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Cuddly as a Cactus

For the past few years, I’ve made it a habit to change my Instant Messenger avatar to the Grinch as my way of letting the world know how I truly feel about the holiday season. I have several reasons for dreading the month of December which thankfully isn’t the purpose of this post. However, despite my desire to remain cuddly as a cactus until the new year, I do find myself enjoying a few Christmas traditions.

One of those traditions is watching at least one variation of A Christmas Carol. While the original is a great version, I actually enjoy the knock offs more (who would ever have thought I would recommend a knock off of anything). One in particular is Ebbie, played by the Daytime Emmy snubbed Susan Lucci, as she works her way up the department store career ladder to find herself bitter, alone and…well a scrooge. Despite how poorly acted, written and shot this adaption of A Christmas Carol is, I always settle in to watch it, at least up until the part when Tiny Tim begins singing a painful version of “Angels We Have Heard on High”.

So why do I eagerly await the showing of this classic christmas tale? Well, because of the moral. At the end, when the Scrooge character wakes up full of the Christmas spirit, and realizes that he or she should have been giving not taking, that life is too short for frugality and resentment, and that this is the time of the year to spend with your family and friends, I can’t help but get teary-eyed. I hate to say this, but I am a little like Scrooge. I don’t enjoy this time of year, but after watching that movie I remember that being surrounded by people I love and who love me is a blessing.

This past weekend was another one of my favorite parts of the Christmas season; my girlfriends’ annual holiday party. We eat, drink fancy cocktails, and laugh so hard we shed tears. I wish I could tell you exactly what is so funny, or why such an electic group of women have so much fun together, but in my heart I know it’s simply the bond of friendship. Thinking back on the year my friends endured, I realized that:

  • One of us became a mother;
  • Another lost a very important person in her life;
  • A few of us struggled to find good jobs in a tough economy;
  • Two of us worked hard to raise beautiful and smart daughters;
  • Half of us fought to maintain a healthy relationship with our mothers;
  • Some of us endured a lonely night or two in search of the one;
  • And all of us were there for each other through it all.

So this holiday season I’m going to remember to smile a bit more as I cherish the times I spend with those I love and thank God for truly blessing us, every one. Seriously!

Smerry Christmas Ladies!

8 days of christmas

Our version of a friend contract!

Halloween Pumpkin

Gimme Some Candy!

It’s certainly difficult to believe that another month from the year 2010 is almost over. With the approach of the cold winter months upon us and a time change that returns us back into darkness looming, you can’t help but anticipate the arrival of Halloween.

To be honest, I’ve always struggled internally with this spook-tacular holiday as it was a mere two days after my birthday and most people wanted to just make it a two-for-one celebration. I grew up believing my birthday was all about me (truth be told, still do), so sharing it with a holiday that focused on pumping out sweets to everyone who formed three little words made it feel…not so special. But it sure was fun!

While I’m no longer a big fan of holiday celebrations, the fact that one of the most controversial holiday’s high points, trick or treating, is dying a slow death has been weighing heavily on my mind. As I reminisce upon the Halloween’s of my childhood, I realized that long gone are the days:

  • when kids would dress up in a hand-made costume designed by a creative mom with very little extra spending money;
  • when no one thought twice about letting a group of 8-10 year olds in masks roam the streets after dark begging random strangers for candy, baked goods and sodas;
  • when everyone celebrated the holiday on the same day and afterwards we all retired to our homes high on sugar and fructose syrup without being paranoid that it would later give us some form of cancer.

Maybe it’s just me, but the biggest tradition of Halloween feels lost and instead we now have:

  • parents choice on when to take children trick or treating. I’m still waiting for someone to explain to me why the rest of us are expected to have enough candy for the weekend instead of just one night;
  • advertising directed at kids that suggests hand-made costumes are embarrassing and that Mommy should buy an expensive plastic one instead of using her creativity to make you an outfit;
  • to worry that the wares you so skillfully acquired during your trick or treating hour will apparently kill you and if not, at least stain your teeth badly.

Boo! No pun intended, but Halloween seems unfamiliar without the trick or treating. I’m sad for my nephew who may never truly know how much fun this holiday was when the world was not trying to harm you or make a profit off you.

I guess this Hallowed Eve is best left to the adults as we dress up in our most scantily clad outfits, throw back a few alcoholic beverages and wake up the next day actually feeling like a zombie instead of just playing one. Seriously?

Have a safe and fun Halloween! Boo Ya’ll!

Holiday Cheer

A few of these and you won't care!

You gotta love America. We are so focused on making money and buying presents that if we could, we would just skip over Thanksgiving and head straight into the Christmas season. Personally, I’m not a fan of Christmas, mainly for this reason, but also because of the unruly shopping crowds, annoying Christmas music blasting from every radio station, and the dreaded dateless holiday parties. Read the rest of this entry »

Ah, the holidays! The time of year that is often the most difficult for your average single adult. With the winter chill starting to hit the air, it seems that people are making sacrifices and lowering expectations in order to survive the holidays. I get it…no one likes to attend a holiday party or family function alone. So it doesn’t surprise me that it’s usually about this time of year when you start to hear about new relationships budding and just about everyone you know has hooked up with someone whether it makes sense or not. As I notice the Facebook statuses changing to “in a relationship”, I can’t help but wonder if come June, when there are still vacations to be had, short shorts to be worn, and six more months left to achieve goals, will the single status make a comeback. Seriously?

As some of you may know over the past 1 1/2 years I have sporadically “dated” someone much younger than me (11 years – yes, I guess technically I am a COUGAR – GGGRRRR)….anyway this past 4th of July – Mika, Kelly, Luci, Jacob (his family) and I went to the Brentwood Music/Fireworks show…unbeknownst to me my little cub hunted me down at the event and decided to latch himself onto me for most of the evening  – Kelly was wondering who the kid was that kept sitting next to me and talking (yes, he does look awfully young). Anyway, we were enjoying adult beverages and at the end of the night my cub asked me if I wanted to come over to his parents house where he was staying that weekend – as they were out of town.

We could go swimming and shoot off more fireworks (b/c kids love their fireworks). Normally, I would not go to a guys parents house – but like I said I had been indulging in adult beverages. So of course, the answer was “YES”!!! Well I will spare most of the details – use your imagination – at one point we were in the pool and we were laughing/screaming so much the neighbors came out and just stared at us – OH MY.  I also broke two toes in the pool that evening (another story)

The next morning, as I was doing the “walk of shame” out of the house I looked over at the neighbors and there was the “dad” washing the car, just staring at me. I waved and said “hello, hope we weren’t too loud last night” – he looked at me like I was going to burn in hell – I am sure he told my cubs parents when they came home  – OH WELL. (From what I understand he has not been asked to housesit since then- HAHA)

I guess I learned a lesson – I am still going to do things like that, just try to be a little quieter – SERIOUSLY!

OK…picture this – Thanksgiving (Tom, collards, stuffing, sweet potatoes, mac-n-cheese, cranberry sauce) and 5 bottles of wine later – 5 people playing UNO attacks – have you ever played Uno Attacks? It is slightly perverted…(just like Mika and me) – similar to Uno except you have to hit a button and it will either “spit” out zero cards at you or eight. So you are somewhat scared to touch the “button” – are you going to be screwed over if you touch it – or will something good happen from it.  Because speaking from experience (and Mika is agreeing) it is not always bad to be “spit at”. Wow – it is too similar to real life – so we had to quit playing and now we are watching “The Rose”.   Who knew that a “family friendly” game could be so clearly wrong! Or is just us? Are we the perverted, jaded women who just need to enjoy a game and not tie it to our sexual relations?  

Maybe we should just play “old maid”….seriously!


Boba Fett/Read His Story

Boba Fett - Read His Story

Okay, the correct spelling is Boba Fett but I like my version better. For those of you who aren’t Star Wars fans (like me obviously), he’s the bounty hunter from the first set of SW movies. 

Kim and I met him last month at our annual local Halloween pub crawl where he won an award for his extremely accurate costume. Well, he certainly left a big impression on us and we can’t stop talking about him. It was probably because he was comfortable being the only straight guy out of his group of gay friends. Or maybe it was that he was more interested in us than the Rainbow Bright peek-a-boo panty show right in front of us. But more than likely it was because underneath the mask he looked like Wentworth Miller from the show Prison Break. Yummy! Regardless of why, we are now on our own hunt for our hot bounty hunter Boba Fett. Any leads would be appreciated. Now, what we do with him once we find him is another story. 

Maybe I’ll give him a lock of my braided hair for his collection. Seriously.

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