"All I Want For Christmas Is You" is the best modern Christmas song and I will hear no arguments, but nobody should sing it professionally except Mariah Carey and no covers ever mix the vocals strong enough over the music. (Everyone who wants to should belt it at karaoke, though.)
Cocktails, liquor, economy of scale
I wish the liquor store near me would carry smaller size bottles of most liqueurs, because as much as I love an Aviation cocktail (gin, maraschino liqueur, creme de Violette), there is no way I am ever ever going to go through 700 ml of creme de Violette in the rest of my life, and miss me with "It's $30, and a cocktail at a bar is $15-$17 so after 3 drinks..." because I still have to store a bottle that's too tall for my booze cupboard.
It's about that time of year when people start wondering things like "hey, why isn't DECEMber the tenth month of the year?"
So it's time for my little lecture on Romans, calendars, and our friend Gaius Julius Caesar.
I'll be posting it as a tootchain replying to this one, but if you're impatient, here's the whole thing: https://gist.github.com/joyeusenoelle/3754e00a37fe81aa43aad3eb9543f3ce
So: “Why isn’t the new year on winter solstice?”
The answer, honestly, is that the Romans had no fucking idea how to run a calendar.
I was going through my old Tumblr and I found this video of a German accordion quintet covering "Sandstorm," and it goes fucking *hard* https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uizNcQcpK-8
Selfie, thoughts about silk
I've got mixed feelings about silk – wearing animal products sounds awful to a lot of people (shades of Cruella De Ville?) even ones who eat meat. Silk goes that extra step above wool in that an animal dies, and there isn't the sort of "but we eat that animal too!" handwaving people do with leather. But silk has a lower environmental impact than a lot of other fabrics. But which side matters more when purchasing used anyway? (This skirt is light and comfortable, btw.)
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