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13 December 2008 @ 12:32 am
Any excuse to say hootenanny  

Carolyn Hax's live chat, which today was the annual Holiday Hootenanny of Horrors, is well worth the read.  Some of them are funny, many of them are mouth-droppingly awful, but all of them are vastly reassuring at the moment.  Even the one with the possible unsolved murder. (The Christmas horror stories don't start until about halfway through the chat. Up til then, it's just the usual advice and whatnot.)

And anyway, I needed to see some zany stuff that proves:  EVERYONE's family is nuts.  One of my favorite bits:
How about a Chanukah story?:  My boyfriend and I were at a friend's Chanukah party, surrounded by wonderful fried foods and music and laughing, great party.  My boyfriend and I had agreed to exchange gifts for Chanukah, and to me that meant a silly fun gift like the semiautomatic marshmallow shooter I bought him.  At the party however, he broke open a diamond tennis bracelet and, with everyone watching, made a big show about putting it on me.  It was mortifying-- both because he was so extravagant with the giving and because I had gotten him such a crap present in comparison.  We broke up not long later for other reasons... but my friends still tease me about my "Maccabee with the chain."

Carolyn Hax:  Horrors don't discriminate, so why should we?  My Xmas list just acquired a semi-automatic marshmallow shooter.
As did mine.

What else do I want for Christmas?  Hmm.

A really nice vacuum cleaner, maybe.

Otherwise, recipes!  I always ask for recipes!  Oooo!  And good poems!  I would love any good poems you've got.
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Harfafnorharfafnor on December 13th, 2008 06:24 am (UTC)
Can't Say Whether It's Good.
Love is not a trivial thing

Love is what the Bluebird sings

Her chirp and whistle call to her young

Telling them mom is here and dinner is done

Love is the beach on a hot summer’s day

Listening to the surf and watching a child at play

The scent of the ocean tickling your nose

The warm soft sand caressing your toes

Love is a cold winter’s morn

A fresh hot cup of coffee to keep you warm

Frost hanging on branch and leaves

Waiting for the sun’s warming reprieve

Love is what we carry in our hearts

Love is where everything starts

One must love in order to live

Love must be shared

Love is blind as blind as a bat

Love knows no bounds I’m sure of that

Love is what makes the world go round

Love is what turns that frown upside down

All this about love is what I feel

Makes life special and real

Count each word and I’m sure you’ll know

There aren’t a thousand words but I’m sure it will still show

That the picture I’ve painted says enough

Says I love you To Infinity And Beyond.
Harfafnorharfafnor on December 13th, 2008 06:44 am (UTC)
Re: Can't Say Whether It's Good.
I guess I should also say. This was a present to my mom last year for her b'day. I felt it appropriate considering the earlier post.
Wiseacreewin on December 13th, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Can't Say Whether It's Good.
Aw, thank you so much! :) It's lovely.
jessxantha on December 13th, 2008 07:03 am (UTC)
damn, a semi-auto marshmallow shooter = awesome.

having a nice vacuum cleaner is something that I really, really appreciate.
Wiseacreewin on December 13th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
What kind do you have? (Ooooo, is it a dyson?)
jessxantha on December 13th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
yep! we have the purple ball animal dyson. I bought it years ago (3?) with my work bonus (otherwise never could have rationalized the cost).

That said, with all of the human and pet fuzz we create, we were burning out a $150-200 vacuum a year... the dyson has had no problems, so I think it's worth it.
Wiseacreewin on December 13th, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
jessxantha on December 13th, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
yea, so I will say that for us, it has been totally awesome and I enjoy vacuuming and looking how a white-fuzz-covered area rug suddenly becomes colorful again. :)
Xandre: Gojyo: Constipatedayakashi_fox on December 14th, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
I haz similiar problems, too. :(
Xandre: Gojyo: Dude!ayakashi_fox on December 13th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
I want a semiautomatic marshmallow shooter. That's way better than diamond cufflinks any day of the week!
Wiseacreewin on December 13th, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
Though I admit my own completely inappropriate holiday gift of diamond jewelry will always be treasured. ;) (Jeff did that to me year before last. I nearly died of a heart attack.)
Xandre: Spooky Powers!ayakashi_fox on December 14th, 2008 04:44 pm (UTC)
Never owned a diamond. Never will.

However, the marshmallow shooter provides potentially limitless hours of fun torturing cats and Renfaire friends with! ^___^ I really want to bounce a marshmallow off of Davos' little pink asshole when he's bad. (And he's bad - a lot!)