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Hoo boy howdy y’all.

 

Hoo.  Boy. Howdy.

 

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2018 has been a YEAR.  I’ve had some challenging years but this one takes the cake, hands down.  It’s been a literal Maximum Chaos Party but it’s coming to a close and after everything that’s happened and everything I’ve shouldered and powered through I’m determined to finish STRONG AS HECK Y’ALL. 2019 is coming and I've still got a lot ahead of me to accomplish, a lot, so I'm going to take the time this challenge to rest and stay steady and reflect on exactly where I've been, and where I'm going.

 

My goals are simple and seasonal and they are as follows:

 

1. Keep the task list going.

Doing a weekly task list now that I’m home and have no real schedule has saved my BUNS.  I’m going to keep up with this like I have been and keep moving forward to get things done. One step at a time.  Then the next step.  Then the next....

 

2. HOLIDAY HARD.

For the first time in like, seriously, forever, I’m going to be home for the holidays.  We’re doing a real Thanksgiving and parties with friends and getting an actual Christmas tree and I’m really really pretty darn hype to be in the holiday spirit, so I’m going to enjoy the heck out of this holiday season and stay mindful and be REALLY FRICKIN’ JOLLY AND STUFF OK. My mom is SO hype I'm home for this so I want to focus a lot of my energy on making these holidays full of joy and cheer and eggnogging and all that smarmy shit you see on the Lifetime movies. I’m REALLY EXCITED. *^_____^*

 

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And that’s it, folks.  I’m going to finish up this epic respawn and rejuvenate during this challenge so I can get ready to hit the ground running once the new year hits!  Where will 2019 take me??  We'll see............

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Here for dis. This Christmas thing may be a challenge for me, as well, because of stuff and things. BOXES and ATTICS and CLEANING OMG.

 

 

PS: A cold is the world's worst souvenir ever. Take that shit back for a refund ASAP.

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Aw yay for holidays!!! I am massively in the holiday spirit this year and will probably be getting a big tree (vs a little 2 footer we just put on the kitchen table) for my apartment for the fist time everrrrr and I'm hosting thanksgiving and it's all so wonderful and yay family and food! Can't wait to hear about your holiday awesomeness and see you kick this challenges behind!

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2 hours ago, Salinger said:

Here of course Shaar, it makes me excited to see you excited for the holidays :D

 

Im looking forward to getting to my parents and seeing my family!

 

Good luck, you will be amazing, like you always are xxx

 

YES we are gonna ROCK THESE HOLIDAYYYSSSS

 

1 hour ago, Urgan said:

Here for dis. This Christmas thing may be a challenge for me, as well, because of stuff and things. BOXES and ATTICS and CLEANING OMG.

 

 

PS: A cold is the world's worst souvenir ever. Take that shit back for a refund ASAP.

 

Oh no boxes, ugh, ugggGHHHH, why is it always like this.... the struggle is real.

 

I DEMAND A REFUND ugh what a drag

 

26 minutes ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

Following for your NEWENGLANDCHRISTMASOMGYOUMIGHTACTUALLYHAVEAWHITECHRISTMASALSOILIKETHEWAYYOUUSECAPSLOCK

 

DUDEATTHISRATEWE'REGONNAHAVEAWHITETHANKSGIVINGAAAAAAAAAASENDHELP

 

3 minutes ago, Raxie said:

Aw yay for holidays!!! I am massively in the holiday spirit this year and will probably be getting a big tree (vs a little 2 footer we just put on the kitchen table) for my apartment for the fist time everrrrr and I'm hosting thanksgiving and it's all so wonderful and yay family and food! Can't wait to hear about your holiday awesomeness and see you kick this challenges behind!

 

YESSSS to big trees!!!!  We've always had a little 2 footer too but it is time for us all to embrace the BIG TREE <3

 

 

 

Hi guys I was gonna make my zero week list today but I have a cold and only slept like 4 hours last night and just got back from fortituding myself with cold meds and doing loads of pre-Thanksgiving and pre-snow tomorrow errands and WOWIE WOW WOW I need to lay down wooooooo

 

It's gonna snow all day tomorrow and we're gonna get like 5 inches drop kick me Santa through the plow trucks of life

 

:DDDDD

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"Well...in the end, it boils down to two simple choices. Either you do or you don't.

You'd think with all the problems in this world, there'd be more answers. It's not fair...
...But that's the way things are. The choice is yours."

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3 minutes ago, shaar said:

Hi guys I was gonna make my zero week list today but I have a cold and only slept like 4 hours last night and just got back from fortituding myself with cold meds and doing loads of pre-Thanksgiving and pre-snow tomorrow errands and WOWIE WOW WOW I need to lay down wooooooo

 

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3 hours ago, Urgan said:

 

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LITERAL FOOTAGE OF ME AT THE GROCERY STORE MY WORD

 

3 hours ago, TimovieMan said:

Alright, let's get into the Christmas spirit!

 

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I have watched this gif 48 times and I still can't figure out how it works..........

 

 

 

z e r o w e e k

 

Okokok here's my list for zero week, I wrote it earlier and then fell asleep and actually got some of it DONE before posting it ahaha oops neat..........

 

- Buy Christmas tree online

- Bring up boots and warm pajamas from basement

- Leave good reviews for extended parking place and flights

- Brush Finn and cut his nails

- Finish emptying suitcase goddamnit

- Put away remainder of clean laundry that's still in the dryer

- Weather Thanksgiving gathering with neighbors (ohboy)

- Start recruiting for FFXIV FC after Thursday (this is the nerdiest goal ever and I'm so not even sorry yolo)

- Finish reading library e-book you're not really into but maybe it'll pick up as you go?

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Hai dere Shaar.  I too have been super Christmasy feeling.  I have been listening to Christmas songs in the car, by myself (we have 2 channels that go Christmas early.  I love it). Others don’t approve.  I don’t care.  Will prolly put the tree up and decorate Friday......ICAN’TWAITAAAHHHHHHRRRGGG.

 

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Following for Holiday Hype.  I need a shot of this; I'm feeling very Grinchy already this year.

 

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15 hours ago, shaar said:

YES we are gonna ROCK THESE HOLIDAYYYSSSS

 

My feeling is that the autumnal and winter holidays are meant to bring warmth and light to us in a dark and cold time. Somehow it turned into obligatory dreaded family gatherings arguing about politics and religion and criticizing how disappointed we are in one another's life choices, which is a shame, and also we have FaceBook for that every day of the year now SO WHY NOT MAKE THE HOLIDAYS FUN?!

 

I have really fond memories of Thanksgiving with my father and later with chosen family, and I really miss it now that I'm in the UK. And I don't get to hit the ex-pat events (which are on Saturday's anyway, arg), due to an annual geek convention my husband and I attend. WHICH IS GREAT FUN, but I still always feel like my November has a hole in it.

 

HOLIDAY SO HARD, SHAAR~. Do it for you. And maybe for me, too XD

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My family have been showing me the snow you've got your way. eww. Have fun :) 

 

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13 hours ago, Rinna said:

Hai dere Shaar.  I too have been super Christmasy feeling.  I have been listening to Christmas songs in the car, by myself (we have 2 channels that go Christmas early.  I love it). Others don’t approve.  I don’t care.  Will prolly put the tree up and decorate Friday......ICAN’TWAITAAAHHHHHHRRRGGG.

 

 

YESSSS SING AND MERRY AND SHUN THE NONBELIEVERS

 

SHUNNNNNNN

 

Our tree will be here next week, I wish it was coming earlier but you know, it's soon enough!!

 

I always used to hate early Christmas but I think lately, my feeling is, the world is so crummy and people are struggling so much, all of us, every one of us, that if early Christmas can help someone find a little bit of hype and joy amidst the drudgery then LET'S DO IT!

 

CAN'TWAAIITTTT

 

12 hours ago, Cheetah said:

Following for Holiday Hype.  I need a shot of this; I'm feeling very Grinchy already this year.

 

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!!!!!!!!!!! HOLIDAY HYPE YOU SAY

 

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New challenge goal: Get Cheetah into the SPIRIT.

 

11 hours ago, Sloth the Enduring said:

I’ve been bummed because the classic hip hop station became all Christmas all the time. Maybe I should channel Shaar and give it a shot.

 

Oh dude, oh no, I'd be bummed if classic hip hop took a backseat too.... frick why couldn't they have taken over the country music station?  Or bluegrass?? 

 

PUT IT ON BELT A TUNE FELIZ NAVIDAD DANGIT

 

4 hours ago, Salinger said:

Have a wonderful day Shaar xx

 

Gonna do my best!!  YOU TOO OK?? <3

 

2 hours ago, Ann of Vries said:

 

My feeling is that the autumnal and winter holidays are meant to bring warmth and light to us in a dark and cold time. Somehow it turned into obligatory dreaded family gatherings arguing about politics and religion and criticizing how disappointed we are in one another's life choices, which is a shame, and also we have FaceBook for that every day of the year now SO WHY NOT MAKE THE HOLIDAYS FUN?!

 

 

OH.  That bolded colored bit you said really made me stop and do a "!!!" this morning.  And gosh you're right, so so right, and I'm watching it snow outside and my little bardheart is warm and fuzzy now. THANK YOU!!

 

I will holiday so hard the hole in your November will suddenly be full of quiet joy and light and the geek convention will be EXTRA GEEKY!!! <3

 

2 hours ago, jonfirestar said:

My family have been showing me the snow you've got your way. eww. Have fun :) 

 

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Oh maaaaAAANNN I have some low quality trash photos but I'm going to get better ones later... it's coming down now!!! 

 

November Shaar says wow this is pretty, but February Shaar will likely say FRICK THIS SHIT WHEN WILL IT END, ahaha....

 

 

 

Good morning friends and pals, it snowed overnight and is still coming down this morning, I really need to get up off my butt and get some videos of it and like go outside and roll around in it like the Southern transplant I am, huh.  It's really a pretty moment, sitting here listening to my favorite Spotify piano playlist, watching the snow fall and build up on the trees and cars and streetlamps, it's very grey and quiet and peaceful and I'm struck with a humble gratitude of how lucky I really am and how much I have to be thankful for.

 

 

 

WOO THERE GOES THE PLOW IT'S MISTER PLOW

 

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( makes me think of @Salinger heehee!! )

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"Well...in the end, it boils down to two simple choices. Either you do or you don't.

You'd think with all the problems in this world, there'd be more answers. It's not fair...
...But that's the way things are. The choice is yours."

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43 minutes ago, shaar said:

November Shaar says wow this is pretty, but February Shaar will likely say FRICK THIS SHIT WHEN WILL IT END, ahaha....

That basically describes my experience of living in New England :D 

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4 hours ago, Ann of Vries said:

My feeling is that the autumnal and winter holidays are meant to bring warmth and light to us in a dark and cold time. Somehow it turned into obligatory dreaded family gatherings arguing about politics and religion and criticizing how disappointed we are in one another's life choices, which is a shame, and also we have FaceBook for that every day of the year now SO WHY NOT MAKE THE HOLIDAYS FUN?!

 

 

OH.  That bolded colored bit you said really made me stop and do a "!!!" this morning.  And gosh you're right, so so right, and I'm watching it snow outside and my little bardheart is warm and fuzzy now. THANK YOU!!

 

I will holiday so hard the hole in your November will suddenly be full of quiet joy and light and the geek convention will be EXTRA GEEKY!!! <3

 

I'm glad you have the warm fuzzies now. <3 I wrote an article about the topic of seasonal traditions this morning for another site, so I really have that in the brain and heart at the moment. Enjoy the snow! Mr says when he was a young pup his parents celebrated a Harvest Festival Feast type thing in late September/early October which is basically what Thanksgiving is based on, so we've talked about inviting people over and doing that in future years to help fill that hole in my November.

 

... not to mention the hole in my stomach for PUMPKIN PIE. With fake whipped cream. Mr always says I should make pie from scratch with real whipped cream, and I'm like DUDE SOME THINGS ARE SACRED, WHERE IS THE CANNED PUMPKIN AND COOL WHIP?

 

 

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17 minutes ago, Ann of Vries said:

... not to mention the hole in my stomach for PUMPKIN PIE. With fake whipped cream. Mr always says I should make pie from scratch with real whipped cream, and I'm like DUDE SOME THINGS ARE SACRED, WHERE IS THE CANNED PUMPKIN AND COOL WHIP?

 

This conversation sounds very familiar! 

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1 minute ago, Ann of Vries said:

 

Is there also one about candied yams and marshmallows?

Yep!

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5 minutes ago, jonfirestar said:
7 minutes ago, Ann of Vries said:

 

Is there also one about candied yams and marshmallows?

Yep!

 

When Mr went to his first American Thanksgiving, I made a posh semi-from-scratch version of marshmallow candied yams, and he was still just horrified by the whole concept. I was like, "if you think this is crazy American food, just wait until you see everything else!"

 

Then I told him about green bean casserole

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1 minute ago, Ann of Vries said:

 

When Mr went to his first American Thanksgiving, I made a posh semi-from-scratch version of marshmallow candied yams, and he was still just horrified by the whole concept. I was like, "if you think this is crazy American food, just wait until you see everything else!"

 

Then I told him about green bean casserole

It's been many, many years since my introduction to American Thanksgiving and yeah, candied yams horrified me by their very existence. They really don't belong on a plate with turkey ;) 

 

Green bean casserole is the subject of much debate in our house because whhhyyy? I don't get it. 

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I love snow so much, I've lived in the north east my whole life and never been one to hate it before even if it causes some issues.  Until last Thursday my 45 minute commute took NO JOKE 8.5 HOURS TO GET HOME.  I swear I am still emotionally scarred from it and every time I hear the word snow I have flashbacks.  I hope I can get back to snow loving levels like you again soon! Reading your excitement definitely helps.

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