Wednesday, December 14, 2005

I wish that I could stay

Yesterday morning Bob came downstairs and found me surrounded by a pile of CD's. He asked me what I was doing, and I said I was loading up the iBook with Christmas music. He said, "Is all that Christmas music??" and I said that yes, it was. "And," I said, "that isn't even all of it."

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Bob gave me an iTunes gift certificate for my birthday, so I bought even more Christmas music--a couple of tracks off the Barenaked Ladies' holiday CD, "Barenaked for the Holidays," and a few other random tracks like Fountains of Wayne's "I Want an Alien for Christmas," and Ben Folds' "Bizarre Christmas Incident."

Bob asked me to make him a Christmas CD, and I made him one before we left on vacation; he listened to it for the first time yesterday. When I got home he was singing The Ravonette's "Christmas Song:"

All the lights are coming on now
How I wish that it would snow now
I don't feel like going home now
I wish that I could stay

All the trees are on display now
and it's cold now
I don't feel like going home now
I wish that I could stay

I wish that I could walk
I wish that I could walk
you home

All the lights are coming on now
How I wish that it would snow now
I don't feel like going home now
I wish that I could stay

Santa's coming to town
with sequins in his hair
Santa's coming to town
with sequins in his hair

and he said, "Boy, you've got some weird Christmas music!" I apologized, and said that I'd made the CD in haste and hadn't spent a lot of time thinking about it, and he said, no, he liked it, but it was just weird, that's all.

Last year I made a Christmas mix CD for the guys at work; I might do that again. I sure enjoy it, anyway, even if I'm just doing it for myself. I love my Christmas music collection! It makes me happy, and it made me happy to search out the stuff I didn't have on iTunes, and listen to clips, and buy a couple of tracks. I listened to a lot of "Christmas With Johnny Cash," but didn't buy anything. I can't tell you how happy I was to find the "Ultimate Christmas" music list on iTunes; I have most of them, of course, but it was a lot of fun to go through it and play the clips. I also bought the Monk Christmas episode, since I missed half of it Sunday night (I forgot that it was on), and you can buy some television shows on iTunes now.

Also, of course, I love Christmas movies and books. I rented Christmas With the Kranks a couple of weeks ago when Bob was out of town, and I watched Home Alone one night last week. I should take a picture of my Christmas movie collection, although it's much smaller than the CD collection. I suppose it's only a matter of time before we can buy and download movies through iTunes, then watch out . . .

I've discovered something else this week that makes me happy and puts me in a good mood -- around 9:00, I go up and take a bubble bath, then put on my flannel pajamas with the polar bears and penguins, then come back downstairs and curl up in my chair with the laptop and, inevitably, Dinah.

Because if I don't let her lay on my lap, she pouts:


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12 comments:

~m said...

I love it! I adore christmas music! And our collection grows larger every day - and the movies! I have just decided to tell people I collect them, we have so many. Listening to it all, watching them, they're just JOYOUS!

Gloria said...

OMG, I can't believe that I missed an episode of Monk! Thanks for the info - I will have to catch the rerun!

Mary Ellen said...

Aw, pretty pouty kitty.

Sabrina said...

Willa, we have as many, if not more, Christmas CD's! We love to play them and burn Yankee Candle Mistletoe tarts... You should see our DVD collection! My very favorite is "The Snowman". Have you seen it?

Willa said...

No, I haven't -- is that the cartoon one from the children's book? I bought the book once for a small nephew or niece, and it *was* lovely.

Sabrina said...

Yes, it is. From the first time I saw it about 10 years ago, I was mesmerized. It's just incredibly beautiful, and the music is unforgettable. It's just magical. I have my original copy on VHS that I can send you, if you'd like, and you can keep it. (Do you still have a VHS player that you could play it on?) Also, I guess I'd need your P.O. box address...

Willa said...

Well, sure, that would be cool! Yes, I have a VCR. My address is P.O. Box 27266, Overland Park, KS 66225-7266. Thanks!

Sabrina said...

It's on its way!

jannike said...

I really like your cat...it reminds me of a cat that i had named Trouble...im just a cat person...and by the way...i LOVE christmas music! im still listening to it...and its the 27th...lol
*Jank*

Harriet Beecher Stowe said...

I believe that your cat is the most beautiful creature to walk this earth... give bob my hello's and tell the family i miss them.. its gonna be a GREAT YEAR WILLA! I CAN FEEL IT!! HOPE TO SEE YA SOON SWEET HEARRT!! MUCH LOVE AND AFFECTION---- HARRIET!

Willa Holland said...

I don't know if you watch The OC, a very popular television show on fox (do you have fox out in kansas?), but I am a guest star for a few weeks of episodes: I play the younger sister who comes back in town after a long haitus from Newport life. Anyway, I'm just writing to thank you for the immense amount of inspiration you have given me and all WILLA's out there in the world. We are definitely different breeds, but we are one in the same, according to our name. I used to have trouble with my name, but after reading your inspiring journals, I am a new person, and I have gone onto great thing, i.e. the OC. I LOVE YOU! MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOU! WILLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Lubomir said...

I have 1 thing to say to Willa Holland. I am in love with you.