Monthly Archives: December 2009

Christmas List

If I don’t wake up on Christmas morning with one of these in my stocking, Santa better stay away altogether. It’s called a fennec fox and they live in Saharan Africa. I seriously just want to grab those ears and go Lennie on this little guy.

Winter Solstice

I love the shortest day of the year, only because it means the days are going to start getting longer! I read in National Geographic that the oceans are still retaining heat from summer and so that’s why today isn’t the coldest day of the year. In a month or two, look out!

I can’t wait for summer solstice, when everone in Seattle gets naked.


I watched Avatar this weekend in IMAX 3D and was genuinely blown away even though the plot seemed like a cross between Fern Gully and Dances with Wolves. I was also annoyingly distracted with the constant usage of a modified version of my least favorite typeface, Papyrus. Apparently a $300 million budget doesn’t include thoughtful type design.

Still, the movie itself was one of the most entertaining movies I’ve seen in theaters this year. To say it is “visually refreshing” is an understatement. It truly is unlike anything you will ever see. I loved it. That is all I am going to say.

Hipster Chronology

I thought this image in Paste was pretty great. It makes me wonder what 10 more years will do.

Top 5 Favorite Holiday Albums

Every year I soothe myself from the annoying news stories of holiday stampedes by breaking out these favorite albums. In all honesty, sometimes I just listen to them to listen.

1. Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers: Once Upon a Christmas
Dolly’s my girl! And this album is the best!

2. Sufjan Stevens: Songs for Christmas
There are so many fun new holiday songs on this 5 disc holiday extravaganza. My favorites are “Get Behind Me, Santa!” and “Come On! Let’s Boogey to the Elf Dance!” Sufjan’s renditions of “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” and “Silent Night” are also nice.

3. The Carpenters: Christmas Portrait
Ever since I was a boy, I listened to The Carpenters’ holiday album. Karen Carpenter is amazing. I mourn her every Christmas, because this album is butter and I wish we could have had her around longer.

4. John Denver & The Muppets: A Christmas Together
This album is hands down my favorite childhood collection of holiday music, and I still love it. The real heroes of this album are Miss Piggy and Janice, my favorite Muppet bitches.

5. Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas
One word: damn.

Decorating for the Holidays

I finally decorated my Christmas tree (bush, shrub… whatever) today. Taylor made the cloud and rainbow ornaments as well as the felt garland. Jonathan helped by making a felt bird and I made a felt airplane. However, my Betty White and Estelle Getty ornaments felt right at home in the tree. I’m still working on Bea and Rue. Christmas could never be Christmas with those dear friends.

So festive!

Thank You

I made a quick Thank You card for my aunt Barbara today. She gave me a really amazing Christmas card this year… with a prize.