Friday, December 14, 2018

The Ultimate Christmas Tag



I was tagged in this Christmas tag (created by Femenish) by Anne Carty. Please check out both of their posts! 



  • link back to the original post (by femenish) when you have written yours and link back to the person who tagged you!
  • tag as many bloggers as you like.
  • answer the questions! If you want to you can make up your own questions to ask the bloggers you have tagged, or you can use these ones!

1. What is your favorite thing about Christmas?

Traditions!! Tree decorating, carol singing and playing, cookie making, present making and wrapping, it's all glorious.

2. Do you have any Christmas traditions you CANNOT forget about each year?

Decorating the tree to Christmas tunes, making cookies, and giving handmade presents to my friends and loved ones. Since meeting my fiance, we've begun a tradition of watching the Muppet Christmas Carol on Christmas Eve, because in the movie one of the songs says "After all, there's only one more sleep til Christmas" and it really embodies the spirit of such a magical celebration being only a sleep away, if you can get to sleep with all the excitement.

3. Is there a song that just gets you into that Christmas spirit?

"It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" because of the lovely descriptions of the holly and Christmas trees in the stores and parks, "the sturdy kind that doesn't mind the snow".

4. What is your favorite Christmas movie?

The Rankin Bass Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Although I have some issues with it, mostly that Santa is an ableist d*ck but the claymation style of this and the age at which I watched it just solidified it as a Christmas classic for me. My favorite part is when Snowman Sam sings his classic song "Silver and Gold". It makes me feel so peaceful! I love it so much that I got a Snowman Sam collectible ornament to put on my tree, one of the only breakable ornaments I have because I try to limit things the cats can destroy. But if Snowman Sam is up there I'm protecting that tree like the Lorax- short, shouty and hairy.

I also love when Rudolph and his friends get to the Island of Misfit Toys. I love all of the toys, but especially the pink spotted elephant. As a child I wanted to give them all a home , misfit or not.

5. Which food is your must-have at Christmas time?

COOKIES! I have to make cookies at Christmastime. So many kinds, my mother's Scottish shortbread recipe, molasses gingerbread men, frosted cut-out sugar cookies, gingersnaps, snickerdoodles, so many delicious cookies.

On Christmas day I like to have a beef roast instead of a turkey or ham, as we've usually just had too much turkey at Thanksgiving. But the real reason it has to be roast beef is that in How The Grinch Stole Christmas, they have "roast beast" in their fantastic cartoon celebration with all its amazing toys and instruments, and as a kid I always wanted to have that kind of Christmas party.

6. If you had to choose between Michael Buble's Christmas album and Justin Beiber's Christmas album, which one would you choose and why?

Michael Buble. I used to like his music a lot when I was about fourteen, because the acoustics of my shower meant I could do a (to my own standards at the time) semi decent impression of his Sinatra covers while showering.

7. What is your favorite memory about Christmas?

Hmm. Most of my good holiday memories are of Thanksgiving and New Years, but one good Christmas memory I have is an early one, when I was 5 or 6 and my parents were still together. My dad had been struggling with jobs and I think that year my parents had to get our presents from the Salvation Army, where my dad was working part time. My present was a Barbie that had school clothes, a lunch box, and I think glasses or something which might have been why they got it for me. Other than the fact that I was a 6 year old girl and loved all things Barbie. But, I was also new to glasses-wearing and wasn't taking it well. I'll admit it now, I looked pretty bad in glasses up til 16 or 17 when I switched from round and oval frames to rectangles.

8. When do you start decorating your place for Christmas?

The day after Thanksgiving, as soon as I can get away with it.

9. If you were at Christmas Karaoke, which 5 songs would you choose to play?

Well, the ones I consider my favorites aren't necessarily the ones I know all the words to. I know the words to the classic carols, having caroled with my parents church and at nursing homes as a girl scout, but those ones are typically solemn and not really the karaoke mood. 

I guess I might have to say Baby It's Cold Outside, as much as I don't like it. And I don't dislike it because it's rapey, I dislike it because I hate when people can't just tell one another what they mean and a society that makes stupid social games necessary.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Have a Holly Jolly Christmas, Jingle Bells of course, and if it's an option then the Heat Miser song from The Year Without a Santa Claus. The heat miser is my spirit animal, I sing his song often throughout the year and I am indeed too much.

10. What are your top 4 Christmas movies?

Again, I do have to go with the Rankin Bass classics- Santa Claus is Comin' to Town, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, The Year Without a Santa, and Jack Frost, because they are so Christmassy and gave such wonderful songs to the theme of Christmas music that don't have to be sappy or religious. Also, I will ride or die with Rankin Bass because of the versions they made of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, long before Peter Jackson. Did you know they also produced Frosty the SnowmanThe Wind in the Willows and The Last Unicorn?

Other ones that are very classic are things like White Christmas and Holiday Inn but they're just so intolerably cringey to watch now, with how useless and easily manipulated they portray the women. 

11. What does Christmas really mean to you?

Christmas itself, Dec. 25th, I think is a good reason to spend a day with people you love and enjoying holiday traditions.  As a religious holiday, I can't give it much credence. It's kind of one of those "You made this? I made this." situations that really overshadows a whole month of beautiful cultural celebrations. That's why "Happy Holidays" is my preferred greeting and isn't at all anti-Christmas, it recognizes that the month of December contains a lot of holidays. It's anti Christmas-exclusive I guess, because the fact is that lots of political and cultural systems may still run on Christian-appropriated holidays, but the people of the world don't.

12. How old were you when you stopped believing in Santa?

About nine, I think. My brother and I had already caught our mom putting presents in the stockings on Christmas Eve, and we got the news broken to us a little after that.

13. What do you think makes Christmas so magical?

Winter is the season of one of my favorite holidays, but not being religious in terms of Christianity means my view of Christmas is one of an outsider. I think it gives the whole month a sense of magic, and a reason to indulge in all the things that increase that sense of Christmas magic and nostalgia- whether it's making cookies, decorating with lights, and hand making, wrapping and giving presents. But the greatest part of generating those feelings with holiday traditions is sharing it with others, which is how that holiday feeling stays so strong when you go out and people are happy, being more generous and sharing cheer. When you make cookies, send them to people you love. Donate your time serving food at soup kitchens, buy or make extra toys and donate them to toy drives, if you make hats or mittens make a few extra for your local NICU ward. Christmas means indulging in and sharing traditions to keep the magic alive in your own home and in your community.

14. Share your favorite photo from a previous Christmas

I can't pick just one. Sorry! Here is a photo of our tree and decorations a few years ago in an old apartment. And then some bonus pictures of one of the best things about the holidays for me!

Tag others!

Samantha @SamSpace Blog
Victoria @Victoria Austin Blog 
Bailey @Bailey Leah Blog
Char @LunarChar Blog

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed, and have happy holidays all month, and a happy new year!

Friday, December 7, 2018

My Weird Wishlist

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How many of you are list-makers? If you're like me you make lists for any and all reasons including anxiety, excitement, and let's be honest, procrastination. This week I wanted to share with you guys a list that I've been adding to for a while, my Weird Wishlist!

These are all things that I've seen or heard advertised and was interested in, but not in an immediate way. More of a someday-when-I-have-money-maybe way. There's no one set category, which is why I'd call it weird as there's quite a variety of products and reasons I'd like to have them someday.
I'll give the product descriptions from the official website, and then my reasons behind adding it to the list.

#1. the CrashSafe charger

  1. Window Smasher - CrashSafe has a small metal pin hidden in the tip of the cigarette lighter plug. The patented pin of CrashSafe will easily smash through any car window with one strike.
  2. Seatbelt Cutter - CrashSafe is designed to avoid accidental cuts yet sharp enough to easily slice through seat belts. The seat belt cutter is hidden in the side of the car charger to protect from cutting someone.
  3. Car Charger - Keep CrashSafe plugged into your car's cigarette lighter outlet (12v power port) and use the USB charging port to quickly power your mobile phone or other devices.
  4. Power Bank - Remove CrashSafe from your cigarette lighter outlet (12v power port) and use it as a portable charger. The 2200 mAh lithium battery stores enough power to give your phone a complete charge in stranded situations.
  5. LED Flashlight - This powerful torch lasts 4 hours and can help you in nighttime emergencies such as when you need to change a tire or walk to safety.
  6. Emergency Beacon - For added safety, use CrashSafe's high-powered red flashing light to ensure oncoming traffic does not strike your vehicle. Lasts 10 hours!
My reasoning for wanting this car charger is pretty standard. I like to be prepared for things that I hope will never happen, and I also hate the cheap car chargers that must be rotated six thousand times in the port before actually charging.

#2. the BeltBox sound dampener

"We've all been there. Needing to go through vocal exercises before auditions but not wanting to disturb those around you. 
That's where your BELTBOX comes in - It muffles your voice up to 30 dB but still allows you to hear if you are in the right key! 
Use your full voice and it sounds like a whisper!
You can also feed in a microphone for quiet conversations or gaming."

Apartment living is just NOT good for both vocal exercises and social anxiety. I've taken voice lessons in the past and would love to go back to them, but being able to have a place where I feel comfortable singing loud hasn't been easy. Plus. I could do with having one for my fiance and his loud shouting while gaming!

#3. Carpe antiperspirant hand lotion

Rather than applying liquid chalk to your palms or trying to make them
more grippy with resin, Carpe stops foot and hand perspiration at the source — sweat glands. The crystallized active ingredient of Carpe serves as a sweatgland-level barrier to the sweat, thereby preventing it from reaching the surface.

Yep. You heard me. Hand sweats. While my autoimmune disease limits my ability to sweat and regulate my body temp, it also causes gross hand sweats during flare ups where it eventually makes the skin on my hands break into hives. While I don't know that the chemistry of this stuff would be good for my system during flare ups, it would be nice to not have such sweaty palms that, TRUE STORY, I had to replace my cheap USB mouse because my hand just would. not. stop. sweating.

#4. the Quip toothbrush

"Designed with every mouth in mind

When dentists and designers work together to create a simple, affordable, surprisingly enjoyable oral care service for everyone. Starting with a better electric toothbrush."

This is one I hear advertised all the time on podcasts. It's an electric toothbrush but also a subscription box. While I don't have the money to be buying subscription boxes right now, I would like to have better toothbrushes and someday have a few regular subscription services.

#5. Nura headphones

 The nuraphone
The nuraphone is the world’s only headphone that automatically learns and adapts to your unique hearing, then plays your favourite music in the best way for you. Fall in love with music, all over again.

Although my father is hard of hearing and has needed hearing aids his whole life, I've never had my hearing tested outside of school but can't hear certain high frequencies and have trouble catching the pitch in conversation and especially dialogue in shows and movies over the usually too-loud music. I've always wanted to get myself a good over-ear headset, I've never found one I liked. I can't say I'd be able to justify the price of this one to try it, though.

#6. HiSmile teeth whitening kit

"Our Teeth Whitening Kit has been designed to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home. The whitening process has been formulated to deliver maximum results in 6 applications, with each application being only 10 minutes.
Our key ingredients ensure that there’s no pain or sensitivity caused throughout the process while delivering results of up to 8 shades whiter teeth."

I'm human, I suffer from vanity and wanting to change my appearance in a few ways. After getting my teeth sorted with a dentist (pulling my impacted wisdom teeth, cavities, fun stuff) I'd like to do a good whitening on my teeth and the mix of whitening product and also light intrigued me.


And there you have it! My Weird Wishlist. What odd things have caught your eye, and do you have similar someday-lists too?