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Meant to post this last night, but I was busy nursing my thumb that I grated while making potato latkes last night :(

Happy Chanukah to all my Jewish friends!! :)

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Had a somewhat depressing weekend. Wanted to buy Chanukah decorations so that I can finally decorate and found NOTHING. It's not like I live in the middle of bumfuck nowhere. I live on LI. Jewish people are all over the place. What the fuck, dollar stores?! And Seasons had a sad section for Chanukah. Will have to try again this weekend. Maybe hit Cedarhurst Paper or Party City.

At least I have my Menorah. Will have to raid the parents for their never ending supply of dreidles.

Meanwhile, housemates and I decorated for Christmas. It was my first time ever going out to buy a tree (let alone decorate one). It was... an experience. Picking the tree took about 30 seconds. I've always heard stories of it taking hours and driving to different lots to find the "perfect tree" We lucked out. After going to Family Dollar, the Christmas Store in PJ, and Dollar Tree, we decorated the tree. I was kinda hoping that Christmas music would be playing while we were decorating, but there was no music. ::pout::

While out looking for decorations, I was trying to find clear ornaments so that I could make Chanukah ornaments for myself, but the closest I got to clear ornaments was ALREADY DECORATED clear ornaments. How helpful. -_-

::sigh:: If one more person tells me there's a War on Christmas, I'm going to rub their noses in it!

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I'm sorry I suck at timeliness on posting this, but I needed a few days to compose thoughts to write them down :)

New Years Eve was *awesome*!! Brian and I picked up Chris (his brother) from their folks (he spent the night after Christmas part II). We got breakfast from the Georgia Diner before continuing on into Manhattan to Chris's apartment. Nolan and Julie joined us and we went to The Cloisters.

After grabbing a bite to eat, we parted ways. Brian stayed with Chris, Nolan, and Julie. I hopped on the bus and headed toward [ profile] kradical's place. There was a really helpful gentleman on the bus that told me when to ring for my stop. For the most part, the sidewalks were clear, until I reached the block where his apartment is, and there was barely a footpath to walk on. Thankfully, I was wearing my snowboots.

I met some really amazing people and had a wonderful time!! Here's some highlights and hilarious quotes (that won't be credited to protect the innocent, and not-so-innocent. However, if you would like to take credit for your quote(s), let me know and I'll add your name to it) from the night:

  • Met: Tina([ profile] karistan), Neal, Danny, Dennis, Laura Anne Gilman, Ian Randal Strock, Nea Dodson ... I know I'm missing at least two people. I suck :(
  • Clicking almost instantly with [ profile] karistan
  • Tina and I determined we were separated at birth, really. We have a lot of the same idiosynchrasies.
  • "When the bottom fell out of the emu market..."
  • Wrenn's homemade meatballs and [ profile] kradical's homemade sauce: Perfect match!
  • Scooter doesn't know what to do with himself! Becomes area rug...
  • "Netflix: The Wonder Drug"
  • New Year's Crackers (these things are weird, but not as weird as the Christmas ones).
  • "Y'know, you don't usually see this kind of action on a mattress without putting a quarter in."
  • "Jumper cables, when properly applied, do wonders for stamina!"
  • "No hamsters, no gerbils, no drain cleaner."
  • Rang in the New Year with Proseco and blackberries (the actual berry).
  • She's a pretty pretty princess!!
  • I meant the previous bullet point in all ways possible!
  • "Why are you pulling on my toes?"
  • Became a very melted puddle of kitten. Ear massages are amazing. The Ferengi definitely got something right with that one... Mmmm.. Oomox.
  • Slept in the library.
  • Sterling plopped on my feet and didn't budge until I really needed to get up.
  • Scooter still didn't know what to do with himself, so he slept in the hallway.
  • Snuggle times for the win!!
  • Brian finally joined us! Huzzah!!
  • Brian and I left around 1:30pm with Tina and Neal and went to a really tasty cafe down the road.
  • Parted ways around 3pm.

    I'm not kidding when I say this was the Best. New Years. Ever! Didn't get a kiss at midnight, but that was more than made up for!! :)

    And for the record? I'm still floating on Cloud Nine. I *might* tell you all why... if you ask nicely.

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    On Thursday morning, I embarked on a journey to the Bronx to visit [ profile] kradical, [ profile] wrenn, Dale, Newk, Rhi, Belle, Sterling, and Scooter. I hadn't been to their place or seen any of them since September. And though I had more recently seen [ profile] kradical, it was still back in September. Damn our non-compatible schedules!

    I caught the 7:19am super express train to Penn with two #crankys (one of which I had never actually travelled with before, but have met on numerous occassions) and CSDave caught the train with us too, which was crazy in and of itself because he's usually on a later train. He took the train with us because he needed to lend me some things and give me a belated Chanukah present, which was really awesome of him. He gave me a *signed* copy of The Evil Gazebo by Bernie Mojzes.

    I had some time to kill once I got to Penn before continuing on the next leg of my journey, so I decided I'd catch up with the world on the internet. Fat chance. Penn station claims to have Wi-Fi. It connected but nothing ever loaded, so it was as good as useless. Oh well. Time passed by and I hopped on the subway, shockingly got a seat, and was on my way to the Bronx. YAY!! The 1 decided to run express between 168th and 207th. Whoops. It didn't pass my stop, but complicated some things because of timing. I wasn't supposed to get to my stop until 10. I was there 20 mins early! Thankfully, it all worked out and [ profile] kradical picked me up. Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!! ::ahem::

    I got a warm welcome from Scooter when we got to the apartment. This dog, OMG. I love Scooter. He's an almost 11 year old Golden Retriever puppy who really loves me. According to Wrenn, Scooter doesn't react to and interact with other houseguests the way he does with me. I'm special :)


  • Had really interesting conversations with Wrenn, Dale, and Keith
  • Went to the diner.
  • Went on an errand run: Got a bookcase from Target so Wrenn could complete her shelving of books (AND SHE DID!!), and went to a grocery store that had a crazy cheese section (mmmm free sample Extra Aged Gouda... nom nom nom)
  • All the kitties made themselves known and got snuggles and tons of scritches from me.
  • Scooter competing for ALL of my attention.
  • Went through all of Wrenn's book doubles and ended up with quite a few :)
  • Walked Scooter with Keith down to a Basketball court so Scooter could run around.
  • Watched Pulp Fiction, Midnight Run, and the first 3 episodes of Hustle. Great show that is. I have to watch more of it.
  • Keith made a scrumptious dinner.
  • Wrenn made a really tasty dessert.
  • Tons and Tons of Keith hugs. Seriously, he gives the best hugs.
  • Snuggled up with Scooter and Rhi when I went to sleep. Woke up to Sterling.
  • Listened to the 11th day of Riftmas, which featured Keith reading "Diary of a False Man" from X-Men: Legends and "Here There Be Monsters" from the Star Trek SCE series, both written by him. It was so great :) I love being read to, so this made my early morning, before everyone else was awake.
  • More snuggles from the animals.
  • Having conversations with each other while not moving from our rooms. This was silly and fun at the same time. Eventually I made my way into their room.

    It soon came time for me to head home. Trust me when I say I did NOT want to leave. I love Keith, Wrenn, and Dale. They always make me feel welcome in their home. I'm sad I didn't get to say goodbye to Dale because he was not awake when I left. Motivation for me to actually leave was [ profile] alorarose offering to pick me up from the train station. I hadn't seen her since Black Friday. I bid Keith and Wrenn adieu when they dropped me off at the A train. So sad :( As I was going down the stairs to the subway, I missed them already.

    The MTA website lied and said there was a 1:10pm train. When I got to Penn, I had to do a mad dash because the train was actually at 1:05pm and I first had to purchase a Penn to Jamaica ticket. I made the train by the skin of my teeth. The doors were closing when I was still on the stairs. Yikes! My lungs hated me for the entire trip to Merrick. Random occurance: When the train got to Rockville Centre, I noticed someone I know on the platform and managed to get her attention from inside the train :) It pays to wave like a lunatic.

    [ profile] alorarose picked me up and we went to Friendly's for foodage and then she drove me home. I rolled out and baked half a batch of Gingerbread (which yielded 40 gingerbread men) to bring with me to Brian's family Christmas celebration. :) So much gingerbread. I didn't feel like decorating them though. Oh well.

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    Tonight, Brian and I went on our annual Christmas Light display tour. We seek out the crazy, most absurd displays imaginable. Unfortunately, we didn't get to all of them because people shut down their lights at some point before we got there. Oh well, here are the highlights:Photo heavy post )

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    Today I give thanks for having every single one of you in my life! (amongst other things)

    Love you all!!

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    It's November 17th, and that means it's Life Day!! For those of you who don't have any clue what I am talking about, On November 17, 1978, CBS aired the Star Wars Holiday Special, for the first, and ultimately last time.

    George Lucas wrote the story, and despite his want to destroy every last copy of it in existance, the special is actually Canon! The storyline occurs between Star Wars (ep IV) and The Empire Strikes Back, and it is the 1st time we ever meet Boba Fett! The plot, in a nutshell, is Chewbacca and Han Solo are headed to Chewie's home planet of Kashyyyk to celebrate Life Day. They are chased by two star destroyers which cause them to go into Hyperspace. Hilarity ensues and there's a cast of spectacular guests: Art Carney, Bea arthur, Harvey Korman, Diahann Carroll, and Jefferson Starship (with the purple dildo microphone)!! As well as Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, the voice over of James Earl Jones with stock footage, and Sir Alec Guinness stock footage.

    Carrie Fisher, cracked out of her mind, sings the theme song of the special to John Williams' Star Wars theme.

    I love every moment of it!! So, join me today in watching the Star Wars Holiday Special here:

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    I long for the days when Christmas wasn't saying "Hi I'm here!" until the day after Thanksgiving. The really sad part is that that wasn't all that long ago!

    Over the years, it has become apparent that everything Christmas has been encroaching upon us earlier and earlier in the year. This year is the straw that broke the camel's back. On Halloween, I walked into Walmart because Brian wanted Candy Corn and lo, they had already started decorating for Christmas and stocking the shelves with Christmas themed items right along side the Halloween things!!! Ummmm... what the fuck?!

    On Monday, a friend was bombarded with Christmas Carols over the radio. Christmas Sale ads have been popping up on TV. Didn't you know there are only 7 more weeks before Christmas??? OMG Everyone must shop now now NOW!!!

    What is going on here? There's a holiday that lives in between Halloween & Christmas, and that's Thanksgiving. Where are the Tom Turkey decorations? The Happy Thanskgiving banners? The Pilgrims & Native American figurines?? Has Thanksgiving been shoved into the back of the closet to make room for Christmas?!

    This really is apparent in stores all across America. Thankfully there is still at least ONE store out there that refuses to give in to the hype: Nordstrom. They've even taken to using witty signage. I can't find one for this year, but here's one from a couple of years ago:

    I applaud you, Nordstrom. Really, I do. :) Now, don't get me wrong: I have nothing against Christmas. This is just ridiculous! Pretty soon, they will start campaigning for the next year's Christmas on December 26th!

    If you would like to read the post that inspired me to write this one, as well as other posts similar to this one, go here: Thanksgiving Comes First!

    Oh, and before I close this post, I just have to share this clipping with you:

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    To all my Jewish friends: L'Shana Tovah!! Here's to a Happy, Healthy, and Sweet New Year!!

    Video ganked from [ profile] kradical

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    We survived the Parental Units finally meeting each other for the first time! :-D Brian and I are so happy that they all got along. ::breathes HUGE sigh of relief::. I drove back from Huntington tonight. I hate motorcycles!!! ::grumbles::

    Fireworks we saw along the way back to Brian's were gorgeous :)

    Did anyone catch the MACY's Fireworks Spectacular???? If you did, let me know if you saw me and/or [ profile] warkythechocobo during the LeAnn Rimes segment!!!

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    On the 8th night of Chanukah my true love gave to me:
    8 fiddlers fiddling,
    7 rabbis dancing,
    6 grandmas cooking,
    Fiiiiive kosher diiiiiiiiiiiiills!!
    4 pounds of corned beef,
    3 potato latkes,
    2 matzah balls,
    And a warm bagel topped with cream cheese!!


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