mickeym: (holiday_stockings were hung)
Step One:
Make an LJ post. It can be public or friends only, whatever you’re most comfortable with. The post should contain your list of ten holiday wishes, and these wishes can be anything - from simple (a fan fiction written about your favorite pairing), to medium (a DVD you want), to really extravagant (a brand new laptop or car).

Just make sure these are wishes for things you really truly want.

Step Two:
Skim through your friends list and see who has posted their own wish lists. Then - and this is the most important part - if you find a wish you can grant, and it’s in your heart to do so, make sure that person’s wish comes true.

Sometimes a person’s trash is another person’s treasure. If you have a leather jacket you don’t want or a gift certificate you’re never going to use, give it to someone who wants it.

Step Three:
Post this wish list any time after November 1st. Then repost it two weeks before Christmas.
You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday fairy - to spread the joy.
Gifts can be made anonymously or not, it's your call.
There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just...wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.

My wish list. )

And if you have a wishlist post, please link me?
mickeym: (Default)
Some of my favorite songs, and I thought I'd share with y'all :)

Little Drummer Boy - Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band (originally done on the Very Special Christmas compilation.)

I Believe in Father Christmas - Greg Lake

Hark the Herald Angels Sing (Prince of Peace) - The Trans Siberian Orchestra
mickeym: (misc_fall and pumpkins)
It's beginning to be that time of year (and pumpkin pie is my version of birthday cake *g*).

I found this recipe and thought I'd share it with y'all. I haven't tried it yet, but it seems pretty straightforward:

1 15oz can of pumpkin
1 12oz can evap skim milk
3/4 c egg substitute (or 3 egg whites)
1/2 tsp salt
3 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp vanilla
2/3 c splenda (+/- to taste)

~~~~

Preheat oven to 400F; spray a 9" pie pan with Pam. Combine all ingredients and beat until smooth. Pour into the pie pan. Bake at 400 for 15 min, then at 325 for 45min, or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

Serve with some sugar-free coolwhip, if desired. :)

Serves eight; counts as 1pt per piece (on the Weight Watchers point plan), or 8pts for the whole pie.


I told my sister about this, and she was all, "but I LIKE the crust!" So do I, but if this means I can have pumpkin pie on a (semi) regular basis without racking up the calories/fat of regular pie... well :) The kind with the crust can be a special treat. And hey, this is a fantastic way to get your veggies in ;)
mickeym: (misc_the stockings were hung by the chim)
I love holiday mail :)

Thank you so much to [livejournal.com profile] ms_nerd, [livejournal.com profile] sunshine611, [livejournal.com profile] kirsten_lynch, [livejournal.com profile] msktrnanny, [livejournal.com profile] memphis86 (sad weechesters with Rags!), [livejournal.com profile] aynslee, and my baby girl [livejournal.com profile] iconis for the cards. They're all lovely, funny, cute and made me smile a really lot :)

I made a big pan of fudge this morning(ish) -- mostly sitting down, because OW. The swelling/bruising that went down last night while I slept came back full-force and then some after I put my shoe back on. So I have taken it off again, because today? It actively hurts, walking around. Ow. *whimper* Matthew was cool about running in to Kroger's to get an aluminum roasting pan, because in a fit a pure genius I used my one actual roasting pan thing to make the fudge in. *headdesk* Ah, well. This works, because then I don't have to wash it after, I can just throw it away *g* We also got some tape, picked up his prescription, grabbed a burger from McD's (all the while, me driving around with NO SHOES ON) and now we're home and I am never leaving my house again. At least not until 6a Wednesday, when I leave for work :)

I'm going to spend the afternoon and evening watching TV with Matthew, and reading holiday stories as they're posted, and responding to a huge backlog of comments. In short, relaxing. :) Matthew and I have snacks galore to fix and eat later (beef stick, cheese, crackers, jalapeno poppers, pizza bites, potato skins, shrimp -- cold and hot -- potato chips, chips and salsa, we are SET, y'all) and once it's dark we'll fix them and settle in with A Muppet Christmas Carol, and then probably another Die Hard movie.

I hope everyone who's celebrating Christmas has a very merry one. Those of you traveling, be safe ([livejournal.com profile] rivers_bend, I miss you already!).

Love, peace and joy to everyone, regardless of what you're celebrating.
mickeym: (misc_hohoho trickc)
Last post for the day, I SWEAR :)

So yesterday, it was Band Aid. Today, it's Nsync. If you've hung around this journal for any longer than, oh, a week, you probably know I love Nsync. Popslash was my primary fandom for over five years, and it wasn't just because the boys are pretty :) They really can sing, too!

These are two of my favorites of their holiday music:

[ Nsync - I Guess It's Christmas Time ] - mp3, ~4MB

[ Nsync - All I Want Is You This Christmas ] - mp3, ~3MB


Why are they my favorites? Well, because they spotlight Chris's voice. He's the counter-tenor, and his voice is high, clear and pure, and it blends with JC's like magic. So, yeah.

Enjoy :)
mickeym: (misc_happy holidays)
A lot of you who've been around my journal for a while know this, but I have a lot of new folks who've friended me since last year, so. The thing you should know about me:

I adore this time of year. I'm not a religious person (though I was raised Christian, so there's the whole baby-in-a-manger thing), so that's not the draw for me. Instead, I like giving. I love to bake, and do cards, and give presents to people. I thrive on the 'happy holidays!' that so many people say during this time. I love telling people to have a happy holiday season -- regardless of what their holiday is.

I have a very special place in my heart for Band-Aid, and Do They Know It's Christmas. My senior year in high school, so many things changing all around the world, and the pop/music world beginning to get (actively, collectively) involved in things like world aid.

Twenty-three years ago ON THIS DAY, a group of musicians and singers and artists gathered together to record Do They Know It's Christmas. The mp3 I've uploaded has Bob Geldoff saying, "This record was recorded on the 25th of November, 1984. It's now 8a.m. on the morning of the 26th and we've been here for 24 hours. I think it's time we all went home."

I dunno why, but that just gets me.

Anyway! I share this song every year, along with the .mpg vid file...because Dude. It's Christmas, it's pop, it's tradition :) And it's the ORIGINAL. Enjoy :)

[ Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas (mp3) ] - .mp3 format, ~6MB

[ Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas (video) ] - .mpg format, ~42MB

Happy holidays :)

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