November 24th, 2010

Christmas polar bear, winter

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Okay, first, allow me to beg the forgiveness of all folks on my friends list who don't like Christmas and/or get annoyed by how far-reaching the "season" has become -- I'm looking at you, Shannon -- because this journal entry is going to have some stuff about Christmas. I know, I know: it isn't even Thanksgiving yet!

Got lots of things done today. While running errands, I stopped by Crossroads Trading Company (a somewhat trendy used clothing store) to have a look at their coats. I've gained some weight the last couple years (I shall delicately refrain from specifying how *much* weight. Let's just say it's enough to displease me.) and my winter coat is temporarily too small ("temporarily" because I don't plan to stay at this weight). I browsed for quite a while, and ended up buying a black pea coat from Old Navy for $16. What a deal! I was hoping for a more colorful coat -- green? red? blue? -- but this black one was the only one that fit *and* was a style that suited me. I'm not really into coats with lots of ruffles or lots of zippers or lots of faux fur. Just give me a nice wool coat with conveniently located pockets and some big buttons. Bonus points if it has a hood, handy for those days when your ears get cold.

I am proud to announce that I mailed off my mom and brother's Xmas package today. Yay! I often procrastinate until just a few days before Xmas and then have to pay exorbitant postage costs to ship to Florida, so it was nice to have a very relaxed trip to the post office, send the package Parcel Post, and just generally feel good about being on the ball.

I have a DIY/crafty Xmas gift idea which I shall leave mysterious at this point in time, but I'm looking forward to working on it. Neat! I will write more about this later, when work has progressed a bit.
Xander: yay!

Happy Thanksgiving, Folks!

I know not everyone who reads my journal lives in the U.S. -- or even celebrates U.S. holidays, for those of you living elsewhere -- but I wanted to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to all who care. It always makes me think of the excellent "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Thanksgiving episode, "Pangs," from the otherwise lackluster Season 4.

a ritual sacrifice ... with pie
BUFFY: With Mom at Aunt Darlene's this year, I'm not getting a Thanksgiving. Maybe it's just as well.

ANYA: Well, I think that's a shame. I love a ritual sacrifice.

BUFFY: It's not really a one of those.

ANYA: To commemorate a past event, you kill and eat an animal. It's a ritual sacrifice, with pie.

WILLOW: Buffy, earlier you agreed with me about Thanksgiving. It's a sham. It's all about death.

BUFFY: It is a sham, but it's a sham with yams. It's a yam sham.
So ... I hope you all have a very happy yam sham and enjoy your ritual sacrifice with pie.

[exit, pursued by a Native-American-turned-into-a-bear]