A Questionnaire

Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.
~E.L. Doctorow

I stole this from Ashley over at Daddy’s Duty (and she stole it from another blogger named Ashley!).  I haven’t done one of these in a while.

Are you a Black Friday shopper?
Oh heck no. You couldn’t pay me enough to go out in that mayhem. I hate shopping (yes, I’m anti-girl in that respect) but I also hate crowds.  Mega shopping put together with mega crowds and you have Black Friday… mega unappealing to me!

When do you put up your tree?
This year, I have no tree to put up. Rather, I do have a tree, it’s just stuck in a storage shed 2,300 miles away from where I am.  But normally I put it up the weekend after Thanksgiving or the first weekend of December. It’s a fake one… that way I don’t have to deal with the tender soles of my feet finding needles the other 11 months of the year. That and I feel bad putting a tree up for a month that took years to grow.

Do you travel at Christmas or stay home?
Well, I’ve always traveled in the past back to my mom’s house. Which I’ll be doing this year. But in the future, I’ll be staying in Washington and they’ll come and visit me 🙂

What is your favorite Christmas movie of all time?
I love, love, love White Christmas. I like traditional Christmas songs sung the traditional way. It’s not Christmas without watching White Christmas.

Do you do your own Christmas baking? What’s your favorite treat?
Oh my. I’m normally a Christmas cookie fiend. I generally make about 23 dozen cookies (you REALLY want to be my friend/coworker during the holidays!). I do about  a couple different varieties. I do Sour Cream cutout cookies, Cathedral Cookies (see my Mmm… Monday post this week!), No Bake Cookies and Jam Oatmeal Bars (lately with my own homemade raspberry jam!). My favorite are all of them! Though I think the Sour Cream are special just because I won “Best Cookie in the Fair” when I was 10 or 11 for them.  That and they are just yummy without being overwhelming.  Unfortunately, all my cookies sheets, spatulas, mixer and decorating stuff is… where else? In a storage unit in Washington. So no Christmas cookies for me this year.

Real or Fake Tree?
Fake. For reasons stated above.

What day (as a mom) does the actual panic set in to get it all done?
Well, I’m not a mom. But I generally panic the weekend before Christmas because I usually have a lot of baking left to do!

Are you still wrapping presents on Christmas Eve?
Eh, sometimes. Not usually. I like seeing a Christmas tree with packages all around it.

What Christmas craft do you like the best?
Um, I don’t do any. I’m lucky that I got all my cards out this year!

Christmas music… yes or no? If yes, what is your favorite song?
If you know me, then you know Christmas is totally my favorite season. That’s why it’s killing me not to be able to get “into” the season this year. So yes, Christmas songs are a must. I love all songs. But “Carol of the Bells” is one of my ultimate favorites, as is “White Christmas” and this year, “I’ll be Home for Christmas” is a favorite. Even though it makes me ball. Like a little school girl getting her pigtails dipped in ink.

When do you plan to finish all your Christmas shopping?
Honestly? After Christmas. Huzzy won’t be back until after Christmas and I don’t want to buy things ahead of time just in case I move before he gets back and have to haul them cross-country. On second thought, maybe I should buy them so something happens and then I DO have to haul them cross-country. ‘Cause I’m tired of the “in limbo” life.

When do you take your tree down?
Generally on New Year’s Day.

Worst gift you ever received?
The Christmas of 2004 was the first one where my parents were divorced. So my dad had to buy Christmas gifts for my brother and I on his own… he’d never had to do that before.  So he got all of us (including my mom… they were on good terms and actually still living together while her house was being finished) a calendar. From the local Chinese takeout place. That they gave him for free. I thought it was the silliest thing and rolled my eyes at it. Six weeks later, I found my dad dead outside of a heart attack.  That calendar is packed in the storage unit in Washington. It is a permanent piece of decoration in my life (to be fair, it wasn’t a normal calendar… it was on a scroll and IS kinda cool).

When do you start shopping for the holidays?
Eh, I generally buy my first gifts in November… and then procrastinate with the rest!

Favorite thing to eat during the holidays?
All my Christmas cookies!

Lights on the tree?
Absolutely! But I do white lights. And gold trim.

Angel on the tree top or a star?
Angel. With a pink dress. Holding a white light surrounded by gold trim. LOVE IT.

Favorite ornament theme or color?
The majority of our ornaments are really mine. My grandma used to make them for me so they have a lot of meaning. I started buying Huzzy a Hallmark special edition Harley motorcycle ornament each year. Those are his 🙂

What gift are you hoping to receive this year?
Nothing. My mom already gave Huzzy and I our gifts back in August. We went whitewater rafting!  Other than that, I’m not too into the holiday this year (which is saying a lot for me!).


6 thoughts on “A Questionnaire

  1. Hey hun!! Happy Holidays. I hope you are making it through without your Huzzy okay. I moved back to Blogger, I really didn’t get WP, I was to tired for the grasp of it!

    We always have those scroll calendars. We also get it from the Asian food joint. My kids love them!

    Hope you have a good holiday!!!

  2. Hi there! Found you through Thursday 13. Your list made me want to run and hug my husband. He is retired Army so I know how you feel! I hope you get to hold your husband again soon! I know it feels like forever, wish I could speed it up for ya! Happy holidays! 🙂

  3. My heart goes out to all the families left behind while their husband, wife, mother, father are deployed. I hope you can at least talk with him on Christmas day.
    Happy Holidays ((warm hugs))

  4. Oh girl, I know how hard it is to be away from your spouse during Christmas. I am so sorry!! You can email me any time if you want to talk!! Sending hugs your way!!


  5. Ok, so I just noticed that the previous comment was supposed to be posted on the Thursday post!! I am a dork! Anyways, I’ll Be Home for Christmas makes me cry every time. I can’t listen to it. The year David was deployed over Christmas, my friend gave me an ornament that said All Hearts Come Home for Christmas. I bawl every time I get it out of the box to put on the tree!!

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