Archive for December, 2008

One xmas meme

Stolen from Laura

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Paper – I try to buy eco and/or charity paper though.

2. Real tree or Artificial tree? I used to have a real one every year, but since I moved to England my parents have had a very cute artificial one, and I think it’s for the best, really.

3. When do you put up the tree? Usually the week of Dec 6th/8th as it’s national holidays in Spain – I’m never there during those dates nowadays though, so it’s up when I get home.

4. When do you take the tree down? Back home we celebrate Reyes on Jan 6th, so usually it’s down on the 7th or 8th.

5. Do you like eggnog? Eggnog latte from the ‘bucks, sure.

6. Favorite gift(s) received as a child? I used to be kerazzzzy about this doll and one year I got the doll and the doll’s camper van.

7. Hardest person to buy/make for? No one really…..

8. Easiest person to buy/make for? Mom and dad. If I gave them laundry on a stick, they’d say it’s lovely. Bless them.

9. Do you have a nativity scene? whoot?

10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail or handed in person.

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? An ugly ass handbag from a cousin.

12. When do you start shopping/making gifts? Last week before Xmas. I know, I know… I just can’t be arsed to do it before.

13. Favorite Christmas Movie? Nightmare before Xmas, Love Actually, Serendipity and Gone with the Wind.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Ew no.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Chocolates and my mom’s turkey roll.

16. Favorite thing on the tree? Mom’s last decoration scheme involved cute cuddly knit & fabric Santas and elves. Adorable.

17. Favorite Christmas song? Cheeky Christmas by the Cheeky Girls. Joking.

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Travel home – hah!

19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer’s? Nope, Rudolph is as far as I go.

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Stars!

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Morning, always morning… Dad – I mean, Santa gets up earlier than me on Christmas day.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? TV ads, fighting with colleagues that don’t understand I need to go home at this time of year and the rush of getting everything done before setting out of office.

23. Favorite ornament theme or color? White and red 

24. Favorite food for Christmas dinner? We go to a restaurant, I usually have fish or shellfish.

25. What do you want for Christmas this year?  Mom and dad.

Twilight

So I finished it. The first book in the Twilight series, done and dusted. I was afraid I’d miss my stop yesterday when going to Socktopus I was SO into it.

In contrast, I’m also reading A Million Little Pieces by James Frey and it’s taking me so long to plough through its pages. I think it’s because with Twilight, the feelings of the main character, Bella, mirror pretty much any feeling that any girl has had once she’s 18. First crush, first boyfriend, kiss, desolation at his absence…. I must admit, Stephanie Meyer knows how to put all the intensity of teen love into words and make it flow for the reader. In A Million…, James Frey’s tale of drug abuse and recovery makes you take it one step at a time, especially the episode at the dentist’s clinic.

I read a post from a girl in Spain saying that “book you hate, book you should give away” and I’m beginning to realise it may be true. It’s not so much that I don’t like the story – Cupcake Brown’s A Piece of Cake also tells the story of her drug abuse downward spiral with a lot more detail, but also a lot more humour and written from the perspective of hope and recovery, while James’ is in the minute, and not so hopeful.

As many others, I first heard of his book when it was released “ooooh a drug addict tells his tale” but I wasn’t insterested. However, the minute he was exposed as a fake I was interested. How can someone who’s never felt the actual fall from drugs describe it in such detail? I feel curiosity when I hear of stuff like this.

I also let a quiet chuckle out when I heard how many people felt outraged at his account not being autobiographical, and how much flaming Frey has been getting because of it. Back of the book says “Memoir/Literature”. He never claimed it was real – the publishing house did. And if you are told to wear your gray pants for telly, you wear them. And if you are told to fake it’s all real for the bucks, you do it. Funny how no-one could see the 12 stitch seam he’s supposed to have on his cheek as the book tells…

Moving on – no internet at home yet, and Brian refuses to try until the new year, lucky thing I’ll be going home next week and I can still get my net-fixes through my mom’s puter 🙂

w!nk

And that doesn’t mean wink. I have been knitting like a fool to finish my christmas stuff just so I could start Entangled Stitches with my gorgeous HazelKnits in deep blood red.

I started last night on the train. It will not work with 2.25. I tried at home with 2. Won’t work. I am sad. I really wanted to use this yarn for this project, but anything smaller than a 2mm needle will make the fabric hard as a rock, so I need to give up on this project with this yarn. Le sigh.

I started the Sweetheart socks from last year’s IK Holiday, thinking the yarn would work and it didn’t seem too complicated. I’m working them on 2mm – I’m pulling my hair with it.

I’ve worked cables before. Why is this project SO damn difficult!?

In other news, tonight it’s sob city – my friend is returning home after 3 years in London and I’m waving her off. Clashes with the Socktopus Impromptu Secret Santa night, but I’ve to do what I’ve to do even if I don’t want to do it! I’m really going to miss her. She was there for me when the big break up happened last year. I was there for her for the same reason. She knows what my family has been through in the last year or so. She’s the one I IM at work when I’m bored. And viceversa…