Open Thread

Figured we needed one since it is 5 o’clock and most of you are now on vacation. What are the plans for the night?

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    schrodinger's cat says:

    Grocery shopping and then cooking. This thread needs Tunch with antlers for extra holiday cheer.

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    BethanyAnne says:

    Starting a new goblin – mebbe a shammy. A friend wants to run through the beginning again :)

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    Jade Jordan says:

    Celebrate over rated Terrelle Pryor’s fall from grace. Oh How I Hate Ohio State, even during Christmas.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    Packing. Presents are wrapped and organized. but clothing will be required in central Wisconsin so it must be packed. Leaving for my parents’ place tomorrow morning. We will spend X-mas Eve at my Grandmother’s house with my dad’s side of the family and then drive 45 minute north to stay at my parents’. X-mas Day is my mom’s family and is hosted by Mom and Dad. Then a few days of skiing and relaxing.

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    R-Jud says:

    It’s 10:00 and I’ve just finished working. Planning to do this nonsense (with 35 lbs) followed by a bath and some gift-wrapping.

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    gogol's wife says:

    A glass of wine with a friend and then an old “Poirot” on public TV. I agree with Schrodinger’s Cat that there isn’t enough Tunch lately. There’s never enough Tunch.

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    Phyllis says:

    Either pizza or chinese for supper, depending on what the SO wants. There’s a Pinot Noir in the fridge and ‘The Apartment’ waiting to be cued up on the DVD player.

    Btw, a bottle of Johnny Walker Red? Not so easy to wrap, turns out. Shoulda got a box.

    Headed to Savannah tomorrow for Christmas. Reservations at The Pirate’s House. Nommmm.

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    cathyx says:

    It’s only 2 o’clock here, but we are going to a gingerbread house making party. I will then eat so much candy that I will feel sick. I can’t wait.

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    Michael says:


    Time to swerve on home from the office party…

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    General Stuck says:

    What are the plans for the night?

    I plan to direct the fate of mankind toward good with blogging, then relax a bit/

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    Mike Kay (Democrat of the Century) says:

    it’s been two years Cole, when are ya goona start using the bully pulpit?!?

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    Belafon (formerly anonevent) says:

    Two more Christmas presents to get for my kids: The oldest asked for a DS game, and the youngest (age 5) wants a desk from Santa.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:


    Btw, a bottle of Johnny Walker Red? Not so easy to wrap, turns out. Shoulda got a box.

    A brown paper bag should do the trick.

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    Tonight I get to drink and finish the edits on my Yuletide story. Also scheduled: watching television, and looking at the pile of presents and going, “Eh. Don’t feel like wrapping yet.”

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    elmo says:

    Already in sweats with dinner in the oven. I was going to spring for a Honey Baked Ham this Xmas, but the mule colicked on Tuesday and the vet bill ate all my remaining cash for the month. So it’s free TV and wine for the weekend.

    There are worse ways to spend holidays. :)

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    schrodinger's cat says:

    I wonder if this outfit comes in Tunch’s size.

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    stuckinred says:

    We are in a really cool hotel in Lynchburg, VA The Craddock.. It’s in a old shoe factory downtown and even has it’s own dog you can check out for a walk! They let us have both pups for a mere $50 per night so we’s happy and cold here in ol’vigginy.

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    jacy says:

    What’s the vacation you speak of? Bah. At this rate I’ll be working Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day, which happens to be my birthday. The joys of being self-employed and having a disorganized boss.

    The rest of you? Happy, happy whatever you celebrate or do not celebrate. May you have a lovely (fill in the blank) filled with satisfaction, good food, and scintillating companionship! (or for the hermits among us, the lack of scintillating companionship). Did I cover everyone?


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    WereBear says:

    Chuck Norris movies. (Feats of Strength!)

    Having a casserole made from leftover dipping veggies from the Solstice party.

    Worked well. Glad I left out the celery.

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    Ruckus says:

    Working for 4 more hours, then washing the dog. Oh the fun we will have.

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    MikeJ says:

    @R-Jud: Every time I talk to my girlfriend about a power snatch she slaps me.

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    freelancer says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:

    I think it’d be more practical to skin an actual reindeer and try to wrap it around Tunch.

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    Cheryl from Maryland says:

    Waiting for water to boil. Been waiting an hour already. Then I will blanch the goose ala peking duck and hang it up in the fridge to drip.

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    Mike Kay (Democrat of the Century) says:

    “The scope of everything achieved was truly remarkable. Barack Obama deserves and A or A+.” ~ Al Hunt, Bloomberg News

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Packing and wrapping so we can drive 6 hours to Phoenix tomorrow, stay there for one full day, and then drive back on Sunday.

    We’ve really gotta find G a new job where he doesn’t have to work every goddamned day between Christmas and New Year’s. Right now, he’s getting worried that they’re going to make him work tomorrow after all, which would pretty much blow the entire plan to smithereens and mean we would be spending Christmas at home with the cats.

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    Robertdsc-iphone says:

    Black Ops tonight, last minute shopping tomorrow. I’m in a funk, not really into the holiday mood.

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    different church-lady says:

    I was planning to obsess over Megan McArdle’s mathematical failings and then make a hot rum cocktail.

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    stuckinred says:

    @Mnemosyne: When my folks (divorced) were still alive we’d spend xmas eve in Phoenix and jump on Southwest for xmas day in LA.

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    Tim says:

    Baking a coconut/pumpkin pie and packing to go to NH tonight.

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    demkat620 says:

    I am trying out my new blackberry. I may have to enlist my 12yo to teach me how to use it.

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    slag says:

    @Phyllis: Today I’m testing to see whether man cannot live on leftover pizza alone. So far the results have been inconclusive.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    109 Cats in Sweaters, and not one of them is Tunch. That’s all I want for Christmas: a trussed Tunch.

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    Amanda in the South Bay says:

    I’m one of those poor (literally) bastards who will be checking out your last minute groceries today and tomorrow. Christmas vacation? What kind of crazy (upper) middle class utopia are you living in?

    So please, dont be a douchebag when you are at the store. Your lives arent that important to be nasty to us lowly peons.

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    R-Jud says:

    @MikeJ: Funny, when I mention it to my husband, he crosses his legs.

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    Bnut says:

    @MikeJ: That’s when you have to move on to the clean and jerk.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    @R-Jud: I am in awe. If my shoulders ever recover, I need to do that. too.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @slag: Leftover pizza is not enough. To survive, you must add beer to the diet. You will thank me later.

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    What are the plans for the night?

    You’re lookin’ at ’em.

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    ThatLeftTurnInABQ says:

    I’m thanking my lucky stars that [1] I don’t work at Toys R Us, and [2] I’m not somebody who wishes he had a job, any job, even if it means working at Toys R Us.

    Feliz Navidad and Happy Holidays, everybody.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Amanda in the South Bay: I hope not to be in a store, but I will try to be cheerful and friendly if I am. Have a Merry Christmas even if you are working.

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    Phyllis says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: lol, wish I’d thought of that actually. As it stands, I used wrap with a stocking motif, and ended up with the stockings upside down. My sticking-to story is I meant to do it.

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    Amanda in the South Bay says:

    And can I say that seeing Nancy Grace on tv makes me want to go on a FUCKING RAMPAGE.

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    General Stuck says:


    I’m in a funk, not really into the holiday mood.

    It always helps for me to think of Santa as a greedy old fart, with a fake Ho Ho Ho, probly on Amazon’s payroll . And those suspicious little “little helpers”, no doubt agents of banksters.

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    Zandar says:

    I’d complain how I have to work all day tomorrow and I’m on call starting Saturday for that week, but then I remember I HAVE A FRIGGIN JOB.

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    Phyllis says:

    @Amanda in the South Bay: Dear FSM that woman is the definition of nails on a chalkboard.

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    Bnut says:

    @ThatLeftTurnInABQ: I worked at Circuit City in high school. What a shitty shitty shitty job that was. Christmas shopping season was bad, but the day after was so much worse. Hungover, dealing with people returning things they don’t understand how to use.

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    Punchy says:

    @MikeJ: Same here, when I do the clean and jerk.

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    WereBear says:

    @Amanda in the South Bay: I ran all my errands today, and wished everyone a Happy Festivus.

    It is always a hoot; about 1/3 look at me blankly, 1/3 look vaguely reminded, and 1/3 light up like a Christmas tree and we exchange catch phrases.

    Those are the people whose day I have brightened, methinks.

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    Morbo says:

    Time to put together my winter disc golf bag. I suppose I’ll have to wrap some gifts, too.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Tonight’s another sad end to Saturnalia. I plan on getting dressed and turning loose the whores.

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    different church-lady says:

    @joe from Lowell: I’ll take your answer as a cry for help if you’ll do the same with mine.

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    Ailuridae says:


    Crossfit is the balls.

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    slag says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    You will thank me later.

    Maybe. But I suspect it depends on how much later.

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    schrodinger's cat says:

    @gogol’s wife: I am a fan of Agatha Christie’s books but I am not too happy with the changes the series currently on PBS has made to many of the original stories, to make them more dramatic.

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    Phyllis says:

    @slag: Apparently I’ve been testing whether one can live on Harry and David Chocolate Toffee pistachios, Lindt truffles, caramel layer cake, and wine. I’ll have more data by New Year’s Day.

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    schrodinger's cat says:

    @Amanda in the South Bay: She is annoying, can you change the channel? I wonder who watches her.

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    futzinfarb says:

    What are the plans for the night?

    Iron Horse Brewery product, either Quilter’s Irish Death or Mocha Death.

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    Amanda in the South Bay says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:

    Fortunately, the person watching the tv left, so I tuned it to the next channel up, because anything is better that motherfucking shitwad of a person.

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    change says:

    Every thinking liberal should read this to learn the real signifigance of the midterms…

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    slag says:

    @Phyllis: I have high hopes for your experiment.

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    licensed to kill time says:

    @Amanda in the South Bay:

    Having worked a few service jobs in my life, I commiserate. And having been on the receiving end of nasty customers who seem to feel that their awesome power of ‘always being right’ gives them carte blanche to be as dickish as they wanna be has made me VERY aware of how I treat the people who are helping me.

    Happy Festivus to you and I hope you keep your cool!

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    Bnut says:

    Since exercise came up, anyone try P90x? The VA doc finally cleared me for all physical activities, and I’m looking for a new system to get addicted to.

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    2) the white middle class is by far the Republicans’ most important constituency.

    Who knew?!

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    ThatLeftTurnInABQ says:

    Been there, done that, in my younger days. I reached my limit with that sort of work when I discovered that working three consecutive 16-hours days coping with idiot customers and malevolent managers (or was it malevolent customers and idiot managers ? Mercifully, those memories are fading) made me cranky and irritable beyond all reason. Who knew?

    But the sad part is that millions of people would love to have a job like that right now, just to have a job.

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    Citizen_X says:

    Meeting up with the brother & nephews to catch a ‘Caines-Habs game. Ward is healthy now, so yee-haw.

    Also, I understand much of America is planning to see some movie about bringing a ruthless killer named Chaney to justice. Sounds like a good idea to me.

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    Ha Nguyen says:

    I’m wondering if anyone is going to watch the Carolina vs Steelers game which is on tonight.


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    Barb (formerly Gex) says:

    I still have to decide how to handle my Christmas. My parents are divorcing, I’m tired of being the adult in my relationship with both of them, don’t want to have them drain every bit they can out of me, and don’t wish to make small talk with my homophobic teabagging Catholic relations. All over the course of 3 different Christmases instead of the customary single Christmas gathering.

    I’m thinking of staying home instead with my pups and some, uh, herbal incense type stuff. You know, for aroma therapy and meditation. Seems better fitting for this holiday season.

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    Bmaccnm says:

    At work all weekend- a mix of 8 and 12 hour shifts. It’s the health-care-profesional lifestyle. I, too, am glad to have a job, but I do earn my pay.

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    Phyllis says:

    @slag: It’s really for medicinal purposes. We decided that moving over my two week Christmas break would be a great idea. My 48 year-old back and knees are not amused.

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    different church-lady says:

    @Barb (formerly Gex): Celebrating in the Jewish tradition (Chinese and a movie) has been a refreshing change of pace at key times in my life.

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    David Brooks (not that one) says:

    @Phyllis: Pinot Noir in the fridge? Quel horreur!

    We’re a family family: in my Seattle-area 2-bed, 1800 sqft house, so far we have: wife and me, her cousin from England, Portland-based son, wife, baby granddaughter, 8yo grandson, 16yo step-granddaughter, Brooklyn-based son, wife, all sleeping here, and local daughter and husband expected shortly. We’re all wandering around, snacking, except the one who works for Weight Watchers, and taking turns with the baby. There are more people in corners reading books than looking at screens (that would be me). Bliss.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @different church-lady: One of my best friends from law school said he never felt more Jewish than he did watching “Schindler’s List” at the Water Tower Place theater in Chicago on Christmas Day.

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    Phyllis says:

    @David Brooks (not that one): We like our reds chilled. I usually get it out about thirty minutes before we’re ready to pour.

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    bemused says:

    @Amanda in the South Bay:
    I can’t decide which woman is more hideous, Nancy Grace or Maureen O’Dowd. I can’t move fast enough to remove their faces from my tv.

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    Chyron HR says:


    Oh, look, change is still in the “honeymoon” phase, where he pretends that his new GOP Congressmen will save America from “Niggerbama”.

    Then in a few months he’ll be screaming about “30 pieces of silver” and insisting that none of the Republicans in Congress were ever members of the noble Tea Party.

    For further information see: Brown, Scott.

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    Rob_in_Hawaii says:

    All the papers have been read and the final grades turned in, so I’m taking it down a notch or two. Going to enjoy the sunshine and the 80 degree weather we’re having here in Hawai`i. Also thinking about a Mai Tai. (It’s nearly 1:00 PM!)

    I hear Barry, Michelle, and the kids are in town. I was going to ask them over to join us on the lanai for cocktails & pupu but I read somewhere that they’ve made other plans.


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    I will be taking Nigella’s Clementine cake and shaking things up with some cranberries, apples, walnuts and anything else I can throw in there. If it is a success, I’ll be posting the recipe on the blog, if not…it never happened.

    I’ll also be cleaning obsessively (though not naked) and getting ready for company.

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    Gravenstone says:

    Running through the last 10% of level to hit 85 on my shaman. Following that, grabbing a nap before I hit the road to Ohio. Learned long ago that the best time to traverse greater Chicago is about 0200. Not really looking forward to it all, but such is life.

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    Beauzeaux says:

    Making shepherd’s pie —no, wait. My husband just finished making a batch of basque sausage so he proposes making some sausage/rice/onions, etc. stuff we call glop. Yummy.

    Then a warm evening before the fire with our kindles, tivo, doggies and kitty.

    Shepherd’s pie tomorrow night. No traveling at Xmas EVER.

    As for dogs at hotels, the Fairmont in downtown Vancouver has 2 (two!) golden retrievers available for your walking pleasure.

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    Mike Kay (Democrat of the Century) says:

    Man, I’m kinda surprised. Everyone here is in such a good holiday mood.

    Humbug. :-(

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    Mnemosyne says:


    We were going to fly, but we procrastinated on buying the tickets and it would have cost close to $500 for the two of us from LA to Phoenix. Driving is way cheaper than that, even with the wear and tear on the car.

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    Mike Kay (Democrat of the Century) says:

    Man, I’m kinda surprised. Everyone here is in such a good holiday mood.

    Humbug. :-(

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Barb (formerly Gex):

    Since someone in the family always manages to get sick at the holidays anyway, I say you declare you have a sudden case of the flu and can’t possibly leave your apartment without dying. And then have yourself a “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” marathon or something.

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    RedKitten says:

    I’m probably going to do sweet-fuck-all tonight. Today was housecleaning, last-minute grocery shopping and a trip to the dump to get rid of all of our garbage/recycling before the holidays creates even MORE garbage/recycling. SamKitten is in bed, jabbering merrily to himself (he amused himself for a good half-hour today by motorboating Mommy…I swear, that kid is weird.) I finally have my appetite back after two weeks of bronchitis followed by one week of stomach bug, so I’m thinking that the evening calls for a glass of wine and some of Mr. RedKitten’s homemade butter tarts.

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    Comrade Colette Collaboratrice says:

    Left work early and am taking two 7-year-old boys in Santa hats ice skating at the Embarcadero rink in San Francisco, to be followed by indoor snow and capering elves at a nearby hotel. Jewish Mother FAIL. Happy Festivus, anyway!

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    WereBear says:

    @Mnemosyne: I feel for ya. Holiday travel is two, two, two stresses in one!

    Best to you & yours on the journey.

    And to everyone traveling in the coming days!

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    Sarah in Brooklyn says:

    Our Christmas plans have changed because of a sick kitty. My son and I are going to the country to see my dad, and my boyfriend is staying here with the cats, because Max is doing poorly. We didn’t think my very young cat sitter could handle him, and we didn’t think the cat could handle being hospitalized. So it goes.

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    get drunk, with or without dignity, maybe watch the steelers, who knows, i have the complete donnie and marie show on dvd…i might start that, but every time i do, i wanna watch them all, start to finish.

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    WereBear says:

    @fucen tarmal: With all due respect, I’d have to be drunk.

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    R-Jud says:

    @Ailuridae: I can never tell if it’s good or bad when something is “the balls”.

    I’m not old, just socially inept.

    And that took me 6:08. Terribly slow.

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    South of I-10 says:

    Wine drinking and present wrapping. I am about to drive Little South to madness because I won’t tell her whether or not the Amazon package that just arrived is for her.

    @Amanda in the South Bay: I waited tables in college. I actually try to be extra pleasant when I am out shopping around the holidays.

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    MikeJ says:

    History’s greatest monster.

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    Violet says:

    Plans for night: Baking, baking and more baking. If I have a moment, decorating for Christmas. The tree hasn’t even been decorated yet. I’m so behind.

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    Cat Lady says:

    How to wrap a cat for Christmas.

    The cats have helped me wrap everything today, especially the ribbon part. They’ve been a huge PITA help.

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    Wine and catching up on the show Kings, which I missed when it was on TV.

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    JasonF says:

    Since it’s an open thread and all, I will share with you the epiphany I had earlier today.

    Have you ever seen the Godfather? You know how as the movie goes on, Michael Corleone gets bogged down in a war with the other families, and it looks like they’re going to slowly wear him down to nothing, whittling away at his power bit by bit? And then Michael goes to his niece’s christening and there’s this great montage that cuts between the christening and all of Michael’s enemies getting killed? And by the time his niece has been baptized, Michael has wiped all his enemies off the board and gotten everything he wanted?

    That montage is President Obama’s last few weeks.

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    RSA says:

    Warm fire, something unchallenging on the TV, and a shot glass full of Nyquil.

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    Cat Lady says:


    Too bad there weren’t actually deaths though. McCain, for instance.

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    R-Jud says:

    @Violet: Our tree isn’t going up until noon tomorrow. That’s how we roll. And I’ve just realized that my husband polished off all the rugelach, which means I have to make more. Le sigh.

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    Svensker says:

    I’m bummed. Back in NJ for the holidays and realize that the only copy of Nat’l Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is on VHS and all we have available is a DVD player — and there’s nothing available to rent anywhere. How can we get through the holidays without watching that? Boo hiss.

    Dinner with the MIL tonight, who’s mad that I haven’t told her yet what side dishes I’m making for the roast beef on Saturday. Since I’m supplying everything for the dinner except the beef why does she even…. Grrr. Oh bother. Where’s that egg nog? Rum? Ahhh. Better.

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    freelancer says:


    Dinner with the MIL tonight, who’s mad that I haven’t told her yet what side dishes I’m making for the roast beef on Saturday. Since I’m supplying everything for the dinner except the beef why does she even…. Grrr. Oh bother.

    You could always stab her in the face.

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    Litlebritdifrnt says:

    Having Burritos (per my Mum “poor peoples food”) for dinner tonight. Went to my bosses breakfast brunch for his family this morning which was great fun (and the food was good too) then went and did the final shopping for DH. The last present I got him was a tree pruner that allows you to prune up to a 20′ height. There was no way on earth that I was going to wrap that bad boy so he got it today. While I was showing DH the pruner Cueball managed to steal all of the dollar store dog toys out of the bag in the living room so I guess there is no point in wrapping them for him, even the squeaky hot dog and cheeseburger! We are having Prime Rib for Christmas Dinner (DHs favorite), other than that I am done with stuff until Monday. I am so looking forward to the break. Tomorrow I plan on spending most of the day in my jammies, DH is going out Christmas Shopping for me (he always does it on Christmas Eve) and all I have to do is feed the wild birdies, my goldfinches have come home for Christmas so I need to get their food out there. Doctor Who marathon on Christmas Day Yaaaaaaaayyyyyyy!

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    Litlebritdifrnt says:

    @freelancer: I hope Yorkshire Pudding is one of the sides you are preparing. Roast beef isn’t the same without it.

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    All the heavy lifting is done, thanks to a splendid tag-team. Tree has been up, lights are on, the pile of wrapped booty is just about peaked. Digging something out of the freezer to feed the crew, then its drinking until stuporous in front of the ijit box. Maybe some drunken dialing thrown in for grins.

    Oh, and laundry. Loads and loads of laundry.

    This holiday will come creeping in hung over, but looking good.

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    debbie says:

    @Jade Jordan:

    Celebrate over rated Terrelle Pryor’s fall from grace. Oh How I Hate Ohio State, even during Christmas.

    I’m no OSU booster, but what were these clowns thinking? Selling their gold pants? When I heard about this on the news, I envisioned Woody Hayes bursting forth from his grave and beating the crap out of all of them.

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    @Amanda in the South Bay: I’m one of those poor (literally) bastards who will be checking out your last minute groceries today and tomorrow.

    Dearest Amanda – we have made it a point to be patient, kind, polite and as undemanding as possible to all the folks working retail this year. On more than one occasion, the response has been a smile, a heartfelt Merry Christmas!, and friendly, efficient service. This provided a welcome contrast to all the dickstains in a hurry who somehow believe that sassing and harassing the help gets them ahead.

    So, a big THANK YOU to you and your fellow checkers.

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    Svensker says:


    You could always stab her in the face.

    Yeah! That’s what I’m talking about. OK. Thanks.

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    Ailuridae says:

    @Barb (formerly Gex):

    I’ve been doing the same for similar if not the same reasons for a long time. The time from today when my partner gets here on Boxing Day around 7 PM is year in/year out the toughest part. I feel it is worth it but YMMV

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    Mark S. says:

    I got Mass Effect a couple weeks ago and really liked it. I got Mass Effect 2 a couple days ago and, geez, it’s like they stripped out everything I liked and made Gears of War In Space. There’s little exploring or interesting diversions. It’s just mission after mission of hiding behind a wall while nine hundred waves of enemies attack. The RPG element sucks as well; from what I’ve read online, you can either be a total goody two-shoes or a total dick or you will literally get fucked later on in the game.

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    Ailuridae says:


    It is a compliment. I have a lot of friends that do crossfit and I think it is amazing (if somewhat cult like). I’ve done it at intervals to get off routine or when my instructor has gone back home.

    And if you are doing it and you are older than me (36, match) that’s a point of pride.

    I think that if you can stick to it a really mundane lifting and cardio plan is probably better than cross fit. But few people can. So the unexpected off days and the variety I think are wonderful. And the results are amazing. Just stay away from that paleo-dieting nonsense.

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    Cat says:

    @Cat Lady:
    That is one of the reasons I love the internet.

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    JCT says:

    @Bnut: In Week 4 of P90X here — started with my teenaged son to get him ready for baseball season. Predictably as I am far more Type-A than he is, he has fallen behind while I am on-target. I actually like it and you can really pace yourself, the diverse workouts really cut down on the boredom. The guy running it is pretty annoying, but I’ve seen worse. I can add from a physician’s standpoint that it is pretty nicely balanced. Watch the nutritional plan — the calories are bonkers for women, prob OK for guys.

    I am sort of crashed on the couch after consuming 2 pints of Guinness with my (possibly) future chairwoman over an extended lunch. Little beagle is snoring next to me. Did the takeout Chinese already tonight. Planning on hiding out in my darkroom for the holidays – a real treat.

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    I am losing my will to live because I am writing a blog entry on John McCain for ABL’s place. I have decided to do an impromptu Christmas piece to stall instead. And watch some football.

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    Ailuridae says:


    P90X is very , very good. By no means perfect but excellent nonetheless. Now if you ask me if it is better than Body-for-life I can’t say authoritatively. But if that kind of structure helps you workout 72 of 84 days ish and eat right as many days ish you will not be upset with the results.

    I don’t sell anything fitness wise but I am a big believer in slow carb dieting combined with an ABXCAXBCX pattern with X being a HIIT cardio day. But it is monotonous for most folks.

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    Ailuridae says:


    Good for you. And the nutritional plans for a lot of the Tony Horton/Beach Body stuff are pretty off the wall IMO.

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    Jade Jordan says:


    tOSU players can wear their gold pants and join the cheer team for the 5 games they are suspended.

    I see at least one invite to dancing with the stars.

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    R-Jud says:

    @Ailuridae: The variety is terrific. I can do pull-ups again for the first time since I was sixteen (I’m 31) and following Crossfit Endurance has helped me run faster on lower mileage. I used to grind out 40-60 miles a week on a regular basis; I am getting better results on 25-35 with lots of HIIT. Every month I do a long run of 3 hours or so because I like running in the countryside.

    I don’t dig the cult aspect; I don’t go into the message boards or read any of the wingnutty/glibertarian stuff the guy posts on rest days.

    My husband thinks the paleo diet is a good idea. I just try to eat two pounds of vegetables and fruit every day and limit sweets and white flour to Sundays.

    At the moment, however, there are Christmas cookies all up in my face.

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    ImJohnGalt says:

    Packing for the flight from Toronto to North Carolina to spend Christmas with my in-laws. Relatively little gift-giving amongst we adults, but a few for the nephews. Hoping to procure a few bottles that we can’t find up here in Ontario to add to my ever-expanding bar.

    Best wishes to everyone here on Balloon-Juice for whatever holiday (if any) you might be celebrating right now. This long-time lurker wouldn’t make it through his days without you all.

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    Ailuridae says:


    Interesting. I obviously abhor the broader politics of the crossfit community as well. Given the socioeconomic reality of crossfit it is pretty libertarian/paulian.

    And I also do a monthly 3 hour run as well – usually during a sporting event on a treadmill though. There is no scenery in Chicago.

    I’ve lost a ton of weight doing protein + vegetables but I never thought well when I was doing so. But baked tilapia and two packages of santa fe vegetables a day will make you disappear. But the not thinking clearly is why I recommend the slow carb thing. 6 days out of seven my diet is basically the following

    1g protein per lb of lean body mass – basically 1.5 ish pounds of fish or shell fish (I am a pescetarian)
    I 28 oz can of black bean (Goya on sale now at .99$!)
    1 28 ox can of tomatoes made into some salsa ish or as part of a chili
    1 .5 lbs of separate frozen vegetables.

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    ImJohnGalt says:

    I’ve done two 90-day cycles of P90X, and really enjoy it. I (surprisingly) have come to love the Yoga. I’m really appreciating how much better my flexibility is.

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    gbear says:

    Going to the book store then going galt.

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    JCT says:

    @ImJohnGalt: Hah– I was going to post the same thing about the Yoga, the steady progress I’m making with it is a real incentive.

    My ballerina-gumby eldest is home for the holidays and even she was impressed with my improving flexibility.

    Ah yes, yet another purchase for one of the kids that the parents have taken over.

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    Amanda in the South Bay says:

    Thank you for the kind words everyone. Hours be damned, I was able to home home about an hour early today, which was nice.

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    Impromptu Xmas post by me. As Christmassy as I get. Merry Xmas, bitchez.

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    Yutsano says:

    Haz made it to hotel safely, only to discover I forgot power cord for computer. So will most likely do bulk of the blogging at the parents. And I cannot find the room key I JUST walked in the damn door with. Oh, dinner with parents, trying to get Chinese, hoping they indulge the out of town son who made it home even earlier.

    And REALLY REALLY REALLY like the Subaru Impreza I rented.

    @asiangrrlMN: Your stall is accepted. Just don’t watch the Seahacks. That’s soul sucking. Also.

    And that blog post was downright cheery for you. Did you nip a little egg nog writing that?

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    RedKitten says:

    @ImJohnGalt: Happy Holidays to you too! Travel safely, my friend.

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    gogol's wife says:


    Good one. I thought of that too but couldn’t articulate it.

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    Bnut says:

    @JCT: Yeah, the diet is the thing I’m worried about to be honest. It just doesn’t seem like enough, especially considering I don’t have any weight issues to begin with. Also, I’m a big time diver, and the lack of sugar/carbs makes me worry about my energy level during deep dives.

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    Neldob says:

    Jib Jab has some nice customizable vids.

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    Nutella says:

    Some cheerful news about kids making good.

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    @Yutsano: Hi, hon! Glad you made it safely. No egg nog for me. I am winding up (kinda) the McCain piece by watching his anti-DADT repeal screed for the first time. I am one minute into it, and I have officially surrendered my will to live.

    I may have to hit the Maker’s Mark when I’m done.

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    BombIranForChrist says:

    Hard, hard drinking, so I can offer more wisdom.

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