Here is a holiday card I threw together for my erstwhile coworker who left for greener pastures in San Francisco, because, apparently, everybody does that.
Some background: this friend is the original creator of the panda mascot – which at one time was the mascot of Shôjo Beat, a manga anthology mag for girls. Naturally, I lost no time in appropriating, adulterating, and parodying the heck out of this panda, whose official version, in what I believe to be a hopelessly crooked naming contest, was christened “Moko” by the Shôjo Beat fans.
Whatev. It will always be Kam-chan to me.
The holiday gift from my office manager to all the (female) admins was rings. Shiny! I got four stackable silver rings, each with a different color gemstone. And now I know my ring size, which I never knew before. Useful.
MEANWHILE, I discovered that the metal allergy that has kept me from wearing earrings for 20 years doesn’t bother me as long as I wear earrings plated in 24k gold. I’ve gone as high as 14k in the past, but even that, sterling silver, and titanium causes reactions after a few days. But I’ve been wearing these new posts for a solid week, and I am fine. Sweet! 24k plated vermeil is not expensive.
Now, please excuse me while I go get that gold tooth and belly ring I’ve been dying for.
My complete ignorance of holiday green bean casserole (i.e. its existence, what goes into it) has prompted my Texan coworker to buy me, as a Christmas gift, the “Campbell’s Classic Recipes” cookbook (2006 edition).
These recipes fly in the face of all those Mollie Katzen “vegetable heaven” books I’ve been checking out of the library. For one thing, page 123 is dedicated to “Tomato Soup Spice Cake” (ingredients: 1. spice cake mix, 2. Campbell’s Condensed Tomato Soup).
Nothing can derail a diet faster than duck liver mousse, but it’s so, so good. ZOMG.
Frog Base is kicking my ass.
Well, I finally bought a new keyboard with a working space key. Neat little wireless bugger, too. Belatedly, I realized that the lack of a dedicated number pad will soon drive me completely bats.
Still, setup was a breeze. Thanks, Apple!