Ah, Christmastime.

My Christmas list is made. That is, the names are written down. It does not mean that I have actually decided on gifts for everybody yet. I do, however, have gifts for most of the people that I already had ideas for.

My Christmas cards are designed. That is, mostly. I still need to tweak them a bit, and then send them to the printer, in hopes of giving myself enough time to actually write, address, and mail them.

My December business trip has been booked. That is, the travel coordinator told me she was booking tickets, but my creative director told me that she wants to “go over some details” with me.

I got a Christmas wish list from a local Needy Kid, and went shopping. But you know what? Littlest Pet Shop is fekkin’ SCARY. Here I’m thinking, “Hey, cool, she likes animals.” Those things bear little-to-no resemblance to actual animals. They look like pets the way Bratz look like humans. I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. But it’s what she wants, so I’ll have to suck it up and go back to the store. Can anyone suggest an intelligent DVD about animals that might entertain a 9-year-old girl? I’d like to balance the crap with something decent.

My etsy store has been updated for the holidays. No caveat there, it’s actually been fully updated. I even added a new line of necklaces! My “photo studio in a box” kit arrived today, and I reshot my entire collection while I simultaneously cooked dinner (Käsespätzle; I did not make my own Spätzle) AND listened to the TV in the other room showing the 75th annual tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center. I’m feeling very accomplished at the moment. Anyway, now I should be nice and ready for Neilochka‘s “First Annual Blogger Holiday Online Arts and Crafts Fair.” Let the sales roll in!

I’m not putting up a tree. It bugs me, but at the same time, I’m on the road for a business trip, and then driving down to Santa Fe (heh-heh, SANTA Fe) for a few days. An unwatered tree just seems like a fire waiting to happen, and I’d feel weird asking my housesitter to crawl around under the tree to water it. I have a fake tree I could put up, if I felt like rearranging the new living room arrangement. But have no fear, dear readers! I’ll still be decorating for Gillerin’s annual New Year’s Eve party. The theme is The Golden Age of Hollywood (because there were a couple of drunkish Marilyn wannabees at the Halloween party where this was decided) and the black/white décor from last year will be at least partially repurposed for the black/gold theme this year.

Along the lines of gold décor and no tree… I bought a gold glitter/bead encrusted conical tree form thingie. It’s about three feet tall, and just so happens to perfectly fit on my Buddha’s head. I described the look to Erin as “serene, flamboyantly gay gnome.” Ah, how Christmasy.

Wishing you all visions of sugarplums.

5 Replies to “Ah, Christmastime.”

  1. A good animal DVD would be Animal Planets “Big Cat Diary” I don’t know if it’s still available, but the series kicked some ass… I actually think their starting it back up this month… Man I used to watch the shit out of that with my sister-in-law… it put quite a dent in band practice… it was pretty rad… if you like big cats. If not you could always get a copy of Charlottes Web… I’m pretty sure there are animals in that movie…
    Actually you can get Big Cat Diary here…


    Um… maybe you can get it for me instead??!!


  2. Christmas? Is that here already? Ah, so that’s why I’ve been flooded with catalogs and electric razor commercials on tv.

    Necklaces: oh baby you’re good!

    Animal DVDs: Meerkat Manor http://shopping.discovery.com/product-65155.html

    A rather anthropomorphic show, but still a fun way to get a child interested in animals. Not that Big Cat Diaries isn’t great – they are sooo cute, er, I mean majestic and beautiful – it’s just that Meerkat Manor is addictive. Like Izzes are addictive… or peppermint patties… or anything else that seems like it should be bad for you but isn’t really… in moderation.

    As for New Year’s I admit I’m rather hoping my other friends fail to pull of the Red Square extravaganza so we can party Marilyn style with you. Oh wait, that came out wrong. NOBODY CAN OD AT YOUR PARTY. There, I’ve laid it down, it shall be obeyed.


  3. My 9 yr old is into the petshop animals too, and they’re creepy. Their heads bobble too, some of them anyway. Instead of a DVD, what about a computer game? There is a pet-vet type of game, and another where they get to run a kennel. Pet vet 3D is one that my daughter wants.

    I couldn’t do without a tree. I do the fake ones though, I’m too darn lazy to water a tree.

    Love the necklaces! 🙂


  4. Funny you should mention that, Savy… one of the other items she requested is a game called Zoo Tycoon. Alas, the list fails to mention which gaming platform she has, and it’s available for three different systems. So far I’ve added a giant (4.5-foot wingspan) butterfly kite to her loot, in hopes of encouraging her to spend some time outside!


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