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Decorating It All Up

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When do you put your decorations up?

christmas meme from susan

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The day after Thanksgiving. That’s one of our family traditions. With emphasis on the family, mom. It’s not about the decorations: it’s about the love shared throughout this season. Let others show us “what Thanksgiving is all about” by lining up at Walmart at 3am to stampede their separate ways fighting the crowds for those discounts they’d like Christmas to be about. We’re here spending the day with each other launching a season of spending time together.

We start putting it all back up in the closet and the garage the day after Christmas. Today we’ll be taking down the living room tree. (Tell me, if the raw commercialism of Black Friday’s stampedes for those early holiday discounts is what Thanksgiving is all about, then those malls crowded this past week with shoppers doing their gift exchanges to get what they really wanted, is that what Christmas is all about?)





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31 December 2008 at 1:01 am

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Lit Up

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Colored lights on tree/house or white?

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I prefer small white lights, both inside and out.

I do also like colors, but generally in monochromatic designs, such as small blue lights on an indoor tree with blue and silver ornaments.

The tree we had when I was growing up had large multi-colored light bulbs. No bad memories or anything. That just doesn’t happen to be what I prefer.

Anyway, I’m not convinced it matters anymore. These days the companies that make Christmas lights send them back to be fixed if they stand any chance of surviving an entire single holiday season without failing. And a burned out string of white lights doesn’t really look all that different from a burned out string of colored lights.

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24 December 2008 at 1:01 am

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Santa’s Job Descrip

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Does Santa wrap presents or just set them under the tree?

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Easy one: Santa’s elves wrap all the presents except for the ones he gives to Mrs. Claus when she’s on the “nice” list the second time he checks it.

But setting the presents under the tree isn’t “just” what he does. He works hard on that list that puts in the orders for those presents. And he drives the sleigh that carries those presents. And he shoulders the bagful of those presents down countless chimneys. What’s just “just” about all that?

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17 December 2008 at 1:01 am

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Hot Noglate

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Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?

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Both, please.

After I’ve been outside cross country skiing through some northern Vermont snow on a moonlit night when the temperature before wind chill, make it rich hot chocolate, with marshmallows.

But even a refrigerator full of gallons of egg nog never lasts too long with me around. Unless Kathy is there to spike it with twenty times the rum that even the wildest office party would venture to spike it with. Hers, I had to disappear into the bathroom for, figuring the toilet would appreciate it better than I.

Have both hot chocolate and egg nog around, and don’t be surprised to catch me mixing them.

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10 December 2008 at 1:01 am

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Me Meme Snacks

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Snacks I enjoy:

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  Munch munch munch:

 
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3 December 2008 at 1:01 am

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only wish ice for you

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i wish i could disappear into a random singularity

echoing a meme from susan

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26 November 2008 at 1:01 am

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Exciting News!

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Any new and exciting news you’d like to share with us?

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I weigh 20 pounds less than when I originally drafted this post.

It might not be evident – or it may be less significant than it is evident – but I draft these meme posts and various other aftermath posts in advance, sometimes months ahead, then “schedule” them for future posting. Making it possible for me to project what will be news for late November, although as of the end of August – which is what it is here as I write – it is as speculative as who will be the president-elect by the time this actually posts.

But now, to make my “exciting news” a simple fact . . .

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19 November 2008 at 1:01 am

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Me Meme

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What were you doing 10 yrs ago?

meme from susan, who tagged me

Ten years ago today I had the distinct misfortune of still being married to the ß, a mistake I would repair within the following year. Today ten years later, I am married to Susan.

Ten years ago today I owned two houses, one in Maryland where I on that day was pretending to live, and another in New Jersey where I’d earlier pretended to live before turning landlord. Today ten years later, I own one house, here in Texas.

Ten years ago today I was abandoning a position as head of my company’s actuarial research unit, heading onto a 9-year treadmill ultimately failing to find a way to perform the services I originally was appointed to perform for that organization. Today ten years later, I work for the federal government.

Ten years ago today I weighed as much less than I weigh now as I on that day exceeded what I had weighed five months earlier.

Ten years ago today I was macheide on AOL. Today ten years later, I am macheide here at wordpress, among various other scattered sites on the Internet.

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12 November 2008 at 1:01 am

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pocketed

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Where is your cell phone?

adding a word to a meme from susan

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5 November 2008 at 1:01 am

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only have ice for you

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i have an itch where i can’t scratch without revealing my secret contortionist moves

echoing a meme from susan

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29 October 2008 at 1:01 am

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Pet Me

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Pets?

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Not enough.

We need a few more cats. And another husband for Gertie to murder. And an aquarium of tropical fish. And some ducks.

And may I have an alpaca, please?

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22 October 2008 at 1:01 am

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only know ice for you

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i know all i ever need to know, want to know, will ever know

echoing a meme from susan

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15 October 2008 at 1:01 am

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Shoo

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10/8/2008

What is your shoe size?

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Just enough to fit over my feet.

My father used to sell shoes. My younger brother too. They would both confirm that’s the size shoe I ought wear. Enough said.

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8 October 2008 at 1:01 am

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only think ice for you

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i think in visions bound by no words across fields beyond the reach of maps

echoing a meme from susan

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1 October 2008 at 1:01 am

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Good Morning!!

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Morning person or a night person?

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Morning. But when you find me up writing at 4am, more than likely I’m waking from a good dream, versus stretching out the day ahead.

The older I get, the earlier I seem to run out of gas during the evening hours. But if I sleep late every now and then on the occasional Saturday morning, that usually means I’ve dragged out a dream as far as 6am. And it’s way more common for me to have a few solid hours of road behind me by then. That isn’t likely to ever change, no matter how many years I add to my age.

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24 September 2008 at 1:01 am

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only am ice for you

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i am the unintended consequence of a random fugue of my rogue imagination

echoing a meme from susan

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17 September 2008 at 1:01 am

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DOB²

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When is your birthday?

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Yesterday, it was.

Tomorrow, it will have been yesterday again.

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10 September 2008 at 1:01 am

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