Quote of the Season

Even Santa knows this!

So, The Hairpin cross-posted a Dear Prudence column in which a really lovely-sounding person complained about her brother’s in-laws ruining (RUINING!) her family’s Christmas Eve tradition. How did they do this, you ask? Simply by their presence. Last year, they showed up and stayed the whole evening. And this year they are hosting Christmas Eve. They are strangers to her! THE NERVE! How dare her brother include his wife’s family in their holiday festivities? HOW VERY DARE HE?!

Anyway, there was not a lot of sympathy on anyone’s part for this “predicament.” But JessicaLovejoy hit the nail on the head with her comment re. this terrible, terrible problem:

“Ugh, sometimes it’s like people don’t even know what I’m for.” – Booze

As Homer Simpson once toasted, “To alcohol! The cause of – and solution to – all of life’s problems.”

And emilylouise offered this sage advice:

“should I stop celebrating Christmas Eve?”
…yes. Probably that. It’s the only logical solution.


National Geographic announced the winners of its photo contest for 2011 – and they are pretty incredible. This one in particular (a mere honorable mention!) of a downpour in Bhaktapur, Nepal during monsoon season is magnificent. Be sure to check out the other winners. Inspiring stuff. I really ought to practice with my own camera more… Sigh.

National Geographic via The Hairpin

Quote of the Day

Today on The Hairpin, Rose Surnow posted a “Reverse Bucket List” – that is, things she never wants to do before she dies. And as amusing as the list is, commenter applestoapples had the best addition to said list:

Read “Eat, Pray, Love”

Yes, this.

It’s the Most Gun-derful Time of the Year!

As with everyone, my email box has been filling up with sales, discounts, free shipping and various other come-ons to induce to buy things online during this, the greediest of seasons. But for some reason this subject line really stood out:

Take 8% on Select Rifle Scopes During Our 12 Days of Christmas Celebration!

Because really, what better way to celebrate the birth of Our Lord than with accessories for high-powered firearms? Though I have to confess, my first response had nothing to do with whether or not rifle scopes are an ideal Christmas gift (à chacun son goût, as I like to say). My immediate reaction was “8%? That’s it? You think 8% is enough of a discount to get me to buy whatever it is you’re selling? Unless it’s an additional 8% off of a deep markdown, no – just no. Absolutely not.”

8%. For shame.