June, who looks a little like Dame Edna, sends her holiday regards

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Nothing says happy holidays like an orange "please rescue our pets other than that black-and-white-one in the back room" sticker.

I'm in the middle of proofreading a deposition, and all I can think of is all of you who took my survey the other day, who said, "I get so sad when I look and a new post isn't there."

So here I am, BLOGGING when I should be working.

Oh, and speaking of that survey? A lot of people said, "I hate it when you miss a day."

I have not missed a day of blogging since November of 2008. And even then it was just one day. There were a couple posts I have eventually taken down, but I do post daily. So keep checking back if you don't see a new post that day.

I have to finish my work, which I would DO if you all didn't make me feel GUILTY that I haven't POSTED yet, and then I have to get a few gifts today, so I took Tallulah to dog day care. Here is the link to her webcam. They have fancy new cameras there now, but I can NEVER get them to work. Maybe you can, Miss Bigbucks, with your highfalutin' computer. Here's the fancy link.

When I told Talu she was going to daycare today, she immediately started trembling with excitement. Who loves her the daycare? As soon as she can see it from the car, she leans across the dashboard so at least her snout will be there a few seconds sooner.

It's so quiet here when it's just cats. The only sound is the bell on Henry's collar, which I wish I could figure out how to remove, because I don't care HOW many angels get their wings, it's irritating.

Oh, and also? I have a question which has nothing to do with bells on a collar. Where's a good place to get big Rubbermaid-ish tubs to store my holiday finery? I've been using cardboard boxes and they aren't weatherproof–news flash. Anyone? Bueller?

Also also, does anyone have a good chocolate-chip cookie recipe? I know I could just buy the tube of them, but I'd prefer my cookies without chemicals in them. Thank you.

Okay, I'm going back to work. Are y'all not working this week? Are you working till the 24th? Marvin used to work for a place that never closed (I refuse to say "24/7." I hate that phrase) and he was scheduled to work Christmas day SEVEN CHRISTMASES IN A ROW. They never rotated the schedule. Sometimes he'd switch with people, but I remember spending a few Christmases without his white arse. Sucks. Does anyone have to work on Christmas? Wouldn't it be cool if Mrs. Claus read this blog? She could complain about how tired her spouse is every Christmas.

Okay, really going back to work now.

P.S. I'm back. Am going to be fired. My friend just sent me this photo of Marvin and me from 1812. Could we look any younger?!

Wewereyoung

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Author: June

At one point, I was sort of hot, in a "she's 27 and probably a 7" kind of a way. Now I'm old and have to develop a charming personality. Guess how that's going.

84 thoughts on “June, who looks a little like Dame Edna, sends her holiday regards”

  1. oh i love that photo of you and marv. love it.
    so glad you posted. i was going through withdrawals.
    for 20 years i have been spoiled with the military’s schedule. here’s how it went for years as not much of anything gets done in the military in the month of december (of course i don’t mean the sacrificial ones who are fighting on the front lines of the war – no, i’m talking about the ones who work desks). everyone got a whole extra week not counted as leave week off. the week of christmas or the week of new year’s. then if you worked that non off week there were many days of being cut back at noon or just “off” days aka ‘family days’.
    but alas we are no longer military. we are now plain jane civilians. so no more free days. well, a few. christmas day but not christmas eve.
    i miss the military.

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  2. First, first, first!!! Please spend the money and only buy Rubbermaid totes! You will regret buying the cheap pieces of sh*t. After awhile the tops don’t latch well, they get bent out of shape and you will have a whole pile of crappy ones that you desperately need to just throw away. Don’t ask how i know, I just know!!!

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  3. First, first, first!!! Please spend the money and only buy Rubbermaid totes! You will regret buying the cheap pieces of sh*t. After awhile the tops don’t latch well, they get bent out of shape and you will have a whole pile of crappy ones that you desperately need to just throw away. Don’t ask how i know, I just know!!!

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  4. First, first, first!!! Please spend the money and only buy Rubbermaid totes! You will regret buying the cheap pieces of sh*t. After awhile the tops don’t latch well, they get bent out of shape and you will have a whole pile of crappy ones that you desperately need to just throw away. Don’t ask how i know, I just know!!!

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  5. Go to Target. They have nice Rubbermaid totes that are seasonally color coordinated so you don’t waste time hauling Labor Day Decorations down when you really wanted Christmas.
    And I pink puffy heart love that picture of you and Marvin.

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  6. How cute!!!
    I can’t find my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe (oh ok, I’m too lazy to get up and go find…..)But just make sure whatever recipe you use, it calls for a whole cup of butter and a whole cup of brown sugar this makes them nice and gooey!!!

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  7. Walmart has them in the Christmas section. There’s like an entire aisle of just Red and Green storage totes. I desperately want to get some but I might be sticking with boxes this year to save on the cost. I talked my starbucks into giving me their heavy duty boxes that the coffee is shipped in so I will be using those, at least until next year. They smell like coffee though, I wonder if my decorations will smell like coffee when I use them next year…

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  8. That’s like the total “We think we like each other but we are in no way committed yet” hug, with casual Marv with his hand in his pocket and you with your “Hurry and take the damn picture so I can get out of this” non-hug going on…
    I am off work starting the 23rd. Santa is coming to my house on the night of the 23rd, because as Hulkette understands it Santa comes to both her houses. Like he does for ALL the kids of divorced parents. So she will have 24356376478 Christmases this year.
    Here is a very mini-RAok I did for her: I bought a present for her to give to her mother because last year she felt bad that her mom didn’t have a gift to open on Christmas Eve morning (must not have opened the boyfriend’s gifts yet.). I don’t think her mother will do the same, so I wrapped a jacket I bought for myself, and put “To Dad From Santa” on the tag. Now Hulkette won’t have to feel bad for me, plus I may get an extra year of Santa out of her. Win-win.

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  9. June, so many things to comment on! Firstly, I really love your crystal wreath. Very nice!
    I agree, only buy rubbermaid. don’t buy the cheap crap. They really are crap.
    Tallulah is probably the most popular girl in her daycare gang. (See how I was paying attention back months ago when her daycare was divided into the crips and the bloods?)
    I think that is the BEST photo of you and Marvin. He looks like he was saying something that was only for you to hear. Y’all are very sweet together. Please try to not poke out his eyes this year.
    Oh, and just in case you aren’t too busy on Wednesday, we are making tamales and you are more than welcome to join us. Nothing like spending the day eating, making tamales and drinking margaritas. Cause what says Christmas more than happy, well-lubricated women in the kitchen!! : )

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  10. The boss man was feeling generous this year and gave us Christmas Eve AND Christmas off. He does this so we can’t complain come tax season when we’re all working 13654674 hours a week and there is no time off. The Husband and my Dad get Christmas off this year as well. Ahhh shiftwork, gotta love it.
    Also, January is traditionally the “Get Organized” month at retailers so they all have the rubbermaid containers on sale. I’m sure Target Steve can vouch for this.
    P.S. That picture of you and Marvin is super cute. I love that you are in a jacket and he’s in short sleeves. Where was it taken?

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  11. Love the photo of you & Marvin. Also too, the photo of you by your holiday regards.
    I like Target’s selection of Rubbermaid tubs.
    I use the Tollhouse recipe on the back of the Nestle chocolate chip bag when I make chocolate chip cookies. But, I have an awesome recipe for oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and another awesome recipe for cherry macadamia nut chocolate chip cookies if you’re interested. See, I like to convince myself that the oatmeal and cherries magically turn the cookies into something healthy.

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  12. Hulk’s comments made me tear up! Very sweet.
    I looked for Tallulah, but didn’t see her…there was a blur that kept whizzing by the camera…
    Very nice picture of you and the man.

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  13. I love the picture of you and Marvin but now that I’ve read Hulk’s assessment, I can’t see it any other way. Boy were you two YOUNG!
    Target always has storage containers on sale the day after Christmas, but they may be Sterite and not Rubbermaid. I do like the kind whose cap locks on, but don’t know the brand. I have a lovely container with cardboard dividers for ornaments that works really well once I get those cardboard grids in place in the box.
    I also heart your lipstick in the wreath picture.

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  14. Lisa, if I were wherever it is you live, Id so join you. I used to make tamales with my neighbor Alicia in LA. That pronounced: Aaaaleeeceeeeeyyya. Thats how shed say it. Hi, mija! Its Aaaalleeeeccceeeyyaaa!

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  15. One of our sons works at the Apple store in Manhattan, which is always open. Since he is in NY and we are in NM, he works on Christmas Day so some other poor schlub can be at home with their NY family. The five kids we have left at home spent the weekend in the kitchen with me baking up a storm (and also a bunch of different kinds of cookies) which will be shipping out to him and his fellow crew members this afternoon.
    So if any of you live in NY and get an Apple gift card and can’t wait to spend it, ask for Ben and tell the crew that Mom Dickinson sent you. You will be treated like royalty.
    You are welcome.

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  16. My family celebrates our big holiday on Christmas Eve. Over the years the concept has changed as the grandchildren have grown older. This year is completely different as my parents, 88 and 85, moved into an assisted living facility. My oldest son who is 25 will be hosting the festivities.
    The majority of the family has to work on Christmas Eve, but only my middle son who is 22 will be working on Christmas.

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  17. I bet Marvin has wire cutters for trimming guitar strings which would do a number on whatever teeny cheap piece of metal is probably holding the bell to Henry’s collar. It’s not like he’s an outside cat, how many birds is that thing really saving anyway? I say, save yourself the headache.

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  18. First and foremost, not the milk, is what the heck are you doing to Marvin with your hand? I mean look at it attached to his winky-dink. Where you giving him a little Christmas cheer?
    OK here is the secret cookie recipe that will make people swoon with their goodness and make you the bell of any ball. Although I don’t know why balls have bells it would just be annoying like Henry and his collar if Marvin had bells where your hand was.
    1 box yellow cake mix (you can substitute any flavor and make up your own cookies)
    2 eggs
    1/4 cup Wesson oil
    Mix together add chocolate chips and bake for 10-15 minutes at 350.
    I made these using spice cake mix and rolled them in cinnamon sugar and they tasted yummy and festive. Then I made a batch of devils food cake ones with white chocolate chips in them and they were devilishly delicious. Then I went wild and made the carrot cake ones and frosted them with cream cheese frosting and they were like mini carrot cakes. Oh and did I stop there? Not with this super easy recipe oh no I made the lemon cake ones and sprinkled powdered sugar on them and they tastes just like Sunshine Lemon Coolers. YUMMMY>>>

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  19. No cookie recipes but I have a KILLER recipe for chocolate chip cheese cake. For cookies I’d have to peruse http://www.tastespotting.com . It’s a daily compilation of every food blog on the interwebs. You can even get a recipe for vegan cookies, I’m sure.
    Hulk, VERY sweet. Don’t ever tell her. In the first grade, a kid came to show and tell and told us that Santa was a lie. I punched him in the nose and broke it. He deserved it. I know. What a sweet dainty little girl I was…

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  20. No cookie recipes but I have a KILLER recipe for chocolate chip cheese cake. For cookies I’d have to peruse http://www.tastespotting.com . It’s a daily compilation of every food blog on the interwebs. You can even get a recipe for vegan cookies, I’m sure.
    Hulk, VERY sweet. Don’t ever tell her. In the first grade, a kid came to show and tell and told us that Santa was a lie. I punched him in the nose and broke it. He deserved it. I know. What a sweet dainty little girl I was…

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  21. No cookie recipes but I have a KILLER recipe for chocolate chip cheese cake. For cookies I’d have to peruse http://www.tastespotting.com . It’s a daily compilation of every food blog on the interwebs. You can even get a recipe for vegan cookies, I’m sure.
    Hulk, VERY sweet. Don’t ever tell her. In the first grade, a kid came to show and tell and told us that Santa was a lie. I punched him in the nose and broke it. He deserved it. I know. What a sweet dainty little girl I was…

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  22. Hey Gladys, balls don’t have bells! (I could go sooo many places with that, but in holiday spirit I’ll abstain…)
    Balls have “Belles” – as in, beauties or princesses – as in, Southern Belle or Belle from Beauty and the Beast.
    Just thought I’d clarify, so that you’re not checking every man for bells on his balls.
    Ok, I didn’t abstain after all.

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  23. Oh Furry Godmother you’re awesome! Turned that non-believer into Santa’s main reindeer, didn’t ya?
    I use the back of the bag for chocolate chip cookies. Hit me up if you ever need an easy and yummy banana bread recipe. Or peanut butter cookies. Pretty much anything but chocolate chip.

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  24. Those Rubbermaid containers are really the best!
    As far as cookie recipes go, I swear by the one in my old red and white checkered cookbook. What is that, Better Homes and Gardens maybe?
    I get both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day off this year and so does my husband. He has to work pretty much every other Christmas (he’s a nurse) and this is his year off.

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  25. Yeah, I vote Target for the Rubbermaids. I love the Target. You can also look online to see if you can find coupons. I never shop for something specific without doing a Google search for coupons for that item (or store).
    I think the only chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever made are Tollhouse. The secret is to make them fairly small, so the edges don’t burn before the middle is coked, and then put them in an airtight container with a piece of bread to keep them from getting hard. I learned that trick from my mother-in-law. Sounds weird, but it works!

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  26. Gladys, our Junie looks so prim and proper in that photo, how can you accuse her of anything that.., unladylike? She’s not holding a package, she’s holding a purse.

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  27. Hulk-Now that is truly an act of kindness. Bless your soul. Keeping the peace for the children’s sake is one of the best gifts you can give a child. Life is much easier on the high road. Peace out

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  28. Hulk-Now that is truly an act of kindness. Bless your soul. Keeping the peace for the children’s sake is one of the best gifts you can give a child. Life is much easier on the high road. Peace out

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  29. Hulk-Now that is truly an act of kindness. Bless your soul. Keeping the peace for the children’s sake is one of the best gifts you can give a child. Life is much easier on the high road. Peace out

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  30. Furry~
    CLASS-IC! Awesome name too, BTW.
    You could get away with that back in the day…if Hulkette did that today I’d get sued by the ninny’s parents!

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  31. I am sooo with Gladys on the claw going for Marvin’s crotch. Caught my eye like a beacon in the night. Now for the hate, I’m not a teacher but I work for the county school board sooo…I’m off from the 18th to the 3rd of January. I heart my job. AND I searched for years high and low, hither and yon, cussed and sweared, hooked and blowed. and.this.is.the.best.recipe.ever Alton Brown-quirky right up your alley June! http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/the-chewy-recipe/index.html

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  32. I have to disagree with Hulk’s perspective of the picture. It looks like two very much in love and we’re in the comfortable stage of showing it puclicly young whippersnappers.
    Also, Hulk? I love thatyoiu give so much thought into just about everything Hulkette related. You area great Daddio.
    June ! Target, Menards, Home Depot…..all have rubbermaid bins for your Christmas finery. And my sister Jan makes the best chocolate chip cookies ever. I bet she would send you some!

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  33. No worky for me from the 24th through the 4th! Two days I have to use vacation (the company is literally shut down – so you can’t even work without approval, salaried or hourly, doesn’t matter).
    I think it’s going to be hard to motivate when I finally get back to work again.

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  34. You should put pictures on your blog as Rorschach tests. When I saw the picture I thought Marvin was saying, “This is my woman and you’d better have no doubt.” It looks like he really loves you.
    I don’t get the “non-committed” comment at all.
    Look at how we project.

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  35. Go for the good storage bins from Target and don’t look back. I’m a stay at home mom so I don’t get any days off. Bummer. However, I don’t have to drive anyone to school for almost two weeks! I use the recipe off of the Nestle Tollhouse semi-sweet chips package. They always turn out delicious. Merry Christmas!

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  36. My mistake…As I look at it again I see Marv saying, “I love you dearly…Hold on…just gotta grab one more thing and turn the heat down…”
    While your eyes scream, “I love you too my dear…now hurry up before I kill you.”

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  37. Jan~ who lives close to Walter Payton's Roundhouse Pub and at Christmastime they used to keep real reindeer in the pavilion area... says:

    Oh Hulk… you just make us all love you more and more and more…
    June~ THANK YOU for posting. I was sad when I came in here the first 6 or so times 🙂 and there was no post yet today. I just have been busy and not able to get in here to comment.
    I will be baking tomorrow with my kids and my sister’s kids. I think I have planned chocolate chip cookies, 7 layer bars, peanut butter blossoms, butter cookies and just maybe some truffles.

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  38. Funny, my company just decided to name their suite of services, 24/7. Now I must tell them that it is not “June Approved”

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  39. Furry, I am DY-ING up here…picturing that scene. I keep seeing the pelican from “Finding Nemo”…too funny!! Little bastard had it coming. You should send him a Christmas card every year…
    “Merry Christmas ” on the outside…
    “Keep your mouth shut in front of your kids about Santa or you’ll get another!!” on the inside…

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  40. I have that same ASPCA sticker on my front porch. My husband thinks I’m nuts but hey, if something happens the rescue people need to know my pets are in there.

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  41. Well, in line with Hulk’s RAK, perhaps mine will be this…I shop and buy gifts for my ex-husband and his new wife (whom he was “dating” while we were still married, so we’re not all cozy, or civil, really). I’ve done it every year so that the kids have gifts to be proud of when they go over there on Christmas. I’m sure it hasn’t occured to them that I’m underwriting this gesture. I do it for his and her birthdays, too.

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  42. And, June, I also boycott Walmart but will happily go to Target. I just don’t like Walmart’s bullying tactics with their vendors and how they historically paid female employees less than males, until they got caught. Maybe Target has better PR people, or I haven’t seen the 20/20 special on them, yet. People can’t believe I don’t go to Walmart. Is this why you don’t go either? Or is the blue too drab?

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  43. The bell on Henry’s collar? Small wire cutters. Just snip that little bell right off the collar. That’s what I did with my cat’s collar.

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  44. I know very little about cooking, but this I got for ya…the Nestle Tollhouse recipe is the best. Make them kind of small and cook them on a baking stone for 7-8 minutes. Take them out while they still look a little light. Leave them on the stone to cook for another minute or so & then transfer to a cooling rack. Awesome every time!

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  45. The best chocolate chip cookie recipe is actually right on the back of the bag of Nestle semi sweet chocolate chips. For real. We make chocolate chip cookies ALL THE TIME and I’ve tried messing with that recipe to improve upon it. Can’t be done.

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  46. Thanks, Lee, but I thought my hair looked sort of overdone and matronly. I think thats when I used to actually go to the salon twice a week and get blowouts. Mom called, wants her do back.

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  47. Love, love, love the picture of you and Marvin. So cute. Add it to my inheritance list please.
    The Nestle Tollhouse receipe on the back of the bag rocks! Although the Williams Sonoma sounds yummy!
    Hulk, you made me tear up. What a good dad. Hulkette is a lucky little girl.
    All 4 of us are home until January 4th. We are loving it!
    Merry Christmas June!

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  48. Well, I think your hair looks fabulous in that pic and I LOVE THAT COAT. Do you still have it? Love.
    I am going to have to try at least a couple of these cookie recipes, and now, I want the recipe for those homemade tamales! Yum!
    Hulk, I wish my exes had a tenth of your class…maybe they wouldn’t be exes at all! 🙂

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  49. i’ve always thought you look like jamie lee curtis– in almost any photo, old or new, that you post. lovely. lucky!

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  50. Weeeeellll,头发出来的手套脱落,现在不是吗?
    你觉得你有我上当,小小姐想成为拉斯维加斯拖动女孩,但我得到球数。
    全球有机纺织品提包我想说的是你bettah看你把球圣诞杯明天。你永远不知道什么时候你会得到一些额外的弗朗西斯弗拉瓦加入其中。
    哦,文先生吗?您更好地挂在他们的小铃儿响叮当那里。所有这些猫周围,你永远不知道什么样的表现上刷卡。
    校对的,Beyoootch。

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