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Follow Friday – Christmas Eve

24 Dec

For those who celebrate, Merry Christmas! For those who don’t, happy boring TV day! Our celebration has already started as we’ve opened up some of the toys we bought for Isobel during our recent shopping trip. She is enjoying her dollhouse and trying to remove all the clothing from its rabbit inhabitants. Excellent! This just means more rabbit inhabitants are surely on their way.

In other news, check out Pinboard Daily to see my post on the front page. My parents would be so proud! Especially after they read the part where I call someone’s Mom a whore. I am trying out Pinboard (after trying some other sites that immediately disappointed me) and am very happy with it so far. I think the less to take from this is: 1. insult a company’s mother 2. wait for them to be very gracious about it, 3. PROFIT! Except for the part where I don’t think many companies would be gracious, this plan is GENIUS.

I hope your weekend is filled with peace and a full belly, whatever you celebrate.

What is Follow Friday? It’s a Twitter meme that I have taken a couple steps further.  See my nomination for a Shorty Award for Follow Friday here. You can read more Follow Friday goodness here. Learn more about it in my FAQ.

MrWordsWorth ‘we grew up as whores together.’ This touching moment brought to you by the Springer show.

chickenscottpie @exlibris For some reason, “Fuck your mom” is one my most favorite phrases in the whole world. I applaud its use, even when misguided.

MeganBoley Tummy time will now be called face-plant and butt-in-the-air time.

leesiscoe Alex is dropping Cheerios down the front of his pajamas and saying, “Pocket. BOOYAH! Pocket. BOOYAH!”

inversejaik A total lunar eclipse last night, and the winter solstice today-if we were in ancient times, we’d be sacrificing extra hard this year.

waxpancake Can’t load the FCC’s net neutrality livestream? Try AT&T’s Gov Preferred package, which offers premium bandwidth for government hearings.

angryseattle Tweed bedsheets. #hipstergifts

candices Analog iPhone #hipstergifts

angryseattle Drinking water homebrew kit. #hipstergifts

angryseattle Pabbie, the Pabst Blue Ribbon action figure. #hipstergifts

angryseattle A can of denim body paint. #hipstergifts

angryseattle Fixed-gear lawnmower. #hipstergifts

himissjulie does Ferengi ear sex have a proper term?

shinyinfo @himissjulie I thought it would be Aural Sex

helenstwin I am Mistress of the Science of Libraries, bitches.

TheOnion Census Finds Enough Homeless People Living In Public Library To Warrant Congressional District

Zaius13 So, I guess they called it “The Nutcracker” because “Guy With Bulging Junk Prancing Around And Touching Little Girls” was too long.

FakeAPStylebook Simulate a white Christmas for your readers by randomly adding asterisks to your copy.

ScrewyDecima l I’m bringing reference back. Them other librarians don’t know how to act.

louispeitzman Forcing myself to watch Guy Fieri. I know what I did.

sarcasmically Dealing with someone else’s vomit before I’ve even had coffee. Well-smote, God, well-smote. I see you’re still mad about that church fire.

danforthfrance I just figured out why I like my cat. She’s an analog R2-D2.

Sigafoos Fact: The Princess Bride is the best movie of all time.

Sigafoos @exlibris Julian Assange is actually wanted in Sweden on charges of not liking The Princess Bride, or ‘Dread pirat kätteri.’

TheRedQueen We took down the baby gate between the living room and the kitchen and K thinks he hit the toddler lottery.

louispeitzman Pizza delivery guys HATE it when you say, “Keep the change, ya filthy animal.”

dingey I accidentally went over the mountain today. Just like the apocryphal bear. “Apocryphal Bear” is my next book of free verse, by the way.

davepolak If I’ve learned one thing on the twitterz this year it’s that dead hipsters like coconut. And the rest of you can fuck off.

emilyrm Ooo, Fargo is on. Nothing like people thrown in a wood chipper to make you feel Christmasy!

OngoingBS My son just got A 250 piece Lego tank. By my calculations that equals, 19- fucks, 27- these instructions suck, 33- WTF’s? and 1- I give up.

shinyinfo I’m thinking about putting up a new sign in the library, “If you take a book without telling me, I WILL MURDER YOU!”

lafix I just met a self-described “Bon vivant.” He was eating spray cheese. I said I was an “astronaut matador” and tap danced away.

TweetsofOld At the charivari Saturday, the frosty Dakota air was filled with the hazy smoke and sweet aroma of the weed that soothes. ND1909

thejohnblog Beer for my reindeer, Bumpits for the naughty kids.

ApocalypseHow Truly Wise Men would have waited a week and gotten much better deals on gold, frankincense & myrrh. #XmasThoughts

phaemarie My cat punched my husband in the eye. I shouldn’t be giggling.

cdashiell It’s a sad day for 74-year old heterosexuals from Arizona.

eshep You know who we pissed off today? Taliban soldiers about to be killed by a military with openly gay troops.

telephase @exlibris Our state motto is “If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you”. Which is basically calling everyone a dumbass.

hurtling When I hear “war on Christmas,” I imagine Cylons attacking the North Pole before Admiral Claus can jump the fleet to emergency coordinates.

Jesus_M_Christ December 25th isn’t my real birthday. It was just the birth date on my fake ID.

louisvirtel Has there ever been an angrier stuffed animal than Kris Kristofferson?

badbanana RT @snigglewit Three Times a Magi. #lionelrichiexmas

badbanana Hello, is it the Messiah you’re looking for? #lionelrichiexmas

badbanana Silent night, holy night, all night long. #lionelrichiexmas

FrankConniff I hope the Net Neutrality ruling doesn’t diminish free speech on the Internet or my ability to openly express my

love_drunk This tom kha soup is either going to settle my super-puke stomach or bring up everything lurking within. Either way: Win!

thejohnblog Jesus’ bland tamales is the reason for the seasoning.


What is Follow Friday? It’s a Twitter meme that I have taken a couple steps further.  See my nomination for a Shorty Award for Follow Friday here. You can read more Follow Friday goodness here. Learn more about it in my FAQ.

You Are On The Naughty List

18 Dec

We took Isobel down Christmas tree lane this year, seeing as how she’s more sentient and sort of knows who Santa is. Based on her only experience with him it’s possible she thinks he’s a giant fire truck, with people inside, blaring loud Christmas music and handing out candy canes. After such a Santa visited our house before dinner one night she sobbed as we took her back inside. She kept saying, “Santa! Santa! Outside! Santa OUTSIDE!” We eventually had to convince her Santa was sleeping so we could finish making the macaroni and cheese. (From scratch – three cheeses , garlic and bacon. OMFG it was good. Like, Anthony and I made inappropriate noises while we ate it, good.)

Before hitting up the larger Christmas tree lane we investigated the smaller one not far from our house. This one’s unique because the neighbors got together and created a train track and a train that goes back and forth throughout the cul-de-sac.

Isobel admires Christmas lights from the car and when I pick her up from Grandma’s she eagerly points out all the houses that have lights on them as we drive home. If a couple houses go by with no lights she starts saying, “Lights! Where are you, lights?” It’s a-freaking-dorable.

Since the street is small and the night was quite warm (the pictured gloves and hat came off after about five minutes), we took a tour on foot so she could get close to the lights and explore.

The kid was impressed. And it was a welcome diversion considering that we spent our night as a family, wandering around different neighborhoods, entertaining our toddler FOR FREE. That’s a miracle at any time of the year, but doubly so in a cash-strapped month.

Then we headed to the larger Christmas tree lane. It was late and her little legs were tired so we pushed her around in the stroller. I only got one shot of her all bundled up, with a thrifted crocheted blanket in her stroller, but I used flash and she’s covering her eyes and making a pissed off face so I’ll spare you.

This Christmas tree lane had been decorating every year since before I was born. I remember visiting it as a child and looking for certain decorations year after year. This neighborhood had the works, lights timed to music, animatronic figures, a and a Santa, handing out candy canes.

Several families were also on foot and we even passed by our neighbors who live across the street, which was pretty funny. When we approached Santa he gave Isobel a candy cane and she held it out in front of her, stiffly, and crinkled the plastic wrap. I don’t think she’s aware candy canes are edible, which is fine by me. She loved just holding it.

As we were leaving Santa a giant truck drove by and rudely shouted out, “HEY SANTA!” This guy was a total ass. Without missing a beat Santa turned around and shouted, “YOU ARE ON THE NAUGHTY LIST!”

For those of you waiting for Christmas cards from me and wondering if I’ve forgotten, I haven’t. It’s just taken awhile for me to collect everyone’s address. I want to mail them out all at once because if you’re a parent you know that the few trips you endure to the Post Office with your child during the holidays, the better. I’m also trying to plan our yearly Christmas budget, so sending cards all at once will help me gauge that. I hope to get them send off by Monday. Happy weekend.