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?





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!





Choose your own Garfield

3 02 2011

Earlier this morning, I was looking for some Garfield comic strips online to send to my older sister Libby. We’ve both loved Garfield for the longest of times, and it has become a bit of a custom for one of us to send the other Today’sComic from the official Garfield website. But every now and again, I like to send her more than just the link to a page – I like to send her the pictures as an attachment, so that she can simply open the e-mail and have a good chuckle.

During my ‘quest’ this morning to find strips that match our current situation (weather condition being that of intense heat), I stumbled upon a website called Square Root of Minus Garfield – “a webcomic devoted to parodies and mash-ups of the popular comic strip Garfield, by Jim Davis”.

So here, for your viewing pleasure, is a comic that reminds one of those ‘choose your own adventure’ books. Now you get to choose how the comic strips ends!! And, I might add, each of these endings was created and published by Jim Davis (click –> HERE <– and go to the bottom of the page, where they provide the links to the comics as originally created in 1983).

My cat hasn’t been hiding in the plants, not yet at least, but I’m sure she could pick up some witty remarks from Garfield 🙂





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 ❤





Monday Feel-Good song: “Forget You”

13 12 2010

It’s Monday. And it’s making me feel like Garfield…

I still cannot seem to shake this overall feeling of wretchedness. I had extreme headaches all weekend long. Nausea. Feeling ‘icky’. Not being able to sleep… which is why, although I am not adverse to the ‘M’-day, as Garfield is, I feel entitled to a pick-me-up.

If you’ve ever heard “Forget you”, or “F you”, by Cee Lo Green (and perhaps even seen the music video), you’ll understand why I chose it to brighten up the day. The words are catchy, the beat is smooth, and before you even get midway, you cannot help but have a smile on your face 🙂 So I hope it’ll provide you with a smile today, too, dear readers.

[PS You can watch the music on YouTube by clicking *HERE*.]

—-

FORGET YOU – Cee Lo Green

[Chorus]

I see you drivin ’round town

With the girl I love and I’m like,

Forget you!

Oo, oo, ooo

I guess the change in my pocket

Wasn’t enough I’m like,

Forget you!

And forget her too!

I said, if I was richer, I’d still be with ya

Ha, now ain’t that some shh? (ain’t that some shh)

And although there’s pain in my chest

I still wish you the best with a

Forget you!

Oo, oo, ooo

Yeah i’m sorry, i can’t afford a ferrari,

But that don’t mean i can’t get you there

I guess he’s an xbox and i’m more of atari

But the way you play your game ain’t fair

[Pre-Chorus]

I pity the fool that falls in love with you

(oh s–t she’s a gold digger)

Well

(just thought you should know n-gga)

Ooooooh

I’ve got some news for you

Yeah go run and tell your little boyfriend

[Chorus]

[Verse 1]

Now i know, that i had to borrow,

Beg and steal and lie and cheat

Trying to keep ya, trying to please ya.

‘Cause being in love with you as- ain’t cheap

[Pre-Chorus]

[Chorus]

[Bridge]

Now baby, baby, baby, why d’you wanna wanna hurt me so bad?

(so bad, so bad, so bad)

I tried to tell my mamma but she told me

“this is one for your dad”

(your dad, your dad, your dad)

Uh! Whhhy? Uh! Whhhy? Uh!

Whhhy lady? Oh! I love you oh!

I still love you. Oooh!

[Chorus]





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 12 Days of Christmas: Pokémon Style!

8 12 2010

Everyone probably has a television show or something of the like that they are embarrassed to admit having watched – this is particularly true when looking back on this that entertained us when we were young. My ‘embarrassing’ show (though I did not watch it for long, or all the ‘seasons’ and versions thereof) was Pokémon.

That said, my younger sister and I were bored one day, pretty much round about Christmas time, and thus came into being our own version of the Twelve Days of Christmas.

Just like that Garfield episode about the Twelve Courses of Dinner, we decided to substitute the gifts given on the various days with the names of Pokémon.

Sad… but true…

So keeping with twisting Christmas carols and attempting to get into the festive spirit – which might be working, since I bought our apartment a small tree and decorated it with all the trimmings – here for your ‘pleasure’/ discomfort/ laughing pleasure (and more than just a little bit of embarrassment on my part), I present to you the Pokémon version of the Twelve Days of Christmas.

We’ll just skip all the fa-la-la-la-la-ing and start at 12 so it’s over quicker.

—-

On the Twelfth day of Christmas my trainer gave to me:

12         Magikarp

11         Cu-bo-bone

10         Bulbasaur

9          Exeggutor

8          Nidorino

7          Charizard

6          Articuno

5          Pikachu

4          Pigeoto

3          Fearow

2          Zapdos

And      a Farfetch’d in a Poké-tree