Archive for December, 2007

Auld Acquaintance, And All That Jazz

Monday, December 31st, 2007

Well folks, later today I will be out hustling my ass for 5K through snow and slush. Keep your fingers crossed that I actually survive this damned race. At least it’s only supposed to be a few degrees below zero, so I won’t freeze to death. One must look on the bright side, yes?

(And someone please whack me upside the head with a wet noodle if I think about doing this again, please.) :D

So, gang — another year has come and gone. This one had its ups and downs, didn’t it? But all in all, it wasn’t a bad twelve months.

I’m not going to talk about resolutions, because I don’t really believe in them, per se. Why do people insist on making dramatic lifestyle changes on January first, anyway? I know technically it’s a “new” year, but really, folks. Any day is good for a resolution, isn’t it?

That said, however, I have to admit I’d like to attempt a couple of minor lifestyle changes, myself. I’m going to try to keep better track of my sheckles this year — I’ve been slipping on my bookkeeping skills (oops!) — and I would like to get a more solid idea of where my hard-earned bucks are going.

I don’t need to make any fitness resolutions, really — I’m already pretty solidly on that track. In preparation for spring/summer 08, I’ve discussed some changes of focus with Mr. Hot Stuff P.T. already, so that’s set.

So really, the only other thing I’d like to improve on is the ol’ productivity. I’ve got enough story ideas to keep me set for a little while — the trick now is consistency with word counts, and finishing hopefully more than a couple projects this year. January is a good month for settling down into the grind again, so that’s definitely the plan.

Well, gang, I’m going to be spending the evening with the kidlet, Rella and fam, a few other good friends, and the New (as yet un-nicknamed) Boy, so I won’t be around to wish you all well when the clock strikes twelve.

Here’s to a successful, productive and fun-filled 2008!

Kippis!

Wired For Sound

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

On Clan Starr’s recent mini-road trip, I took a moment to calculate just how many electronic devices were along for the ride. Check this out (this is among four adults and one kidlet):

  1. Portable GPS unit
  2. Two cell phones
  3. One Bluetooth earpiece
  4. Two Gameboys
  5. Two MP3 players
  6. Portable DVD player

If it were possible, I’d expect all of us to be glowing from the immersion in electromagnetic energy. Nothing like keeping the makers of these devices in business, huh?!?

Sounds like time to unplug, if you ask me. Once I finish listening to this song, that is. ;)

Best Quotes (That Should Perhaps Remain Forgotten…?)…

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

“Kinky is using a feather. Perverted is using the whole chicken.”

Merry Christmas, Hosers!

Friday, December 28th, 2007

A little bit of classic Canadiana for all of you –

Bob and Doug McKenzie’s Twelve Days of Christmas.

(Just audio, no video.)

For those of you who never saw SCTV, your lives are certainly lacking. *g* Bow down and worship Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas now, wouldya?

(Are we all in turkey comas out there…??)

Happy Happy!

Monday, December 24th, 2007

Well folks, it’s that time of year again.

So Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Kwanzaa, Blessed Diwali… whatever it is that you celebrate during this time — I hope it’s special and meaningful and brings you a measure of peace in this sometimes crazy world.

I’ll be scarce over the next few days, but know that I’m thinking of all of you, and wishing you well. I’ll see you before New Year’s, definitely, so make sure you check back!

Much love,

Kris :)

Tout Finis!

Saturday, December 22nd, 2007

Ta-da!

The final installment of Undressed for Success is up for your reading pleasure.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the short story — please post any comments you might have, or shoot me an email at starrstruck AT gmail DOT com. :D

Wishing all of you a safe, happy and beautiful holiday. I will be around off and on, but it might be pretty sporadic. (I’ll post what I can, when I can…)

In the meantime, step right under the virtual mistletoe with me, and let’s have a big ol’ Christmas smooch. (Unless you don’t want to — in that case, I give great hugs, too!)

Catch you on the flip side, gang!

“It Was Hell,” Recalls Former Child

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

(Any Kliban fans out there? I’m not, necessarily, but this punchline just popped into my head today, so I had to run with it…)

Anyhoo. I got nothin’ once again, folks. I spent a good chunk of my morning/early afternoon in my car, running around town for holiday reasons, and now I’m toast.

Why is it, though, that I still have three little things to go out and get?!? *sigh* You think your list is finished…

I’m making pulla (Finnish coffee bread) again tonight, plus we’re making Finnish “S” cookies (ours will look slightly different). It’s a noble effort… :D

On that note, I’m outta here, folks. See you on the flipside…

*Grumble*

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

Code Yellow

Breakdown or severe chaos imminent. Those in the surrounding proximity are advised to back away slowly from the irritated woman and seek shelter immediately.

Unless you’re bearing chocolate.

In that instance, advance with caution, place the offering on the ground (without breaking eye contact), and then back away slowly.

This has been an example of the Critical Alert Response Test (C.R.A.P.). If this had been a true emergency, you’d have known it.

Stay tuned for calmer news and views tomorrow. (We hope.)

Three Holiday Wishes!

Monday, December 17th, 2007

I’ve stolen this from my dear friend Rhonda Nelson and tweaked it a little.

Are you tired of not getting what you want for Christmas? I hear you, sistah and brotha. Well, this is the place where you can spill your most selfish desires, and tell us just what it is that would make you dance naked in the snow. (Yes, really!)

So, let Elf Kris climb onto your lap (or, hell, you can climb on hers — that’s okay, too) and tell her the three things you really want for Christmas! No wish is too outrageous or too crazy!

I’ll get you started:

  1. A magically self-replenishing bank account.
  2. An ass so firm you could theoretically bounce quarters off it.
  3. To sell a book that goes to number 1 on the New York Times’ Bestseller List.

Your turn! Go!

My Marriage Age Is…30 (aka Memememe Time!)

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

More pointless fun from your overtired Hostess with the Mostess… (And frankly, this doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but still…) Put yours in comments, or on your own Blog!

So, this is to tell you when you’ll be married by how many of the following you know/do…Add the ones you’ve X’ed up, and put the total at the end, and in the header with the header being “My marriage age is …”

Enjoy!

[x] know how to make a pot of coffee.
[x] I keep track of dates using a calander.
[ ] I own more than one credit card.
[ ] I know how to change the oil in my moms car
[X] I do my own laundry.
[x] I vote every election.
[x] I can cook for myself
[ ] I think politics are exciting
[ ] I balance my checkbook
[ ] My parents have better things to say than my friends.

total: 5

[ ] I show(ed) up for school/college/work every day early.
[X] I always carry a pen in my pocket/purse.
[X] I’ve never gotten a detention.
[ ] I have never smoked a cigarette.
[ ] I have never gotten completely trashed.
[ ] I have forgotten my own birthday at least once.
[ ] I like to take walks by myself.
[X] I’ve watched talk shows.
[x] I know what ‘credibility’ means without looking it up.
[x] I drink coffee at least once a week.

total so far: 10

[x] I know how to do the dishes.
[x] I can count to 10 in another language.
[x] Most of the time, When I say I’m going to do something I do it.
[x] My parents trust me.
[x] I can mow the lawn
[x] I can make adults laugh without being stupid.
[ ] I remember to water the plants.
[x] I study when I have to.
[x] I pay(ed) attention at school/college.
[x] I remember to feed my pets

total so far: 19

[x] can spell ‘experience’ without looking it up
[X] I work out on a regular basis
[x] I clean up my own mess.
[ ] The people at Starbucks know me by name.
[ ] My favorite kind of food is take out.
[X] I have gained weight since middle/high school
[X] The first thing I do when I wake up is get caffeine.
[x] I can go to the store without getting something I don’t need.
[ ] I understand political jokes the first time they are said.
[x] I can type quickly.

total so far: 26

[x] I have realized that the weather forecast changes every hour.
[ ] My only friends are from my place of employment.
[ ] I have been to a tupperware party.
[ ] I have realized that no one will take you seriously unless you are over the age of 25 and have a job (This is an awful statement).
[ ] I have more bills than I can pay.
[ ] All my friends are older than I am.
[x] I can say no to staying out all night.
[x] I use the internet every day.
[ ] My wardrobe hasn’t changed in a while.
[x] I can read a book and actually finish it.

total so far: 30

Add up all the number and repost this as: “My marriage age is ….!!!”

Thanks for playing…and while you’re here, check out Chapter Three! ;)