And so this is Christmas

I can not believe today is Christmas Eve. My friends and I recently shared a little e-mail Christmas survey and one of the questions was "What annoys you most about Christmas?" My initial response was "nothing" but I think a better answer would have been that Christmas just comes and goes too fast. There truly is nothing better than the spirit of the season and the joy in the air. And before we know it, the lights will be turned off, Star 104.5 will nix the carols and go back to playing light rock, the trees will made into mulch and credit card statements will start rolling in. In the busyness that is today and tomorrow, I hope everyone enjoys this very special time of the year and doesn't take any moment of the holiday for granted.

Merry Christmas!


I'm actually looking forward to detox

Jan. 4 starts eating and spending detox 2K9. Christmas, while I really, really love it, is neither good for your waistline nor your checking account. Double ouch.


Gaggle is to Geese

As ridiculous shit ton is to the Duggars.

Duggar Family Welcomes 18th (!) Child

By Alicia Dennis Originally posted Thursday December 18, 2008 08:10 PM EST

The Duggar Family, before the latest arrivalPhoto by: Beth Hall / AP
Duggar Family Welcomes 18th (!) Child

Give us another J!

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar of Tontitown, Ark., had their eighteenth child Thursday – Jordyn-Grace Makiya, who joins the rest of her J-named siblings.

Jordyn-Grace was born via C-section at Mercy Medical Center in Rogers, weeks before her due date of Jan. 1. She weighed in at 7 lbs, 3 oz and was 20 inches long.

"Mother and baby are resting and doing well," says a rep for the Duggar family, whose crowded house is featured on the TLC network show 17 Kids & Counting.

The newest Duggar has a lot of names to keep straight.

The other kids – who range in age from 20 years to 17 months – are Joshua (who married Anna Keller in September and says he is looking forward to the "blessing of children" of his own), twins John-David and Jana, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, Joy-Anna, twins Jeremiah and Jedidiah, Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, Johannah and Jennifer.

Their parents married when Michelle was 17 and Jim Bob was 19. (Her mother had to officially sign permission.) After birth-control pills were blamed for a miscarriage, the couple decided to throw them out. They've had a new baby approximately every 18 months since.

"What really works for me is swaddling a baby and snuggling up," Michelle told PEOPLE in an interview last year. "I love that time of just bonding and nursing a little baby. And, with a new baby, I realize that I don't need as much sleep as I used to think I did. You learn. This time goes by so quickly. I look at my older children and wonder where the time went."

A special on Jordyn-Grace's birth will air Dec. 22 at 10 p.m. on TLC.


Baby It's Freaking Cold Outside

You know it's cold when you can't even be mad at your dog for pooping in the house. 


Happy three years, TFitch.

This anniversary will almost be as great as last year. Although last year we didn't have to work and had dinner aboard the Carnival Elation, whereas this year we're working, having dinner in Omaha (but at the Paxton which I can't complain about) and it's -10 degrees outside. Totally as great as our second anniversary. :-)


Dear Sir I Confronted in the Von Maur Parking Lot

I'm sorry I yelled at you.
But you were parked illegally - not in a parking spot - and you trapped me in.
I nearly backed into your Trailblazer.
I'd probably still be sitting there in my car, waiting to back-up, if the woman parked next to me didn't come out of Von Maur and leave shortly after I tried to.

I was going to write you a note.
Instead you came out of Von Maur.
I confronted you.
You said "okay."
I contemplated even saying anything, in the spirit of the season.
But I did.
And now I feel bad.
So, sorry I yelled at you.
I was annoyed.
Just please don't park illegally and in my way again.