Hard work and learning December 24, 2011 8:50 AM   Subscribe

Happy Holidays and Thanks to the members and staff for a year of learning, entertainment, provocation, rethinking, skepticism, compassion and every bodies hard work.
posted by rmhsinc to MetaFilter-Related at 8:50 AM (283 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

All I can give you is my thanks.





cause I forgot to go shopping this year



posted by The Whelk at 8:53 AM on December 24, 2011 [4 favorites]


*braces self for terrifying hug orgy*
posted by elizardbits at 9:04 AM on December 24, 2011 [5 favorites]


*hugcrush*
posted by The Whelk at 9:08 AM on December 24, 2011


*gets in line for hugging*
posted by Elsa at 9:11 AM on December 24, 2011


* lifts boom box over head*
posted by The Whelk at 9:14 AM on December 24, 2011 [2 favorites]


I wish everyone a very merry christmas. Even the moderators.
posted by crunchland at 9:17 AM on December 24, 2011 [3 favorites]


I baked the mods a cookie but I eated it.
posted by Justinian at 9:21 AM on December 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


I made the mods some spiked egg nog but I drank it all and then some of it got on the mayor
posted by subbes at 9:48 AM on December 24, 2011 [4 favorites]


I heard someone say it the other day. Christmas, being officially the celebration of the alleged savior's birth (and less officially a celebration of the sun's return to our days -- in the Northern Hemisphere at least), has become a sort of ad-hoc celebration of all that lets us feel safe and secure (note the small "s" on secure). So no, it's not about Homeland Security, border guards, cops patrolling our streets, it's about celebrating the functional aspects of our families, communities, associations -- the people we love and trust.

Here's to that part of Metafilter ...
posted by philip-random at 9:51 AM on December 24, 2011 [6 favorites]


How did this MeTa get through the posting queue, but my call out of taz and jessamyn and cortex for capriciously deleting all my posts decrying cat circumcision and ferret declawing have been paid *no* attention?! It's ok, I'm used to being silenced ALL MY LIFE and MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 9:53 AM on December 24, 2011 [2 favorites]


I got baked and eated everything.

Seriously though - I wish you all a fantastic 2012. It's been such a shitty year, but I'm not going to jinx it by saying something stupid like "I don't see how it could be worse."
posted by vanar sena at 9:54 AM on December 24, 2011


I made Pomegranate and Fig vodka drinks for everyone.

Well for me.
posted by The Whelk at 9:55 AM on December 24, 2011 [2 favorites]


gimmie
posted by elizardbits at 9:57 AM on December 24, 2011


When I moved to Oakland a year and a half ago I thought "oh crap, I don't know anyone!". Then I went to a meetup and thought "okay, these people will be my friends". And I was right. The mods deserve some of the credit for bringing us together.
posted by madcaptenor at 10:03 AM on December 24, 2011 [6 favorites]


I propose this be the Metafilter Holiday Cocktail

1 part Fig Flavored Vodka
1 part Pomegranate juice
Splash of club soda
Splash of almond liqueur.

It just needs a name.
posted by The Whelk at 10:03 AM on December 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


Happy holidays everyone and thank you for this year's harvest. May all Gods, noodly or otherwise, smile upon the tribe of mathowie and ye olde webbe loge.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 10:06 AM on December 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


Here's how you make a Beleaguered Mod

1 oz scotch
Moment of consideration
A couple more oz scotch
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:12 AM on December 24, 2011 [66 favorites]


It's not holiday till I get off work, dammit.
posted by jonmc at 10:12 AM on December 24, 2011


Here's how you make a Beleaguered Mod

I've always just used this recipe, it's shorter. You just click here.
posted by OmieWise at 10:20 AM on December 24, 2011


Merry Christmas!
posted by OmieWise at 10:20 AM on December 24, 2011


It's not holiday till I get off work, dammit.

With ya there, man. I'm celebrating the sacred holiday of Wednesday, this week.
posted by restless_nomad (staff) at 10:23 AM on December 24, 2011


Here's last year's depression remedy:
1.5 oz Crown Royal
3.0 oz fortified eggnog

Note that this remedy becomes counterproductive after five or so doses.
posted by The Confessor at 10:25 AM on December 24, 2011


We've got some egg nog and peppermint flavored seltzer [two kinds, not one entirely gross kind] and are wondering what sort of neat cocktail we could make with them but at the same time I have seen the ad for marshmallow-flavored vodka and now I don't want anything but that in some gross holiday-type concoction.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 10:28 AM on December 24, 2011 [2 favorites]


*braces self for terrifying hug orgy*

Whose hand is that?
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 10:31 AM on December 24, 2011


Chewbacca's.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 10:55 AM on December 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


but at the same time I have seen the ad for marshmallow-flavored vodka

Brings to mind the end of the English Candy Drill segment from Gravity's Rainbow.

Gin Marshmallows!
posted by hippybear at 10:58 AM on December 24, 2011


SILENCED MERRY ALL MY LIFE
posted by Jahaza at 11:23 AM on December 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


Chewbacca's.

That does not make sense.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 11:39 AM on December 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


Fig flavored vodka? Do you even taste any fig?
posted by crunchland at 11:48 AM on December 24, 2011


Dear AskMe:

Was getting ready to make a pie, and my existing bag of pecans has something that looks very much like cobwebs inside.

Should I eat it?
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:48 AM on December 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


peppermint flavored seltzer

I'm sad to hear such a thing exists.
posted by Packed Lunch at 11:48 AM on December 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


Was getting ready to make a pie, and my existing bag of pecans has something that looks very much like cobwebs inside.

Sure! Pantry moth larvae are both crunchy and juicy. They'll add a little special something to your pie!

(Don't ask how I know this.)
posted by restless_nomad (staff) at 11:49 AM on December 24, 2011 [5 favorites]


I'm celebrating the sacred holiday of Wednesday

Oh man, I remember Wednesdays when I was a kid! So special, so much excitement. Now it's all commercialized; the stores start putting stuff out on freaking Saturday for Christs' sake.
posted by donnagirl at 11:57 AM on December 24, 2011 [7 favorites]


Cobwebs are excellent for leavening. Your pie will be light as a feather. Feathers are also excellent leavening, but tend to stick in your teeth, and may make your gums giggle.
posted by It's Snowing Katey Sagal at 11:58 AM on December 24, 2011 [2 favorites]


> (Don't ask how I know this.)

I'm going to assume that knowledge was obtained by putting defenseless little larvae in your mouth and chewing.
posted by Burhanistan at 12:04 PM on December 24, 2011


and my existing bag of pecans has something that looks very much like cobwebs inside.

First world problem. Examine your privilege.
posted by ericost at 12:11 PM on December 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


Here's how you make a Beleaguered Mod

1 oz scotch
Moment of consideration
A couple more oz scotch


All I got here is some bourbon. Will that work, too?

Let's find out.
posted by rtha at 12:14 PM on December 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


In a pinch you can put some masking tape on the bottle and write "scotch" on that.

This is a good way to further age individual bottles as well. I've got a nice bottle of 700 year Glenfarclas on the shelf.
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:25 PM on December 24, 2011 [5 favorites]


Ho ho ho!

Oh shit, mods, that wasnt an attack on anyone, I swear.

Merry Christmas all!
posted by Effigy2000 at 12:34 PM on December 24, 2011


cortex: "In a pinch you can put some masking tape on the bottle and write "scotch" on that."

Wouldn't it be easier to just use scotch tape?
posted by IndigoRain at 12:37 PM on December 24, 2011 [12 favorites]


Yay, smoopy time!

I luv all ya all.
posted by mccarty.tim at 12:38 PM on December 24, 2011


Scotch tape is made from scotch so it tastes like scotch.
posted by mccarty.tim at 12:45 PM on December 24, 2011


Now I want to remake that novelty app for making drinks for each band, but I don't know how to quickly evaluate each user.
posted by mccarty.tim at 12:46 PM on December 24, 2011


Happy festivus, and my best wishes to all of you for a safe, happy and healthy 2012.
posted by the quidnunc kid at 1:21 PM on December 24, 2011


I hate a little more during the holidays, just to pick up the slack.
posted by eyeballkid at 1:28 PM on December 24, 2011 [1 favorite]



Now I want to remake that novelty app for making drinks for each band, but I don't know how to quickly evaluate each user.


The Jessamyn, spiked orange fruit smoothie with rum and maple syrup liquor (it exists!)

The Cortex, Donut-flavored cocktail in a high ball glass (served with sprinkles)

The Mathowie, Craft brew beer hat worn while cycling.
posted by The Whelk at 1:31 PM on December 24, 2011



Fig flavored vodka? Do you even taste any fig?

There is a figginess to it, an odd combination sweet and tart with a nutty aftertaste.
posted by The Whelk at 1:34 PM on December 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


To me it just tastes like licking a nine volt battery.
posted by Ayn Rand and God at 1:37 PM on December 24, 2011 [10 favorites]


Shine on, you crazy MeFite diamonds. Here's my favorite schmoopy Christmas carol from John Denver and the Muppets. Peace out, to all.
posted by smirkette at 2:00 PM on December 24, 2011


I have been drinking my seasonal drink, the Little Drummer Boy: pa rum rum rum coke.

I just drunk called coldchef.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 2:07 PM on December 24, 2011 [2 favorites]


lets all drunk dial each other with Interesting Facts
posted by The Whelk at 2:09 PM on December 24, 2011 [2 favorites]


To me it just tastes like licking a nine volt battery.

Try infusing sichuan peppercorns into vodka. That tastes like licking a nine-volt battery. (Once I made some buzzy bitters that way, but they lost their punch after a couple months)
posted by aubilenon at 2:14 PM on December 24, 2011


That was a joke about cunnilingus liqueur.
posted by Burhanistan at 2:22 PM on December 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


Ah yes, Creme de Poonani.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 2:25 PM on December 24, 2011


Merry Christmas everybody!!!!1!!!

2011 seemed like a pretty good for Mefites. I hope 2012 is even better for all of us!

*JFTR, sluggin' spiced Sailor Jerry and Hawaiian Punch*

Woo hoo!!
posted by snsranch at 2:28 PM on December 24, 2011


my existing bag of pecans has something that looks very much like cobwebs inside.

Did it look like this?
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 2:34 PM on December 24, 2011


Happy holidays, everybody!

Thanks for another year of making me think, letting me substitute anecdote for reasoned argument, and introducing me to people and perspectives that enrich my life.

NOW DRINK, MOTHERFUCKERS, DRINK!
posted by BitterOldPunk at 2:39 PM on December 24, 2011 [4 favorites]


Merry yule, y'all! You'll all have a fabulous next year, it's sure!
posted by Kattullus at 2:42 PM on December 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


*Feasts on the blood on the living*
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 2:42 PM on December 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


Ooops, wrong party. My bad. That'll heal BoP, don't worry about it.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 2:42 PM on December 24, 2011


Part of my Guthrie List was: MAKE SURE THE IMPORTANT PEOPLE KNOW IT.

So: y'all are important to me. This whole damn site is. I learn so much about so many things, and I've met some really awesome people. Thank you.

Now that I have used up all of my holiday goodwill it is time to go to the store and fistfight someone's mom for the last can of cranberry sauce. If I am not back by midnight, avenge me.
posted by cmyk at 2:46 PM on December 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


Christmas for the Christmas god.
posted by griphus at 2:46 PM on December 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


Happy Hearth's Warming Eve, everypony!
posted by SPrintF at 3:02 PM on December 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


It's not a real celebration without the blink tag!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!
posted by fight or flight at 3:06 PM on December 24, 2011


OW MY SPLEEN
posted by BitterOldPunk at 3:09 PM on December 24, 2011


*wobbles in, picks larvae out of teeth, spills peppermint-poonani cocktail, makes beeline for mistletoe*
posted by EvaDestruction at 3:15 PM on December 24, 2011


Did it look like this?

What are you, crazy? You don't use death oats in a pecan pie.
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:19 PM on December 24, 2011


In honor of the Germanic orgin if the modern Christmas tree, here is some German


Feierabend: a festive frame of mind at the end of a working day
Drachenfutter: (“dragon fodder”) a peace offering to a wife from a guilty husband
Fachmensch: a narrow specialist
Fingerspitzengefühl: (“fingertipfeel”) intuitive sensibility, confident sureness of touch
fisselig: nagged and flustered to the point of incompetence
pomadig: “like hair oil,” able to slip through difficulties
Verschlimmbesserung: an intended improvement that has made things worse
Stammplatz: a favorite usual spot, as a table at a café
Torschlusspanik: (“gate closing panic”) fear that time is running out to act
Zivilcourage: courage to stand up for what is right
Zwischenraum: the space between things

Thanks Germany. Geranks.
posted by The Whelk at 3:19 PM on December 24, 2011 [7 favorites]


You use death oats in a shoo-fly pie, obviously.
posted by subbes at 3:22 PM on December 24, 2011


Yeah mods! Thank you very much. I will eat cheese and drink merriment in honor of you.

(I'm serious-thank you so much. Metafilter is the highlight of many of my working days. All because of you)
posted by glaucon at 3:54 PM on December 24, 2011


I was in Target earlier and I saw the "Red Velvet Falvored Holiday Milk" and took back all the times I've wished for larger selection of nog varieties.
posted by dirtdirt at 4:03 PM on December 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


So if anyone wants bourbon, we're trying a new kind: Elmer T. Lee. Pretty good.
posted by rtha at 4:16 PM on December 24, 2011


Whoops. Meant to say I still like the Four Roses single barrel better. But hey!
posted by rtha at 4:16 PM on December 24, 2011


Can't imagine life without Metafilter.

Much thanks to you all, and may the next year bring good things.
posted by ZeusHumms at 4:21 PM on December 24, 2011


The store was weirdly empty. I was expecting some kind of hurricane season 12-hours-to-landfall frenzy, and instead.... it was damn near deserted. Everyone in shorts and flipflops, too, because this is the warmest Christmas since ever in Tampa, at least that anyone can remember.

They were out of the can-shaped cranberry sauce glop. I did find a can of whole cranberries, which looks promising, because I am really not a fan of Sliced Can-Shaped Food.

Still, some lady almost ran me down with her cart. It's not a holiday without violent foraging!
posted by cmyk at 4:24 PM on December 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


They were out of the can-shaped cranberry sauce glop.

We can send you one of ours, if you like. We have a friend who Can't Live Without It, except she totally forgot about not having it this Thanksgiving, so we have a couple cans for just-in-case. If you don't want any, we'll just sneak into their house (we have keys, so no breaking and entering) and leave them in their pantry.
posted by rtha at 4:29 PM on December 24, 2011


Being lactose intolerant, I'm drinking advocaat instead of eggnog. Every time you take a drink of advocaat, you have to add another a.

I'm now drinking advocaaaaaaaaat.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 4:29 PM on December 24, 2011 [3 favorites]


apparently Christmas Eve dinner will be caviar and champagne for reals. This is what happens when you spend all afternoon testing a new cocktail recipe and then go shopping.
posted by The Whelk at 4:30 PM on December 24, 2011 [3 favorites]


And, my boss gave me a $25 Amazon card for xmas; suggestions for what to buy are welcome.
posted by rtha at 4:32 PM on December 24, 2011


I had a short zen-like voyage through the grocery store this morning picking up pie ingredients and provisions for a couple friends coming to visit; I was in no hurry and had a nice endorphin rush from a brisk walk in the cold, and I felt almost like an observer from another universe, weaving placidly through the throng of tense-looking shoppers, picking up my items with a sense of quiet confidence that they would still be where I was reaching for them even if I declined to literally snatch at them.

At one point my entrance to an aisle was blocked by a mute confrontation between two octogenarians' carts, both of them trying to move into the lane. I waited, the problem resolved itself, I got my pecans.

Om.
posted by cortex (staff) at 4:32 PM on December 24, 2011 [6 favorites]


It's all calvados all day here, but I'll find some of that bourbon later.

Currently it's Roger Groult 15. Mmm, mappy.
posted by aubilenon at 4:33 PM on December 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


I didn't even have to use my AK.
posted by Artw at 4:33 PM on December 24, 2011 [6 favorites]


Also, I test-drove my bottle of Chatoe Rogue Oregon Single Malt Whiskey to verify that no, I do not in fact like it, which is perfect because I need to take something over to my parent's house tonight to help fill out the bar at their Ugly Sweater Christmas Eve party. Somebody can suck that stuff down with coke on the rocks, I'm sure, and I can probably talk dad into breaking out the bottle of The Balvenie I got him last Christmas.
posted by cortex (staff) at 4:35 PM on December 24, 2011


rtha, the stuff is mandatory for my mother too. (Gack.) I think after the holiday I will buy a few cans, which of course means I will forget I have them for years until The Next Big Storm hits and then I'll have a fantastic AskMe about hurricane generators and Should I Eat That?

I realized I forgot to get the family traditional New Year's lucky 'food': vodka and marinated herring. This means I will keep forgetting until New Year's Eve, when I will find myself standing lost in the liquor store clutching a jar of pickled fish. Terviseks! Aurgh!
posted by cmyk at 4:42 PM on December 24, 2011


guys guys

you guys

rum happened
posted by elizardbits at 4:44 PM on December 24, 2011 [2 favorites]


I hope your rum has a map on it!
posted by aubilenon at 4:45 PM on December 24, 2011


rick

rick

rick

rick i can read your mind rick
posted by The Whelk at 4:50 PM on December 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm home. It's over. Merry fucking Xmas, you magnificent bastards.
posted by jonmc at 4:50 PM on December 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


I want to join in thanking the founder, mods and all the folk who post and comment here for the quality and quantity of information and deliberation available at this elegant virtual salon. I am glad, too, that this site is always so much more salon-like than saloon-like and, despite the occasional outcropping of drunken raillery, the wit and charm here are often quite delightful. (Actually, sometimes the raillery, wit and charm coalesce spectacularly within a single line.) This place is fun.
posted by Anitanola at 5:03 PM on December 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


(((((( All the Mods ))))))

Thank you!!!
posted by bearwife at 5:04 PM on December 24, 2011


I am glad, too, that this site is always so much more salon-like

Bullshit. I tried to get my hair done here and they gave me a damn Beiber cut, the bastards.
posted by jonmc at 5:12 PM on December 24, 2011 [2 favorites]


Go, Mods, Go!
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 5:18 PM on December 24, 2011


Stay, Mods, Stay!
posted by aubilenon at 5:29 PM on December 24, 2011


The store was weirdly empty. I was expecting some kind of hurricane season 12-hours-to-landfall frenzy, and instead.... it was damn near deserted.

The most desolate sight I've ever seen in a grocery store was a single completely looted sun cream shelf in Galway on a sunny day. It had the contents of neighbor shelves scattered about it, remnants of people's frantic search for misplaced extras.

There was something alluring about the emptiness amid the plenty. A hollow home for the emptiness of your soul.

Also, Merry Christmas!
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 5:32 PM on December 24, 2011 [2 favorites]


jonmc, the haircut is like SO TOTALLY CUTE on you!
posted by rtha at 5:32 PM on December 24, 2011 [3 favorites]


Heh. I remember during the whole Beiber Love Child rumor thing, I'd mention it to people and say "don't you picture an infant with his hair all like this" and then fluff my hair forward, and with pouty lips and then realize that all babies have pouty lips.
posted by jonmc at 5:36 PM on December 24, 2011


Good ladies and gents, I raise my glass to thee. You have my gratitude.

(clink) *sip* ahhhh

Now then, this is no time for moderation. Get out — so that you might enjoy this day, and so that I might finish this bottle in peace. I'll see you again upon the morrow.
posted by Toekneesan at 5:38 PM on December 24, 2011


If I had some vodka Gummi bears right now, I'd be toasting you all. Thanks, MeFites everywhere, for another year of fine reading.
posted by MonkeyToes at 5:44 PM on December 24, 2011




okay dammit g&t time
posted by subbes at 5:52 PM on December 24, 2011


God rest ye merry Mefites
Let none have GRAR to say
Mathowie our creator
Wants one fucking quiet day
Cortex and holy Jessamyn
Want a little time away
O just give them one fucking quiet day
Quiet fucking day
We shall give them one fucking quiet day
posted by cmyk at 5:54 PM on December 24, 2011 [5 favorites]


Happy Merry and Healthy Happy to all. Now I have to go to bed. Gotta be up early to make Chrismakka Crockpot Brisket ©®™ in the morning.
posted by Splunge at 5:54 PM on December 24, 2011


Bob stole that Christmas message from a Hindu.
posted by cjorgensen at 5:59 PM on December 24, 2011


We've got some egg nog and peppermint flavored seltzer [two kinds, not one entirely gross kind]
posted by jessamyn

peppermint flavored seltzer[?]
I'm sad to hear such a thing exists.
posted by Packed Lunch


OK, but I am much more fervent in my hope that jessamyn did not mean she has "eggnog flavored seltzer." Because that is a very scary thought.
posted by spitbull at 6:02 PM on December 24, 2011


Also, I have a fifth of Slivovitz. That stuff is fucking great.
posted by jonmc at 6:03 PM on December 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


Yay! Merry holiday happy time, everyone!
posted by pemberkins at 6:14 PM on December 24, 2011


I am serious!
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 6:20 PM on December 24, 2011 [2 favorites]


looks tasty
posted by jonmc at 6:25 PM on December 24, 2011


It's been a relatively bad year, and you guys helped me though it all the way, from getting kicked out of a foreclosed house I was renting, to helping me move into a van in which I lived for a while, to moving into a cabin in the middle of nowhere, and to recently helping me with my sick cat. It would have all been so much harder if I had to go it alone. And this says nothing of all the awesome stuff I learned, new perspectives I gained, laughs I had, beers I've drank at many meet-ups. Aw, shucks.

Happy Holidays motherfuckers.
posted by Lutoslawski at 6:29 PM on December 24, 2011 [5 favorites]


"eggnog flavored seltzer."

You can't imagine how much that made me want an egg cream.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:29 PM on December 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


I am somewhat horrified and also quite curious. The candy cane and pumpkin spice ones sort of I can imagine, but eggnog is so much about texture that it's hard to think about it in seltzer. Is it non-awful?
posted by aubilenon at 6:30 PM on December 24, 2011


As soon as I can prise myself away from this infernal internet device, I'm going to peruse my brand new copy of Crazy From The Heat (in preparation for next week's driving vacation to the McDonald Observatory, Ft. Davis & Big Bend, cameras in tow) and then, I am going to go into the kitchen and have me some Whole Foods Cherry Pie.

I've managed to finagle my schedule to where I have to work exactly one day over the next ten, and it's only costing me three days PTO. Oh, and Spurs season opener, arena level tix on Monday. Basketball is back, and Duncan is healthy and rested. Woot!

My life is full of consumerist goodness, and welling up from this nigh-abysmal font of plenty, I feel a great sense of gratitude & satisfaction, however fleeting, so seriously -- merry Christmas, alla yous.
posted by Devils Rancher at 6:31 PM on December 24, 2011


also: WANT!
posted by jonmc at 6:36 PM on December 24, 2011


The Jessamyn, spiked orange fruit smoothie with rum and maple syrup liquor (it exists!)

I would drink this (at least once). I'm imagining something like an Orange Julius with rum and maple syrup flavors. Yum.
posted by Lexica at 6:43 PM on December 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


Happy holidays everyone. I have drank (drunk?) my share of cheap prosecco and now it's time to resume packing...possibly with a long sleep interval in there too.
posted by bquarters at 6:43 PM on December 24, 2011


I confess that those seltzers scare me a little.
posted by rtha at 6:56 PM on December 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


I wanna fucking drunk call coldchef. I guess I would need to be drunk first, and have his number. CALL ME COLDCHEF, I'M WAITING! I'LL EVEN GET DRUNK FOR IT!!!!
posted by msali at 6:57 PM on December 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


Wait, so it's eggnog-*flavored*? Or is it like an egg cream (which has of course no eggs) where the seltzer is blended with milk? Because as someone who once made a mean egg cream, I can tell you the fizz in that thing lasts about as long as it takes to drink it quickly (which is in part, perhaps, because properly made the seltzer is decanted into the syrup/cream over the tip of a spoon, if you must know the secret.)
posted by spitbull at 7:00 PM on December 24, 2011


Egg nog flavored seltzer actually exists? Oh my.
posted by pemberkins at 7:20 PM on December 24, 2011


I wanna fucking drunk called coldchef.

1 jigger formaldehyde...
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 7:21 PM on December 24, 2011 [3 favorites]


Yes, I am a pain in the butt. But I like this place. Happy today.
posted by tomswift at 7:23 PM on December 24, 2011


MeMailed you my number. Dial away, drunkie.
posted by ColdChef at 7:35 PM on December 24, 2011 [3 favorites]


I totally want to drunk call Coldchef too, but I'm not drunk enough, I don't think, even though I'm on my second glass of bourbon.
posted by gingerbeer at 7:41 PM on December 24, 2011


There's a thread on the blue that's getting all grar and it was making me all grar and so I fled and came back here.
posted by rtha at 7:41 PM on December 24, 2011


Fuck grar! That is all.
posted by tomswift at 7:51 PM on December 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


I have a cat next to me now (this one) and he totally helps lessen grar. Everyone should have a cat!

And some bourbon.
posted by rtha at 7:55 PM on December 24, 2011 [2 favorites]


The parents are asleep and the first glass of rye has been poured.

Yes, I am thirty one years old.
posted by nathancaswell at 7:58 PM on December 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


What rye are you drinking?
posted by gingerbeer at 7:59 PM on December 24, 2011


Michter's.
posted by nathancaswell at 8:05 PM on December 24, 2011


Haven't tried that one.

*adds to list*

Also, there are deer on the lawn. Possibly reindeer! If Santa skips your house, it's because his reindeer went on strike and are occupying the lawn here.
posted by rtha at 8:07 PM on December 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


It's tasty. The windows were opened after a blueberry pie oven incident earlier and the wood stove kicked into high gear to make up for it (it's 11 degrees in NH). Now that they're closed again it is really really hot in here.
posted by nathancaswell at 8:15 PM on December 24, 2011


I totally want to drunk call Coldchef too, but I'm not drunk enough, I don't think, even though I'm on my second glass of bourbon.
posted by gingerbeer


Check your MeMail.
posted by ColdChef at 8:17 PM on December 24, 2011


Hee. Elizard just drunk-dialed ColdChef and I yelled "Roll Tide" at him. Hee hee hee.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 8:17 PM on December 24, 2011 [3 favorites]


Just put the boys to bed, and after getting all the booze ready for tomorrow (apple cider sangria and mimosa fixin's), I'm getting into tonight's booze. Who wants to drunk MeMail me?
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 8:18 PM on December 24, 2011


plz drunk memail me your best off color jokes
posted by nathancaswell at 8:21 PM on December 24, 2011


Oh man I got Bourbon and an Xbox this year.

So I guess those three outlined books I have are just never going to get written.
posted by The Whelk at 8:25 PM on December 24, 2011 [2 favorites]


Alas, I am sober. The only thing I could do is call ColdChef and get my dog to yodel at him.
posted by cmyk at 8:28 PM on December 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


I feel curiously forlorn that I don't drink and am left out of all this drinky badinage and bonhomie. As an athiest at Christmas I guess I should be used to it....I love y'all anyway!
posted by a humble nudibranch at 8:31 PM on December 24, 2011


I was wondering if I maybe shouldn't have another beer, but y'all are bad influences. Maui Brewing Coconut Porter in your (y'all's) honor, coming up!
posted by Lexica at 8:31 PM on December 24, 2011


but y'all are bad influences

this is the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me.
posted by The Whelk at 8:33 PM on December 24, 2011 [2 favorites]


Okay I'm going to compromise on my commitment to calvados because damn if this isn't some tasty beer.
posted by aubilenon at 8:35 PM on December 24, 2011


Happy Holidays kids! Hugs all around! And happy Schmoopy doopy to you as well...
posted by Skygazer at 8:42 PM on December 24, 2011


MOAR DRUNKEN REVELRY
posted by The Whelk at 9:03 PM on December 24, 2011


!
posted by The Whelk at 9:04 PM on December 24, 2011


I hereby propose that we Occupy ColdChef. I get the washed parts.
posted by middleclasstool at 9:06 PM on December 24, 2011 [2 favorites]


LATE TO THE PARTY

I has a cat and what's left of my last bottle of Talisker. HAPPY HOLIDAYS you crazy beanplaters.

And now to give the cat some tuna because she is staring at my scotch enviously and that is so very not on.
posted by zennish at 9:10 PM on December 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


WITH ONE BREATH/ UNTIL YOU'RE DEAF/ DRINK WITH COLDCHEF
posted by The Whelk at 9:13 PM on December 24, 2011 [2 favorites]


rick

rick

rick

Martinis are made with GIN rick, not Vodka make me another

also get off the ceiling.
posted by The Whelk at 9:13 PM on December 24, 2011 [3 favorites]


butts lol
posted by elizardbits at 9:14 PM on December 24, 2011


3. Why did the chicken cross the road?

Cock.


Best one received so far
posted by nathancaswell at 9:17 PM on December 24, 2011 [2 favorites]


Did a Google Hangout with some MeFites. Put antlers on Hitler. It was that kind of night.
posted by ColdChef at 9:24 PM on December 24, 2011


THE HILTER CLONES ARE NOT A TOY
posted by The Whelk at 9:28 PM on December 24, 2011


rick

rick

rick

where is the vermouth, rick?

this is not a martini. a martini is gin and vermouth.

very disappointed, rick.
posted by Lexica at 9:39 PM on December 24, 2011


Merry Christmas and good luck to everyone! Let's all make it through to the new year.
posted by Kevin Street at 9:40 PM on December 24, 2011


rick

rick

it's three olives rick, one, two, three, many

this is many rick
posted by The Whelk at 9:42 PM on December 24, 2011


rick

rick

rick

i hear hooves on the roof

rick
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 9:49 PM on December 24, 2011


Well dang you all. There I was nestled all snug in my bed when I suddenly felt the need for some cider. Cider that pops its cork like champagne. Really potent hand-pressed cider. Really tasty, immediate-tipsy-making cider. Cider that you have to open in the sink because it makes Old Faithful lok like a slutty sporty spring. There are lots of freshly cleaned china sitting by the sink. And there are two cats who are mortally wounded they aren't getting fed again tring to kill me by tripping me and then blaming my death on a pre-drunken stupor.

Thanks!
posted by julen at 9:50 PM on December 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


Thanks for all the calls, folks. Daddy's going to bed now. Don't phone me unless you're dead or dying.
posted by ColdChef at 10:05 PM on December 24, 2011


oh fine rick

blame the cat
posted by Lexica at 10:06 PM on December 24, 2011


What about sexting, is that ok?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 10:07 PM on December 24, 2011


I had the egg nog seltzer. It was delicious. They had many other strange delights at the Big Value Outlet in Dartmouth, MA, where we bought it.

I am eagerly waiting for Greg Nog to concoct a seltzer so I can do a taste comparison.
posted by not_on_display at 10:11 PM on December 24, 2011


Now I really want eggnog. There is none in the house! DAAAAAAAMN YOOOOOOOUUUU
posted by Pallas Athena at 10:12 PM on December 24, 2011


Egg nog. Bah!

"I want to get drunk, but I could also go for some pancakes."
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 10:18 PM on December 24, 2011


Sorry, but we know "happy holidays" us just a fig leaf over "merry Christmas". I prefer not to celebrate the last 2000 years of oppression by christianist sects. The war on Christmas is not over people the moment we let down our guard chistianists will once again be ordering us to be Merry or Happy, we must not succumb.
posted by Ad hominem at 10:25 PM on December 24, 2011


Happy Quonsmas everyone. Had the laziest Christmas for years here. Woke up late, fed the arcticcat, made tea for arcticwife and then went to yoga. Got my zen on, had coffee and we're watching the tintin movie.

Love to you all, thanks for making 2011 a great MeFi year.
posted by arcticseal at 10:34 PM on December 24, 2011


A variation on cat in the christmas tree: cat in the palm tree with lights on it and garlands in the pot.

Sleep there instead of on my head, cat.
posted by cmyk at 10:53 PM on December 24, 2011


I totally want to drunkskype ColdChef, but all I have is this coffee (because it's pre-cocktail hour here; can't pop the champagne until at least 9 am, I think the rule is), and ColdChef is in bed. Weenie.

Happy Holly Days, everyone!
posted by taz (staff) at 10:54 PM on December 24, 2011


That was a joke about cunnilingus liqueur.

Crotch whisky?
posted by Anything at 11:02 PM on December 24, 2011


Wait if we talk about Greg nog or things related to him then we can conjure him?


Everyone talk about Maine coon cats and chili NOW.
posted by The Whelk at 11:04 PM on December 24, 2011


Bah humbug-filter.
posted by munchingzombie at 11:10 PM on December 24, 2011




!
posted by The Whelk at 11:41 PM on December 24, 2011


Main

Main

Maine

Coons

NOW

!
posted by a humble nudibranch at 11:51 PM on December 24, 2011


Auxiliary coon cats too!
posted by aubilenon at 11:53 PM on December 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


Tree trimmed. Presents in place. Everything that should be outside is out and everything that should be inside is in. Time for bed!
posted by Kevin Street at 12:55 AM on December 25, 2011


A Monkey Christmas to all, and to all a good night!
posted by homunculus at 1:03 AM on December 25, 2011


Ah. I'm going to sleep. Have a k-rad x-mas, everyone
posted by aubilenon at 1:31 AM on December 25, 2011




Aww, my old parents had candles in the tree this morning. Old school!
Just like it ever was!
posted by joost de vries at 3:15 AM on December 25, 2011


The Potate and I celebrated xmas eve with a Victory at Sea. So delicious. Earlier that day a customer returned two $90 bottles of port (we both work liquor retail, and the customer was a giant idiot who didn't know how to open a port) Since the bottles couldn't be resold, they were decanted and put at the tasting bar for staff and customers alike to try. I have now been ruined for port. Damn rich people.
posted by lizjohn at 4:05 AM on December 25, 2011


The Whelk: Wait if we talk about Greg nog or things related to him then we can conjure him?

I'll be, it worked. It's a Yuletide Miracle!
posted by Kattullus at 4:37 AM on December 25, 2011 [3 favorites]


jonmc: "Also, I have a fifth of Slivovitz. That stuff is fucking great."

A thousand times this.
posted by Splunge at 4:51 AM on December 25, 2011


Well, I get to spend the day sitting in the ICU watching a parent on life support trying to regain consciousness, so no booze for me.

You have not seen the saddest, loneliest place outside coldchef's morgue until you've been in a trauma ICU on Christmas. The tower of tubes and monitors with its flashing lights and beeping alarms makes for a heck of a tree.
posted by spitbull at 4:51 AM on December 25, 2011


Re marshmallow flavored vodka: does anyone else find the use of the word "fluffer" in the advertising as confusing as I do?
posted by sciencegeek at 4:54 AM on December 25, 2011


spitbull: I don't know where you are, but do you need anyone to bring you anything (food, clothing, hugs, something to read)?
posted by sciencegeek at 4:55 AM on December 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Up at 4:57 Christmas day, looking forward to Manhattans later on! This day brings back memories of Chinese food and wondering what exactly the fuck all the Christians were doing.

Fun fact: us Jewish kids all used to mess with the words of the Christmas carols they made us sing in elementary school! "Oh come let us ignore hiiiimmmm...mmmmphhh the lard".
posted by jasper411 at 5:01 AM on December 25, 2011


On preview: seconding sciencegeek re spitbull. Anything we can do? My thoughts are going out over the internet ethers to you!
posted by jasper411 at 5:03 AM on December 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Spitbull, will remember your parent at Mass this morning.
posted by Jahaza at 5:04 AM on December 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Eating the world's unhealthiest breakfast: eggs fried in butter, topped with fried pastrami and melted Swiss and a side of dark Jewish rye bread with butter spread on top. To make way for champagne with a bright red cranberry floating in the glass.

I think that's funny about the Christmas carols. We were at a party last week and I felt really awkward standing around singing with a bunch of strangers. Who I later found out were all in a professional choir together. Those old ladies have some pipes on them!

Spitbull, sorry to hear about your parent :-(
posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 5:25 AM on December 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Marie, that sounds delicious.

spitbull, I send hugs and hope-everything-works-out thoughts your way.
posted by rtha at 5:31 AM on December 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Ach spitbull. That sounds so desolate.
posted by joost de vries at 5:35 AM on December 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


The pasture next door is full of frosty cows and black vultures.
posted by rtha at 5:38 AM on December 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Oof Spitbull -hoping for a good outcome for you and your parent.
posted by leslies at 5:47 AM on December 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


That does sound desolate. All I can offer is cyberhugs, spitbull, but you're welcome to as many as you need.
posted by Kattullus at 5:48 AM on December 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Spitbull, you have my dearest sympathies. I hope that things turn out for the best, and that you know that in addition to all the people in your life, you've got hundreds, if not thousands of shoulders to lean on online should you need it.
posted by Ghidorah at 5:57 AM on December 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Oh wow, thanks everyone. I was just sort of screaming into the void in frustration and anxiety, not expecting a response or all these kind words at the bottom of a long MeTa on Xmas day, although this being Metafilter I should have expected the kindness. And thanks sciencegeek and others for offers of help. We've got it covered for now. We're just waiting for consciousness to return, expecting it to, not quite knowing what we'll see when it does.

My thanks to everyone, and be aware that a lot of really great people choose to work or have to work on Christmas -- doctors, nurses, orderlies, technicians -- because pain never takes a holiday. As the son of a nurse (who is not the parent in trouble), I'm especially grateful.

Thank you all again.
posted by spitbull at 6:04 AM on December 25, 2011 [8 favorites]


And ironically, sciencegeek, we are in the same town. Thank you again. That kind of generous, immediate, heartfelt crossover to offering help IRL is really one of those metafilter things you can't explain to people who don't understand.
posted by spitbull at 6:08 AM on December 25, 2011 [3 favorites]


Glad you've got things covered, but the offer still stands.

I'll be doing boyfriend's family things most of today and thus slightly out of town but will be back in the evening. I have many books, a few jars of nutella, and an unlimited metrocard that can get me anywhere (more or less).

If you want to contact me, memail away.
posted by sciencegeek at 6:15 AM on December 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Happy Birthday Shane MacGowan
posted by Sailormom at 6:56 AM on December 25, 2011


Yay, I'm older!

Happy birthday, me!
posted by mccarty.tim at 7:16 AM on December 25, 2011


mccarty.tim: Yay, I'm older!

Happy birthday, dude. I gotta say though, that's precisely the opposite reaction I have on my own birthday.
posted by gman at 7:19 AM on December 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm still running on happy momentum from turning 21. Soon I'll be able to rent a car.

After that, it's all downhill.
posted by mccarty.tim at 7:22 AM on December 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


I got the most incredible gift last night, I was lying in bed feeling a little sorry for the terrible year I've had, and wishing I could blink it all away and feeling bad that I wanted to fast forward out of my life in 2011, and then I heard my kids, 21 and 25, grown-up sisters, hanging out in the living room, drinking red wine, playing guitar, singing, singing Harvest Moon by Neil Young, and it was the sweetest sound, ever, and I was happy and loving 2011 in that moment.

I've had a terrible year in which I needed much distracting. Metafilter all, I truly do thank you.
posted by thinkpiece at 7:22 AM on December 25, 2011 [18 favorites]


Just piling on with thanx to MeFites for their honesty, care, and taking me to places I would have never ventured on my own. Blessings of the season.
posted by Xurando at 7:28 AM on December 25, 2011 [2 favorites]


Well, I'd never turn down a Nutella delivery under ordinary circumstances. And probably neither would my dad. I wonder if I could sneak it into the feeding tube. ; )

I'm just imagining what might be do-able with Nutella, eggnog (*not* eggnog-flavored seltzer, I'm sorry I still can't grok that), and either rum or bourbon.

Sincere thanks again, sciencegeek and everyone. If the thread is still open when there's any good news, I'll post an update. Off to Bellevue I go.
posted by spitbull at 7:30 AM on December 25, 2011


(Although I suppose a little Frangelico and choolate liqueur could simulate Nutella in that drink.)
posted by spitbull at 7:32 AM on December 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


I have a Bailey's chocolate whipped cream pie that might work, spitbull.
posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 8:21 AM on December 25, 2011


this year has been terrible, three friends die, a major depressive episode in feb, inertia at school, two close friends who i am no longer speaking with, plans falling apart, just total sadness. thank you for being you mefi.
posted by PinkMoose at 8:41 AM on December 25, 2011


Spitbull, I'm so sorry to hear about your parent. I hope they regain consciousness very quickly.

I'm back in town on Tuesday. If you need anything, please don't hesitate to memail me as well.
posted by zarq at 8:55 AM on December 25, 2011


does anyone else find the use of the word "fluffer" in the advertising as confusing as I do?

Oh god, yes.

Happy birthday to mccarty.tim and Zombie Jesus and everyone else who has claimed this day as their birthday on the Birthday Explorer thing that we have. I guess I'm technically "working" today as the least-Christmas-celebrator of the bunch. Me and the mister are spending a rare Dec 25th without family or friends and feeling a little guilty about how much we're looking forward to it. It's snowing outside and we have leftover Chinese from last night and I got a new book about moss that I'm excited to read [no foolin'].

Best wishes spitbull and anyone else who is dealing with a challenging holiday day or season.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:05 AM on December 25, 2011 [2 favorites]


jessamyn: It's snowing outside and we have leftover Chinese from last night...

Chinese, you say?
posted by gman at 9:08 AM on December 25, 2011


As the chronically single Jewish mod, I think I've stolen your title, Jessamyn. My big plans for today involve doing the dishes and making liver and onions. (Yesterday I monopolized the building's washer and dryer all day. What a treat!)
posted by restless_nomad (staff) at 9:11 AM on December 25, 2011


How many Jewish mods do we have here?? Can't we let the goys have anything?
posted by gman at 9:14 AM on December 25, 2011


All the Jewish (or at least Jewishish in my case) mods have first names that start with J. It's a bit on the nose. We may actually be characters in some sort of work of fiction.

Chinese, you say?

If we didn't otherwise have Christmas-related familial obligations, me and the wife would be have Chinese food dinner with melissa may and sleepy_pete this evening. I don't know why it's a thing, but I don't really care because I like Chinese food.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:19 AM on December 25, 2011


We're not Jewish but I think we're going to try to have Chinese food for lunch today, because I'm too lazy to cook.


Today's Xmas miracle will be if I'm able to re-sac these lever-fill fountain pens without getting shellac all over the carpet.
posted by subbes at 9:23 AM on December 25, 2011


It's a thing because traditionally, Chinese restaurants were the only thing open on Christmas, and therefore the only place that Jews could go out to eat.

Curious, is this the first time cortex has posted having had a few?
posted by Melismata at 9:27 AM on December 25, 2011


An anagram of the first names of the Jewish mods:

Jeans Jerseys Hmm Joy
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 9:28 AM on December 25, 2011


My Chinese food theory is that Asian food in general doesn't use dairy, and therefore for halfassedly observant Jews, there's not the milk-and-meat kosher issue. (Certainly at least in my family, Chinese was traditional not just on Christmas, but every third weekend at least.)
posted by restless_nomad (staff) at 9:30 AM on December 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Okay, so, there are no Chinese restaurants in this town that are open today. Frozen pizza for Xmas dinner! I am a terrible wife!
posted by subbes at 9:34 AM on December 25, 2011


I'm not Jewish, but my wife is so we will indeed be enjoying some Chinese takeout later. And we're in Queens, which is where Chinese restaurants go to die.
posted by jonmc at 9:37 AM on December 25, 2011


Careful, don't let out the Queens Secretly Has Excellent Indian Food cat out of the bag.
posted by The Whelk at 9:43 AM on December 25, 2011 [2 favorites]


Curious, is this the first time cortex has posted having had a few?

Oh man, I am disappointingly sober. I'm not even hungover, such was the bust that was last night's sweater party. This is straight-up CHRISTMAS CHEER right here, notwithstanding whatever trace alcoholic content is in the Glenstal Abbey liqueur truffle I ate with my coffee and challah this morning.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:45 AM on December 25, 2011


Yes! Chinese is open. I was saddened when they were closed on thanksgiving, was wondering if they were going to close On Christmas as well. Glad to see that they are unaffected by the Christmas spirit.
posted by Ad hominem at 9:46 AM on December 25, 2011


Oh man, I am disappointingly sober.


We can change that.
posted by The Whelk at 9:54 AM on December 25, 2011


As brisk as bees, if not altogether as light as fairies, did the four
Pickwickians assemble on the morning of the twenty-second day of
December, in the year of grace in which these, their faithfully-recorded
adventures, were undertaken and accomplished. Christmas was close at
hand, in all his bluff and hearty honesty; it was the season of
hospitality, merriment, and open-heartedness; the old year was
preparing, like an ancient philosopher, to call his friends around
him, and amidst the sound of feasting and revelry to pass gently and
calmly away. Gay and merry was the time; and right gay and merry
were at least four of the numerous hearts that were gladdened by
its coming.

And numerous indeed are the hearts to which Christmas
brings a brief season of happiness and enjoyment. How many
families, whose members have been dispersed and scattered far
and wide, in the restless struggles of life, are then reunited, and
meet once again in that happy state of companionship and mutual
goodwill, which is a source of such pure and unalloyed delight;
and one so incompatible with the cares and sorrows of the world,
that the religious belief of the most civilised nations, and the rude
traditions of the roughest savages, alike number it among the
first joys of a future condition of existence, provided for the
blessed and happy! How many old recollections, and how many
dormant sympathies, does Christmas time awaken!

We write these words now, many miles distant from the spot
at which, year after year, we met on that day, a merry and joyous
circle. Many of the hearts that throbbed so gaily then, have
ceased to beat; many of the looks that shone so brightly then,
have ceased to glow; the hands we grasped, have grown cold; the
eyes we sought, have hid their lustre in the grave; and yet the old
house, the room, the merry voices and smiling faces, the jest,
the laugh, the most minute and trivial circumstances connected
with those happy meetings, crowd upon our mind at each
recurrence of the season, as if the last assemblage had been but
yesterday! Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the
delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the
pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the
traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fireside and
his quiet home!
posted by Kinbote at 9:56 AM on December 25, 2011


The Lord Kinbote episode of X Files was one of my favorite episodes. If I start now, I may be able to rewatch the series before the end of the year if I don't stop to sleep or eat.
posted by Ad hominem at 10:20 AM on December 25, 2011 [2 favorites]


I've been there, spitbull. More than once. Don't know your situation, but I'll say a prayer for your Dad today. May he come back to you soon.
posted by Kevin Street at 10:40 AM on December 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Frozen pizza for Xmas dinner!

My goodness, at least let it thaw a bit before you serve it.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 10:47 AM on December 25, 2011 [3 favorites]


Merry Christmas you bastards.
posted by phaedon at 10:49 AM on December 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


OK Spitbull I am reserving one jar of nutella for you.
posted by sciencegeek at 11:23 AM on December 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Well, Jesus was a bastard, I guess.
posted by philip-random at 11:27 AM on December 25, 2011


Me and the mister are spending a rare Dec 25th without family or friends and feeling a little guilty about how much we're looking forward to it.

Same here. "Peace on earth," for the first time in a long time, actually feels like an appropriate sentiment this year. No striving, to running around, just being. I like it this way.
posted by SpacemanStix at 11:33 AM on December 25, 2011 [2 favorites]


Hi, everyone! You are my favorites. Merry and happy everything.
posted by Sidhedevil at 11:36 AM on December 25, 2011


Well, Jesus was a bastard, I guess.

Although he was born to married parents, so maybe that's not the correct word.
posted by SpacemanStix at 11:37 AM on December 25, 2011


*hugs* for Spitbull and anyone else having a shitty day.

*hugs* for everyone having a good day.

And more *hugs* just because.

My dog would like to headbutt you in a loving way, too. KA-POW.
posted by cmyk at 11:39 AM on December 25, 2011 [3 favorites]


Sidhedevil! I was wondering where you'd got to. Good to see you.
posted by restless_nomad (staff) at 11:39 AM on December 25, 2011


There's some confusion about whether Mary and Joseph were married or only formally betrothed at the time of Jesus' birth, because the Gospels use slightly different terminologies.
posted by Sidhedevil at 11:40 AM on December 25, 2011 [3 favorites]


... either way, the neighbors had to be wondering.
posted by philip-random at 11:55 AM on December 25, 2011 [4 favorites]


My second dumb question to MeFi today: What is a sweater party?! (Earlier I had to ask "What is pre-ads"?)
posted by thinkpiece at 12:04 PM on December 25, 2011


Mary! Radiant as ever...
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:11 PM on December 25, 2011 [3 favorites]


Made homemade gluten free Chinese last night as a backwards riff on the Jewish tradition. Smaller, quieter gathering this year after losing hubby's mom this fall. Missing her but loving not having a huge group here since quiet and peaceful are not adjectives normally applied to his family. Sending warm thoughts to all who lost a loved one this year or are struggling otherwise - may 2012 be a better, more peaceful and prosperous year!
posted by leslies at 12:43 PM on December 25, 2011


Ugly Christmas Sweater Parties. Website.
posted by zarq at 12:44 PM on December 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


"Until the 1820s, it wasn’t unusual for groups of young men to celebrate Christmas by getting drunk, putting on their sisters’ clothes, and heading over to the boss’s house to scream and bang pots in the cold until they were offered a plate of food and a glass of liquor—or “figgy pudding and a cup of good cheer,” as a holiday drinking song of the day put it."— The Ghost of Berserker Christmas by Graham T. Beck at the Morning News.
posted by Toekneesan at 12:51 PM on December 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Let me just say I've having a weird family christmas so far and not in a good way but nothing tragic. I can't wait for my daughter to get here, by then it will be just the two of us and any weirdness will be of our own making and therefore good. Happy holidays MetaFilter
posted by Sailormom at 12:51 PM on December 25, 2011


with my coffee and challah this morning.

Happy Challah Days! Did I just invent that?
posted by nathancaswell at 1:25 PM on December 25, 2011


Any ladies out there wanna be a Challah Back Girl?
posted by jonmc at 1:29 PM on December 25, 2011


Omg, best Xmas gift EVAR. The guy scheduled to be on call today had to leave town on a family emergency and, as one of the few saps who didn't have plane tickets, back up duty fell to me. Now, I've got a new baby, my three year old "gets" Christmas for the first time this year and we have tons of family flying in to see us. On top of that, I'm just coming off an 80 hour work week where I got slammed with sick people and the hospital is full. And just to put the icing on the cake, I broke my foot on Monday. I was pretty bummed about unexpectedly having to work today.

I get a page at 7 am this morning, it's one of my partners: "Hey, I spent the night in the hospital and woke up early and rounded on all the patients for you. Enjoy the day with your family. Merry Christmas."

Allison, I owe you big time, not just for a much needed day off, but for restoring my faith in the spirit of the season.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 2:11 PM on December 25, 2011 [11 favorites]


Someone said "Maine Coons"!

Here is my Maine Coon earlier today, pointedly noting what he would like for a Christmas present and hinting that he would be quite put out if he doesn't get it.

Joyeux Noël tout le monde !
posted by fraula at 2:14 PM on December 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


I think I liked all this "Rick" stuff better when I imagined it was Amy Poehler's Kaitlin from SNL. A cat? Srsly?
posted by IndigoRain at 2:41 PM on December 25, 2011


either way, the neighbors had to be
wondering.


Undoubtedly true.
posted by SpacemanStix at 3:13 PM on December 25, 2011


cats make xmas great, apart from whichever one of our cats chewed through the cords for a $200 pair of headphones yesterday
posted by subbes at 4:18 PM on December 25, 2011


Love ya all my Metafilter family; sometimes you are just as annoying as my real family but I still love ya.
posted by govtdrone at 4:20 PM on December 25, 2011


And I'm sure they're like, "dont look at me he did it!" too.

Headphones can be used to ignore cat. Cat no like to be ignored, so cat eat headphones. Easy!

You know what else can be used to ignore cat? Laptop, that's what.

Beware.
posted by spitbull at 4:23 PM on December 25, 2011


Hugs, High Fives and Hair Tousles all around, apply as needed. Y'all mofos are the best.
posted by Divine_Wino at 4:26 PM on December 25, 2011


Not all at once, sir, I'll get overexcited.
posted by jonmc at 4:29 PM on December 25, 2011


I'm already overexcited!
posted by aubilenon at 4:34 PM on December 25, 2011


Oops, I forgot the other 35 exclamation marks!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
posted by aubilenon at 4:34 PM on December 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


aubilenon, you are scary accurate and that's one more reason to love Metafilter.

Thank you, Matt. Thank you, mods. Thank you, everyone here. Best wishes for the new year.
posted by vers at 5:16 PM on December 25, 2011


Merry christmases to all. we have spent the day eating chinese food, flying the husband's new radio controlled helicopter into the tree, the ceiling, the sofa, etc and and reading. And drinking. And then flying the helicopter into the tree by accident again. ;) All quiet days should be this enjoyable.

Best wishes to all and many thanks to the mods!
posted by lyra4 at 5:44 PM on December 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


merry Christmas to all !!!
thank you mods for making this site so lovable, thank you all for making this site so interesting!
posted by seawallrunner at 5:54 PM on December 25, 2011


I'm back from Mom's, where we stuffed ourselves silly & exchanged lovely gifts. Tomorrow the fiance and I being antisocial and are not getting out of pajamas all day.

Cheers to all of you, MeFi. Thanks to you ALL for this wonderful community!
posted by ladygypsy at 6:48 PM on December 25, 2011


I just rocked my daughter's world when she asked if there was an estimate on what time Jesus was born by saying "sometime in March." She is 8 and goes to Catholic school. When I get the phone call from the principal next week, I will be thinking of all of MetaFilter. Because you bastards make me think and I'm turning it around on my kids.
posted by Lulu's Pink Converse at 7:39 PM on December 25, 2011 [3 favorites]


Oh hai firefly marathon in sci fi channel
posted by nathancaswell at 8:41 PM on December 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


had a great xmas. still love you all.
posted by PinkMoose at 9:31 PM on December 25, 2011


A cat? Srsly?

Yeah, I'm hoping that imported meme and the Ghostbusters 2 thing meld together and implode in on itself. Something like:

Rostbustick 2

Rostbustick 2

Rostbustick 2

Buy me something original, and extra crispy

Rostbustick 2

Rostbustick 2

Hurry
posted by P.o.B. at 9:46 PM on December 25, 2011


MetaMeme
posted by P.o.B. at 9:46 PM on December 25, 2011


Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.
posted by Pallas Athena at 10:07 PM on December 25, 2011


Was this the official hugging thread and I missed it?
posted by infini at 11:35 PM on December 25, 2011


HUG
posted by The Whelk at 11:37 PM on December 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Tank you very much messi good night.
posted by tangerine at 12:02 AM on December 26, 2011


Hey, hug is just guh spelled backwards. Think about it.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 12:15 AM on December 26, 2011


ghughuism - a foul and hideous order who worship ghughu as their ghod. According to the researches of FooFoo scientists, ghughu is a beetle-bodied monster living on the sunward side of Vulcan, who telepathically controls a zombie named don wollheim, wollheim itself being usually regarded as ghughu by its followers.

Think about it.

(No, I don't actually know what this means; I found it here. But now I want to be a FooFoo scientist.)
posted by taz (staff) at 12:44 AM on December 26, 2011


In the socialist paradise of mainland Europe we're continuing the party for another day: the second day of christmas.
posted by joost de vries at 12:59 AM on December 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


One more party to host (turkey soup and ham sammiches for the diaspora who must return to their chosen states) and then all will be quiet. It's been a good xmas, everything is getting better for friends, realtions and yours truly. It's funny how sometime you ignore how bad things are getting but now looking back, whew!

Life is good and I truly appreciate and love you all.
posted by readery at 6:16 AM on December 26, 2011


It's Boxing Day today! Christmas's dark commercial shadow. Time to don ye olde armour and battle the crowds for cheap swag.
posted by Kevin Street at 11:04 AM on December 26, 2011


Being lactose intolerant, I'm drinking advocaat instead of eggnog. Every time you take a drink of advocaat, you have to add another a.


If you add chocolate would it be devil's advocaat?
posted by ian1977 at 11:41 AM on December 26, 2011


I missed the hugfest, but I still love you guys...
posted by patheral at 12:35 PM on December 26, 2011


I'm drinking advocaat instead of eggnog. --- I just looked at a recipe for advocaat. Wow. Another reason to celebrate that Lipitor is now generic. Proost!
posted by crunchland at 12:39 PM on December 26, 2011


The end of a relaxing boxing day here, and I finally dragged myself to the computer to say Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and so forth.

Looking forward to a snark filled New Year with my favourite website.
posted by never used baby shoes at 5:43 PM on December 26, 2011


I do enjoy being here. I've run across a lot of great people (figuratively, not literally), and I'm constantly amazing my coworkers with cool links. What more could anyone want?
posted by JanetLand at 6:47 PM on December 26, 2011


My brother's family was with his in-laws for Christmas this year; they should be coming back fairly soon, at which point they will collect the presents I've left for them -- including the Elmo Guitar for my three-year-old niece. ....which came with the batteries already installed.

Who wants to start a poll on when my brother's mind snaps?
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:56 AM on December 27, 2011


My dad is off life support and showing some signs of consciousness returning, y'all. Still in ICU, but a corner has been turned. Thanks so much for the support earlier.
posted by spitbull at 4:39 PM on December 27, 2011 [15 favorites]


Glad to hear he's making progress spitbull.
posted by arcticseal at 5:02 PM on December 27, 2011 [1 favorite]


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