Daily Archives: December 4, 2006

Getting Into the Spirit

I’m in the process of getting all our holiday preparations underway. I’ve already started thinking about the menu (and about delegating dishes for willing guests to contribute), and Husband and I put every table we own (we own three, in case you were wondering) in the dining room to see if we could seat everyone who’s expected for Christmas dinner (we can!). I’ve got a to-do list of things I don’t want to forget to get done as December 25th gets closer and I feel more harried – cleaning the downstairs bathroom, cleaning the loft in anticipation of Beloved-Brother-In-Law’s arrival, buying, washing and ironing table cloths, that sort of thing.

At least four of my christmas-themed CDs has come courtesy of Hallmark: James Taylor, Michael McDonald and two multi-artist collections. I went to iTunes the other day and bought a Charlie Brown Christmas album and Sarah McLachlan’s holiday CD. Over the years, I’ve managed to collect most of the Very Special Christmas CDs, and have downloaded various classics from the likes of Burl Ives, Johnny Mathis and Frank Sinatra.

I have some favorite pieces. I love most of the Charlie Brown soundtrack, mostly because I have fond memories of watching the christmas special on television as a kid.

My appreciation of jazzy understatement is carried over in the Snowbound album by a group called Fourplay. I love pretty much everything that both Michael McDonald and James Taylor have ever done, so it’s no big leap to think that their offerings of holiday music are among my favorites.

I haven’t listened to the Sarah McLachlan CD all the way through yet, but the snippet of Song for a Winter’s Night that I listened to while trying to decide whether to pony up the ten bucks for the download brought tears to my eyes.

My all-time favorite christmas song comes from Sting. He offered a version of Gabriel’s Message to one of the Very Special Christmas CDs (I’m not sure which one, exactly), and I love it. It’s essentially just his voice, layered back upon itself at least four times. I haven’t figured out how to add audio to blog entries, or I’d post it for you. It really is stunning.

(Note: This is not an official Hot People post. Any similarity to a Hot People post is entirely coincidental.)


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We’re Not Early Risers…

I work at Tiny Community College in my hometown. The receptionist for the college is a perfectly lovely woman; we’ll call her Ms. Moon. She is exceedingly warm and friendly, and I make it a point to stop and chat with her whenever I come to the main campus.

It turns out that Ms. Moon lives right down the street from me and has been passing by my house on her daily walks through the neighborhood, she tells me, “since before your house was even there!” (In case you were wondering, we moved in on Mother’s Day weekend of 1992.

Now, Ms. Moon was delighted to find that *I* live in that house – she’s been wondering who occupies it because she swears that she’s never seen a living soul in or around the place. She’s absolutely convinced that I’m fibbing when I tell her that we’re home, practically all the time, and that there’s no earthly reason that she shouldn’t see signs of life when she walks by.

It was when we were discussing this point this morning when another professor walked by and overheard us. She chimed in with the fact that she was aware that Ms. Moon makes her daily perambulations at ungodly hours of the morning. “Don’t you take your walks around five o’clock or so?” my colleague asked.

Well, DUH, Ms. Moon! THAT’S why you never see signs of life at my house when you walk by – there ARE NONE at five in the freaking morning!!

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