Thursday, December 14, 2006

Round Up

Hey,coffee drinkers. There's a new brew in town.

This week I seemed to find a lot of sites concerning words. Like Wordie, which lets you make lists of words -- practical lists, words you love, words you hate, whatever. See who else has listed the same words, add citations and comments, and discuss. Or Take Our Word for It, which is a word-origin zine and so much more. And last, but certainly not least World Wide Words. One could literally spend hours on any of these sites.

The Laundress has tagged me for this meme so here goes:

1. Hot Chocolate or Egg Nog?Hot Chocolate

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
Oh wraps them and loves doing it. I used to wrap everyone in the families gifts, plus all of the gifts we were giving out. Loved it.

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?

4. Do you hang mistletoe?
Yes, every year.

5. When do you put your decorations up?
Wreath on the door December 1st and different items throughtout the house the first week in December.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish?
I don't really have one. I don't eat meat, so probably some side. Maybe mashed potatoes.

7. Favorite Holiday memory? My brother and I waking up going to get my parents on Christmas. Then my dad would run down to the family room and start a fire in the fireplace, turn on the tree lights. Then my parents would lead us down the stairs (they had to we always closed our eyes) and voila-we would then open our eyes and see all of the presents under the tree. After my maternal grandparents moved next door, my mother would call them to come over and then we would all sit around and open our gifts. It was wonderful. It's especially poignant because both of my maternal grandparents are gone now. Oh, how I much I miss them.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
Dale McKeever told me in second grade.

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?

10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree?
Lights, Icicles,which I am not allowed to put on the tree-I've always been a thrower, bulbs.

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it?
LOVE it.

12. Can you ice skate?No, but love to watch it, and would love to learn

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
Not really.

14. What's the most important thing?
Sharing with those you love.

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?
Cookies and homemade candies-fudge, divinity, etc.

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Growing up we went caroling, but I haven't done that since I was in high school. I don't think I have any now.

17. What tops your tree?
This scary-ass angel that I keep meaning to replace. I swear her eyes follow me around the room

18. Which do you prefer giving or Receiving?
Giving. By far. Actually, discomfitted with gifts. (I am not changing a word that the Laundress has here) I have always felt the exact same way.

19. What is your favorite Christmas Song?
I love them all, but it's not Christmas for me unless I hear Nat King Cole sing The Christmas Song.

0. Candy canes, Yuck or Yum?

Thanks Laundress. That was fun.

I thought that I was fairly knowledgeable about Geography. I know that I always did well in it in school and I have a general liking of the subject. I also thought I knew where things were in the world. Boy, was I wrong. Take this addictive test and see how well you do. I must, must, must learn where all of the 'stans are and Turkey.

The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library(Kansas)is ranked as the number one library in the state. What is so unsual (to me) is that they mail their holds. Yep, they MAIL them to patron. And they have done this since the 1970's. This service is budgeted for every year and the library says that
patrons love it. (via Superpatron)

In the last couple of weeks author Bebe Moore Campbell and actor Peter Boyle have passed away. I just found out that early this year Eddie (nee Moose) the Jack Russell Terrier from the television program Fraser also passed away. He was 16 years old.

This will probably be my last entry before the holiday. I hope you and your loved ones have a very happy holiday.

"No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood" Francis P. Church, Yes, Virginia There is a Santa Claus, first published in The New York Sun, 1897


Anonymous said...

Happy Holidays to you too, Ms. Libby,

Glad you played along with the Christmas meme, it is fun. I especially like your Christmas memories.

You found even more terrific links too! I got a 37 on the geography quiz... will show that site to my smarty-pants husband. He is a geography bug but it is HARD.

Anonymous said...

I just had to come by your blog...any blog that is named "Fig Newtons" has to be good. Then lo and behold I see you did the Christmas Meme...loved your answers...Hope you have a fantastic Christmas with loved ones all around.


Joyce said...

Your Christmas memories were wonderful. I always put a star at the top of my tree. The poor angel seems a bit uncomfortable with a tree up her skirt!
Merry Christmas!