December 22, 2006

who meme?

Since there is a shortness of time & nerves of late, I was so appreciative of Mr. Joisey himself passing on the yuletide glee meme. I needed it, Jimbo. I think I've been kind of a grinch so far this year, just circumstance really. So holiday spam? Hells yeah, let's feast on it. Maybe it will be the cure-all for my holiday funk...

1) Wrapping paper or gift bags? Would it suprise you to know my first job was at a hallmark store in the mall? I lied about my age to get a job there when I was 14. Today, they would call it identity fraud, but back then they called it "industrious". I just liked money. Anyway, wrapping paper, always, just for the concealment factor.

2) Real tree or artificial? Artificial. Prelit, too. Not the most believable looking thing, but with enough ornaments, who cares? Plus it matches my drive-thru lifestyle.

3) When do you put up the tree? Thanksgiving weekend.

4) When do you take it down? New Years? hopefully.

5) Do you like eggnog? Hell no, and I don't need to use curdled milk as a justification to get drunk during the holidays. Generally, I'm surrounded by my family. Where's the wine?

6) Favorite gift you received as a child. Toss up between the record player and rock 'em sock 'em robots (which was probably my brother's), at least in memory. Nope, I take it back, definitely the year of the dollhouse. But every gift from Santa seemed amazing when I believed.

7) Do you have a nativity scene?Yep, it's just a scrawny three piece though.

8) Hardest person to buy for? Everyone? No thing ever seems good enough for the people I love.

9) Easiest person to buy for? My kids. They are so excited about Santa, there is no possible way they will be anything less than carmelized with christmas satisfaction come wakey wake time for the rest of you.

10) Mail or Email Christmas cards? Sometime back when I divorced, I stopped sending them at all. I'm ashamed, because I love getting them. And I do send out Christmas cards to all my people who trust me with their money. I just lack the right combination of organization, forethought and give-a-shit in my personal life, and plus, no Red to help.

11) Worst Christmas gift you ever received? A pair of stinky earrings from my first love. They were pretty too, but I couldn't stand to wear them that close to my nose.

12) Favorite Christmas movie? It's a wonderful life, no contest. Used to drop the AC way down, make cookies & watch it.

13) When do you start shopping? Whenever I recognize something that might be appreciated by someone I love. I'm a needs-based capitalist, so practicality always turns me on.

14) Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Never.

15) Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? I have been fantasizing (daily) about eating barbecued brisket on Christmas morning, so I broke down and placed an order yesterday. Actually, I pick up the brisket tomorrow and it will be a true Christmas miracle if there's any left by Monday.

16 ) Clear lights or colored on the tree? Clear

17) Favorite Christmas song? The Partridge Family's My Christmas Card to You. Nothing says nostalgia like David Cassidy, at least for me.

18) Travel at Christmas or stay home? We are staying home this year, and I'm looking forward to it. But we've been known to hit the road more years than not.

19) Can you name all of Santa’s Reindeer? Yep.

20) Angel on the tree top or a star? Star. Alex got frustrated with our lacking and made us a plain white paper star. It's pretty cool, actually.

21) Open the presents on Christmas Eve or morning? I quote the mighty Rest Stop, "Christmas Morning — always."

22) Most annoying thing about this time of year? People liquidating their serious long term savings accounts to a) purchase a gluttony of Christmas crap they apparently can't afford or b) because they've decided they can predict a major market movement that is coming, one that has eluded all the experts and is probably just a veiled attempt to retain some dignity in the face of utter dumbassery (ie, they're lying about their liquidation reasons).

23.Do you have Jebus in your heart this Christmas? Well, in a sense. Everytime I open my eyes, I see some form of depravity (enhanced experience at walmart). Maybe the gift of a savior that taught love above all else has gotten a little lost in the New Age Non-Denominational Christmas Experience, but to me, it only enhances the need. The hard thing (for me) is having Jesus in my heart year round.

24) What would you like for Christmas? I have far more than I want, deserve or need. But maybe my 30k hit on the ole blodge, we'll see.

Now, who to ask to do this? I know some blown-eyeds who I don't think have responded yet:




That 1 Guy

And the fab Mr. Confabulator

And while I rarely get into meme's, I've enjoyed reading all ya'll's faves so thanks for playing, if you do, and thanks for posting already, if you have.

Merry Christmas, Blown-Eyed Bretheren!

Update: Tagged by Denny! Hey, I'm thankful to be thought of. Thanks!

Posted by shoe at December 22, 2006 06:48 AM | TrackBack

Obviously Denny and I both loves us da Shoe.

Thanks for playing.

Merry Christmas to you and da Boys.

Posted by: Jim - PRS at December 22, 2006 08:08 AM

We've got some multiple tagging going on...I like that.

Merry Christmas my Choe Baby.

Posted by: Yabu at December 22, 2006 09:29 AM

Its like an orgy of Christmas memery. How appropriate.

Merry Christmas Chou Girl! Merry Christmas!

Posted by: oddybobo at December 22, 2006 11:17 AM

Hey Yabu - You haven't posted yet! Get on it! Now!

Posted by: Denny at December 22, 2006 12:37 PM

Shoe - Re 30,000 hits. The more you post, the more hits you get.

Posted by: Denny at December 22, 2006 12:39 PM

denny, love me love my lazydawg attitude. wouldn't it be easier if my 10 regular readers just checked back 80 times each until monday? works for me.

Merry Christmas, Y'all!

Posted by: shoe at December 22, 2006 12:53 PM

Dang...double popped...dang...

; )

Posted by: Christina at December 22, 2006 04:05 PM

Yeah - But the more posts you put up the more I give you linky-love. I wish I were as creative with titles of posts as you are.

Posted by: Denny at December 22, 2006 09:00 PM

I'm heading out of town in a little bit, Shoe, and I won't be back until late afternoon or evening on Christmas Day, either. I don't know if me participating in this meme will be quite as interesting after Christmas, ya know? We'll see. If I skip it, remind me that I owe you a post.

Merry Christmas, Shoe! May the Fat One bring you and yours only the finest gifts.

Posted by: zonker at December 23, 2006 09:43 AM

... Merry Christmas, Shoe.... and may you hit 30K as soon as St. Nick allows!.....

Posted by: Eric at December 25, 2006 11:20 PM