Saturday, December 17, 2005

just a week left ...

... till Christmas is here. Well, that's the case for me anyway. Most of you folks have a whole 7-1/2 days! LOL

I've noticed a lot of people that are exhibiting a bit of holiday stress — at the office, at stores, on the roads, etc.

As for me ... I'm feeling extra Christmassy this year. Today I watched "Love Actually" and "It's a Wonderful Life" and it jacked up my level of holiday happiness. I wrapped a few more presents ... only have about 5 or 6 left to wrap. I need to take a pic of the pile sitting out in my living room ... adn I need to make sure I get the ones for godkids and whatnot delivered over to the house early for once, instead of the night of the opening of presents! LOL

I've been listening — and singing along — to Christmas carols most of this weekend ... OK, and even during the week, especially at work. I really like Andy Williams' take on most of them ... just bought an Elvis Christmas CD recently and need to upload that to iTunes.

That being said ... I miss having Christmas at HOME.

I do Christmas now at other people's homes. I love them and they're like family, but it's not the same.

I guess that's why I've never bothered to go beyond my tiny little fiber-optic Christmas tree sitting on top of a corner shelving unit. I mean, I could go out and get a tree tomorrow — they're on sale because this is a glut year for the island. Here, because everything has to be shipped in by container — can't just be trucked up or down from another state — there are two kinds of Christmas tree years: 1. The trees sell out after about 2 weeks after Thanksgiving and there are no real trees to be found anywhere; 2. There are so many trees that you kick yourself if you spend $70 on a tree because about 8 days later, that tree is only $25.

So right now, most trees are about $25. A stand would cost me another $12 or so. But I would also need tree lights, ornaments and other things, like ribbons or garland. That's far too much effort and cost for a tree that will just sit in my living room and not really be for anything.

Maybe next year. Maybe.

OK ... I'm going to go watch "Love Actually" again and do some manly weeping.
Judy to Jack: "All I want for Christmas ... is you."

Jamie: "It's my favorite time of day, driving you."
Aurelia (in Portuguese): "It is the saddest part of my day, leaving you."

Daniel: "Well, you know — I thought it might be something worse."
Sam (incredulous): "Worse than the total agony of being in love?"
Daniel: "Oh. No, you're right. Yeah, total agony."

Mark (on posterboard) to Juliet: But for now, let me say ... Without hope or agenda ... Just because it's Christmas ... And at Christmas you tell the truth ... To me, you are perfect ... And my wasted heart will love you ... Until you look like this ... (holds up picture of a mummy)

Random Guam Fact Of The Day:
• It's unclear exactly what the original name of Guam was, since the Spanish really didn't go out of their way to understand or preserve the original Chamorro language. Chamorro activists like to use "Guahan," but some have argued that the name was actually "Baum." We'll never know ... unless/until we find a way to go back into time.


Chrissie said...

I love that movie :)

cute lil tree :) I'll be sendin ya some stuff

castufari said...

I had a tree like that for a while. Once the holidays were over I'd stash it back into the attic. Now I'm using a $40.00 fire hazard that I bought yesterday. 7' tall, 5' at the base.

Everything Nice said...

I bought mine for $150 three years ago. It's really dried out and mostly just limbs now.... but, it was gorgeous and i didn't want to bother ever replacing it.

Sure it was once a fir, but now I'm almost convinced I could pass it off as a noble ;)
Smooches Dzie, hope to see you at the party tonight!

gigi said...

D-I love that Movie and I am not a "chick flick" kinda chick!

The scene when Mark holds up the poster board signs KILLER!

But just after, when he's walking away and says to himself "Enough"
That's when the tears start!


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ell said...

we got a real tree for the first time this year and it's totally worth it, just for the smell. nothing conjures up that Christmas feeling quite like the scent of evergreen. a little mistletoe doesn't hurt either!

gigi said...

Ell-depends on where the mistletoe's hanging!

Alex said...


I didn't feel Christmassy as such until I heard The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl singing "Fairytale of New York" on the radio in the car today. That always gets me going. And singing, it took me ages to coax Suzanne's fingers out of her ears.

Interesting Alex fact: Even though it's on every Christmas I have never seen "It's a Wondeful Life".

Lindsey said...

Lol...I"M going to be watching 'Love Actually' tonight!! It's one of my favorites..

DZER said...

chrissie: it's a great movie! and I'm looking forward to it! :oD

castufari: that's a big tree!

naughty one: you've made a real tree last three years? how? why? LOL

gigi: I know what you mean! *sniffle*

ell: I do miss that pine-y smell ... and are YOU under the mistletoe? *warming up lips*

gigi: I love that naughtiness streak in ya ... heh

alex: wow .. NEVER seen it? It really is a great movie .. you should try to catch it sometime. and yes, everyone has a different trigger.

linny: yay! I might watch it AGAIN tonight myself! LOL

ell said...

dzer, that's where you'll always find me from thankgiving to new years . . . ;)

TequilaGirl said...

I wish I felt as Christmassy as you do this year...

~Deb said...

How do you do it? You must have some kickass family & friends to be so DAMN happy...(sorry didn't take the meds yet)

Fiber-optic tree! That's what it's called! I have it plastered on my post as well---my mother put one up and I made fun of her...well she used to put up 7 foot tall trees---no lie, the trees were fricken tall as hell.

This is the first year where I'm cringing at the sound of Christmas music and all the movies which all sound the same--

"A Christmas Story"
"A Christmas Carol"
"A Christmas Tale"
"A Christmas Fling"

Anyway, I had to write when I saw this tree. Yours looks much more homemade and nicer.

And...I see you're competing with me over our Santa hat pictures??? hehee! I can't beat your picture sweetie! Too cute!

DZER said...

ell: sounds like a plan

lilith: *give you a big Jingle George hug* ... anything I can do, hon?

deb: all I can say is you can either choose to be Christmas merry ... or allow all the pain and loneliness just crush you like an insignificant bug ... I go for merry ... usually ;)

TequilaGirl said...

I'm being crushed right now... sent you an email

DZER said...

lilith ... OK hon ... *smooch*

sugarpunk said...

dz.. i need to live close to someone like you.. maybe you could change me from a scrooge type person.. really!

you make it sound fun ... so im guessing your friends really apprecate you.. i know i would love to be your neighbor ..then maybe after being enighbors we could jsut knock out a wall.. :)

Shay said...

Oh Dzer you're so mushy!!

I'll come for xmas at your place ^_^

DZER said...

sugarpunk: sounds like a plan! so ... uh ... when ya moving? LOL

shay: I have to admit ... I am a mushpot! and I'll keep my door unlocked so you can just slip in!

Grace said...

I've never seen that movie... but I'm guessing from all the comments, that I should probably go out and rent it this weekend.

Love the tree!

DZER said...

amazinggrace: yes! go rent it now!! and thanks!

Big Pissy said...

Love Actually is one of my most favorite movies-EVER!!!! and the soundtrack is fabulous too.
I love your blog~its so fun!

DZER said...

big pissy: thanks mucho ... and yes it's one of my all-time favorite movies ... glad you're enjoying the diatribe!