Monday, December 15, 2008

Holiday Mayhem

I am covered in glitter. Except for the sardonically raised eyebrow, I look like Kimber the Good Fairy. Where did all this glitter come from you ask? Did I invade Tinker Bell's secret supply of pixie dust?

Ahem. No. I don't think anyone's allowed in Neverland who is over the age of fourteen--fifteen on the outside--and I'm well past that now. No, my glitter stylings come from shedding Xmas cards. And these weren't cheap cards, so what's the deal?

Obviously, I'm trying to get some holiday cards out...at least to the people whom I don't talk to very often, but the world is crazy. I'm working. I'm editing. I'm trying to get things in order for my book's February release. I'm trying to be social and have and attend parties... it's madness.

And on top of everything, I've run out holiday stamps or even the nondescript Forever stamps with the Liberty Bell. So, now I'm slapping on any stamp that I can find. Which means some people who have the envelope with "the deer in the winter woods" scene are going to have a bright yellow sunflower stamp in the corner. Sighing heavily. Coordinating stamps and envelopes is officially beyond me.

That's why I can't wait for Xmas to actually get here, when the stores and the post offices will be closed, and I'll finally get to kick back. Then I'm going to do nothing...except perhaps watch a few favorite holiday movies. Here's my want-to-watch list:

1. A Christmas Story (The ultimate holiday movie, full of wisdom imparted through wisecracks. Love it!)

2. Elf
(As far as I'm concerned, Will Farrell has created a new holiday classic.)

3. Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's stone
(Hey, there's Xmas in it! Harry gets the invisibility cloak as a Xmas present.)

4. The Year Without A Santa Clause (It's the one where the seasons are at war. The Heat Miser's one of the main characters. You know it?)

Do you have any favorites holiday traditions or movies?

Monday, December 1, 2008

Mushroom Madness

I'm pretty sure that I have a greater love of mushrooms than the average person on the street, but even I blinked when I read that a one-kilogram white truffle sold at auction for $200,000.

The proceeds of the auction are going to charity, so at least this bit of excess is tied to some pretty tasty philanthropy. And, of course, yay for the 'shroom's rise to the top of the food chain. ;)

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