Best Present

I’ve gotten the best Christmas present today. Are you watching ESPN right now? Did you know the Thunder are playing? They are and I couldn’t be happier!! All my boys are there and they look so great! Perkins dropped some weight, Ibaka is blocking shots left and right, Eric Maynor is solid, James Harden’s beard still looks magical, KD is still being nice, I still like saying Thabo Sefalosha and all is well in NBA land. I am happy as a clam.

I got to spend the day with my family. We woke up insanely early to open presents so we could go to church at 10. We headed to my grandparent’s house for tasty lunch and cousin time. I got a beer of the month club! I’m thrilled! Most of my presents were all small enough for me to take back with me. My mom is a thinker.

I has been such a happy little day. I even snuck in a nap. I hope your Christmas has been so happy! I’m off to see a movie with my people from high school. We are all still friends which I like very much.

Sincerely,

Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight!

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Christmas Eve

It’s Christmas Eve!!! Which to be honest, is almost better than Christmas because Christmas Eve is all about the suspense. It’s been so nice to be home and it’s been a particularly nice Christmas Eve. We have made tasty food and gone to church and eaten with my cousins. I got my nails done and they are festive and red and sparkly.

We got new Christmas pajamas and we got to open one present. I have a date with Nordstrom soon. And now I’m sitting on my couch watching It’s a Wonderful Life, because well… it is a wonderful life.

I’m sorry this is short, but it’s Christmas Eve and you aren’t reading this anyway. And if you are, shame on you. Go snuggle on the couch with your family.

Sincerely,

See you in the funny pages!

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It’s for the rest of us.

I’ve been waiting for this day for 11 months and 23 days. It’s one of the most fantastic holidays. And I believe one of the only holidays that originated on a TV show. Seinfeld made holiday history when Larry David came up with Festivus (it’s for the rest of us, you know). There are a lot of nuisances that make this holiday so fantastic.

I found this infographic on StumbleUpon and I figured this would be the greatest way to really explain the ins and outs of Festivus.

I was right. That was the best way to tell you about Festivus.  Today I was traveling back to Oklahoma for Festivus and Christmas. My day started with a cab ride from my apartment to work. I’m not trying to take the bus with a 44.5 lb bag! So this very nice man picked me up. We started to chat. Which is better than a few days ago when I was chatting with my cabbie and only understood to about 30% of what he said. It was almost if my accent translating skills had gone out the window. Who knows what I was agreeing to! Anyway, today my cabbie and I aired our grievances. This was the conversation we had:

Cabbie: Where are you traveling to?
Me: Home for Christmas!
Cabbie: Where is that?
Me: Oklahoma!
(He talks in questions, I talk in exclamations)
Cabbie: Oh, are there rattlesnakes there?
Me: Yes…. out in the country….
Cabbie: Well you need to learn to tackle them!
Me: Yes. Obviously.
Cabbie: There are classes.
Me: Oh. Right. Rattlesnake tackling classes.
Cabbie: Or just carry mace. They won’t bother you if you have mace.
Me: (They will sense the mace? Whatever) Are there rattlesnakes where you are from?
Cabbie: In Pakistan, no. But we have cobras. And those are faster than rattlesnakes and they will kill you.

So clearly, our grievances with snakes of all kinds were aired. And I have a new grievance to discuss. Why was I never given rattlesnake tackling classes? What the heck! I feel so inadequate.

So that cabbie couldn’t pick me up from work, but he sent his friend to get me, which was very nice. I had a large large bag. Large enough for me to be worried that I wouldn’t make it under 50 lbs. I had to hoist it pretty often. Into the cab out of the cab etc etc. I’m pretty sure that was a feat of strength, a 44.5 lb feat of strength.

The pole is always the hardest part of Festivus. We have a million Christmas trees around my house, but for Festivus that will just not do. Growing up we used to go camping every October with a bunch of other families. My dad is quite handy. He would always attach a painters light to the top of a giant pole and then strap it to a tree in order to light the campsite at night. It sort of became our Festivus pole. We ended up celebrating Festivus in October instead of December. But camping really provides for a lot of interesting feats of strength.

So Festivus was a success today. I hope you grieved well.

Sincerely,

Let’s Rumble!

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Regifted

Regifting doesn’t seem to be the best way to make or keep friends, but it does seem like the best way not to spend any money. So if you are into being frugal, regift away. But on this recycling holiday, I thought I would share some things with you, maybe that I’ve already shared and maybe that I found from other people.

So this is what I found this morning. I found it on the internet, have you heard of it? Anyway, it’s really useful. Especially when my search results yield things like this….

http://www.hulu.com/embed/EzuAfbRNxAvRk2IijG0Q0g

Jimmy Fallon regifting Lorne! I laughed and then remembered that I have a really serious crush on Jimmy Fallon. His late night show is fantastic. Letterman has developed a serious speech impediment in recent years and Leno is kind of arrogantly annoying.

Mr. Fallon seems to capture the variety showesqueness (<— proud of that one!) and make it cool again. He is the Ellen of late night television.

Anyway this is besides the point, that clip was my regifting from things I found this morning. And now I will share things with you from our past year together. I’m sure you have forgotten some of the nonsense that happened.

I kicked off the year in style!

I held a lizard! While wearing no makeup apparently....

I drew a dinosaur, which was really just a foreshadowing to Terranova.

I made a bubble wrap dress!

I learned to make crepes!

and meringue!

Tanner sent me M&Ms with his face on them.

I fell through a ceiling....

I apparently built a potato clock that I have no recollection of...

I got on Freshly Pressed when I posted about my scrapbook!

I made the worst pancakes in the history of pancakes.

I went to the zoo and loved it my wingspans worth.

I did things like this.

I tore the tags of my mattress.

I graduated college!

I rocked 4th of July.

My current favorite human was born!

I had ZERO fun at my friend's wedding.

I moved to a new city!

I get to see this person all of the time.

The NBA got their !@^#%*@ together and gave me the best Christmas present!

I have had the most fun all year long!

So there’s that. I regifted you all sorts of fun memories. Merry almost Christmas! It’s so close!!

Sincerely,

Will Smith blinked that potato clock out of my brain like MIB.

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Flashlight

Why is it that the only time you need a flashlight is when you don’t have one? I have one sitting in my closet that I doubt I will use any time soon. I mean seriously, what crevices do I need to be peering into in an apartment in a large city? There aren’t any. But I have one. A quite large one in fact. I told my dad that I needed a flashlight, among other tools and things, when I was moving here. I told him I did not want the gigantic MagLite that I knew he was going to buy me.

Steve really likes large flashlights. The larger the better. So when he was returning with flashlights and tools of course there was a large MagLite that I’m pretty sure could be considered a deadly weapon. I was then informed that this was not the largest model, but the slightly smaller one. So now I have a slightly less than large MagLite protecting and lighting my apartment.

I peaked under my couch with my most handy flashlight and didn’t see anything of value or really anything at all. I peaked under my bed and saw extra blankets and some dust. My apartment gets dusty so fast. It’s like there’s a dust factory in my walls.

So that’s that. That’s all I could really do for flashlight day. I don’t really think taking it to the streets with me would seem all that normal.

Sincerely,

I’m all about seeming normal.

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Work Dinner Day

So I moved here in August. I knew maybe three people in the entire city and now, 4 months later, I have the most fantastic group of people. I love spending time with them. I love laughing with them. I especially love going to dinner with them. Even more so when that dinner consists of Italian food.

It was Jacklyn’s birthday and we had to celebrate. We went to Quartino and had the best work people dinner. I laugh so much. And ate the most fantastic food. It was such a good holiday for a day that didn’t have an official holiday.

I cannot say how thankful I am to have met people at work that I think are so great. It really is the most fun place to work. I feel like this year, cataloged through this blog, has been the most transitional year of my life yet.

I started out January in Oklahoma in school and finished it living in the 3rd largest city in the US with a great job with people that I didn’t know I would like. I feel like everyone should have a ‘Work Dinner Day’. The guest list could include people that make you laugh or people that you know from grade school or people that are actually from your place of work, but as long as that dinner makes you the happiest clam, I think you figured something out.

So to Jack, Colt, Jordan, Hyland and Jess thanks for a great night to remind me why moving here was THE best decision of the year. I like you all.

Sincerely,

A Chicagoan.

Ps: And a Bartian, because I couldn’t handle not being a Bartian too.

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Evergreen

My very first house in Bartlesville, America was Evergreen Drive. My friend Emily lived down the street and we would go on amazing adventures through our neighborhood. We would get lost down drainage ditches and runaway to her closet all within the bounds of Evergreen Drive.

I don’t live on Evergreen Drive any more, but I do live on a tree street. It’s called Elm in case you were wondering. Which I am quite certain that you were. It’s your soap opera name supposed to be your middle name and the first street you lived on? Well in my case, Elizabeth Evergreen. That seems like a pretty good soap opera name if you ask me.

So now that it’s nearly Christmas, it is so so easy to find evergreens. There’s a gigantic one by the Hancock Tower. It looks like this….

I didn't take that, but it's still pretty.

I went to Whole Foods today for tasty things and they had tiny ones. My Christmas tree in my apartment is a very fake one. But all in all evergreen/pine trees are all around. And they are pretty and I like them.

Sincerely,

My Christmas Tree is not leaning.

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