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  • 00:36 17 straight hours of stitching later, stockings for the twins are embroidered. My hands are killing me. #
  • 02:41 NOW it feels like Christmas vacation – awake until 3am reading a Christmas story and sipping holiday beverages. "Visions of sugarplums," etc #
  • 10:07 Delighting in steampunky goodness. thesteampunkhome.blogspot.com/ #
  • 15:02 @ericagee I still like the first ones you looked at best — the outside curve of the lens was just so flattering for your face. #
  • 17:06 @ericagee I like! #
  • 23:26 Mystified as to how anyone can actually see the pope as a true leader. The guy’s roughly on par with W, and wears a stupid hat. What gives? #

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  • 06:09 Not a glimmer of dawn, yet the world glows blue and white. Rather like Lothlorien by starlight. #
  • 11:40 My family is crazy, but I wouldn’t trade them for the world. tinyurl.com/95zgzu #
  • 11:52 @dannybu I mean, "not included in popular compilations" — not typical. Or, rare arrangements of well-known songs. Not one of "the greats." #
  • 12:25 @ericagee I agree with Kathryn! #

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  • 07:08 Listening to swing, making today’s shopping list, and dreaming of Christmases long since past. #
  • 07:23 Have a NYC bank account, a leasing agent, movers, and an externally imposed deadline for vacating my current office. Progress! #
  • 16:04 Saratoga, don’t even think about complaining that the storm was "bad for business" when 2/3 of your shops didn’t open on pre-Xmas Sunday. #
  • 16:05 @Nedra I know I do — put the blackberry on speaker and set it in my lap. :o) #
  • 17:01 Listening to Miss Saigon and wrapping Christmas presents. My love of depressing art at optimistic times is warped, isn’t it? #
  • 21:00 @Clay_Zambo Art – the shortest word in my vocabulary for the combination of creative pursuit and craft which is musical theatre. Problem? #
  • 21:18 Alright music/dance people, rec me an esoteric swing composition. I’m looking to expand my collection and repertoire. #

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  • 09:49 Cuddling Liam while we wait for the Santa-bearing fire truck to visit the neighborhood. #
  • 16:08 Puttering around, waiting for the call on the Team America v Team Denmark snowball fight. #
  • 16:36 Making alternate plans for the evening… #
  • 22:51 @cbalusek I am so sorry for your loss. #

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  • 06:53 I can’t force my feet into heeled shoes today — it’s been too long a week. *throws clogs in bag and heads to the office* #
  • 10:08 I’ve been unconsciously singing along with my iPod all morning; my coworkers just asked me to close my door for noise control. Embarassing! #
  • 10:56 @ericagee That sounds lovely. #
  • 17:05 I am ON VACATION! w00t! (Only 2 days later than planned, with the best staff EVER.) Now, I can finally get excited about Christmas! #
  • 17:28 Heading to a snowball fight – is your money on Team America or Team Denmark? #
  • 22:34 Just saw Torchwood ep "Cpt Jack Harkness." Just the type of anguish & melancholy that reminds me how I wish I could have joined the Navy. 😦 #

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Work, work, work, work, work, Babies!, work, work, work, work, cuddling babies, work, work, work, AUGH WORK!, work, social media, work, work, work, vacation?, work, crash.

That’s pretty much what I remember of December, 2009.  For the last four years, December has been the slow month — spend the work days tying up loose ends, writing holiday cards, making vacation plans, clearing out the mailbox, and clearing the slate in preparation for the new year.  This year, I spent four months convincing TPTB at work that we needed to do some end-of-year eCommunication; there went my slow month.  (Preliminary feedback indicates that the insane hours have been absolutely worth it, too.)

So, it’s now (almost) December 20, and I’m on holiday.  Christmas is 5 days away; I’ve not sent cards, or planned baking, completed shopping, started wrapping, or enjoyed any of the anticipatory build-up to Christmas Day. This feels distinctly odd.

That said, I also feel no compulsion to go nuts in the next four days, with a flurry of gift making, baking, letter writing, etc.  I’d rather watch my nephews meet Fire Truck!Santa, partake in a massive snowball fight with the Ex-pats and Vikings, play games with my family, and wander shops in search of stocking stuffers, sweet cards, and edible treats. Watch holiday musicals (White Christmas, Holiday Inn, Meet Me in St. Louis) and listen to carols (including my new Jingle Spells CD) while finishing up the embroidery on Christmas stockings for the twins. Plan miniature road-trips to visit friends and family I haven’t seen in far too long.

I’ll buy cookies and send eCards this year, and enjoy a stress-free holiday.  Hope no one minds. More importantly, I hope everyone else is able to enjoy what makes you happiest this season. Love and merrirment to all.

  • 06:19 @dannybu Not my problem; revenue isn’t the readers concern. If content & community are compelling, readers click through. If not, no readers #
  • 06:22 @dannybu It’s a trust thing. What value does a blog offer if I do click-through? What has the blogger done to earn my attention, my time? #
  • 06:23 @vwilson Have not seen that – ew. What a waste. #
  • 06:25 @vwilson Similarly, I don’t follow those whose only Twitter contribution is a set of cagey tweets promoting themselves elsewhere. Waste. #
  • 10:34 @dannybu I disagree that blogging is a revenue-driving activity. Enhancing, sure. Regardless, my attention has to be earned through quality. #
  • 11:18 @cbalusek They are stunning — no wonder you won! Congratulations! #
  • 13:07 @dannybu Unusual, maybe, but not warped. But, I love espousing unpopular opinions, and people tend to like listening – maybe you are normal. #
  • 20:51 Finally putting down the blackberry, and settling in with an episode of Torchwood. What happened to December being the slow time of year? #

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