Wednesday, December 19, 2007

gazing deeply into the navel

I just wasn't feeling it this year.
Although I am someone who eschews both religion and new year's resolutions, I still think of this as a time of year for some quiet reflection. To give some meaning to all this shopping and wrapping and baking and lineups madness.

Often this reflection will manifest itself in the making of best-of lists, a highly indulgent pursuit admittedly, but nonetheless one that does make me stop to reflect upon the past and somehow, with my thoughts turned to the past, makes me feel less of a task-doing machine and more of a human being. It makes me appreciate this life, instead of just racing to complete another task.

But even though I am more prepared for Christmas this year than I have been in ages, and therefore should have more time for reflection, somehow I was just feeling a void. Maybe it's because I haven't yet made any best-of lists. But fear not, because lists are on their way, likely this weekend. Oh yes, there will be lists.

But then, I received a sign. This morning I found a pair of snowflake panties in my underwear drawer. I didn't even know I owned any snowflake panties! You will of course be pleased to know that they are currently gracing my nether regions and by god I do believe I feel the spirit of the season coming upon me at last. Or maybe that's something else.

Regardless, in the true spirit of the snowflake undies, I would like to reach out to you, my fellow humans, and share with you the musical chronology of a year in the life of a bad tempered zombie. It's just my little undead way of saying how privileged I feel to have had you in my life this year, and to show you how much I appreciate you letting me into yours. If you would like a personalized New Year's cd (possibly a double cd), highlighting the major musical events in the Zombie household, just drop me a comment. And if I don't have a mailing address for you, please shoot me an email. Can you honestly tell me you can resist the temptation of a parcel with a handwritten address label appearing in your mailbox?

Because the power of the snowflake panties is meant to serve all humanity and should never be taken lightly.


Gifted Typist said...

The power of the snowflake pantie and the handwritten address in the mail... humanity at its finest.

Will said...

I'll take a CD!!!!!!!!!!!

Karen said...

Ooooooooooooo! Free music! You bet please! Thanks. And yes, you may even include some Radiohead if you must :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It's those little things that remind me that I am (or used to be) human, Gifted Typist.

You betcha, Will! You are added to the list.

Gotcha, Karen! And since I can think of at least two major Radiohead events in my year, yes, there will certainly be Radiohead.

Stephanie said...

I totally want a CD! Woot!
I'll email you my addy.

Also, my Radiohead box showed up! Hurrah!

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

"I didn't even know I owned any snowflake panties!" Maybe they're someone elses. I'm just saying.

justacoolcat said...

Sign me up!

A snowflake panties sign is not to be ignored.

Anonymous said...

How 'bout a trade? I'll send over a copy of the 2007 X-Mas X-travaganza Sampler.

Of course, you should probably arrange to pick it up somewhere, or it will be too late. You anywhere near Inglewood this weekend?

JustRun said...

I cannot (Cannot!) resist the urge I have to tell you that I, too, came across snowflake panties today and lo, you are right. They are spiritful.
That is just so weird. And more weird that I told you.

668 aka neighbour of the beast said...

i just remembered i own snowflake panties!

ps.. i want a cd. i try to use mind thought to send you my address. :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Got your email, thanks, Stephanie, so you are on the mailing list. I'm so happy that you finally got your In Rainbows disc box. That bike ride up the QE2 must have been tougher than Thom anticipated.

I've checked with the spousal unit, Dr M and he claims they aren't his, so I dunno.

One ignores the snowflake panties sign at one's own risk, Just A. Just need a mailing address for you, my dear, and you are on the list.

Alas, no, I will be nowhere near Inglewood for the next while, Teddy, but we can exchange them via mail, as I would LOVE to get a 2007 X-Mas X-travaganza Sampler. It's never too late for a good music sampler. I'll email you my mailing address.

We are snowflake panties twins, Justrun? This pleases me more than it probably should, so I guess we're both a little on the weird side.

Another snowflake panties girl, 668! We need to start a club.
I'll be thrilled to send you a cd once I receive your telepathic mailing address.

For the record, and those of you who are loath to click on my profile (although I can't say I blame you), my email is:

Toccata said...

Oh my gosh I would absolutely love a CD. How about a CD for another home made card? I saw a similar post like this last Christmas but I was too shy to beg, not so anymore. I will beg and grovel and beg some more.

John Mutford said...

Oh please, please, please!

Because of your last cd, my wife actually likes the X-Ray Spex. I'd never have been able to pull that off on my own.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I would be delighted to send you a cd, Toccata, almost as delighted as I would be to receive one of your gorgeous cards. I think I am getting the better part of the bargain there.

John, consider it done, I'd love to send you and your wife a cd. Hmmm, I wonder if we can corrupt your wife's musical tastes any further this time around?

Allison said...

I was already offered one, do I still have to ask? ;P

I am not feeling the holiday spirit. There is still time though. I just need my three foot tree and all will be well. :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You must grovel, Al!

You truly do need a 3 foot tree. Nothing says a train trip to Belgium like bringing along a 3 foot tree! I hope the spirit moves you soon, or at least that you are feeling well again.

BeckEye said...

I would love a CD!!

I also have to get on the stick and write my best-of lists.

Here's a worst-of for you: the word "panties." Never liked it. Very dirty-old-man.

Anonymous said...

I would like to grovel for a cd :) I have read your blog for over a year now, and enjoy reading about all these artists and songs I have never heard, so I would like to hear them...I will send you an email, and thanks for being so generous!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I would love to send you one, Beckeye! Almost as much as I would love to read your best-of lists.
Hmm, you are right about "panties", I keep picturing Aqualung for some reason. Right then, from now on they are "gitch".

That is some fine grovelling, Steffi, consider yourself on the mailing list for a cd. I'm chuffed that you enjoy the old blog - how sweet of you to say. You should see my head now - all swelled up beyond recognition.

mellowlee said...

So that's the secret to getting some holiday spirit....snowflake panties COOL!
Oh yes yes yes I would love a New Years CD *jumping up and down*

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Now that the secret of the snowflake panties is in the public domain, feel free to use it as much as necessary, Mel. And you are on the cd list, my dear!

phlegmfatale said...

YAYs, snowflake panties!!!

Yuppers, I wants me a cd. Yesh. Yesh. Yesh.

Got your lovely card, and I thank you so much. One of these days, I'm going to re-send that box of stuff (a pile to which I have added ever since, so it'll be even more stuff, but next time, I'll send FedEx or UPS, for brown-truck-of-happiness action.)

I dunno why, but this Word Verification is making me happy:

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Phlegmmy, I cringe every time I think of the hassles you went through last year with your poor parcel. But ooooo, pile o' stuff sounds most intriguing.

I would be most pleased to send you a cd! Canada Post seems to work okay in the outgoing direction anyway.