Some of our favorite #ElfOnTheShelf setups this year…

The kids were really into Jovie-Belle, their Elf on the Shelf, this year.ย  These are a few of my favorites. Post your favorites in the comments! (I have a bunch on Pinterest too… some appropriate, some not at all.)







Yulenanigans? #ElfOnTheShelf #JingleLeague assemble! ๐Ÿˆ

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We didn’t get crazy creative every night, but the kids really made a big deal about finding her every morning. Maybe next year we’ll get a second elf and have some more fun.


Posting #25XmasSongs โ€“ Part 2 ๐ŸŽ…

Did you see part 1?ย  I quickly realized I like a vast odd selection of Christmas music.ย  There are so many I dig that didn’t make the cut, and I’m sure ones I forgot.ย  Throw me your favorites in the comments!
















Posting #25XmasSongs – Part 1 ๐ŸŽ„

I have been trying to post a Christmas song per day since the beginning of December.ย  I think I make a new YouTube playlist every year.ย  (I must have set YouTube to tweet when I add videos to playlists way back… because it seems to be doing that with the stuff I’m adding.)

I enjoy some Christmas albums, but seem to have found a bunch of random songs that I like over the years.ย  Some traditional, some quite the opposite.ย  Here’s the first batch.ย  There is no rhyme or reason or favorite order or anything.

Post some of your favorite Winter Holiday songs in the comments.ย  Links to videos, album names, artists, etc.ย  Show me what you dig!

1. No Doubt – “Oi To the World”ย  (Vandals cover!)

2. MxPx – “Xmas Night of the Living Dead”

3. Willie Nelson – “Silent Night”

4. Run DMC – “Christmas in Hollis” (The A.K.A.’s do a neat cover too.)

5. Johnny Cash – “What Child Is This?”

6. RAMONES – “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)”

7. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – “This Time of Year”

8. Bing Crosby & David Bowie – “Little Drummer Boy”

9. D.I. – “Mr. Grinch”

10. Laurie Berkner – “Santa’s Coming to My House Tonight”

Caption This! Butterscotch in the Christmas Tree. ๐Ÿฑ๐ŸŽ„

My wife got a great shot of our cat Butterscotch in the Christmas tree. ย I know some amusing people. ย Let’s have a caption contest in the comments!

Butterscotch in the Christmas Tree

Caption this in the comments!

I got some funny ones too, but Bethany‘s shot takes the cake:


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It's actually a pretty good seat. #CatsOfInstagram

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Do you see it? #CatsOfInstagram

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We might have to leave the tree up all year, just for #Butterscotch. ๐ŸŽ„

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Are You Serving #Cookies or #Dookies? Click to not break your guests’ hearts.

Nothing kills holidayย cheerย faster than when someone offers you Christmas cookies; you gleefully accept and are presented withย a tray covered in little jelly-filled things, lemon bars, and crap with nuts or coconuts all over it.

“Cookies” implies deliciousness, like chocolate chip, Hershey’s Kiss or Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup cookies, peanut butter cookies (fork-pressed cross-hatches with no chunks of nuts), Rice Krispies treats (in any iteration including chocolate and peanut butter shenanigans), Christmas wreaths, or even lady-locks or lady-fingers (or whatever you call them). ย I’ll even give you buckeyes.

“Cookies” does not include anything with jelly in the middle, anything with nuts on or in it, lemon squares, Fig Newtons, anything with coconut shavings or flavoring. ย These are (in a term coinedย by my friend Saurav I believe) in fact “Dookies.”

Cookies vs. Dookies

Sugar cookies and shortbread are barely passable as cookies.ย (Sorry, Eat n’ Park.)

Pizelles can be tricky. ย Some of them are delicious, and some taste like what I imagine licking the inside of a dumpster in August would be like. ย If you use a spice called annis that sounds almost like anus, you get what you deserve.

Chocolate covered pretzels, Oreos, peanut butter crackers, etc. are acceptable.

Red licorice is OK, black licorice is not.

Thumbprints can be tricky too. ย If they have chocolate icing, usually only the icing is edible. ย The rest is tasteless powder formed into a cup of lies.

Do we need someone to make a flow chart? ย Are you getting this? ย Don’t ruin someone’s Christmas by offering cookies when you’re presenting dookies.

Please, sort it out in the comments.

Merry Christmas 2013!

So, I haven’t blogged much over the last year or so.ย  The new job has me out & around… not near a desk with time on my hands to save a draft & come back to it later.ย  I also have less time to monkey around on the internet as it’s mostly taken up by our sweet little girl once I am home.ย  Speaking of home, that’s new too.ย  We finally bought a house and are no longer renters!

Check out our little sweet pea in an album on Facebook if you’re interested.ย  This was the day after moving, and 2 days after Molly turned six months old.ย  Photos by Kristina Serafini.ย  This was the one we chose for the Christmas card this year:

Stationery Card
View the entire collection of cards.

Hopefully I can adapt how I blog, maybe use the android app… to get my thoughts out there. Maybe it’ll be shorter less link-filled stuff. Maybe not. Maybe I can do drafts with the phone and edit/post/link/add media later.

The house is taking some time to get set up, but eventually I’ll have all my toys in a room that will make blogging and computer time easier.ย  I also have a nice workbench now so I should be able to monkey with my guitars more often.ย  I have some ideas to put into play.

This has been a crazy year.ย  New job, new baby, new house.ย  What’s next?

How have things been for everyone out there in WordPress land?

In the spirit of Christmas, check out this post, and join in:

Party Light Bulbs

The other day, this Facebook status fell on deaf ears.

So, I ask again:

Party Light

Party Light

Ever see those colored light bulbs in the store labeled “Party Lights”? I must have been invited to the wrong parties all these years. I have never been to a party with party lights. Please, if you’ve been to (or thrown) one of these zany-lighting parties… tell me what it’s like!

G.E.ยฎ Party Light Bulbs in Various Colors – 6 Pack – Standard Incandescent Bulbs

I’d like to be invited to a party with pink or blue or green light bulbs.ย  Sure, I’ve seen the yellow ones in action keeping bugs off of a porch, and red ones in a dark room… and black lights (& the cheap black lights that don’t make stuff glow very well), but I’ve never seen party lights used for a party.ย  I’ve eveseen Christmas lights strung up for a party.ย  That can’t compare to the whimsical hilarity of putting in a green light bulb!