naturedance: my foot, in my boot, on Mount Rainier (winter wonderland)
*helpless mirth* I found a .wav and an MP3 file on line. Mom loves this song and we've been sitting here giggling like loons over my little beanie baby hippo. I don't usually collect beanie babies, but this little fellow is completely adorable!

I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
Words and music by John Rox
performed by Gayla Peevey (1953)

The "Hippo Song" FAQ at is at http://soe.hyperchat.com/newchat/u/yummy/~soe/hippoFAQ.htm
and lyrics are at http://soe.hyperchat.com/newchat/u/lisanne/~soe/hippo.htm

It is available on CD on "Dr. Demento's The Greatest Novelty Records of All Time Vol. 6: Christmas"...

lyrics )
naturedance: my foot, in my boot, on Mount Rainier (path less traveled)
This is the sort of thing that happens at Caltech from time to time. However, this harmless and amusing geeky prank was not pulled by Techers, and was in fact done in the middle of a busy area of Manhattan. Bravo!

http://www.alltooflat.com/pranks/cube/
http://www.alltooflat.com/pranks/cube/deploy/
http://www.alltooflat.com/pranks/cube/results/

Very cool.
naturedance: my foot, in my boot, on Mount Rainier (winter wonderland)
At our house, growing up, the Christmas tree was taken down sometime during the day on New Year's Eve. And on New Year's Morning, there would be one or two small presents left in the space where the tree had been.

The New Year's Cherub always came to our house, and he always comes to my apartment.

It makes it easier to pack away the holiday decorations, makes the dreary days of January seem a bit more festive. And it's a great excuse to hit the after-Christmas sales and clearances... our family took turns being the Cherub for each other, and it was usually arranged before Christmas, if I'm remembering correctly.

Happy New Year, folks! May it be a joyful, healthful, wonderful year!
naturedance: my foot, in my boot, on Mount Rainier (winter wonderland)
If it snowed on Christmas Eve, did you dash outside in the morning to see if there were sleigh-tracks or hoofprints on your roof?

Merry Christmas, everyone!
naturedance: my foot, in my boot, on Mount Rainier (path less traveled)
It's pouring rain here. That is a very strange thing... it doesn't happen very often, and we usually go months and months between storms. I have my fall umbrella with me at work today, bright fall leaves and plaid.

Everyone should have interesting umbrellas.

First, it's difficult to grab the wrong one at the office if yours is the only one with ducks or flowers or lightning bolts or racecars or eyeballs on it. Second, when the weather's damp and no one is smiling, making them smile is a really good thing. Third, if you're walking along a sidewalk filled with black umbrellas, and people above you in office buildings are looking down, it's obvious that you're a true individual if you're the one with a bright green umbrella with huge eyes looking up at them... just for instance. :-)

Thanks for the cool fall umbrella, Mom!

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