December 2006

>Friday Feast #123

>Appetizer
What is one of your Christmas traditions?
Spend time with my family.

Soup
Who is the easiest person on your list to buy presents for?
It’s a toss up between my mom & dad.

Salad
What is your favorite Christmas scent?
Cinnamon.

Main Course
If you could give a fellow blogger a Christmas gift, who would it be and what would you give them?
I’d give Lisa some magical solution to get her blog working again (I miss your posts!)

Dessert
What’s something on your Christmas wish list this year that you need (not just want)?
A new mattress. Sigh.

>Catching Up

>I took a much-needed nap after work yesterrday and caught up on some sleep. I then headed out to a planning meeting for Cabaret as I’ll be doing the set design, and then we headed to Churchills for a beverage (& supper for me…. the oh-so-tasty and affordable traditional burger!)

After hanging out for a bit I headed over to O’Leary’s with Kizzy where they were having a fundraiser open mic night and where she would later be singing with Opa. There were a ton of people there and all sorts of great bands came out. I was glad we found a not-so-crowded and not-too loud spot. I didn’t last for too long, but I’m glad I got out for a bit.

Now I just need to get through the work day today and then I’m off for Christmas Holidays. I can’t wait!!

>A Cheesy Survey

>Now I don’t think I look like any of these people, although I suppose there are some small elements – similar tilt of the head, etc…. I guess I can see what they’re trying to do.

>4:00 AM

>I finally finished Shannon’s paintings at 4:00 AM, so I’m a wee bit tired today, but I’m glad I’m done. Shannon is pretty please with them – I’ve brought them into the office. They are 2 feet by 3 feet each…

Cameron painting

Chandler painting

>Too Cute

>At lunch to day I went and got groceries. Usually my cats greet me at the door, but Hunter was in a pretty deep sleep on the top of the fridge. I couldn’t resist snapping a photo of him….

Hunter

>A Festive Timewaster

>(Thanks for finding this, Mare!)

1. Egg nog or hot chocolate?
If there was a lactose-free version of eggnog that would win. Hands down.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
The presents are wrapped. Part of the fun and tradition of Christmas is the time spent while each family member takes a turn and unwraps a gift and we all get to see their reaction to it.

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
I still like colored lights on a tree. It feels mroe Christmassy. I have some white lights over the litchen counter that I use all year round. They look romatic and they provide extra light when working in the kitchen. If I had a house I’d probably decorate it with white lights.

4. Do you hang mistletoe?
No. It’s poisonous for cats.

5. When do you put your decorations up?
I normally decorate on the first weekend in December, and I normally start listening to Christmas music in December. this year, however, I’ve been too busy and I haven’t decorated yet. Since I’ll be visiting my folks for Christmas, I think I’ll pass on decorating at all this year.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
When my mom makes turkey, she makes an awesome stuffing.

7. Favorite holiday memory as a child:
Aunt Jessie celebrating Christmas with us when I was a child. I remember one year, dad had made a gold pendant for her and decided to wrap it in box inside of box inside of box… each one fully wrapped and decorated. There must have been 15 layers of boxes and wrapping. We got a good chuckle out of that. :-)

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
I’m not sure. I do remember one point when I dclared to my mom that I didn’t think Santa Existed. Her reply was that if Santa doesn’t exist then I don’t get gifts from him. I still believe. :-)

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas eve?
When I was a kid I’d get to open one on Chirstmas eve.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
I have a 6′ artificial tree and I begin decorating it with a ton of coloured (non-flashing) lights – making sure they wind up and down each branch. Then I add the andgel at the top of the tree (she actually holds two candles that light up so she needs to be plugged in to the lights.) I then add a string of cream and gold ribbons that warps around the tree like a garland. Then, in between this string, I add rows of iridescent icicle garland. Next are the ornaments. I don’t think you can have too many. I have a ton of old glass ornaments that my parents got in Germany in the 60′s and I have a large collection of unique ornaments that have lots of character. And last but not least I add the tree skirt.

11. Snow! Love it or dread it?
I like snow but it’s a pain. Especially when you park uptown and have to deal with the snow ban. Ideally, if it snowed jsut before Christmas and stayed for a few days before melting then didn’t snow again all winter (except outside of uptown), I’d be a happy camper.

12. Can you ice skate?
Yes. I took figure-skating when I was a kid and used to do some basic jumps until I grea and my center of gravity changed. I don’t skate much anymore.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
The one that stands out is from my childhood. I was 7 or 8 and my folks got me a barbie-type house. The brand was Cyndy-doll and the house was a levelled apartment that was taller than I was. My folks also got me all of the furniture for it – there was even a full set of silverware and china for the dining room!

14. What’s the most important thing about the holidays for you?
Spoiling friends and family. And Christmas music. :-)

15. What is your favorite holiday dessert?
Thumb-print cookies. Mom made some for when I go home this year. Mmmmm… I can already taste them!

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
The extended Christmas day routine. Begin in the morning with coffee and orange juice and gather together in front of the tree. We unwrap the gifts one by one and ooh and ahh over each one. If there are candies or chocolates in the mix, we usually open those and enjoy them with our coffees. This usually takes a good couple of hours. Then we tidy up and make breakfast and get started on the dinner. A lot of times we’ll do a puzzle of play crib or Rummoli. A nice quiet day in.

17. What tops your tree?
I have an angel. She has a ceramic head and hold a couple of candles (mini-lights).

18. Which do you prefer, giving or receiving?
I prefer the giving of gifts. Not that I don’t like the getting. ;-)

19. What is your favorite christmas song?
I’m a fan of the classics but my all-time favorite is Carol of the Bells.

20. Candy canes:
Hmm.. yeah. I used to decorate the tree with them, and certainly I grew up with them on the tree. But I’m not a huge fan and think it’s a waste to get them and then wind up throwing them out. So I no longer get them.

21. Favorite christmas movie?
I don’t think I have a favorite. Usualy around Christmas I’ll watch A Christmas Story.

22. What do you leave for santa?
When I was a kid I left milk and cookies.

>Weekend of Painting

>Still trying to finish the paintings for Shannon. They’re taking longer than I’d hoped. Ah well. Another couple of evenings and then I should be done.

Here’s part of one of the paintings:
Cameron

>Friday Feast #122

>Appetizer
What was your very first job with a paycheck?
I spent 3.5 years as a “Certified Coffee Expert” at a Second Cup in Winnipeg.

Soup
Did you ever lose something really important to you?
When I was living in Trenton, my aunt Jessie gave me a wonderful pearl ring. I was saving it for special occasions and didn’t wear it regularly. We soon moved to Winnipeg and when I went to wear it soon after the move, it was gone. Along with a number of other items, it had been stolen by the packers. Since then, whenever we moved, I made a point of doing my own packing and hanging onto anything of value to me. Still, in the next move, we lost two remote controls and gained a cardigan.

Salad
What is the best Christmas present you ever received?
The one that stands out is from my childhood. I was 7 or 8 and my folks got me a barbie-type house. The brand was Cyndy-doll and the house was a levelled apartment that was taller than I was. My folks also got me all of the furniture for it – there was even a full set of silverware and china for the dining room!

Main Course
Tell about a favorite “hang out” place for you and your friends when you were in high school.
We were big dorks and we spent our lunches in Mr. Edwards English room instead of the cafeteria.

Dessert
Name something that always brings a smile to your face.
Hunter and Grace. My cats. :-)

>Yankee Gift Swap

>Last night was Lynn’s annual yankee gift swap. I think there were 18 of us there- which was a good crowd. There wasn’t too much swapping going on, except for a certain scarf that got traded a handful of times. I wound up with a Lemongrass scented candle and a package of chocolates (which contain milk products so I’ll be re-gifting them). I was feeling a bit worn out so I left early and was home by 8:30. I had intended to get some painting done but wound up with a nasty headache so I layed down on the couch and was thankful I live in a quiet building.

As I layed there, I managed to come up witha character name and a few more specifics to my new D&D character. I’m pretty excited about her! I’ll be heading out to Jay & Lisa’s tonight to spend a bit of time fleshing out the character class and stats. I can’t wait! Once I have it fully figured out, I’ll probably blog about it :-D

>For a quiet evening, it turned out to be a pretty full one!

>Yesterday evening started with a trip out to the vortex to get some more acrylics for Shannon’s paintings. While I was out that way I popped in to FutureShop and picked up a Christmas gift for the folks (the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie. I can post that here because my folks don’t have access to the web!) and the new Loreena McKennitt album Ancient Muse for myself. It has been a long while since she’s put anything new out. I saw her at the Rebecca Cohn auditorium in Halifax some years back and her voice was so incredible it sent shivers up my spine.

I then had to take the cats to the vet for their annual shots & checkup. I took the carrier downand put it on the floor in the kitchen. Grace was curious about the smells and sniffed around it. Hunter, on the other hand, remembered their last trip in it (last February when they got fixed) and immediately took off. It took a good 15 or 20 minutes to get him and get him into the carrier. And of course they yowled the entire way there. They hate the car. Poor things. The visit at the vet’s was nice and quick. The cats were pretty scared but they did well. They were pretty happy to get home and I made sure to give them a few treats for doing so well.

Another little treat I found for myself was a used and inexpensive copy of Tomb Raider: Legend for the Xbox360. I played that for a while before settling down to work on Shannon’s paintings. I mixed up some new paint for the backgrounds and finished a nice solid second coat for both paintings. I also added some snow spray from the snowboard. Bit by bit it’s coming along.

I also got a call from Richard last night, He offered me a part in the small film he’s doing (I auditioned for it last week). It’s an entertaining story and should be fun to do. I’m looking forward to working on it!