Saturday, December 20, 2008
We've got the house decorated and we won't be deterred from Christmas, no matter how much Auburn University or the neighbors who still have pumpkin decorations might try to dissuade us.
Our new house comes ready-made for Christmas decorating with holly bushes out front and in the backyard.
Tree's been up since just after Thanksgiving. This is our new friend, shaped like a treble clef.
. . . and now click for a guided tour of the tree with some hillbilly music.
The tree was so awesome that Santa Claus showed up early.
Daddy, is Santa really one hundred and fifteen pounds?
And Santa's elfin friend was here; she ate all the cookies.
Santa left behind an awesome banjo for Rusty to open.
Fun Christmas Fact! The original word for this instrument was bandore--but through slaves' pronunciation, the word became "corrupted" and takes the form we now know: banjo. Some historical references from the Oxford English Dictionary:
- 1774 P. V. Fithian Jrnl. (1900) "In the School-Room, several Negroes & Ben & Harry are playing on a Banjo & dancing."
- c1790 Dibdin Sea-songs (title), "The Negro and his Banjer."
- 1801 M. Edgeworth Belinda II. xviii. 7 "‘What is this, mamma?—It is not a guitar, is it?’ ‘No, my dear, it is called a banjore; it is an African instrument, of which the negroes are particularly fond.’"
- a1845 Negro Melodies (in Bartlett), "Dey dance all night to de ole banjo, Wid a cornstalk fiddle, and a shoe-string bow."
(Stanley, where's my stuffed animal?)
This banjo is called the Goodtimes 2. It has a resonator for extra lovely sound. Pretty good for a surprise present.
Rusty gets on it for one night, having never held a banjo before. He looks at a couple of chords online and has the whole thing figured out. He's amazing, folks. Watch him.
Ever since he started playing, in fact, we've been transported back to the turn of the century. Our digital pictures turned into tintypes.
I, on the other hand, was brought into the technological future by Santa's present, my new Dell Studio Hybrid with a bamboo sleeve.
It's a piece of art, only about the size of a Norton anthology, and it saves the environment by using 70% less power than other desktops. Now I can do whatever I want without hearing the computer grind to a halt because I have two windows open.
And, hey, remember these kids from 2003?
Yeah, they're still just that happy. I love you, Rusty.
Posted by Carrie at 11:53 PM
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
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I drew a lot of Christmas pictures the other day (for mysterious reasons!) and decided that I would color some of them and share them with you, the GLORY!fans. I'll put them up as I feel like it, until I get bored or leave for Christmas in Miami.
Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey
Here's everyone's favorite grey-colored Christmas character Nestor: the amalgam of Rudolph, Dumbo, Bambi, and the Rudolph's Shiny New Year's Baby. He was Jesus' ass.
Here he is even happier:
Watch it here for those who haven't experienced the weirdness.
"Let me ride that donkey donkey. Hey, let me ride that donkey donkey" --Joseph and Mary
Posted by Rusty Spell at 10:22 PM
Thursday, December 11, 2008
This caption just in from Ted Rooney, most famous for being the husband of country singer Loretta Rooney, a lady who knows her funeral food! Ted is also well known for eating the most crabs at the Beverly Cleary Elementary crab boil! Here's his entry, folks!
Posted by Carrie at 1:50 AM
Monday, December 08, 2008
Derek from Auburn! sends us this:
Caption: "Excellent! Now I can fling poo from 5,000 feet!!!"
I encourage everyone to keep sending in your entries. Rusty has known some of you turkey-necks since the eighth grade, and he's only known Derek for a few months, so it's time for you people to step up to the plate . . . so send your entries to me at carrie at carriehoffman dot com. J.Todd? Noby? Jason? Lori?
Posted by Carrie at 9:51 PM
Monday, December 01, 2008
I feel that Rusty's last post was inappropriate; it was like that time Rusty and Tommy walked around the mall doing Bill Cosby impressions, and a woman had to walk up to them to say, "You're insulting. Very insulting."
Rusty deserves some public humiliation, so I'm creating a contest. Creatively photoshop or create a caption for this picture:
The caption or creative photoshop that most chastises Rusty, humiliating and disciplining him as he deserves, will win a special Christmas prize. Post as comments or send them to me by e-mail at carrie at carriehoffman dot com.
Posted by Carrie at 5:34 PM