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holiday 2008: presents for the other woman

It’s October, which means it’s time to start thinking about Christmas presents. If Esquire is to be believed, anyway.

No, it makes sense, with the monthly magazines about to release November and December editions. Thank goodness for the internet, which makes this process all the quicker.

I subscribe to Esquire’s RSS feed because, well, actually I’m not sure, except that I like the magazine. Always struck me as GQ’s cousin with a better sense of humor.

Anyway, the RSS feed delivered a bunch of Christmas gift guides for various recipients, among them your dad and your wife. Oh, and your other lady, aka your mistress or lover. I digs it. Really.  The mistress list if just a tad sexier (Louboutin heels, Legere bandage dress) if shorter than the wife offerings (which run the gamut from fragrance to golf clubs to ice cream to, yes, lingerie). I guess if your wife is going to be opening her presents with you (hopefully) and the kids, it would be more appropriate for her to open a beautiful cocktail ring than, say, a DVD of “The Lover”.


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Jasmine In Chinatown

Jasmine In Chinatown
Originally uploaded by R.A.M.O.N.E.

After dim sum but before a brief respite at Jeff and Nite’s and a movie that evening, we went to a bakery to get sweets. I got a slice of green tea sweet roll — delicious.

Also: is it just me or do I look like some kind of old Asian lady gangster with those sunglasses and my hair pulled back?

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caution: flashing lights may induce fits, vomiting

[YouTube via Losanjealous]

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Merry Christmas from Phoenix

Christmas at Phoenix
Originally uploaded by jasmined

I hope you all had a good Christmas. I know I did — even if I did totally miss my alarm, and Jeff, Nite, and Betsy had to drive back to get me after I got up.

Dim sum at Phoenix was yummy, though I think we can all agree that “Alien vs. Predator: Requiem” was a craptastic movie.

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Music Box Christmas Show

taking a break at the Music Box Christmas Show
Originally uploaded by jasmined

Only picture I took during a long day of carols, movies, popcorn, cherry Coke, Junior Mints, Twizzlers, dark chocolate, gaieties, and cheeseburgers.

We did the double feature, which was 1:00 showing of White Christmas, 30 minute break, 4:00 showing of It’s A Wonderful Life, then dinner and home. The theater also had the organist play, some singers from the Chicago Chamber Choir, and Santa for two sing-a-longs.

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spoon, a pitchfork, and a frog

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gifts and gravy

  • Campaign For Real Gravy [RealGravy]
  • What’s on your Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa shopping list this year? [Gapers Block]
  • The Gift Is in the Mail, and on the Web [NYT]
  • 10 Worst Toys of 2007 [Progressive Boink]

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fun for grown-ups at Zoo Lights

  1. Avoid areas with unruly, ill-mannered children like the Primate House, the Big Cats House, the gift shop, the carousel, the polar bear habitat, and the sea lion pool.
  2. Bring your own hot beverage. You can either pay $2 for a styrofoam cup of watered down Swiss Miss, or you can invest in an expensive-but-totally worth it thermos that fits in your bag and holds 16 oz. of your favorite hot beverage. Feel free to spike your drink with Kahlua, Bailey’s, or any liquor that makes nice with cocoa, coffee, tea, or me. If I go again, I may fill my thermos with hot toddies.
  3. Bring your camera to take pictures of bright lights, cute guy doing the ice sculptures, and whatever animals are still up at 7:30 on a Saturday night.
  4. Take transit — the 151 Sheridan bus stops at the main entrance, and the 22 Clark and 36 Broadway bus are a block away.
  5. Take a pal or two with you — it’s no fun snarking on your own. By yourself, you just sound bitter.
  6. Food-wise, the Safari Café and a cart on the Mall sells popcorn, kettle corn, candy, and other snacks. They’re outdoors, though. Park Place Café has indoor seating (it’s a food court) and while not all of its stations may be open, it has a guy selling beer and wine.
  7. Keep an open mind towards Mannheim Steamroller. Or at least prepare yourself if you want to enjoy the tree light show.

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my long national nightmare is over.

Christmas. Ham. Soda.

And it’s kosher.

Merry Chrismukkah!

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413: baby's in black

For those of you who are obsessively checking your e-mail on a day when you should either be shopping or watching television with a bowl of leftover hovering underneath your chin, here’s something else: my Black Friday wish list for Christmas/Chanukah/Festivus ’06. This is not my list entire — there is still Blue Monday, Ruby Tuesday, and Ash Wednesday. I’m not aware of a song with a color and the word “Thursday” in the title.

And yes, the regular flip front will be back in one form or another. Eventually.

Jasmine’s Black Friday Wish list

1. Chanel Black Satin nail polish
2. Black Orpheus (Criterion Collection DVD)
3. Depeche Mode’s “Black Celebration”
4. black pearl earrings
5. Jay-Z’s “The Black Album”
6. Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster
7. The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy
8. black Manolo Blahnik Mary Janes
9. Clinique “Black Honey” holiday gift set*
10. Jamaican black cake

* For my fellow beauty junkies: I’ve been wearing Clinique’s Almost Lipstick in Black Honey since high school. I’ve never known another lip gloss or lipstick to look good on everybody I’ve ever put it on, though Revlon’s Blackberry (a knockoff of Chanel’s Vamp) is up there as well.

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