created this post in advance.

A friend sent this to me in an email. I found a lot of wisdom in these words so I want to share them with you. Print them and hang them in a conspicuous place. Copy and paste them into an email and share them with those you love. Enjoy!



  1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.
  2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Talk to God about what is going on in your life. Buy a lock for the door if you have to.
  3. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement "My purpose is to __________ today. I am thankful for______________."
  4. Eat more food that grows on trees and plants, and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
  5. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli, almonds and walnuts.
  6. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
  7. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
  8. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.
  9. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
  10. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
  11. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
  12. You are not so important that you have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
  13. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
  14. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  15. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
  16. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: "In five years, will this really matter?"
  17. Forgive everyone for everything.
  18. What other people think of you is none of your business.
  19. GOD heals everything - but you have to ask Him.
  20. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  21. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch!!!
  22. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
  23. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: "Today I am thankful for __________. Today I accomplished _________."
  24. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.
  25. When you are feeling down, start listing your many blessings. You'll be smiling before you know it.

Crush du Jour: Ryan Lochte

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas, Darlings

I got my Christmas present today: the garage called and said Big Ella was ready to come home!

Yes, she's been in the shop for over a month, getting a tune up, brakes replaced, a new exhaust, and assorted other little things. The hold up was the exhaust, which was fabricated and shipped from Ohio. Spouse took today off so he was available when they called to drive me to the garage to pick up my baby. I only drove her back home, since she has no tags yet. Next week I'll drive her to the DMV for her inspection and tags. I'm so excited! Christmas miracles really do come true!

After I finish work today I'm going to deliver the gift baskets I made for our neighbors, which contain Christmas coffee mugs, flavored coffees, gourmet cocoa, 2 small ornaments, some Reese's peanut butter cups, and a candy cane. Then we'll load up the CRV and head to Spouse's mom's house for the next 3 1/2 days.

Spouse's mom doesn't own a computer and I'm not taking my laptop from work. Honestly, I am not so addicted that I can't be without internet access for a couple of days. But although I will be out of touch during that time, it doesn't mean you don't need to comment! I will eagerly await our return home on Sat so I can read all of your comments. And I've prepared some posts for the next couple of days that I hope you'll enjoy.

So, tonight we'll hang out with Spouse's mom. Tomorrow Spouse will make home made pasta with his sister and her kids (a Christmas eve tradition) so I will probably just hang out there with them. When they go to church Spouse & I will hang out at his mom's. (Spouse will probably take a nap.) Then around 6pm we'll reconvene at Spouse's sister's house to celebrate their mom's birthday. Yep, her birthday is on Christmas eve. She'll be 79.

On Christmas day we'll hang out at Spouse's mom's until about 2pm, then go over to his sister's again for Christmas dinner and gift opening for the kids. (The adults aren't exchanging gifts this year.)

On Fri Spouse & I are meeting up with my school friend Lisa, whom we visited in Oct on our trip to NYC. That evening we're meeting up with my cousin Nez and her husband Steve for dinner. We're heading home on Sat.

I'm now reminded of the lyrics to my favorite Carpenters Christmas song "Merry Christmas, Darling":
"Greeting cards have all been sent. The Christmas rush is through.
But I still have one wish to make, a special one for you.
Merry Christmas, Darling. We're apart, that's true.
But I can dream, and in my dreams I'm Christmasing with you.
Holidays are joyful, there's always something new.
Every day's a holiday, when I'm with you.
The lights on my tree, I wish you could see, I wish it everyday.
Logs on the fire fill me with desire to see you and to say,
that I wish you Merry Christmas. Happy New Year, too.
I've just one wish on this Christmas eve: I wish I were with you.
I wish I were with you."

Yes my dear blogger friends, I wish you Merry Christmas, Darlings. I wish I were with you!

Crush du Jour: Luke MacFarlane

Monday, December 22, 2008

The party

The party was a smashing success!

Fri I took off work and baked all day long. Literally, I started at 9:30 and took the last stuff out of the oven at 4:30. But making everything the day before was definitely the right thing to do.

Sat Spouse & I cleaned the house from top to bottom, all 3,770 square feet. Then I finished distributing the candles and other decorations around the living room, powder room, foyer, dining room, kitchen, family room, and bathroom on the main level where most guests would be.

I was lamenting what to do about the stack of Christmas cards we'd received. I'd tossed them into a large glass bowl after Spouse & I read each one, but didn't think that looked very nice. Then it hit me. I grabbed some wide plaid Christmas ribbon ribbon, cut it into 4 equal lengths, and stapled the cards to the ribbon. Then I used push pins to hang the ribbons on the wall in the foyer. They looked like this:
The cards were pretty to begin with, but by hanging them on the pretty ribbon they became lovely decorations too! Although I didn't invent this idea, I did pat myself on the back for thinking of it.

After putting the gold table cloths on the dining room and breakfast room tables, I got out all the platters, cake pedestals, cookie trees, punch bowl, coffee pots, and various serving pieces I thought we might need. Basically everything was set up except the food.

Spouse & I both showered, then went to a lovely birthday party for our friend Bill, hosted by his partner Dean at their house nearby. We had a good time, and it was nice to stop thinking/worrying/obsessing about the details of our party for a while and just enjoy talking and being with folks.

When we returned home we sliced all the desserts and placed them on the various serving pieces, started the coffee pots, made the punch, poured the eggnog in the pitcher, lowered the lights with the new dimmers, and started lighting all the candles as the 1st 2 guests arrived. All our hard work paid off; everything was ready and the house looked great. We had a total of 40 friends and neighbors attend. Unfortunately 6 more had to cancel due to being sick.

We had a great time! I heard friends recommending certain items they liked to others trying to decide was to eat. Spouse & I mingled among our friends and tried to have short conversations with everyone, although we were rarely together. We feel its best to split up so one can keep an eye on the food/drinks and refill when needed while the other greets people near the door and visits with those not near the food. It works well for us.

Several friends brought us ornaments, wine, and goodies to eat later, which was so kind!

After the last guests left, Spouse & I sat in the living room with our coffee and gazed at the fireplace and Christmas tree for a few minutes before 'comparing notes'. I told him about the conversations I'd had and he told me about his as we recapped the party. Then we put away the left over food and went to bed.

What a wonderful way to enjoy and spread holiday cheer!

Crush du Jour: Jeremy Santucci

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Bad move, Obama!

Gay leaders furious with Obama

Barack Obama’s choice of a prominent evangelical minister to deliver the invocation at his inauguration is a conciliatory gesture toward social conservatives who opposed him in November, but it is drawing fierce challenges from a gay rights movement that — in the wake of a gay marriage ban in California — is looking for a fight.

Rick Warren, the senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Southern California, opposes abortion rights but has taken more liberal stances on the government's role in fighting poverty, and backed away from other evangelicals’ staunch support for economic conservatism. But it’s his support for the California constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage that drew the most heated criticism from Democrats Wednesday.

“Your invitation to Reverend Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at your inauguration is a genuine blow to LGBT Americans,” the president of Human Rights Campaign, Joe Solomonese, wrote to Obama Wednesday. “[W]e feel a deep level of disrespect when one of architects and promoters of an anti-gay agenda is given the prominence and the pulpit of your historic nomination.

The rapid, angry reaction from a range of gay activists comes as the gay rights movement looks for an opportunity to flex its political muscle. Last summer gay groups complained, but were rebuffed by Obama, when an “ex-gay” singer led Obama’s rallies in South Carolina. And many were shocked last month when voters approved the California ban.

“There is a lot of energy and there’s a lot of anger and I think people are wanting to direct it somewhere,” Solomonese told Politico. The selection of Warren to preside at the inauguration is not a surprise move, but it is a mirror image of President Bill Clinton’s early struggles with gay rights issues. Obama has worked, and at times succeeded, to bridge the gap between Democrats and evangelical Christians, who form a solid section of the Republican base. Obama opposes same-sex marriage, but also opposed the California constitutional amendment Warren backed. In selecting Warren, he is choosing to reach out to conservatives on a hot-button social issue, at the cost of antagonizing gay voters who overwhelmingly supported him.

Clinton, by contrast, drew early praise from gay rights activists by pressing to allow openly gay soldiers to serve, only to retreat into the “don’t ask, don’t tell” compromise that pleased few.
The reaction Wednesday in gay rights circles was universally negative. “It’s a huge mistake,” said California gay rights activist Rick Jacobs, who chairs the state’s Courage Campaign. “He’s really the wrong person to lead the president into office.

Can you imagine if he had a man of God doing the invocation who had deliberately said that Jews are not going to be saved and therefore should be excluded from what’s going on in America? People would be up in arms,” he said.

The editor of the Washington Blade, Kevin Naff, called the choice “Obama’s first big mistake.”

“His presence on the inauguration stand is a slap in the faces of the millions of GLBT voters who so enthusiastically supported him,” Naff wrote, referring to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people. “This tone-deafness to our concerns must not be tolerated. We have just endured eight years of endless assaults on our dignity and equality from a president beholden to bigoted conservative Christians. The election was supposed to have ended that era. It appears otherwise.”

Other liberal groups chimed in. “Rick Warren gets plenty of attention through his books and media appearances. He doesn’t need or deserve this position of honor,” said the president of People for the American Way, Kathryn Kolbert, who described Warren as “someone who has in recent weeks actively promoted legalized discrimination and denigrated the lives and relationships of millions of Americans.”

Warren’s spokeswoman did not respond to a message seeking comment, but he has tried to blend personal tolerance with doctrinal disapproval of homosexuality. “I have many gay friends. I’ve eaten dinner in gay homes. No church has probably done more for people with AIDS than Saddleback Church,” he said in a recent interview with BeliefNet. In the same interview, he compared the “redefiniton of a marrige” to include gay marriage to legitimizing incest, child abuse, and polygamy.

Obama’s move may deepen some apparent distance between him among gays and lesbians, one of the very few core Democratic groups among whom his performance was worse than John Kerry’s in 2004. Exit polls suggested that John McCain won 27 percent of the gay vote in November, up four points from Bush’s 2004 tally - even as almost all other voters slid toward Obama.

But despite the symbolism of picking Warren, Obama is likely to shift several substantive policy areas in directions that will please gay voters and their political leaders, including a pledge to end “don’t ask, don’t tell” in military service. And some gay activists were holding out hope that they would either persuade Obama to dump Warren or Warren to change his mind.

Rick Warren did a real disservice to gay families in California and across the country by casually supporting our continued exclusion from marriage,” said the founder of the pro-same sex marriage Freedom to Marry, Evan Wolfson. “I hope in the spirit of the new era that’s dawning, he will open his heart and speak to all Americans about inclusion and our country’s commitment to equality.”
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In a related note, The Associated Press reports that Obama's inauguration will feature a performance by singer Aretha Franklin. Let us all pray to the diety of one's choice that:
1. Obama changes his mind about having Warren give the invocation
2. Aretha wears a dress that covers her gigantic, saggy arms


Crush du Jour: Xavier Samuel

Friday, December 19, 2008

Preparations

Happy Friday, everyone! As I mentioned last week, I took off work today in order to prepare for our holiday open house tomorrow night.

Today has been (and still is) all about baking. Thank you to those who sent the recipes! Today I made a batch of chocolate chip pecan cookies, a batch of cranberry oatmeal walnut cookies, 2 'holiday' pumpkin pies, and a big pan of sweet potato shuffle.

I still have yet to make the coconut cheesecake squares, the butterscotch cheesecake squares, the chocolate chip brownies, and the peanut butter chip brownies. I ran out of eggs, so I'm off to the grocery now.

If the evite responses are to be believed, we'll have about 45 friends and neighbors here for the party tomorrow night. I'm excited!

Tonight we're having dinner with 'the usual suspects', and tomorrow will be all about the housecleaning. Then we're off to a birthday party tomorrow from 2-5, then back home to set up for our party at 7:30.

Remember, its not too late to submit your Christmas tree photos!

Crush du Jour: Matus Valent

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Butch sissy?

Last night after dinner I installed 2 dimmer switches. I used a power tool.

Now, don't sound so shocked! Just because the name of this blog is 'Tales of the Sissy' doesn't mean I can't assert my (admittedly rusty) butch side now and then.

Stop laughing!!!

As my blogger profile states: 'Tales of the Sissy' is a play on words related to Armistead Maupin's novel 'Tales of the City' which chronicles the daily lives of several seemingly unrelated people. Since my blog will chronicle my daily life (although I am not promising to post daily) and I am gay (hence the stereotype 'sissy'), I decided to call my blog 'Tales of the Sissy'.

Four years ago this month when I started this blog I decided to 'take back' the term 'sissy'. By 'claiming' that word I prevent anyone who uses it toward me from being able to hurt me with it. Yes, I 'own' my sissy-ality!!!

In fact, there are some gay men who desire sissies. I once met a sissy and his long-term partner at a Christmas party, but that's a whole 'nother blog entry.

That being said, nobody's called me a sissy since 3rd grade. But the concept still holds true.

Those of you who know me in 'real life' in addition to my cyber portrayal of myself here know that I'm not a sissy all the time. Sure, I can be limp-wristed and catty and dish the dirt with the best of the sissies, but that's not who I am most of the time. I simply reserve the right to show my sissy-ality now and then, and without shame.

But most of the time I'm just a regular guy. I can't arrange flowers or do hair, although I admire those who can. And occasionally I use power tools, like my Ryobi cordless drill/screw driver.

Man, that thing is awesome! I use it on almost every project.

I was quite pleased with myself after successfully installing the dimmer switches last night without electrocuting myself. Actually its quite easy, just be sure to turn the circuit breaker off first, and then follow the directions on the dimmer package.

On Sat night when we have our holiday open house we'll be able to have just the right amount of light coming from the dining room chandelier and the living room ceiling fixture.

And as every good sissy knows, proper lighting isn't just important - its EVERYTHING!

Crush du Jour: Matt Riddlehoover

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Christmas survey

Here's a cute little Christmas survey a friend sent me. I've answered each question so you can get to know a little more about my Christmas preferences, and included a few photos (from the internet). As always, your comments are welcomed! Feel free to do this on your blog, too!

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
Usually wrapping paper. I really enjoy wrapping gifts, but I occasionally use gift bags for bulky items and gifts with no box.
2. Natural tree or artificial?
We used to get natural trees because Spouse likes their smell and irregular shape so your tree doesn't look the same every year. But they seemed to get more expensive every year so we bought an artificial tree, which I find SO much easier to decorate.

3. When do you put up the tree?
Either the weekend after Thanksgiving or the 1st weekend in Dec.

4. When do you take the tree down?
The 1st or 2nd weekend in Jan.

5. Do you like eggnog?
I love it, but Spouse does not, so I get to drink the entire carton myself.
6. Favorite gift received as a child?
I was raised in the Jehovah's Witnesses religion so we did not celebrate Christmas. My 1st Christmas was the year I turned 30.

7. Hardest person to buy for?
Spouse's brother and sister-in-law because they have EVERYTHING!

8. Easiest person to buy for?
Spouse's mom. She loves and wears a lot of different jewelry so its always easy to find something she'll like.

9. Do you have a nativity scene?
Spouse had one when we met, but we don't put it up. Its pretty cheesy looking and we have plenty of gorgeous decorations, so the nativity scene doesn't usually get unpacked.

10. Mail or email Christmas cards?
I use a combination of methods. For neighbors I hand deliver. For people for whom I have a physical address, I mail them. For people for whom I do not have a physical address I email.
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
A pad of post-it notes.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie?
I don't really have one, although we always seem to watch 'The Poseidon Adventure' sometime during the Christmas season. It takes place on New Years Eve, but they still have the Christmas decorations up on the ship.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
I try to pick up things all through the year, as I see things that remind me of each person. But our real, earnest shopping usually begins around Thanksgiving.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
Yes. It was a shirt I didn't like. I gave it to a nephew 3-4 years later. He got other things from us that year, too. The re-gifted shirt was more of a 'bonus'.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
Cookies, pies, cakes, rum balls, dark chocolate covered cherries, anything sweet.

16. White or colored lights on the tree?
Although Spouse prefers the multi-color lights, I prefer the white lights.

17. Favorite Christmas song?
'The Christmas Song' (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) and 'Merry Christmas, Darling, as sung by the Carpenters.

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?
Travel, but just 2 1/2 hours back to VA where our family lives.

19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
Yes, thanks to the Christmas carol 'Rudolph the Red-nose Reindeer': Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and Rudolph.

20. Angel on the tree top or a star?
Neither, we have a shiny red topper with glitter on it.

21. Open presents Christmas Eve or morning?
Christmas afternoon

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year?
Right-wing religious nutcases who get mad at businesses for not using the word 'Christmas', but using the word 'Holidays' instead.

23. Favorite ornament theme or color?
I like them all, but the brighter, more sparkly, more glittery the better!

24. Favorite for Christmas dinner?
Home made pasta. Spouse and his sister and her kids usually make home made pasta on Christmas eve, which we eat for Christmas dinner the next day.

25. What do you want for Christmas this year?
Peace, and for Big Ella's new exhaust to finally be delivered to the garage.

26. Will you bake any cookies?
Yes, we're having a holiday open house this coming Sat so I will be baking cookies and other scrumptious goodies (recipes from fellow bloggers) on Fri.



Crush du Jour: Bernardo Velasco

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Good judgement

This is NOT the way to keep from getting busted for sleeping in class! Dude, try some coffee or Jolt cola.

Umm, I think you can stop dieting now, Karen.



Okay, I'm pretty sure this photo is fake, but if its not, this is just creepy. Don't allow anyone to take your picture while doing this.

Just buy another iPhone, for Chrissakes!

Goodyear called. They want their
zeppelins back.

Now, I have no problem with men who like to dress up in women's clothes. I just don't want it forced down my throat. Keep it in the bedroom where it belongs, Mister!

What? Mariah Carey lost 10 lbs???

When you send a bogus photo to someone with whom you want to hook up, don't you think they're gonna notice when they meet you in person?

For the life of me, I can't figure out from the venue or attire what the 'celebration' is for.

Very crafty, but I see it more as a 'hostess outfit' rather than than subway attire. But that's just me.

Why even bother with the strings? Why not just walk around completely naked? Oh, and that large, winding tatoo does NOT make your ass look gigantic at all.

I have a feeling we'll be reading about these guys in the next 'Darwin Awards'.

I bet she was popular with the boys in high school.

I read that neon fishnet is making a comeback. This lady obviously keeps up with the fashion trends.

You know its true love when he cares enough to hold your stomach in for photos.

Now, this is just nasty.

"All the turnips in the house say 'Hey'..."

People, I'm not asking for much, just that you use some good judgement, especially when you leave your house. Thank you in advance.

Crush du Jour: John Gidding