Bren Does Christmas, Part 1 of ?

Merry Christmas!!

Grumpy black cat in Christmas tree, framed by red bead garland.
She’s really not as grumpy as she looks here. Okay, okay, she is that grumpy but in this case it’s because we don’t let her in the trees and she knew we were about to pick her up.

Okay, so this year’s a lot more low-key than we normally go with, but that’s just fine since less to do = less to stress out over. Because even with only Brian to really have to worry about at Christmas it stresses me THE HELL out. As recently as just last year, that stress would be a good part of why I’m awake this early on a day off. This year, though, it’s just because I get up like this on weekdays anyway, so I wasn’t able to get back to sleep for more than a twenty-ish minute nap.

Anyway! Christmas. Technically, I guess it hasn’t “started” yet, since Brian moved from the bed to the couch an hour or so ago but is still very, very much asleep. I kind of wish he would wake up… I don’t know yet if I want another cup of coffee, and if I decide that I do want another, I can’t get it until after he gets his & makes some more. So he needs to be awake, so Christmas coffee, at least, can continue.

Well, we did have some Christmas last night, not for us but for Brian’s brother’s bf. Board and board-ish games are a holiday thing for a lot of families, I’m told, and BIL’s bf has apparently been wanting Cards Against Humanity. I had his name for Secret Santa, so we gave him his present early and everyone played that. Then Brian’s siblings tried to get their mom to play. It didn’t happen, but it was a good effort.

(I can’t wait to see bf’s face this morning; we have one of those smoked salmon that always go on sale at World Market and stuff at the holidays as an unassigned prank gift, and we’re giving it to him so there’s still SOMETHING for him to open with the rest of us later today.)

That’s all the Christmas that happened last night, though. I was asleep so early that we didn’t even do the one-present-on-Christmas-Eve thing. We’ll get to that stuff when he finally wakes up, though. Whenever that may be. God, I wish he’d get up. He’s almost two hours past normal now and I really want to see about getting more coffee made after he’s had his.

Anyway, I’ll try to pop back in later (thus the “1/?” above) when I have more to post. I know I have like, 5+ Pop Vinyls waiting for me from Brian alone (they’re cheap, and they’re a massive portion of my Amazon list), so I need to find out which ones he found. (FMA?? Please please FMA! I’m thinking he found Alphonse with Cats, cause he has a bunch of Hot Topic boxes for storing away the Pops I’m getting today until there’s room to put them out properly again. Obvs, if he was at Hot Topic he’d have gotten me the HT exclusive pop, right? Right.) There are also a bunch of Pops from his family, too, so we’ll see what comes up later on that front.

Babble December 11, 2018

Just a bunch of random things that have come to mind lately:

Christmas songs are freaking weird. This is totally not a new thing, or realization, or whatever. This is also so very, very not comprehensive:

  • “Baby It’s Cold Outside” heavily implies date rape.
  • “Mary, Did You Know?” ignores a hell of a lot of the Gospels* for a religious carol. Gabriel specifically tells Mary what’s going on in one of them – Luke, I think? – and in another tells Joseph about it, too, so the guy doesn’t freak out about Mary. Like… “Mary, Did You Realize Exactly What This Meant” would be better. (*I’m not terribly religious anymore, and certainly not Catholic, but I still remember some of my classes at a Catholic elementary school.)
  • Something called “Please, Daddy, Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas” like what the fuck. Yes, father, please don’t be an abusive prick.
  • FUCKING “CHRISTMAS SHOES.” If you haven’t heard it, just like… look it up. It’s horrible and sad and whoever wrote it deserves to be punished for ever and ever. I’m not going into it any further than that.

Movies aren’t any better. It’s taken me forever to find a reference for this, so I almost thought I’d imagined it, but in “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”:

Sexist Scene from “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Like… I almost expect Donner to threaten to backhand (back-hoof?) Mrs. Donner for the audacity of wanting to take part in any activity outside of the home.

Okay, so I think that’s all I have about Christmas at the moment. What else is there… Oh, the Playstation. What a sad day. I didn’t even notice there weren’t any reviews in advance (only concern about the meager game list); if I’d realized it was under the embargo that it had, I may not have preordered it in the first place. As soon as we found out tho? Cancelled reservation. I’m still really interested in having one, but… not until they finish cracking it and the price drops if and when that happens. $100 for what’s in the box? Yeah, no. 

Ugh, I had at least two other things I wanted to put into this mess of a post, but thanks to starting it before work and coming back to it now during lunch I’ve completely forgotten the rest.

Ah! How could I forget? AnimeSafeHaven makes some of the best AMVs I’ve seen in years, and most of those use Fairy Tail as their source video. And well, I love AMVs and Fairy Tail both, so when I realized they took requests I had to submit some (no guarantee it’d be chosen, of course, but I had to try). Well, one of them got picked! It was just uploaded Sunday:

AnimeSafeHaven’s AMV of Fairy Tail to the song “Legends Are Made”

That’s Fairy Tail to Sam Tinnesz’s “Legends Are Made” with a requested emphasis on Laxus (follow-up emphasis on the dragon slayers in general). And I kiiiiinda love it. So many scenes were worked in that I rarely see in AMVs from anyone, so it was even better than imagined. Now I just have to figure out what songs to ask for with Juvia (or the Gray/Juvia ship) and pray one of them gets picked. I’m not entirely sure why I’m obsessed with finding Gruvia vids, but I am and I can’t help it. I also want to ask for some really silly Gajeel ones, but I’ve already submitted the only song I’ve thought of so far.

For the life of me, I still can’t remember what that last thing I wanted to post was. I’ll leave this in drafts until I get home to see if I remember what it was, I guess? (There are a bunch of thoughts about the whole Tumblr debacle, but that’s more than this post can handle.)


…Yeah, it’s been hours now and I still don’t remember what the last bit was. I’ll try to remember later to post about Tumblr, as well as one other thing I’ve been kind of planning.

Twelve Days of Socks: Star Wars Edition

So, back in November, I tweeted this:

By and far, November 1st was the best trip to Target I’d ever made in my life. I mean, I freaking love socks, but $15 for 12 pairs of licensed novelty socks? Star Wars novelty socks? The decision was made before I even knew buying them was a question. I don’t even know what the socks in them are, since they’re basically an Advent calendar of socks and you don’t open Advent calendars until each assigned day.

This did pose one problem for the first few days, though: How do I decide when to open them?

The “12 Days” part of the pack’s name evokes the Twelve Days of Christmas, but the Days-of-Christmas don’t begin until actual-real-December-25th-Christmas then continue until Epiphany. (Side Note: See, I do remember something from my one year in a Catholic elementary school!) To put things kindly, there was no way in effing hell I was waiting until Christmas to start my Star Wars 12 Days of Socks.

The next way I considered was to do it the twelve days before Christmas, since that’s what most people seem to think of anyway. Doing it that way would start me on the 14th, and while it times well with the release of The Last Jedi (since I’m seeing the movie at one of the night-before showings), it still put quite a long delay between buying the pack back on November 1st and when I get to actually enjoy them.

That narrowed things down to what, in hindsight, was the only acceptable choice: I open and wear one new pair a day on each of the twelve days leading up to The Last Jedi. It’s not quite following the twelve-days tradition properly, but at least I don’t have to wait any longer.

Oh, and those twelve days? THEY START TOMORROW.

So, starting tomorrow and going through Thursday the 14th, I’m unboxing and wearing a new, surprise pair of Star Wars socks daily. I’m currently praying to anyone who will listen to said prayers for low to moderate temperatures over the next two weeks, because I have to work almost every day between now and Star Wars, and to wear (and hide) these socks at work I have to wear some very warm boots. It’s not going to stop me either way, though, so starting tomorrow? You’re all going to have to deal with some very dumb posts about socks continuing through the 14th.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.