A New Kind of Christmas Tradition?

I think it’s official.  I don’t really want to admit it, but, well….I’m going to.  I’m over Christmas.  Not the warm, fuzzy feel of it, but the commercialized, gimmegimmegimme of it all.  The best thing about Christmas for this Black Dog is I get an extra day off with the hubby and the Wonder Mutt.

Who needs Christmas when you've got yourtown personal swimming hole?!

Who needs Christmas when you’ve got your own personal swimming hole?!

Let’s face it.  Christmas is never really the same as it was when you were a rug rat.  The excitement would build up for weeks as you waited to see what Santa would bring you.  The tree would glow softly, Mom would lock us out of her room while she wrapped presents, cookie baking would be in full force, and you hoped Mother Nature would cooperate and send you snow that you could go sledding on after opening presents.  Or in our case, jump on a toboggan that would lead us to almost certain death on many occasions.  ALMOST.

Exhibit A.

Exhibit A.

That’s not to say I don’t enjoy the holiday season.  I love the lights, the decorations, the lights, the music, the lights, the smell of fresh-cut pine trees, and the lights.  (Are you getting the idea here?)  At heart, I swear I have some distant genetic Osborne link in me somewhere.

I miss the old display, don't you?

I miss the old display, don’t you?

It’s inevitable that we grow up – at least physically – and old traditions fall by the wayside.  Getting the family together becomes harder as relatives move away.  Time has to be split between families, work demands interfere with taking time off, and you start to realize just how crazy greedy people have become.  Shopping on Thanksgiving Day?  Really?  We’ve become so consumed with finding the perfect gift, and finding it fast, that we spend an extra couple of days off fighting crazy shoppers who think nothing of stampeding over you to get the latest and greatest.

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I think that perhaps, along the way, we’ve lost sight of what’s REALLY important.  We chose not to put up a tree this year.  We just didn’t feel like dealing with pine needles, the expense, or the inevitable aggravation because the lights once again have managed to come out of the box in a big, tangled mess, even though we KNOW they didn’t go in that way.  We still decorated the house, and the hubby put the lights up outside.  We’re not hosting any parties or having anyone over.  It will just be the blessed peacefulness of us and the Wonder Mutt.  And the menagerie of assorted water fowl we seem to be collecting in our lake.  And I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Ducks, meet world.  World, ducks.

Ducks, meet world. World, ducks.

I do miss the fun of stress-free shopping.  I always loved when I’d happen across the perfect gift for someone.  Seeing the joy on a loved one’s face when they opened it made every penny well spent.  Over time though, my patience with shopping – and people – has grown quite thin.  With the advent of online shopping, the only shopping I do now is for wrapping paper.  And now the only gifts I really even buy anymore fall into the, “I don’t want them to think I’m not thinking about them at Christmas so here’s an awesome wine basket I would have bought for myself” kind of category.  Am I sounding a bit like a Bah Humbugger?  I’m really not.  I just honestly feel sometimes like the human race has its priorities kind of skewed.  I once suggested that we spend a Christmas doing some kind of volunteer thing, instead of giving gifts.  You can imagine the look I got from the younger crowd.  And THAT is truly sad.

sad

So this is my challenge to you, dear readers.  Take a break from all the craziness, greed, and chaos of the holidays.  Take a moment and think of those who can’t be home to celebrate Christmas. Or those who are too poor, have no place to call home, or feel as though they have no one who cares about them.  A little bit of kindness to these people will go a long, long way.  And you just may be surprised what you get in return….along with a new tradition

 

Enjoy the ride.

What traditions do you have?  Have you ever forgone giving gifts and spent the day volunteering at something?  How would your family feel if gift-giving wasn’t part of the day?

 

So Whatcha Wanna Know? Part 2!

Since Miz Pam from We Run Disney tagged me a second time on these, I thought it might be fun to go for Round Two.  I’ll only hit up the questions which I could actually think up answers for again.  Because really, the additional names people have called me, well, you really don’t know.  Let’s just say “traffic ticket” wasn’t exactly on their Christmas lists….

So as promised, here it is!  Because you just couldn’t get enough the first time around….

mustache questions

 

Four movies I’ve watched more than once:

1.  Love Actually

2.  The Wizard of Oz – I can SO relate to the Scarecrow…#heavysigh

3.  Gone With the Wind – I don’t give a damn either Rhett

4.  Godspell – have to love musicals you danced in way back in high school days

Day by daaaaaaaaayyyyyyy.

Day by daaaaaaaaayyyyyyy.

Four books I’d recommend:

1.  The MacGregor Series by Nora Roberts – I freely admit I love a good trashy romance novel

2.  Angels and Demons  – Dan Brown

3,  The Stand – Stephen King

4.  Black Hawk Down – Mark Bowden

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Four places I’ve been:

1.  Mexico

2.  Turks and Caicos

3.  Bahamas

4.  New Orleans – okay maybe not so far away, but a place where legends are made.  Or drunk under the table depending on which end of Bourbon Street you start on.

Whoo hoo!

Whoo hoo!

Four things I don’t eat:

1.  Sauerkraut

2.  Lobster

3.  Peaches

4.  Crab

Yuck.

Yuck.

Four of my favorite foods:

1.  Pizza

2.  Mahi mahi

3.  New England Clam Chowder

4.  Guacamole

YUM!

YUM!

Four TV shows I watch:

1.  Deadliest Catch

2.  Sons of Anarchy – how YOU doin’ Charlie Humanahumana?

3.  Ray Donovan

4.  The Following

The Following

Four things I’m looking forward to this year:

1.  Returning to California for a quickie trip through wine country

2.  Actually mastering that damn forward bend in yoga class – can you say tightest hamstrings in creation much?

3.  No longer having to take midnight phone calls for work – bye-bye on call duties!

4.  Lobsterfest in Key West – there really are a lot other things to eat.  And drink.  A LOT.

Whoo hoo!

Whoo hoo!

Four things I’m always saying:

1.  I’m confused.

2.  Did you feed the dog?

3.  Puppies should never go to bed without belly rubs.

4.  You’re trying to kill me.  (Also typically uttered when our favorite bartender at our favorite Mexican restaurant feeds me one of her margaritas :)

Lethal

Lethal weapon.

And since I feel the need to pass this on again…Tag!  You’re it!

1.  Stephanie at Goober Monkey

2.  Jenn and Moon at The Fairest Run of All

3.  Frank at A Fat Runner

4.  Marsden at Running Lonely

 

Don’t forget about Christmaspalooza!  Get your favorite things in by this Friday@blackdogrunsdisney@gmail.com!

Christmaspalooza

 

 

Enjoy the ride.

 

Aren’t you glad I told you even MORE boring stuff about me?  Is your life complete now?  Has anyone ever made you a lethal cocktail and you lived to tell about it?

Friday Funny

In keeping with the season and in honor of my fellow Sagittarian Linzie’s birthday this week (YAY!!!), here’s a little humor……Grumpy Cat style!

FF Grumpy Cat Christmas

 

Enjoy the ride.

Who doesn’t love a little Grumpy Cat?  Especially during this season of peace and joy.  Okay, maybe not so much.  Happy weekend everyone!

So Whatcha Wanna Know?

Imagine my surprise when I got tagged by rock star Danielle with the latest internet craze of Mustache You questions.

Who?  Me??

Who? Me??

So now that I’ve scraped my tongue up off the floor, here goes!

mustache questions

 

Four names that people call me, other than my real name:

1.  Kim (duh!)

2.  Dozer – thanks to the hubby who says I just bull doze my way to get what I want.  Like there’s something wrong with that.

3.  Concrete Head – again, thanks to the hubby.  Pretty self-explanatory I think.

4.  KJ – my nickname in a previous job

 

Four jobs I have had:

1.  crash investigator

2.  records clerk

3.  receptionist at a veterinary clinic – best.job.ever

4.  DJ at a roller skating rink.  Remember those?

 

Four movies I’ve watched more than once:

1.  Dirty Dancing

2.  Casablanca – they just don’t make’em like that any more, do they girls?

3.  Zero Dark Thirty

4.  Just about every Disney movie in existence

 

Four books I’d recommend:

1.  The Sisters Trilogy by Nora Roberts

2.  The Manhattan Series by John Mackie

3.  Maya’s First Rose by Martin Scot Kosins – have the tissues ready

4.  Amazing Gracie by Dan Dye and Mark Beckloff – another tear jerker

 

Four places I have lived:

There’s only been two:

1.  Connecticut

2.  Florida

 

Four places I have been:

1.  Italy

2.  Jamaica

3.  California

4.  Dominican Republic

 

Four things I don’t eat:

1.  Meat (another duh!)

2.  Tomatoes

3.  Onions

4.  Peppers

 

Four of my favorite foods:

1.  Do I need to say it?  Moose Tracks ice cream!

2.  Pasta.  Any shape, any size, any where, any time

3.  Shrimp

4.  Macaroni and cheese

 

Four TV shows that I watch:

1.  Criminal Minds – how YOU doin’ Shemar Moore?

2.  Game of Thrones

3.  The Walking Dead

4.  Homeland

 

Four things I am looking forward to this year:

1.  Hanging with my girls Kellie, Nicole, and Lisa during Princess Weekend

2.  Traveling back to our nation’s capital with the hubby

3.  Fixing my damn knees once and for all

4.  Running the Wine and Dine Half with my girls above and Rae!

 

Four things I’m always saying:

1.  It’s awright!

2.  Who’s the bestest puppy in the whole world?!

3.  Sure I’ll have another margarita!

4.  I hate my job.

 

Four people I’m tagging:

Since Danielle already tagged most of my accountabilibuddies, let’s go with some of my other faves:

1.  Kathryn at From Dancing To Running

2.  Krissy at Shiawase Life

3.  Lacey and Meranda at Fairytales and Fitness

4.  And of course, the lovely Princess Lisa and Princess Lindsey at Prairie Princess Runners

 

tag

 

And lucky YOUSE GUYS, (get the Disney reference there?), since I was also dinged by awesome-sauce Pam over at We Run Disney, there will be a……wait for it….So Whatcha Wanna Know PART TWO!  I know, I know!  Can ya BELIEVE IT???

 

Enjoy the ride.

Any surprises?  Betcha didn’t know I knew how to rock the mic, did ya?

Wonder Mutt Wednesday

WMW Frostbutt1

 

Don’t you just HATE when that happens???

 

Enjoy the ride.

What’s the worst thing about snow?  The cold?  The wet?  The damn salt eating up that fantastic paint job on your wheels?  Losing your significant other in an errant snowdrift, just to be found after the first good spring melt, having survived by eating all kinds of snow – including YELLOW?  Yikes!

Christmaspalooza. Or A Feel Good Contest Featuring…You!

Be sure to check out some other awesome-sauce bloggers over at Run.Geek.Run.Disney and add your blog to the linkup!

 

‘Tis the season for all good stuff, right?

Good stuff?  Check.

Good stuff? Check.

As I’m not a contest sponsoring kind of blogger – at least not in the usual sense – I decided to hold a different kind of contest.  The fun factor of this one will be entirely up to….YOU!  Intrigued yet?  Here’s the dealio:  I’m going to give all of you until December 19th to submit what you think are the best five things about Christmas – according to YOU!  Nothing is off limits, whether it be spending time with family or Charlie Hunnam’s great, well, you know. :)  I’ll go through all the entries and, with Wonder Mutt’s valuable input, pick out the ones we love the most.  For my blog post on December 24th, I’ll post the top ten best things about Christmas as written by the Black Dog Blog Hounds.  What could be better than that?!  Okay, plenty I’m sure, but don’t you think it’ll be fun to see what people think are the best things about the most joyous time of the year?  But what’s the prize Black Dog? you may be asking yourself.  Well, how about one big, fat, slobbery, glorious, everyone’s life would be complete with one, Wonder Mutt kiss?

All this.  Just for you!

All this. Just for you!

Fingers already itching to get started?  Then get on it!  Email the Wonder Mutt, (and me as she doesn’t read so well.  Yet) at blackdogrunsdisney@gmail.com.  Remember, get me those goodies by December 19th!

Christmaspalooza

Ready?  Set.  GO!!!

 

Enjoy the ride.

Let’s hear it!  What are you favorite things about the holidays?  Did you start hearing The Sound of Music playing in your heard when you were reading this?