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December 21st, 2011
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  1. ™©JbJiNg!eŚ®™

    Well, I am off in search of a twirl and dance little people princess castle, and a littlest pet shop tree house with walking pets...then home to pack for a very early flight.

    Be safe, have fun, and have a wonderful CHRISTMAS!

    December 21, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
    • Truth™@JBJ

      You too my dear. Travel safely!

      December 21, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
    • Queen of Everything@JBJ

      Oo,oo,oo, I want a princess house! Pretty please with sugar and sprinkles and chocolate and marshmallows on top? You can charge to Richard or Truth. Either one, doesn't matter to me.

      December 21, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  2. Queen of Everything

    Crack kills, yo.

    December 21, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
    • Truth™@Queen

      That made the local channel as well. Not sure that I can really understand it, but hey, that's just me.

      Any why is there a charge on my AMEX for a gross of waffle irons? What gives?

      December 21, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
      • Queen of Everything@Truth

        Would that be a black AMEX card by any chance?

        December 21, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
      • Truth™@Queen

        As a matter of fact, yes. Yes it is.

        You don't happen to know anything about this, now do you?

        And FWIW, Phoenix and I drove right past the CNN building in Manhattan on Saturday. Nice area. Found a place that does a killer lunch in the neighborhood. Tried baked eggs with cheese that were unbelievable.

        December 21, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
      • Queen of Everything@Truth

        Yes, yes, baked eggs, very nice but did you happen to buy me an Eatocray cutting board and apron with your black AMEX card? Oh, and I only ordered one waffle iron not one gross so you should probably see about getting the rest sent back.

        December 21, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  3. MicheleG™

    This just in: My gorgeous BF just made cranberry, banana pancakes using some cake (CAKE!) batter we have (had). Decadently delicious! Crunchy around the edges, and he added some Triple Sec for a kind of orange/citrus dash. BOY, is it good!!!!!

    December 21, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
    • ™©JbJiNg!eŚ®™@MichcleG

      That sounds yummy except the banana part...not too keen on that flavor.

      December 21, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
      • MicheleG™

        Trust me on this that the bananas did NOT diminish the flavor or texture. It was SOOOOOO gooooood......!

        December 21, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  4. ™©JbJiNg!eŚ®™

    Thought I would share a daughter just emails and said "I was telling my kids to make and be helpful because we can't wear out grandma and Brenden says I hope grandma will still be able to make chicken cordon bleu" Gotta love that boy, it's all about the food!

    December 21, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • Jerv@JBJ

      Haha! That's a boy thinking with his stomach, alright.

      December 21, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  5. Evil Grin

    Afternoon chums. I've been super busy lately, so sorry for not checking in.

    I can't believe the season for pumpkin is already over. When I take over the world, it will be pumpkin season all year long.

    December 21, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
    • Jerv@EG

      You will make a fine Evil Overlord, indeed.

      December 21, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • ™©JbJiNg!eŚ®™@EG

      Did you see my Minion Pinguin Army guarding the evil igloo? I think it posted on Sunday...

      December 21, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
      • Evil Grin

        Incredible! That is quite the evil penguin minion army. Well done.

        Is that... cream cheese, olives and carrots?

        December 21, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
      • ™©JbJiNg!eŚ®™@EG

        Yep! And inside the evil igloo is grandma's pecan blue cheese ball recipe...

        December 21, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
      • Evil Grin

        I'll need one of those ready for minion pick-up directly. ;)

        December 21, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
    • AleeD@Evil aka Santa?

      Top of the afternoon! All-season Pumpkins? Great idea! Sounds like hydroponix are in order for the Evil Lair. Just watch out for the surveillance cameras. The cops may nab your elves, I mean minions, just for buying that kind of equipment.

      December 21, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
      • Evil Grin

        I assure you, I am not the man in red, even though he's often nightmare fuel.

        Although not, I suppose, as creepy as the christmas witch from Italy, or the hideous monster-thing from (I want to say) Sweden. It's probably not Sweden. I'll have to look it up. But trust me, it's a deformed man-monster-creature that terrifies children in the name of the holiday.

        December 21, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
      • AleeD@Evil Grin

        Ooookaaaaay. I thought I was on something for a sec. (I meant to do that).
        Suddenly Jack Skellington comes to mind. I'm going to have to do a little research into these creepy Santa's. I hadn't heard about these.

        December 21, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
      • RichardHead@EG

        His name is Krampus--he comes from Germany, so drink alot of beer to ward him off.

        December 21, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
      • Evil Grin

        Here's the Italian, Le Befana:

        The Swedish Tomte (which is not exactly what I was thinking of, but still creepy enough):

        Found it. It's Austria. Austria's mythos is straight-up scary. Krampus:
        And Perchta:

        December 21, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
      • Evil Grin

        RichHead knew it before I did! I'd read about the folklore briefly, but couldn't remember it exactly without looking it up again.

        December 21, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
      • RichardHead@EG

        I think it was SyFY network made a 2 part movie last year about this guy. Tho, I must say he has nothing on my Ex-wife when it comes to scaring the crap out of Santa or Lil' Kids.

        December 21, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
      • AleeD@EG & RH

        That was cool. It's fun to read that kind of folklore. Makes you wonder what is the fact of the story and what is fiction. Thank you both.

        December 21, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
      • Evil Grin

        AleeD, I should hope it's pretty much all fiction. Otherwise there's a horrifying man-beast or two running around kidnapping playground bullies and slicing them open or eating them.

        RichHead, I hadn't seen that. Do you remember the name of it? I'd like to look it up.

        December 21, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
      • AleeD@EG & RH

        It probably started out as the neighborhood grouch was seen slaughtering an animal for food and things got blown out of proportion. You know, just like stories on Fox news.

        December 21, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  6. ™©JbJiNg!eŚ®™@TSA

    Are you carrying any knives, sharp objects or cutting
    instruments of any kind onto the airplane? Yes No

    Do you have any compressed gas, flammable liquids or
    explosive items? Yes No

    You mean I can't take my Ginsu Knives or brulee torch with me!??

    December 21, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
    • Little Susie@JBJ

      Compressed gas? Everyone carries that with them!

      December 21, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
    • RichardHead@TSA

      Answer to question #1--I haven't trimmed my toe nails in 2 years. Does that count?
      2.I just ate a BIG bowl of Texas Chili so it may not be Compressed GAS.

      December 21, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
    • Evil Grin

      This only applies if you are under the age of five.

      December 21, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
  7. Mildred

    Hello I'm actually around.

    I've been sick (office plague) for a couple of days so either haven't been in the office, or just trying to focus on staying awake.

    I've also been doing a lot of crochet/knitting for the holidays.

    December 21, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
    • AleeD®@Mil

      What do you crochet?

      December 21, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
      • Mildred

        Working on a rectangular granny square scarf right now... just finished a hat (the wrap with it is knit).

        December 21, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
    • Jerv@Mil

      Hope you get well soon! I like hot ramen noodles when I have the office crud.

      December 21, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
      • Mildred

        I tend to hot and sour soup. :)

        December 21, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
    • RichardHead@Mildred

      Banana Hammocks? Hope you are feeling better and Merry Christmas to you and your Family.

      December 21, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
      • Mildred

        Thank you... and Happy (appropriate) Holiday for you. :)

        December 21, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
      • MicheleG™

        with great diffidence to Mildred.....MERRY CHRISTMAS!

        December 21, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
    • Evil Grin

      Sounds miserable. What you need is a really good book on audio. That way you don't have to stay awake and can still be entertained. I recommend some sci-fi or fantasy.

      December 21, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
      • Spock@EG

        That is a logical and very unevil suggestion.

        December 21, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
      • Mildred

        I listen to podcast audio fiction all the time. ;) Primarily sci-fi/fantasy with a bit of horror here and there.

        December 21, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
      • Evil Grin

        Mildred, do you listen to podiobooks? I've listened to a few of their books. (They are free) I've liked a couple, but with anything some are very good, and some not so much.

        December 21, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
  8. Jerv@All-Saw this commercial this morning, reminds me of WD!


    December 21, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
  9. ™©JbJiNg!eŚ®™@Question of the Day

    Good late morning to you all! I keep waking up at 2:30 a.m., but managed to fall back to sleep this morning, then overslept!! Hubs was on my case all morning to get a move on, but I'm allowed to oversleep at least once a year, sheesh.

    I feel so unprepared for the trip this year...usually have the whole menu planned, whisks packed, etc. Speaking of menues:

    What do you make for CHRISTMAS (nod to MicheleG) dinner?? We are having turkey with all the trimmings and that has always been tradition in our family. As much as I love the pig (just ask RH), ham is for Easter!

    December 21, 2011 at 11:40 am |
    • Jerv@JBJ

      We usually do turkey but we are so turkeyed out from THANKSGIVING that me and pops are going unconventional and doing fried cube steak.

      December 21, 2011 at 11:56 am |
      • RichardHead

        We call that Chicken Fried Steak in Texas. Merry Christmas to you and POP's. Hope it is a Great one.

        December 21, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
      • Jerv@RicH

        Pops actually calls it that sometimes as well. I think that's what the Obamas call it too.

        December 21, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
    • AleeD®@™©JbJiNg!eŚ®™ QoD

      "What do you make for CHRISTMAS ... ?" Reservations .... of either car rental or flight persuasions. ;D We flip-flop each year between hubby's & my families. This year T-day was with his; Christmas with mine.

      December 21, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
    • RichardHead

      I always look for a FAT turkey that eats like a PIG. :)))

      December 21, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
    • Ms. Grammar

      Prime Rib and Yorkshire Pudding!

      December 21, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
  10. This Just In

    This just in. "Justin Bieber never believed in Santa." That is all.

    December 21, 2011 at 10:48 am |
    • Ms. Grammar

      To each their own. Personally, I don't believe in Justin Bieber!

      December 21, 2011 at 11:09 am |
      • AleeD®

        Zing! Nice shot!

        December 21, 2011 at 12:06 pm |
    • Truth™@TJI

      Justin Bieber is a liberal stooge. Just sayin.

      December 21, 2011 at 11:15 am |
      • Jerv@Truth

        LOL! I was wondering when was the last time you called someone that!

        December 21, 2011 at 11:57 am |
  11. MicheleG™

    Merry CHRISTMAS everyone! Brilliant, sunny AM here on the Left Coast.

    After we celebrate CHRISTMAS we off to Las Vegas to ring in the New Year!

    December 21, 2011 at 10:30 am |
    • Jerv@MicG

      I'm envious but have a ton of fun!

      December 21, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
    • AleeD®

      What kind of fun are you planning to have in Lost Wages?

      December 21, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
      • Jerv@AleeD

        Haha! Good one. I never heard that before.

        December 21, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
    • MicheleG™

      well, we will stay at the RIO All Suites and intend to be clinking champaigne glasses at the stroke of midnight. Among other things........ I hear the RIO knows how to throw a party at the VooDoo Lounge......

      December 21, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
      • AleeD@MicG™

        That looks like one wild party. Don't let them corrupt you too much. ;)))))))))))

        December 21, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
      • MicheleG™

        Well....what if I WANT them to sort of "corrupt" me...? At my age, it's about time!

        December 21, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
      • AleeD@MicG

        Not tooooooo much. ;)

        December 21, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
      • MicheleG™

        Where to draw the "corrupt me" line.......decisions, decisions!

        December 21, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
      • AleeD from Home Sweet Home®@MicG

        Maybe our resident Evil Overlord can help you with that. It seems he does, at times, have a soft, chewy center.

        December 21, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  12. Sir Biddle

    Morning Crew!

    December 21, 2011 at 9:16 am |
    • The Witty One™@Sir Biddle

      How is everything going on the hill these days?

      December 21, 2011 at 9:24 am |
      • Sir Biddle

        My neighborhood The Hill is great and I'm off this week and doing Christmas shopping and last minute stuff. Enjoying the leisurely days I have to admit. Capitol Hill as in Congress is a whole different story as they truly are a bunch of stooges – both liberal and conservatives. Glad I don't work there, just live near it. How goes it for you in the Reston (?) area?

        December 21, 2011 at 9:45 am |
      • The Witty One™@Sir B

        Work in Herndon, live in Chantilly, used to party in Reston :)

        Everything is good on my end! I see congress left for the holidays. I wish we could just fire those f-ers and start over again. Let's get some people in there that actually want to work and give a flying frick about the people that elected them.

        December 21, 2011 at 9:55 am |
      • Sir Biddle@TWO

        Couldn't agree with you more. I wouldn't trust any politician as far as I could throw them.

        December 21, 2011 at 10:05 am |
      • The Witty One™@Sir B

        I wouldn't even trust them that far since they must be easy to throw since they are all full of hot air.

        December 21, 2011 at 10:10 am |
      • AleeD®@Sir Biddle & TWO

        Have you ever just sat back and pictured yourself actually throwing a politician as far as you could? It's cathartic.

        December 21, 2011 at 10:11 am |
      • Jerv@SirB

        Speaking of politicians....I saw a clip of Ron Paul this morning. Jeeze, looks like he can barely walk.

        December 21, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
    • AleeD®@Sir Bid

      G'mornin'! How YOU doin'?

      December 21, 2011 at 9:45 am |
      • Sir Biddle@AleeD

        I'm DOIN' great. Off this week and enjoying the "no schedule" days. Have a few X-mas gifts to get and then I am done, done, and done. How goes it for you?

        December 21, 2011 at 9:47 am |
      • AleeD®@Sir Biddle

        What's better than peachy? :D Sounds like you're enjoying yourself – just ridin' the tide thru the crowds. 'Cept for that little train incident yesterday.

        For us, gifts are wrapped and ready to load into the car Friday morning. All I have left is Thurs nite to do laundry and pack. We're staying in my sister's neck of the woods in N. Fl. for 2 days. Thank God the temps will be in the low 80's during the day and 50's at nite. I'm packin' shorts!

        December 21, 2011 at 10:09 am |
  13. The Witty One™

    Top of the morning! Is everyone ready for the holidays?

    December 21, 2011 at 9:16 am |
    • AleeD®@Two

      Hi! Ready and waiting at mi casa. Gotta crank out two more days at the sale mines then I'm done 'til next Wed. How 'bout you?

      December 21, 2011 at 9:33 am |
      • The Witty One™@AleeD

        I have a couple more "work" days and then I have two nice long weekends which will be spent in the car driving back and forth to see the family. Aside from that, just need to finish up my shopping tomorrow for the GF and mother dearest. Looking forward to at least a few days of relaxation :)

        December 21, 2011 at 9:42 am |
    • Jerv@2

      Been ready since last year.

      December 21, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
      • AleeD®@Jerv

        How did you manage that? Type slowly 'cuz I'm taking notes.

        December 21, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
      • Jerv@AleeD

        Well, I actually don't celebrate Christmas anymore. The gift giving aspect of it, that is. The whole "keeping up with the Jonses in giving presents" in my family ruins it.

        December 21, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
      • AleeD®@Jerv How do you get around ... not buying gi... what do you .... I wish I could talk to you face-to-face about this. I would love to not do the gift-giving part of Christmas or even just pare it down to a Secret Santa kinda thing. I hate how the gifts have become central to the celebration in my family. Thank Goodness we don't do the one-upmanship cr@p.

        Did you just stop buying gifts? Did you talk to the rest of your family? Did your habits evolve over time or did you go cold turkey?

        December 21, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
      • Jerv@AleeD

        It was cold turkey about 7 years ago. No one is going to tell me how to spend my money or how to volunteer my time. Just had enough and stopped giving presents. Interesting thing is, some of my siblings have started doing the same thing and they can't believe how stress free Christmas is now that they concentrate on "what's around the tree instead of what is under it." Stever Harvey quote.

        December 21, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
      • AleeD@Jerv

        GoodONya and your like-minded sibs. I'm going to give this some serious thought. Thank you for sharing.

        December 21, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
  14. JainaJade

    Good morning everyone! I have some yummy Death by Chocolate Cupcakes for the group so please enjoy :-) Finally got confirmation on my final holiday present, didn't arrive in time for the first night but should be here before the final candle is lit!

    December 21, 2011 at 8:29 am |
    • Ms. Grammar

      Happy Hannukah!

      December 21, 2011 at 11:11 am |
      • JainaJade@Ms Grammer

        Thank you :-)

        December 21, 2011 at 11:27 am |
    • Jerv@JJ

      "Death by Chocolate Cupcakes " Wow, sounds soooo good.

      December 21, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
    • AleeD®@JJ

      Do you have a recipe you can share?

      December 21, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
  15. Truth™

    Good morning all!
    Got back to DEN last night around nine or so. Was GREAT to see the family and spend an early Christmas with them. Makes me truly appreciate the time we have here.

    What is going on lately? I feel like I am catching up on things.

    December 21, 2011 at 8:10 am |
    • AleeD®@Truth™

      Welcome back! Met your sister Phoenix yesterday. She seems like a very sweet lady. Yesterday morning was kinda slow. I guess the insomniacs finally got all the sugarplums counted. If you're feeling like stirring up a pot, you could light up a fire on the gluten-free cookie thread. I just finished polishing the pole. There's a rumor floating around that you're handy around the dungeon ... I mean the house. Would you mind lending me a hand with the bolts on the barber chair?

      December 21, 2011 at 8:26 am |
    • RichardHead@Truth

      Welcome Home Bro--run into any snow on the return trip?

      December 21, 2011 at 8:28 am |
    • Truth™@RichHead, AleeD

      Sure, count me in. Like Red Green likes to say, "If you can't be handsome, then at least be handy."...:)

      You are right, though, I am blessed with a great family. Was VERY nice to see them. Glad to be home though.

      December 21, 2011 at 8:36 am |
      • AleeD®@Truth

        HA! Thanks for that memory! Red Green is one of hubby's favorites!
        The Man Prayer: "I'm a man, but I can change, if I have to, I guess."

        December 21, 2011 at 9:47 am |
      • MicheleG™

        Love the Red Green Show! A crack up!

        December 21, 2011 at 10:28 am |
  16. Elfin Reality

    If Santa's elves are minions in seasonal outfits, then is Evil Grin really Santa?

    December 21, 2011 at 7:52 am |
    • Queen of Everything

      Oh. My. God!!! Evil Grin is Santa! It all makes sense now.

      December 21, 2011 at 12:06 pm |
      • Jerv@Q

        I know, right? I was thinking the same thing. No wonder he didn't want us to know where he lives.

        December 21, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
    • Evil Grin

      LOL. From being on the naughty list to Santa himself? That's a quick turnaround.

      December 21, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
  17. RichardHead

    Good Morning ALL-Why do I have the feeling that I am being Watched? Coffee,Tea and Hot chocolate are ready.

    December 21, 2011 at 7:41 am |
    • AleeD®@RichHd

      Good morning and thanks for the joe, Bro. Watchoo & WD have planned for today?

      December 21, 2011 at 8:05 am |
      • RichardHead@AleeD

        Gooooood Morning Sista'. Your Welcome. WD and I are twiddeling our paws and thumbs,waiting on the Great Orange Juice King to get it together.

        December 21, 2011 at 8:12 am |
      • AleeD, Thread Dominatrix@Pepito

        Hombre, I'm all warmed up. Get your caca together and load up Señor Chaser! WsssssssPOP!

        December 21, 2011 at 8:30 am |
  18. Santa Claus

    I just want to remind you Kidz,there are only 4 days left before my Big Trip and I have been checking my Naughty List....
    1.RichardHead–Well of course,he was at the top of the list last year as well..Will he never learn?
    2,Jerv–He and his sidekick PeeWee are always getting into trouble.
    3.SirBiddle–I'm having trouble as to which list he belongs on...The Boys or the Girls.
    4. The Witty One–He has been doing better just before Christmas,I'll put a red check by his name to Double check on him before Saturday night.
    5. Evil Grin and his minions–I KNOW where you live,straighten up Young Man.
    Now for the Girls....
    The Queen of Everything is #1 again–same as last year. I may have to pull a second sleigh filled with Coal for this Little girl.
    2. AleeD-A close second to the Queen-along with her evil sister MalaDee.
    3. JBJingles--Naked Wii bowling,the haircut on poor Odie-Need I go on?
    To All of you whose names do not appear on this list.....I will be receiving an UPDATE on Saturday morning and throughout the day.

    December 21, 2011 at 7:16 am |
    • AleeD®

      Yay! I made the naughty list! Time to shine up the pole and tighten up the bolts on the barber chair! Why not put Sir Biddle on both lists, Santa? He's been bad enough this year for 2 lists. ~_~

      December 21, 2011 at 7:35 am |
    • ™©JbJiNg!eŚ®™@Santa Claus

      OK, OK, so the Wii Bowling certainly counts as 'naughty', but Odie's haircut?? No way man, I want to appeal.

      December 21, 2011 at 11:59 am |
    • Queen of Everything@Santa

      I 2nd the appeal process! I have been a very nice girl this year and I want my waffle iron, d@mnit!! I mean, please and thank you.

      December 21, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
    • Jerv@Santa Clause

      You will get no arguement from me. Merry Christmas Santa! AleeD "Why not put Sir Biddle on both lists, Santa?" LMAO!

      December 21, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
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