Some Christmas blog entries

19 12 2011

Well hullo, dearest blog readers!

I hope that you’ve all got your bells jingling and the halls decked, because there are only 5 more ‘sleeps’ until we hit Christmas Eve!

Many people are already on holiday (lucky them), but if you’re like me and still working until the last (which, for me, is Friday), then you don’t have to feel ‘ashamed’ if you haven’t been experiencing the feel-good spirit that the festive season is supposed to evoke. It still doesn’t feel like Christmas is around the corner. All I can think about is work, work, work…

I do have my tree up, though – that should count for something!! 😉

Small but suitable for our apartment

There's even an edible candycane on the tree!

Smudgy's very own stocking

Let's jingle some bells!

Ooh, shiny...

I spent last night baking some Christmas cookies while watching THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, so I’m sure that counts as getting in to the spirit of things… right? Now all I need to really get me going is to watch my favourite ‘Christmas’ movie: DIE HARD!

I know lots of people search for Christmas-related blog entries around this time, which is why I decided to share a few of my old entries that I thought you’d enjoy. I’ll see if I can find time to be cynical and get my “bah humbug” on before the 25th 😉



* It’s Christmas time

* Christmas: Fall Out Boy style

* Call me Cookie

* “Oh I’m the happiest Christmas tree…”

* Christmas carols with a twist

* Garfield – the 12 courses of dinner

* Christmas with South Park

* Christmas carols with LOLcats

* The 12 days of Christmas: Pokémon style

* Cartoon Christmas specials I grew up with

* Christmas sing-along with Garfield

* Holiday cheer?


Cat Explorer

18 10 2011

Good morning, and welcome to another Productive Day!

I’ve been at work since 07:45, since my brother-in-law’s girlfriend is now driving with us to work. It’s actually a good thing, because my Significant Other seems to get up easier, plus it gives me time to enjoy my tea and take a breather before starting the working day.

So, here for your amusement is Cat Explorer (if you’ve ever seen a cat in action, you’ll know how true this is! They always seem to be pawing something…)

Have a terrific day, dearest blog readers 🙂

It’s madness – madness, I tell you!!!

12 10 2011

I know I’m always willing to lend a helping hand, but this is getting ridiculous…

Have I recently lamented over the fact that it gets on my nerves when I’m busy doing things at work that technically aren’t my responsibility and they end up becoming a real pain in the you-know-where? Well, it’s that very thing that’s making me slip into madness…

(“Haha,” you say, “we know you’re already crazy, don’t try to deny it!”)

Although you wouldn’t say it by walking around the office, things actually are going up the creek without a paddle. I have two words for you: Price Fixing.

I. HATE. price fixing.

First we’re told to do it one way, then another… and then, again, yet another way – and the whole time, like a fool, you actually try to achieve something while everyone else is busy making up their minds and, in the process, making your life hell. You constantly communicate with and check up on the people that are slowing things down… and that also gets on my nerves. Seriously: I’m not that person’s mother or manager, so it’s not my job to check up on him/ her and ensure that he/ she is doing his/ her job. It feels like the rest of us constantly have to spoon-feed them… in essence, we’re doing their work for them. We’re held responsible and told to oversee things, and when you complain, what are you told? That that specific department is under-staffed.

Really? R-e-a-l-l-y?? Is that MY problem? If so many jobs are being advertised, why don’t you try and get them another staff member or two? Why do I have to do work that isn’t stipulated in my contract and run around and still do my job but the real problem (and this specific department is always the problem) isn’t addressed?

It’s madness… madness I tell you!!!!

*inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale*

Okay, rant over. Back to  being a mature, professional adult 😉

[But if you work in publishing, or – more specifically – in the same building as yours truly, then you know what I mean and will agree that this small rant is justified.]

I’ll just make myself feel better with the following sayings: 

“Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence” – Edgar Allan Poe

“No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness” – Aristotle

“Sanity is very rare: every man almost, and every woman, has a dash of madness” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“There is no great genius without some touch of madness” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“Madness need not be all breakdown.  It may also be break-through” – R.D. Laing

A day in the (working) life

3 08 2011

Get up and go to work.

Show self-confidence/ motivate yourself.

Work hard: be efficient and enthusiastic!

Find something to eat when it's lunchtime.

Feel everythinig weighing down on you.

Get to be just about over everything (life, work, deadlines, fatigue...)

Go home and get some TLC. Repeat these steps daily.

[NOTE: I tried to post it earlier today, but my work computer was doing funny things… Probably wanting me to get back to being productive… and I was, from 08:10 until 17:05 at the office, then from 19:00 until 22:00 at home. Yip, just another day in the life…]

Ah, Tuesday, my old friend…

2 08 2011

…you sure know how to keep a girl busy!

Once again I sat working through lunch time, taking up various tasks simultaneously, going hither and thither to check that things are being sorted out – and I’m surprised to find that it’s 4:30 PM.

And so, good friend, I think it’s time we dub you Productive Day…

Not that I’m not produtive on all the other days of the week (you ought to know that I always am!), but it does feel at times that other people are more responsive once they’ve gotten over their Moody, Melancholy Monday.

Now be a dear and tell Hump-Day to help guide what’s usually a rollercoaster of a week (every week) smoothly towards the weekend.

Cartoon Christmas Specials I grew up with

10 12 2010

Isn’t the Festive Season grand?

Though I have yet to truly catch the spirit of the whole thing (makes it sound like a disease, doesn’t it, if you ‘catch’ it – like a cold or the flu or some kind of infection), the one thing I love about it all is the fact that I get to reminisce about times past…

…and get back to the glorious days of childhood: watching cartoon Christmas specials.

We have a lot of VHS cassettes and DVDs at home… a looooot… about three cupboards’ worth of videos, I’d guess. And amongst all the movies and stories and wide variety of children’s programmes, you’ll find a few Christmas tapes with some of the specials us three daughters grew up with.

I’d be lying if I said we didn’t watch a few of them every year, up until the current day.

Christmas wouldn’t be ‘Christmas’ if we didn’t delight in A GARFIELD CHRISTMAS SPECIAL and sing along with silly smiles of knowing (said ‘knowing’ is that we are getting on in years and we still ‘insist’ on acting like children).

Here’s a list of some of the cartoon Christmas specials I know we have at home. There are quite a few more, yet I cannot recall each and every one of them… I’ll just have to make a trip to my parental home and fix that 🙂

[PS: Apparently there’s a HE-MAN/ SHE-RA CHRISTMAS SPECIAL somewhere – I need to get my hands on it!!!]


1) A Garfield Christmas Special

2) The Twelve Days of Christmas

3) A Charlie Brown Christmas

4) Sonic's Christmas Blast

5) Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas

6) Jingle Bell Rock

7) A Chipmunk Christmas

8.) A Jetson Christmas Carol

9) Buster and Chauncey's Silent Night

10) The Nutcracker Prince

11) Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Christmas with South Park

25 11 2010

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have an unusual Christmas?

Sure, I suppose a lot of people feel that having Christmas with their families is unusual (haha). But seriously, Christmas probably cannot get any more odd or unusual than what they have to offer in SOUTH PARK.

We’ve met Mr Hankey the Christmas Poo (and his family – boy, did they have a crappy Christmas!); spent Christmas with Eric Cartman’s family (including a jail break and Charlie Manson); seen Santa’s sleigh go down as he tries to bring Christmas to Iraq; celebrated with the Canadians (lots of jolliness and gung-ho and even Saddam Hussein); and heard Cartman’s twisted tale with the Christmas Critters (cheerfully wreaking havoc with ‘hurrahs’ and smiling faces).

Keeping with my last posts about Christmas carols – and tales – with a twist, here are some of the songs performed in the episode called “Mr. Hankey’s Christmas Classics” (Season 3, Episode 15). If you’re a SOUTH PARK lover (or someone with a sense of humour), go watch it (again). It’s only one month before Christmas, after all, so you might as well get into the spirit 😉

Mr. Hankey’s Christmas Classics:

* “Mr. Hankey, The Christmas Poo” – performed by postman

* “Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel” – performed by Kyle, Eric, Stan and Kyle’s parents and brother (Ike)

* “O Tannenbaum” – performed by Adolf Hitler

* “Christmas Time in Hell” – performed by Satan

* “Carol of the Bells” – performed by Mr. Makey (m’kay)

* “O Holy Night” – performed by Cartman (wrongly, I might add)

* “Merry F#cking Christmas” – performed by Mr. Garrison [where’s Mr. Hat?]

* “I Saw Three Ships” – performed by Shelley (Stan’s sister)

* Christmas Medley performed by Jesus and Santa, which includes: “Joy to the World”, “Up on the House Top”, “Away in a Manger”, “O come all ye Faithful”, “Hark! The herald angels sings”, “Silent Night”, “Rio” and “Let it Snow”

* “Have yourself a Merry little Christmas” – performed by Mr. Hankey and the cast (sadly, Kenny dies)