22 thoughts on “Take the Risk

  1. Well, this year the grownups in our family passed up on the usual Christmas gift draw and donated to various causes instead. So… definitely up for taking the risk.

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  2. Oh yes, some of us have too many objects that we own and could do with more expressing more empathy.

    I had a moment where I was trying to practice empathy – putting myself in the shoes of this other who is sure they are right. It changed my understanding of a person’s behaviour. It will inform how I deal with that person in future. That way I will ensure that I am not being Tucker Carlson to a Lauren Duca.

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    1. That was truly horrible, how he treated her. She came out way ahead by staying calm and rational and by not backing down.

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  3. Having my quietest Christmas ever. Walked up to the hillfort half a mile away, and round the top, this morning. Wonderful views all round, with pools of sun spotlighting distant patches of countryside, such as Chirk Castle a few miles north. Felt a bit wobbly on the way back, but worth it.

    About to make two different stuffings and cook my duck. Which feels completely over the top for one; but it will feed me for the rest of the week. Once it’s in the oven, I’ll phone some friends and open the bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape I found half price.

    Really hoping this stupid bug will go away soon. Fed up with feeling pathetic.

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    1. Just wanted to say: it’s amazing what a glass of good red plus ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ while you cook can do. Plus, while looking for spices for my stuffing, I came across a little flagon of genuine maple syrup. I lose my pastry cutters, art supples and sewing kit in my house move, but manage to materialize maple syrup. So now I’ve got to look up pancake recipes and buy some blueberries, to try and recreate Jenny’s local cafe.

      And Gene’s begub ‘Singin’ in the Rain’. Life is good.

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  4. Another great holiday lesson: check out Bloom County at his facebook page, by scrolling down to the December 14 episode and then following it up chronologically. Lovely ending today.

    https://www.facebook.com/berkeleybreathed/?fref=ts

    And for knitters, check out today’s Google doodle. I’m so happy that a friend of mine has ferociously taken up knitting recently, so now I get to buy her yarn I can’t use (wool irritates my skin) but think is gorgeous.

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    1. I loved the Google doodle. Such a lovely, warm surprise plus yarn!

      And then I read Bloom County. Curse you, you knew that would make me weep. Just lovely.

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      1. Berkeley Breathed has been whacking the new Bloom County right out of the park, over and over, since he restarted. It is making me so content, to know that crowd is still out there. And that there is some hope of redemption for Steve Dallas is the most unexpected part. If anything can pull Lion Sam through it will be his mother and the unexpected Steve. And now Zulu.

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        1. It took me a minute to realize that he’d spent the rest of $435 on dog stuff which she couldn’t have afforded. So he really does put the wit in twit.

          And now I have to start reading Bloom County again. God, I loved that comic. And we need it now.

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  5. Not my holiday, so I’m having a quiet day (which after running a shop at this time of year is a holiday in itself). Eating leftovers and working on revisions (really, publishing people? you get to go on vacation for 2 weeks at this time of year, but you expect me to revise an entire manuscript between December 21st and January 4th? who thinks this is fair?).

    Looking forward to the Doctor Who Christmas special.

    Happy Everything, Arghers, and may the new year bring you all peace, joy, health, and prosperity. And, you know, not the disaster we are expecting. xxx

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  6. Did anyone see the Smartbitches Extrava-Hanukkah Day 3 Giveaway??? YARN!! And books. But you knew about the books already. 😉

    Go! Comment! Win! – said in Edna Mode’s voice from The Incredibles.

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  7. Hope everybody’s had a wonderful Christmas and start to Hannukah, and will have a great New Year. Yes, despite the horrors slouching toward Bethlehem.

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    1. Oh, maybe somebody will kick ass on the road to Bethlehem. For once, the best aren’t full of indifference, so as long as the left can keep its outrage, we might be in for interesting times instead of end times.

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  8. I want to learn to be like her. I tend to back down when confronted by two people doing degrees of that to me.

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  9. Well, three days of Christmas down, nine left to go (-:. I think we are ready for the Three French Toasts (two turtlenecks, and a beer . . . not yet in a tree. That inspiration comes later in our song.) Merry, merry!

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