Christmas kitties

21 12 2011

“It’s Christmas time, mistletoe and wine…”

…I think I started a blog with that line… (already) 😉

Still not filled up with that magical feeling that the Festive Season allegedly evokes? Cheer up with some kitties in Christmas hats, boxes, and sniffing about the tree – they sure seem to be enjoying themselves. What can I say: it’s a  (curiosity-)cat thing.

Now if only I had a Smudgy-sized Xmas hat for a picture taking session… *laugh*

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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 😉

Yippee-ki-yay…

FESTIVE RAMBLINGS:

* 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?





Holiday cheer?

5 12 2011

I’m not sure how festive this season will turn out to be…

We’re standing at the 5th of December, and I have yet to hear any Christmas music blaring in the shopping centres. The closest I’ve come to this was when my Significant Other and I were sitting in a restaurant last Thursday evening and a total of two (if even) Christmassy songs played softly in the background. The only thing going on in the shopping centres is absolute madness. This past weekend proved it, and I am glad that all my Christmas shopping is done… because if it was bad last weekend, it’s only going to get exponentially worse once schools close this coming Friday. Having the kiddies around the complex is going to be a reeeaaal treat for my Significant Other…

One of the local radio stations launched the Boney M Acclimatisation Program (BMAP) in November. Every other morning, they play a Boney M song, allowing people to get used to the so-called ‘brainwashing-waves’ (brainwashing + brainwaves, get it?)  in hopes to help them from spending all their money on gifts when their ears are assaulted by the festive tunes. Although this is cute and funny/ silly, I find it rather hard to swallow how people use aforementioned music as an excuse for their excessive shopping. ‘Oh, it wasn’t my fault – the Boney M music started playing, and it was like I lost control of my mental faculties. Really, I couldn’t help myself!!’ *roll eyes*

Okay, everybody, let's put more spendy frenzy into the chorus!

Great, so now everybody is against Christmas music… religious nuts, shoppers, my Significant Other… I started listening to some festive tunes yesterday, then felt ‘guilty’ because my S.O. doesn’t much care for it (even though I had my headphones on and he wasn’t there), so I turned it off.

Then there’s the little matter of Christmas trees. I wrapped all our gifts yesterday (hurray for me!) and will be putting up our little tree this evening, which is a step in the festive direction for our domicile. I’m not sure the same can be said for my parental home. It’s the first year since forever – probably since my older sister was little, which makes it 27 years ago – that my parentals will have a fake Christmas tree. Although it’s nice to have a real tree, it just becomes more and more expensive every year, and if you add all of that up over the years, it’s a lot of money! With a fake tree – nice and tall to fit into their living room with the high ceiling – you save money in the long run, plus you help to save some trees. All that’s good and well, but the reason I don’t think that things are all tinsel and baubles and happy sparkling lights, is the fact that my younger sister Addy refuses to decorate the fake tree… which she calls ‘that thing’ with great antagonism.

My work here is done...

Oh, and did I mention how I was looking forward to the release of the latest edition of the Sarie Kos (Sarie Food) magazine, only to find nothing Christmassy about it? *shakes head* Perhaps I should have some of those ‘Christmas’ truffles I bought to make myself feel better.

I could always spread some of the holiday cheer around the office by baking some cookies! My Significant Other bought me some more cookies cutters over the weekend, so now I have a Christmas tree, snowman and reindeer I can use! Since I’ll be working until the 23rd of December (and I think others will, as well), I’m sure we’ll be needing those sweet treats to boost our morale.

Plus point: summer hasn’t been very summery over here thus far (yesterday’s 37 degrees Celsius excluded), so I’m hoping for a cool Christmas. It’ll sure beat unbearable heat and help fight off sluggishness and irritability (not the best combination for happy faces and feelings of harmony)…

So, how do you feel about Christmas 2011?





Christmas is a-comin’…

28 11 2011

Good morning, blog readers

I hope you all had a nice weekend. I spent some time with my family, baked some goodies (chocolate cake, cupcakes & cookies!), and had to help my Significant Other move our entire bedroom around because he bought a second air-conditioner (this included making cupboard space by unpacking, repacking and sorting what I would or wouldn’t need/ use anymore).

So the ‘countdown’ to Christmas has begun. Truth be told, I have yet to hear any Christmas music playing in the shopping centres or grocery stores. Some people say that they have heard the carols playing and angel choirs a-singin’, but I’m not sure how much of it we’ll be hearing this year. There’s been a movement to have Christmas music banned/ toned-down since people find it offensive (or use it as an excuse why they’re spending so much). I think it’s quite sad… I myself am not religious, but neither is all Christmas music, and Christmas isn’t just about religion. It’s a time for family and friends, a time to be together and be grateful, to show what others mean to us and just have a nice, relaxing, feel-good time. It’s the one time of year that you ‘have’ to do aforementioned (though we should be aiming for this throughout the entire year).

My Significant Other isn’t a big fan of Christmas music, anyway, so I foresee many evenings and weekends of me sitting with my headphones on 😉 At least he doesn’t mind a Christmas tree in the apartment.

Speaking of the festive/ holiday season, I’m halfway with my shopping. I’ve bought Christmas gifts for my two sisters, my Significant Other and my mother-in-law, plus a birthday gift for my mum. That just leaves Christmas gifts for my parents and my sister’s husband, and a birthday gift for my older sister. Perhaps I should try to find something for Smudgy, as well… *laugh*

There’s the gift of giving and the rapture of receiving, but the most important thing of the festive season is being together and showing that we care. Like Garfield says:

“Christmas: It’s not the giving, it’s not the getting – it’s the loving.”

Have a great Monday!





Christmas sing-along with Garfield

21 12 2010

How many of you have seen the Garfield Xmas special?

I know I’ve been going on about Garfield and cartoons and getting into the spirit of the festive season (all of which can be rolled into one)… which is probably why, now that it is the 21st already – a few days shy of Christmas – the songs are starting to loop in my head.

I wish I could find the stop button… even fast forwarding would help.

Anyway, since Garfield is a firm favourite in our happy parental home (I’m sure it’s definitely something in our genes), here is a little number Jon and Garfield sing while on their way to the Arbuckle family home/ farm/ whatever. I can’t seem to help myself – the special came out in my birth year, after all (1987).

Garfield seems like bit of a Scrooge in this song, but he really does enjoy the whole spirit of Christmas thing. After all, he even goes as far as saying:

“All right, you guys, just permit me one sentimental moment here, will you? I have something to say. Christmas: it’s not the giving, it’s not the getting – it’s the Loving… There, I said it. Now get outta’ here.”

If you know the tune (and perhaps even the words by heart), sing along. And if you don’t… I’m sure you can find a video for it on YouTube.

Let the road trip begin!

Jon: I remember when my brother Doc Boy and I were little…

Garfield: Oh brother, here we go again…

[commence singing!!]

Jon: Dad would chop down the tree…

Garfield: Chores.

Jon: Mom would fix up a meal…

Garfield: Work.

Jon: Doc Boy would get in the way –

Garfield: Fighting – Big Fat hairy deal!!

[Odie: bark!]

Jon: Decorating the tree…

Garfield: Gardening.

Jon: Wiring all of the lights…

Garfield: Electrical contracting.

Jon: Wrapping boxes and writing out cards –

Garfield: Office work, out of sight.

[Odie: bark bark bark]

Jon: Then we’d take those presents aaand pile them under the tree – we’d barely get a wink of sleep, [Odie barks along] wondering what they could be!

Garfield: The special gifts of Christmas –

Jon: – Christmas –

Garfield: – that really make it great –

Jon: – it’s so great –

Garfield: – are the insomnia and the anxiety… kids get from having to wait!

Jon: Can’t wait ‘til Christmas… there’s so much to do

[Odie: ah-wooo!!]

Jon: Can’t wait ‘til Christmaaaas…..

Garfield: Wake me when it’s through.

[Odie: bark!]

[Singing stops. Jon parks the car, then says:]

Jon: Now behave yourself this Christmas, Garfield.

Garfield: Sure – I’ll wait in the car.

Happy Holidays, everyone ❤





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!!!]

CARTOON CHRISTMAS SPECIALS:

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





The doldrums – they’ve got me…

11 11 2010

It’s Thursday, 11 November, at ten-thirty in the AM, and I am feeling a tad off.

Depressed, sad, dejected, low, disheartened, down in the dumps, pessimistic – it’s all pretty much the same at this point.

But my life really isn’t bad, so that in fact actually makes me feel worse.

I suppose it might just be the time of year we are currently going through: the 11th month, almost Christmas, work ‘fatigue’, wrapping things up (literally and figuratively), being a bit nostalgic… Quite a few things than caused a softy like me to simply start crying two nights ago for no apparent reason (which is really quite annoying, you’ll know, if it has ever happened to you).

So many things to think about: will the budget for the wedding work out? Will I fit into my dress? Where will I find a job for next year? Why can’t I be smarter/ successful/ less uptight? Do I feel like I’m doing something meaningful with my life, something that will make me happy in future? Am I overworking myself although it doesn’t feel like it to me (when someone here at work actually asked me if I’m an octopus with eight arms or eight brains that I’m able to work so quickly and efficiently)? Can I ever do enough for my family? What more can I do for my parents? Am I a good almost-daughter-in-law? Should I perhaps get contact lenses since my eyes are getting terribly weak and I won’t be able to see a thing without my glasses on my wedding day? (Can I afford them?) And why does Smudgy prefer my Significant Other above myself? [I keep telling him that she’s his cat.]

It’s the 11th of November. The weather is getting warmer, my headaches are getting worse, I get annoyed by having to wear my glasses most of the time – and to top it all off, I just found out that our portfolios for the internship programme have to be in on the 15th of December and not mid-January when the internship ends *sigh*

Thank the gods I’m organized enough that I merely have to put everything I’ve already done together neatly in a folder or have it bound or whatever so that it constitutes a portfolio. Good thing I’ve already done a ton of research for the project we have to do, otherwise I’d probably be stressing more than I already am (if that is even humanly possible)… And, to make things even worse and cause me to want to break out in hysterical laughter: this ‘research’ project I have been doing so much research for, enough to fill an entire file, need only be about 1 000 words.

Think it’s time to drown myself in wine tonight…

But hey, things aren’t all bad, of course. I think it’s just the funny weather and the fact that I’ve been feeling ill for quite some time that I now want to get weepy and stressed out. Pair that with feeling tired all the time and having to deal with headaches and supposedly having to feel perky and cheerful now that the ‘festive season’ is upon us.

Fa la la la la, la la la laaaaa…. *cough*