We need a little Christmas

“Haul out the holly, put up the tree before my spirit falls again
Fill up the stocking, I may be rushing things, but deck the halls again now
For we need a little Christmas, right this very minute
Candles in the window, carols at the spinet
Yes, we need a little Christmas, right this very minute
It hasn’t snowed a single flurry, but Santa, dear, we’re in a hurry”

“We Need A Little Christmas”

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! I know it’s still fairly early in November (although the first week went by fast), but the Christmas commercials started dominating all of the TV stations the day after Halloween. As much as I love the holidays, it still seemed a little early to me. But I’m not really one to talk since I look forward to the Hallmark ornament premieres every July! I guess I’m just a holiday junkie. (I haven’t even put my Halloween decorations away yet! They need to be replaced with Thanksgiving stuff this weekend for sure.) Despite my mild objection to the extreme holiday creep, I went ahead and ordered a new artificial Christmas tree this week. Maybe I should have waited, but I didn’t want to put it off and have to dig through the last few trees left at Target after Thanksgiving. Based on a recommendation from a friend I ordered my tree from Treetopia. I decided to just get a 4′ tree since I don’t really have any need (or any space) for a larger one. But even a 4′ tree will give me more room for my collection of beloved ornaments than the dinky little one I’ve been using for the last two years. I was not sorry to see that tree go when I dropped it off at Goodwill in January. Hopefully my new tree will work out well in my little apartment. It was delivered on Wednesday, but I’m going to leave it in the box until after Thanksgiving. That’s what a regular not Christmas-crazy person would do, right? I’ll just look forward to setting the tree up and trimming it when I get home from San Francisco after Thanksgiving. I probably need to look for some garland and a new tree topper beforehand. So much to do before Christmas! Good thing I ordered my Christmas cards today. With cards and a tree already taken care of, I’m ahead of the game! ‘Tis the season!

Buy a flashlight

“I may have cast a little curse, but I did not ask to maintain a metropolitan electrical grid. Oh, and get this, I’m starting to get why Regina was evil. It wasn’t her; it was YOU! You have survived your ENTIRE LIVES without light bulbs. Buy a flashlight!”
Snow White/Mary Margaret, “Once Upon A Time”

Leaving it behind

“It’s funny how some distance makes everything seem small
And the fears that once controlled me can’t get to me at all.
Up here in the cold thin air I finally can breathe.
I know I left a life behind but I’m too relieved to grieve.”

Demi Lovato, “Let It Go”

Less than a week to go

“And the walls kept tumbling down
In the city that we love
Grey clouds roll over the hills
Bringing darkness from above

But if you close your eyes,
Does it almost feel like
Nothing changed at all?
And if you close your eyes,
Does it almost feel like
You’ve been here before?”

Bastille, “Pompeii”

I am such a terrible blogger, but then again December is the hardest month to be one, as far as I’m concerned. There is just so much going on this time of year that by the end of the day I don’t have any mental capacity left for writing. I would love to document everything I’m doing to try and enjoy the holidays as much as possible, but the bottleneck keeping that from happening is putting it all into words for publishing. Hence the lame photo and song lyrics posts over the last four days. We all need more hours in the day, don’t we? Christmas is now less than a week away and I’m leaving for Tallahassee on Saturday morning. Not much time left! Fortunately I’m in pretty good shape to leave town. I got all of my laundry done and my apartment completely cleaned yesterday. Now I just need to close out the work year, bake a couple batches of cookies, and head to the airport really early on Saturday morning. Piece of cake, right? Doesn’t mean I’m not stressed out about it, though!

Nerdy pursuits (part 2)

Clara: “Someday you could just walk past a fez.”
11th Doctor: “Never gonna happen.”

“The Day of the Doctor”

“8 1/2th Doctor: “Great men are forged in fire. It is the privilege of lesser men to light the flame.”
“The Day of the Doctor”

Rizzo: “Gonzo, what’s your favorite holiday memory?
Gonzo: “Same as everybody else. Putting tapioca in my shorts and sliding down the chimney.”

“Lady Gaga and the Muppets Holiday Spectacular”

Agent Coulson: “It would be nice if for once Thor and his people sent down the God of Cleaning Up After Yourself. They probably have a magic broom for this kind of thing.”
“Agents of SHIELD”

Florida-Georgia line

“Baby you a song
You make me wanna roll my windows down and cruise
Down a back road blowin’ stop signs through the middle
Every little farm town with you”

Florida Georgia Line, “Cruise”

Some running aps let you set a “power song” that you can cue up when you’re feeling tired and need motivations to keep going. I can’t figure out how to set it in Map My Run, but mine these days would be “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line. I first heard it when I was working in Florida in September and I instantly loved it. I’m not the biggest country music fan, but there are quite a few songs in the genre that I like a lot. (And yes, I realize that Taylor Swift doesn’t really count as country.) This is my current favorite. When I was running tonight I hit a wall near the end of my second 2-mile interval so I scrolled through my playlist and selected “Cruise.” Just hearing the first few notes at the beginning of the song made me feel stronger. It’s amazing how much mental discipline running requires, and I am a big proponent of anything that can help with that. “Cruise” reminds me of growing up in north Florida, about 20 minutes south of the Georgia border. In fact, if you were driving somewhere and you saw a sign that said “Welcome to Georgia” you knew you’d gone to far. That happened to me on more than one occasion when I was trying to find a friend’s house that was north of Tallahassee. We lived in the northeast part of town already so it took almost no time to find yourself driving through dense pine forests. And at night all of it looks the same, making missing a turn very easy. When I listen to “Cruise” I feel like I’m back in my hometown, driving to a party with my friends in the summer. Those memories keep my mind from focusing on how tired I am while running, making “Cruise” my perfect power song!

P.S. I waited too late to write today’s post so I’m sorry that this a short one. I haven’t exactly been challenging myself as far as my writing goes recently and I’m not happy about that. I’m going to try and spend more time writing this week since I have fewer work and social obligations. We’ll see how it goes!