Friday, December 19, 2014

Countdown to Christmas: 6 days

Today's Christmas photo

I think this might be the Santa that turned out to be a child molester, but I'm not sure.
Wow. According to this article, the bad Santa was named Ronald McDonald!!! Chilling. 

Today's Christmas memory

Last year on Christmas Eve Andy ate so much biryani that he lost consciousness for a bit. I asked him 'What's the best present Santa ever got you?'. He responded with a meandering string of unrelated words, eventually fading to silence as his bloated eyes stared straight past me. The guy was in pain. That was the first time I'd ever seen someone eat so much that their brain stopped working.

Today's Christmas gift idea

Yankee Christmas Cookie Candle. You have to smell it to believe it. Seriously, I get compliments from everyone (Char) who comes over to the flat. Don't believe me? Look how happy it makes me.

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Gleðileg jól,

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Countdown to Christmas: 7 days

Today's Christmas photo(s)

Today's Christmas memory*

We went through a stage of buying the ugliest Christmas tree we could find. One year, "ugliest" translated to "most dead". Predictably, all the needles fell off and we were left with nothing but a web of sticks. I removed all the lights and my mom drove to Yakima Fruit Market to get a replacement.

*OK, this is the one time that the photo will relate to the memory. Don't get used to it.

Today's Christmas gift idea

Love it, love it, love it. Absolutely gotta have it. Vitabath. The best-smelling bubble bath since sliced bread (which isn't even bubble bath). Could there be a better stocking stuffer? NO. There couldn't be.

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P.S. Google translate it.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Countdown to Christmas: 8 days

Today's Christmas photo

A contender for our family Christmas photo one year. Needless to say, it didn't make it past the cutting room floor.

Today's Christmas memory

I vividly remember lying in a sleeping bag next to the rest of my siblings on the floor of my parents' bedroom on Christmas Eve. Anna and Max told me that if I really really really wished for what I wanted, Santa would bring it. So, the whole night (or for the two minutes it took to fall asleep), I wished as hard as I could for one of those horse heads with the stick body. You know the ones...Googling it now...a hobby horse, that's it!

Lo and behold, the next morning a beautiful ebony-coated mare was waiting for me under the tree. I named her 'Black Beauty', because, duh.

I think this story prove that, unless the hobby horse idea was somehow planted in my head, Santa really is real.

Today's Christmas gift idea

Taylor Swift's new album. Let this one be a treat for yourself. Every song is good. Read my review for further information.

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Mele Kalikimaka,

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Countdown to Christmas: 9 days

Today's Christmas photo

Anna, Margaret, Francie in 1991, maybe.
Is it just me, or do we never get snow like this anymore? 

Today's Christmas memory

One year, when I was about 12, my Mom suggested we give up presents and donate our gifts to a needy family instead. We all begrudgingly agreed—except Anna, who was livid at the mere suggestion. She was so unyielding in her opposition, that my Mom eventually caved and decided that we would do both—give presents to a disadvantaged family and continue to get presents ourselves. To this day, Anna won't let us forget about the year she "saved Christmas". We owe her.

Today's Christmas gift idea

Hilarious 'muffin top' baking cups (for the person who has everything). Is it bad that I laughed pretty hard at these? Note: if you do buy these for someone, make sure they don't actually have a serious muffin-top situation going on. They could take it the wrong way.

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Feliz navidad,


Monday, December 15, 2014

Countdown to Christmas: 10 days

Andy and I are spending Christmas in Italy this year. You know what that means: pizza all day, every day. It also means I won't have reliable Internet. Sorry, Italian hotels, but I don't trust you (at least not the ones in our budget).

So, thinking ahead like the responsible adult I am, I decided to schedule my blog posts in advance. Starting today, I'll be sharing a Christmas photo, memory and gift idea as I count down the days until December 25th.

Remember, your present for me can be clicking through the Amazon ads and spending the big bucks. Don't forget to buy yourself a treat too. Something real nice.

Today's Christmas photo

Christmas 1986.
Very difficult to tell Char and Francie apart in this one. C in the middle, F on the right? I think that's it. 

Today's Christmas memory*

It was my family's annual Christmas party and all evening my cousin Willem (about 11 at the time) had been planning to serenade the guests with Raffi's 'Douglas Mountain'. He got up on "stage", made it halfway through and then the nerves got to him. He ran off down the hall after the first verse and hid in my parents' bedroom. As a choir girl myself, I really felt for him. Singing in front of people is incredibly nerve-wracking. But good on him for giving it a go!

*The Christmas memory will not relate to the photo. I'm good, but I'm not that good. 

Today's gift idea 

Smartwool socks! The best sock known to man (and woman). The wool is super warm, but also thin and breathable. They hug your feet like it's the long-lost sibling they never knew they had. Absolute perfection.

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Now bring me some figgy pudding,

Sunday, December 14, 2014

That's a wrap!

Tonight was present-wrapping night in the Kay/Williamson household. It started off great. We had everything we needed—Christmas tunes on Spotify, two pairs of scissors, four rolls of tape and two types of wrapping paper to keep things interesting.

But as I got wrapping, my enthusiasm began to wane. I need to start doing yoga again because, wow, who knew wrapping presents could be such a workout?

I tried sitting cross-legged on the floor. Uncomfortable.

I tried kneeling. Ouch my knees.

I tried sitting on the couch and bending down to wrap the present as it rested on the floor. Not that flexible.

I tried bringing the present up to my lap and wrapping it there. Bad wrap job; lots of wrinkles.

But I persevered and in the end, I did it. All the presents cheerfully concealed with colourful paper. That's a wrap!

Christmas smize.

In other news

  • 'Heroes' actress and dolphin fan Hayden Panettiere and her ginormous fiancé had a baby. 
  • The final episode of season one of 'Serial' airs this Thursday. If you haven't jumped on the Serial bandwagon yet, you have four days to catch up. Better start binge-listening now.
  • In case you missed it, North Korea hacked Sony's emails, and we now know lots of juicy stuff about Hollywood's biggest stars, including:
    • Angelina Jolie is a "minimally talented spoiled brat" (I actually could have guessed that one).
    • Jennifer Lawrence got paid 7% of the profits of 'American Hustle', when co-stars Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale each got paid 9%. You could argue that BC and CB had larger parts than her, but you could also blame Sexism. I'm not sure what the reasoning was, but what I will say is that she made that movie.
    • Matthew Knowles, Beyonce's dad, approached Sony about making a Destiny's Child film. Um, why didn't this get the green-light? Sounds like box office gold to me. 
  • Woah—breaking. As I typed this (probably not), Kourtney Kardashian just gave birth to her son. On today of all days! December 14th! What's the significance, you ask? Today is already her son Mason's birthday. The brothers will have to share a birthday now. It's OK though. Char and Francie did it their whole life, and they turned out alright. 
  • Martin Freeman starred as Bilbo Baggins in a Middle Earth/The Office mash-up for SNL last night. The concept was funnier than the result. But it's a thing that the Internet is talking about today. 

The end. 


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