Flipflops in the Rain

off to see the wizard.

headed to the emerald city for a week. celebrating the holidays and “relaxing” outside of the office for a bit. a lil nervous about my first real trip home, but i’m sure it will be a blast. it should end with many fun and fabulous stories — most of which will be better left off the internet…

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good week!

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proper houseguest etiquette, according to my cat.
December 22, 2007, 9:33 pm
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1. waltz in like you own the place, particularly if another cat lives there.

2. immediately steal food, preferably from other cat.

3. immediately score treats, preferably treats belonging to other cat.

4. leave your scent on everything, especially other cat’s favorite nooks, crannies and catnip-infused toys.

5. hiss at other cat. earn extra points if other cat hides on top of refrigerator for the rest of the night.

6. cuddle up to humans, favoring other cat’s owner.

7. challenge other cat to staring contest, while also blocking his direct route to food dish.

8.  look pretty while performing all of the above in hopes that no one suspects a thing.

fifty nine: nick.
December 22, 2007, 8:42 pm
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your antics always leave me shaking my head — you boys are such troublemakers, but i’m glad my brother has such a great lifelong friend.

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fifty eight: keith b.
December 21, 2007, 10:45 am
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my karate moves and soccer-mom van intrigued you from the start, but it’s our badass bocce ball and pool skills that kept us close.

‘love actually’ crushes the soul.

i came home intent on telling you all the real reason i lost my christmas spirit — it was sucked out dry by the miles and miles of red brake lights lined up in front of me on the commute home from work. but then i thought, no, no — my friends all think i’ve become an apathetic sap and whining about the hours i spend in traffic each week will only further cement this theory. so instead, i lit some cranberry-scented candles and curled up on the floor to watch “Love Actually” with a cup of gingerbread tea. i was going to rediscover my christmas spirit!

mission not accomplished.

did anyone actually pay attention to this movie when it came out three years ago? it is so f*cking sad! i literally had tears streaming down my face as i watched scene after scene of lives destroyed from the bittersweet intensity of love lost.

sigh. it may be time to bust open that vodka and put in some charlie brown.

fifty seven: nubby.
December 20, 2007, 8:01 pm
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endearingly awkward with a knack for sticking your foot in your mouth, i hope anna‘s keeping your nubbyisms in line out there in bend…

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the midge who stole christmas.

Christmas is in six days, and i have yet to feel the holiday spirit. maybe cuz i’m thousands of miles from home. maybe cuz i haven’t started shopping. maybe cuz i don’t have any decorations. maybe cuz i forgot to take my cat to petco for santa pictures. whatever the case, i’m a real scrooge.

hearing other people talk about their holiday plans and larger-than-life gift lists is just making me Uber Depresso Supremo (as some might phrase it). the inevitable dysfunction looming in my very, very near future has left me numb to the ho-ho-hoing and caroling going on around me. even the fifth of vodka i scored at our department gift exchange didn’t change my demeanor.

i think my heart has shrank three sizes since last december…

fifty six: crazy eyes.
December 19, 2007, 8:55 pm
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always loyal, always so generous. i miss your company and i wish you’d move out here already! i won’t even make you drink wine.

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fifty five: nicole n.
December 18, 2007, 8:50 pm
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goin’ on 10 months in DC and we still haven’t met up for drinks. we always had a good time, so let’s meet soon!

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fifty four: rob.
December 17, 2007, 8:49 pm
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bro-in-law, it’s about that time when you, me and kim should go pick out the biggest tree in the farm… i miss that simplicity.