Exhibit A: 2013 Sock Monkey Calendar
Purchased December 30, 2012. Brand new. Twelve month-themed sock monkey images contained within imaginative and in excellent condition.
Fun year ahead — check.
Exhibit B: Rory with Sock Monkey
Given to Rory on Christmas Eve 2012. Brand new. Ball on Santa hat chewed off within moments of gifting.
Hat destroyed — check.
Relationship with sock monkey secured — double check.
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Tagged 2013, animals, checking it twice, Christmas, Christmas Eve, Dogs, family, gifting, holidays, Humor, life, Relationships, santa, Santa hat, sock monkey, sock monkey calendar, toys
Christmas is over.
Time to leave your comfy food coma and re-engage your brain. Here’s a test to see how you are doing –
What is the person/place/thing pictured at left?
Place your guesses in the comments section. The first correct response will receive the satisfaction of being 1) right and 2) first.
Posted in Commentary, Design, Entertainment, Holiday
Tagged Christmas, commentary, comments, design, food coma, guess, holidays, Humor, life
As I sit and watch Christmas Vacation for the second time this holiday season, one name is foremost in my mind…
I had forgotten — or did I ever realize? — that Johnny Galecki, Leonard on The Big Bang Theory, portrays Clark Griswold’s son Russ in the holiday cult classic. He was only 13 when Vacation was made in 1989.
24 years ago? Really??
Posted in Celebrities, Christmas, Commentary, Holiday, Humor, Life, Movies, Television, TV
Tagged bazinga, celebrities, Christmas, Christmas Vacation movie, Clark Griswold, cult classic, entertainment, holidays, Humor, Johnny Galecki, Leonard, life, Movies, Rusty, The Big Bang Theory, TV
I like to do things a little differently.
But would I have the guts to have a Christmas tree…
…that was upside down?
This whackadoodle pre-lit fir tree is available on Hammacher Schlemmer. They trace its origins back to a 12th century Central European tradition of hanging a tree from the ceiling at Christmas.
Its unique shape also allows you to place your tree in small places, since the base is its narrowest point.
It kinda makes sense for someone like me — a New York City apartment dweller with very limited floor space. But just looking at it makes me a bit dizzy. I start having Poseidon Adventure flashbacks (and who wants to think about that film over the holidays?).
No, I think I will stick with my the traditional Christmas tree for now. And keep my dinner down.
Posted in Christmas, Design, Holiday, Home, Humor, Life, Shopping
Tagged Christmas, Christmas tree, design, Hammacher Schlemmer, Holiday, home, Humor, life, New York City, Poseidon Adventure movie, pre-lit tree, shopping, upside down Christmas tree
Nothing makes the season bright like a sense of humor.
Aqua City Odaiba shopping mall, Tokyo Japan
Posted in Christmas, Holiday, Humor, Life, Shopping, Travel
Tagged Christmas, Christmas tree, Godzilla, Holiday, Humor, Japan, life, shopping, shopping mall, Tokyo, Travel
I finally put up my Christmas decorations today.
Just made it under the wire.
I’m not usually this tardy. But a slew of business travel in December left me only two days to prep the apartment for the holidays.
My Christmas decor is much like my day-to-day — contemporary, with graphic patterns and solid colors. But there are a couple of pieces from my childhood that still make the cut.
One is a vintage tabletop sleigh complete with Santa, elf, reindeer and — best of all — a sack of toys with real toys inside. They are teeny tiny things, probably saved from Cracker Jack prizes (back when they were actually cool) and party favors.
We always loved knowing that there was real loot in that tiny bag. But we weren’t surprised…
Santa — even the tabletop variety — always comes through.
Posted in Children, Christmas, Design, Holiday, Humor, Life
Tagged business travel, children, Christmas, Christmas decorations, contemporary decor, Cracker Jack prizes, elf, holidays, loot, make the cut, party favors, reindeer, Santa's sack, Santa's sleigh, tabletop, toys, vintage
It’s the weekend before Christmas…
And someone is playing with the photo editor on their phone.
It’s just a tiny tree on the dresser in my bedroom. But with a few minor adjustments, I have created an icy winter wonderland.
(But my toes are still toasty warm!)
Posted in Christmas, Holiday, Humor, Photography
Tagged cell phone, Christmas, Christmas tree, holidays, Humor, ice, photo editor, photography, winter wonderland
Emma, I have seen your future, and you are a success!
Let me explain.
My brother recently posted this picture of his granddaughter Emma sporting reindeer antlers at her school’s Christmas concert. Her holiday headgear and mischievous smile reveal a lot — a fun-loving, entertaining youngest child.
No, I’m not talking about me (although as the baby of the family, I have been known to grab the spotlight from time to time). I mean Emma’s actual doppelganger.
I’ve met her.
This is Stacey.
She’s an MBA candidate at the Boston University School of Management. And when I showed her Emma’s photo, she was quick to agree that the two were kindred spirits.
Emma, you are in excellent company.
Posted in Children, College, dreams, Education, Family, Friends, Holiday, Humor, Life, Relationships
Tagged baby of the family, back to the future, children, Christmas concert, college, doppelganger, education, good company, grab the spotlight, holiday headgear, holidays, Humor, kindred spirits, life, reindeer antlers, relationship, youngest child
The holidays are here.
What a great excuse to enjoy a yummy chocolate and peanut butter brownie.
This isn’t chocolate. It isn’t even food. It’s, um…well –
Wombats are, in fact, the only creatures that poop cubes. The shape helps the wombat mark its territory and recognize potential mates, because the flat sides help the poops stay in place.
I still think they look like little mini-desserts. Put them on a Christmas doily, and I bet you’d fool a few folks.
That is, if the wombat didn’t get there first.
Posted in Animals, Foods, Holiday, Humor, Life
Tagged animals, brownies, chocolate, Christmas, cube shaped poop, cubes, doily, Foods, holidays, Humor, life, mark its territory, mini-desserts, poop, squares, wombat
Christmas lights seem to go up earlier and earlier each year.
I’ve seen them here in New York City for a couple of weeks already, and on the posts of friends on Facebook, too.
But here is one display that I would enjoy seeing year round…
Think they plug into the cigarette lighter?
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Tagged automobiles, cars, Christmas lights, cigarette lighter, Facebook post, Holiday, Humor, Internet, life, New York City, photography, trucks, twinkle twinkle