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My Christmas List of Stuff I Already Have

December 23, 2008

Johnny Cash is singing on my Pandora radio about fried chicken and it’s making me hungry.

That’s not the point though.

The point is that it is a whirlwind of snowflakes and frigid air outside, which is becoming slightly depressing, so I am going to make a list of things that make me happy in order to align my state of mind with something positive:

  • almonds
  • laughing between my fingers
  • peeling the lint off the dryer trap in one big piece
  • Gmail Chat
  • playing in the snow (when sufficiently bundled up like a little burrito)
  • (speaking 0f…) burritos
  • feta cheese (you can tell I’m hungry)
  • nerdy dancing in the car
  • mending socks
  • French films
  • discovering that myself is a wonderful person to be
  • folk music
  • hot cocoa

The list could go on and on — in the end, I believe that life leans heavily on perspective. Not in the Joel Osteen, “If you wish it, God will grant it and you’ll be a millionaire!” kind of way — more that focusing on a productive and positive outlook can do wonders. More on that later…I have some thoughts.

In something only slightly unrelated, I was telling my boss yesterday about how someone stole our snow shovel and how tricky it’s been keeping our sidewalks, front walk, steps and driveway clean. Well, bless her dear, dear heart, I came into work this morning and “Santa” had left a snow shovel on my desk. I was so touched that she would do that — another example of the beautiful humility of gift.

It’s Christmas Eve tomorrow, my dears. Tradition will reign — see a movie in the afternoon, go to the Christmas Eve service at my parents’ church and then go stuff our faces with eggrolls, crab wontons and various other Chinese food delights. (And hopefully watch “It’s a Wonderful Life,” because I’ve been dying to for weeks.)

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?
(You should be. Go enjoy your Christmas!)

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. mymixedupweek permalink
    December 23, 2008 2:27 pm

    Seriously, the Chinese food was long one of my family’s Christmas Eve traditions too, but it has now sadly went away the last few years. Maybe I can revive it this year.

    Mmmm almond chicken.

    That burrito picture looks good.

    I love you! See you in a matter of weeks!

  2. Caroline permalink*
    December 23, 2008 2:39 pm

    Just writing this entry made me hungry. Good thing Christmas Eve is tomorrow. I will eat an eggroll and think of youuuu.

    Love you too!
    Joyeux Noel!

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