Brighter Visions Beam Afar

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Remember how I said the kitties’ favorite place was in front of the dresser? Well last night I found out that their favorite drink was tequila. Whoda thunk!

We’re mostly all set for the Q Family Traveling Christmas Show to get on the way. There are a couple last minute things to take care of (damn Horde), packing and then zooming. I have to remember to throw my asthma meds in the large bag, collect the kitty stuff, zoom the tree over to DQ’s where it will get watered and stuff everything in the vehicles and I do believe we are clear for departure. OH! Forgot one: Water the other plant that is staying home (guard houseplant). The great thing about ignoring a peace lily for years upon years is that they never really kick it but they do dwindle down so that you wind up with a large bucket full of small plant. All that room where a big plant used to be is now perfect for holding water over the holidays!

Again, most people in the booniverse service area will be experiencing a brief blog outage during the holidays. I’m going to be writing and picto-blogging and hopefully when all the present and visiting dust has settled I’ll be back posting all the goodies for y’all. The December challenge remains a tad postponed but as of today, undaunted! Well, save for the whole holidays taking precedent thing but I probably can get away with taking lots of pictures to be posted later as a picto-blog or two. Not so much a whole “sit down in front of my computer for hours” entry. I love you people, but not THAT much.

So! Because there isn’t really anything to report, here’s a meme!

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Is there anything else besides egg nog at Christmas time? If egg nog were a year round thing I’d be 7000 pounds by now because egg nog is the god’s gift of drinks. I love me the egg nog. I love me the egg nog so much that I don’t usually buy but one or two (small) cartons during the egg nog season because I could drink a half gallon of nog in one sitting. I’m talking straight from the carton, no additives, chug, chug, chug!

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them around the tree? The boo family Santa does not wrap presents, the Q family Santa does. TheMan thinks it’s the weirdest thing EVER to have presents laying out there all nekked on Christmas because Santa Q has always wrapped the presents. Santa Q has special Santa paper for all of Santa’s gifts, that’s how you tell which one’s are from Santa! In the Q family Santa tradition, I’d be all “Hey! Did Santa come yet? Wait, what paper is Santa’s this year? Is he using blue? Did anyone else wrap anything in blue this year? WHERE ARE MY SANTA PREZZIES!!!!!!!” Because the boo family Santa doesn’t wrap presents, you know the minute you see the tree if Santa’s been there or not. Does the tree have naked presents that weren’t there when you went to bed? Then Santa’s been and gone. You can tell three rooms away if Santa’s left goodies at the boo family tree.

This year, after wrapping a bazillion presents, I figured out why the boo family Santa just leaves the presents out. The boo family Santa is LAZY (and has wrapped all the Q family gifts already and has had it up to HERE with wrapping, thankyouverymuch). I can respect that kind of lazy.

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? Either, bring on the lights! But bring them on good eh? Nothing worse than a haphazard flinging of lights all helter skelter mamby pamby twinkling around. If you’re going to decorate, take some pride in your work.

4. Do you hang mistletoe? Nah. Too lazy.

5. When do you put your decorations up? Heh. I just put up the nativity scene last night. Usually sometime after the beginning of December but before Christmas. Here’s a deep dark boo and TheMan secret: We’ve often just left the lights up year round so all we have to do come after Thanksgiving is plug them in. We just do a curtain of lights in the upstairs windows and occasionally icicle lights in the lower windows though (but not this year) so it’s not like we’re leaving those giant bulb lights around the roof line (we let our neighbor’s handle THAT department). OH! And also, only the curtain lights ever get left up.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)? Why? Why exclude dessert? WHY?!?! Ermmm, I don’t have a favorite holiday dish, unless I’m allowed to pick mashed potatoes. Mmmmm, taters.

7. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? I don’t remember. In the boo house, we went from believing in Santa to believing that my parents were Santa’s emissaries to just believing in the spirit of Santa.

8. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? Oh HELL no, not in the boo house. You’ll catch all sorts of heat for even thinking such a thing. I can remember the day I found out that some people had that tradition and asked my ‘rents if we could open one present. Just one? Please? Pretty please? Ohpleaseohpleaseohplease? Puhleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee *gasp* eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee *pant* eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease?

Oi. My sis had my back on this one too, but to no avail. We even pulled the “But Jimmy/Jenny/Sammy/whomever’s family does it!” card, and all that got us was the threat to give all our presents to Jimmy/Jenny/Sammy/whomever. Nope. We did have a Christmas eve tradition of setting the presents out under the tree though, that was kind of fun. All my family lived out of state so all the presents came in large brown boxes that sat in the den until Christmas eve. Oh how we wanted to see what was in the boxes but there they sat for WEEKS sometimes, unopened and taunting us. Then on Christmas eve after dinner, the boxes were dragged out and lo! We got to see the pretty, pretty packages for the first time. That was pretty exciting, actually, to watch the tree skirt fill with packages of all shapes, sizes and colors.

9. What kind of cookies does Santa get set out for him? Santa gets nuttin! I think it was because we had a dog so realistically if we set out cookies for Santa, the dog would be who wound up getting them. I remember setting out cookies for Santa once and it was rather anti-climatic. I mean, you knew the guy had been there because there was a pile of naked presents, why would you get excited about the dude eating cookies? Plus, during those years when my parents were the Santa emissaries it seemed silly to set out cookies for Santa. What, were my parents going to mail the cookies to the big guy? And if my parents wanted cookies, they could just get up and go into the kitchen and get their own cookies. I guess I never really got the idea that setting out cookies was a nice thing to do; be it something my parents discouraged in order to keep the dog from becoming round or just because they never wanted to deal with the plate of Santa cookies, I don’t know.

10. Snow! Love it or Dread it? BRING IT! Christmas just isn’t Christmas without snow. It seems, somehow, wrong.

11. Can you ice skate? Yuppers. I lived on a lake from the time I was 8 to 18. Weirdly, I don’t think I ever had my own pair of skates the whole time but instead used this ratty tatty hand-me-down pair that I believe were my mothers. That’s probably as well since one of the things I’d frequently do in skates is zoom over to the swampy peninsula and go exploring. I called it “cross country skating” as there were intermittent patches of frozen liquidy swamp goo between the hummocks and swamp grass and whatnot. Ever climb a tree in ice skates? I have.

12. Do you remember your favorite gift? Hrrrrmmmm. I remember a couple of times when the gifts I asked for just couldn’t be found and my poor parents (as Santa’s emissaries!) did what they could but… Well, when you are six and have your heart set on the stuffed elephant from Rudolph and the Land of Misfit Toys and nobody really makes a Misfit Toy Elephant, there isn’t much that can be done. My parents tried though, they made me a giant (GIANT!!! And also, totally on Santa’s say so) stuffed elephant that was about as big as I was and he even had spots! But he was blue with light blue spots, not white with colored spots. Oh how I was crushed. CRUSHED! My poor rents, that must of knifed them. However, how cool is a giant stuffed elephant that is about as big as you are and is unique in the world cuz he’s hand made? I think eventually, and pretty quickly eventually, I realized that even though I didn’t get what I wanted, I got something equally if not more so cool. Especially after my sister and I discovered that there was an immense amount of fun to be had by running across the room and crash landing into my new elephant.

Another gift I remember is the Wall Marley I wound up with as my grab bag surprise from my G’ma’s lame gift bag of random weird shit. Least you think I’m dissing my G’ma, she knew these gifts personified the very essence of lame but for some reason it became tradition to have to pick out one of these things before Christmas. The year I got the Wall Marley was the year I had a physics test on the very last day of classes so I don’t think I even came home until Christmas eve. Sadly, the bag of lame had come and gone already and everyone else had chosen their gift; which left me with this fiber art wall hanging thing. Art? Perhaps, but it looked for all the world like some crack pipe version of Bob Marley as represented through twigs and macramé. I loved it. It was so ugly that it burrowed a special place for itself right into my cold little “no cookies for Santa” heart. I always had a spot on the wall for it until I moved to the condo, at which point I accidentally stepped on the poor Wall Marley and busted it beyond repair. *sniff*

13. What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you? Hanging with fam!

14. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert? OH! I see. This is why I can’t choose dessert in #6. I like me some gingerbread cake with lemon brandy sauce. Actually, maybe I just like the lemon brandy sauce cuz it goes pretty well on run cake too. And I bet fruit cake would get a bit of zip with a good helping of lemon brandy sauce. Can I just choose lemon brandy sauce as my fave?

15. What is your favorite holiday tradition? Ooooo! I have a few. I always really liked the advent calendar we had growing up. It had a tree with 24 eyes of the hooks and eyes variety sewn into it and a double row of numbered pockets with little ornaments on the hook part of the combo hanging on them. Every day my sis and I would alternate putting up an ornament on the tree and digging through the pocket to see what it contained. Sometimes we got some candy, sometimes a little toy whatsit and always an amount of coins equal to the day of the month it was.

16. What tops your tree? Currently? Nothing. Traditionally, the boo family has had a burlap angel (Angie) that holds a single white light in her hands (that’s hard to thread too; she’s older than the angels of today that come with their own lights). I’m not sure what the Q family tradition is. I’ll try to remember to snap some pics!

17. Which do you prefer Giving or Receiving? Oooo! Giving! I love to see the people’s expressions as they open their gifts. Heck, I even love to see what other people have given other people. That’s pretty exciting.

18. What is your favorite Christmas Carol? Don’t really have one. Probably whatever is NOT stuck in my head at the time.

19. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum? Eh. They make an awesome cookie hat for a recipe I have and it amuses me to suck them to a stabby point but I don’t have to have them.

20. What is your favorite holiday? Sadly, Christmas is not it. Halloween would have my number one holiday spot.


Last year at the booniverse: Truly, this town scrambles the snow removal equipment hours after they should have been out and back in. Damn city.

Last last year at the booniverse: For those of you playing at home, a crock pot isn’t the best thing to melt chocolate in.

The year before at the booniverse:My kitties go to 11.

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