Archive for December, 2008

Happy birthday to me!

December 28, 2008

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Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit!

December 27, 2008

That’s the name of the calendar that Santa Claus left in my stocking. I can’t wait to see what other pearls of wisdom it has to dispense throughout the new year…

Anyway, the expression captures the sentiment I felt when riding the tram yesterday. The little screens were posting all the changes to the TPG schedule, and what do you know — they actually decided to send buses to the airport and train station in time for people to catch the first plane or train out of Geneva in the morning. Isn’t that positively ingenious?

No more walking 45 minutes to the station because I can’t afford a cab…

Swiss consumerism

December 26, 2008

After-Christmas sales started here today, much like in the US. Today was a bit special in Geneva, though, because the stores stayed open until (drumroll please)… 7:30 or 8:00 at night! How convenient to have late-night shopping!

I bought three tops and a cute bag at Promod today, all for 50% off. I deliberated awhile over whether to get the bag — it was cute, but never in my life have I come anywhere close to paying 45 francs for a purse — but I’m glad I did in the end, since it was the second-to-last one left and it rang up for only 22 francs. Nice to have little surprises like that!

I was hoping to get a sweater or two at H&M, too, but they had close to zero selection and zero sales, so I walked out empty-handed. I guess a lot of people were as disappointed as I was, since there was no line at the register and it was the emptiest store on the street (usually it’s the busiest).

Happy shopping day!

Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2008

I am staying in bed today, and it feels wonderful! Santa Claus gave me seasons 1 – 3 of The Closer, so I’m going to curl up with a bag of popcorn and a Coke and turn my bed into my own personal cinema.

Hope y’all are all having a great day!

It’s not Christmas without Tuna

December 23, 2008

This is one of my favorite shows in the whole world:

Welcome to Christmas in Texas’ third smallest town, where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies! It’s 24 hours before Christmas and all comic hell is about to break loose as the town attempts to cope with seasonal traumas such as a disaster prone little theatre production of A Christmas Carol, and a yard decorating contest that is being sabotaged by a mysterious Christmas phantom…

(I couldn’t embed the videos, but if you click on the links, the clips will open in Windows Media Player.)

Bertha and Charlene

Helen and Inita

The Tasty Creme

Vera Carp

Anybody remember this?

December 22, 2008

From the Claymation Christmas special that aired a few years in a row in the late 80s:

I think I saw the show for the first time when I was just shy of five. I had never heard “We Three Kings” before, and I thought that the Wise Men and the camels were actually singing two different songs. I thought that it was so rude of the camels to keep interrupting the Wise Men…

I know. I was a strange child.

My poor toes

December 21, 2008

I’ve had black nail polish on my toes for several weeks now. I didn’t realize how used to it I had gotten until I took the polish off today… now my poor little toes look like naked mole rats!

I think I’d better repaint them…

O Christmas Tree

December 20, 2008

Santa Claus sent me a cute little Christmas tree in the mail because he knew that I was bummed out about spending the holidays alone. Small problem: Santa didn’t pack the tree in the box as well as he might have, so when the tree arrived, its plastic base was shattered.

Tonight I tried to superglue the base back together, but all I really managed to do was glue my fingers to one another. I was bound and determined to get the tree up, though, so it was time to make use of my creative spirit and scavenge around my room for useful items.

After a certain amount of thought, here’s what I came up with (don’t laugh):

Thankfully, the the tree came with a tree skirt:

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

Back by popular demand

December 19, 2008

This is one of their updated performances from this year. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find the original, but this one’s good, too.

Straight No Chaser — The Twelve Days of Christmas

The Changeling

December 18, 2008

Good movie. Incredibly disturbing, though. And hard to believe that such a thing actually happened. (I looked it up after I got home to see if they were lying when they said “Based on a true story”. They weren’t. Seriously creepy.)

If you can handle disturbing true stories, go see it.