December 26th, 2007

let it snow, snow

Happy Boxing Day!

My (unhappily) belated greeting:

Merry Christmas!!!

And also:

Happy Boxing Day!

No, we don't celebrate Boxing Day here -- and frankly I have no real idea of what it's like for those who do... (smile) But at least I know it is Boxing Day in some places today. (heh)

I can't believe it's been over a week since I last updated. Time flies and all that...

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I was cat sitting for neighbor June, so I did get up and spend a couple hours next door with her (unnamed) female cat. (I also tended Jim's three outdoor cats, for the record. Maggie, Molly and Mo.) I don't mind doing that at all. The indoor cat loves me just like family, and sat happily on my lap almost the entire time. But I did go home and back to bed afterwards, sleeping through the snow we apparently got around 1 p.m. (smile) All I ever saw was wetness and more rain.

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Both cats love the Christmas tree, even though it's not a real one. They're under or around it constantly.

We didn't manage to actually get it decorated until Christmas Eve -- and we did a very minimal job this year. But it doesn't matter. It's quite pretty without a single deco, because of all the lovely white/clear lights all over it. The day I set it up, I just turned it on and then laid down feeling pretty sick on the sofa, staring at the tree and feeling that warm, happy glow. Even sick, it felt good to look at the tree. (Colin climbed up on my lap and we had a nap together. He rarely ever does that, so it was special -- even if he is heavy as hell.)

I did get all the normal decorations up all around the house. And we have our white light tree set up in the front yard (the first deco I got up). Plus our big red berry wreath on the front door. It's very Christmas-y here at our house!

I didn't get our presents out to the neighbors, though. Annoying, considering I had them a couple weeks before Christmas, and had planned to do them early this year (for a change). (sigh) I'll have to do them late, obviously...

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Actually, we were very laid back about the entire holiday season this year, which was wonderful. Being sick meant we just had to let some things go -- and we didn't stress that at all. We've enjoyed sleeping -- something we didn't begin to get enough of during the entire year of 2007. And just playing games and watching TV has been so relaxing and lovely.

It's strange for me to go so long without being active at LJ, but I just decided to go with the flow. I have jumped on here and there to comment a little bit, at least. (And I always try to comment to suggestions, which I personally feel is important...) Oh, I'm way (way) behind on moderation duties, but it is what it is. I'll get to it sooner or later.

I did unfortunately let a planned Email Blast slide (!!!) for work, which makes me feel bad. But we'll do better with it for next year...

I have to be honest, it's pretty damn nice to be looking at another six days (almost a week) of vacation before we head back to work!

(But we certainly earned it this Centennial year, I think...)

I'm listening to the news about people out buying at the after Christmas sales -- and wishing I was shopping, too! No, we never go out on the day after Christmas -- but we will need to go get a few things tonight, anyway...

And why is that, you may ask?

We're expecting SNOW tomorrow -- maybe several inches, actually.

There's no way to REMOVE the huge gap after this code (???!!!) -- sorry! (Oh -- and I made this video back in January of this year...)

(By the way, if you're interested, you can view the large version HERE at YouTube.)

Yes, yes. Snow is a big deal here in Portland. We rarely get it -- and we don't handle it well when we do. Which is not to say that we don't love the idea of some snow, even so. (smile)

Happily, today is NOT garbage day -- which is delayed until tomorrow due to Christmas.

In random news, what do you folks think about the tiger attack in California?

3 sisters elf-ing around, elf 3 sisters

Did You 'Elf Yourself'?

Well, my sisters and I certainly did. (grin)

It made for a great 'Merry Christmas' email to send to friends this year. (heh)

So I turned it into an animation -- and then into an icon:

3 sisters elf icon 2007

Obviously my animation isn't that terrific, but most people seemed impressed. (And I figured they might dump the website sometime, so...)

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For those who want to see the real thing (with music and all) -- and maybe do the elf thing, too -- you can click THIS LINK.

It was a pretty clever idea, I think...