Random (Talk to us) Tuesday – Food, Drink, Otters


Seriously Shawn

Ahem! ‘Tis the season and all but where is everyone? Fewer readers around these times. but never fear; I post regardless!

  • So, just so YOU know, Airhead Extremes are really not all that sour. I am still seeking the most sour candy in all the land.
  • I’m feeling the dichotomy of winter in Florida. Nights and mornings are cool; you need jackets. But this week, at least, we’re seeing high 70s/low 80s and it’s a little unnerving, considering all the wreaths and lights. I know this, having always lived in Florida, but perhaps I feel the pull towards another kind of winter someday. Maybe one that entails snow.
  • I was surprised how few people had heard of Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas, from my post yesterday. It’s a Jim Hensen production from 1977, so I watched it a lot as a kid. I guess I just thought a lot more people were familiar with it. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. There’s a great message in there; good for the kids.
  • Speaking of Christmas traditions, I have, for a long time, been a little obsessed with the idea of wassailing. “The tradition of wassailing falls into two distinct categories: The House-Visiting wassail and the Orchard-Visiting wassail. House-Visiting wassail, caroling by any other name, is the practice of people going door-to-door singing Christmas carols. The Orchard-Visiting wassail refers to the ancient custom of visiting orchards, reciting incantations and singing to the trees in apple orchards in cider-producing regions of England to promote a good harvest for the coming year.” (Wikipedia.)Wassail-Image-1
  • In more recent incarnations, people mostly just make the drink, wassail, and bring it around to homes. I keep thinking it would be awesome to start one of these in my neighborhood. I could put out fliers to every home and see who might be interested in helping me brew the wassail itself. It’s a lot like caroling except you offer someone a tasty warm drink instead of sing at them. I would offer the neighbors the opportunity to participate and they would let it be known by, say, hanging a little trinket on their mailbox. (Like the ‘hood we T and T’d in: they put a plastic pumpkin on the mailbox if they were giving candy.) Then a group of us would go around and meet everyone and take part in the drink and have a merry time.
  • Perhaps, I am too idealistic. People would probably shut their doors and close the blinds and say bah-humbug. But if I had time and money this year, I’d do it. Maybe next year!
  • On a completely random tangent,we’re getting both a Whole Foods and  Trader Joe’s at some point and I worry my little ol’ town cannot support these places, though we do have A LOT of hippies here. I’ll treat them the same way I do Fresh Market: good for a quick trip now and then but I’d go broke if I shopped there all the time!
  • But speaking of groceries, I apparently must recreate my traditional holiday meal at my brother-in-law’s house and I worry that giving him a shopping list ahead of time is a futile effort. The man subsists on peanut butter toast, oatmeal, and take-out. Plus, his girlfriend just moved out so I wonder how many dishes he has. It’s going to be… interesting, to say the least.
  • WELL, I have a ton of stuff to accomplish today and even though I feel worn through and through, I must get it done. Toodles!
  • Oh, wait, here you go.


5 thoughts on “Random (Talk to us) Tuesday – Food, Drink, Otters

  1. There has been a decrease, hasn’t there? It’s such a busy time of year! 🙂

    I’ll have to check with Princess Nagger – I’m sure she might have an idea which are the most sour candy in all the land (she loves that stuff – me not so much). 🙂

    The weather is still acting wonky – it’s going to be 70 here today…highly unusual!!

    I think you should do some wassailing – I’d totally participate if I lived in your neighborhood. 🙂

    I wish a Trader Joe’s or Whole Food’s would open up here!

    Nice man candy!! 🙂

    Chicago Fire’s Fake Plane Crash, Christmas Shopping, Lego Minecraft Shortage, Pony Fun, Unconventional Cards – RTT Rebel

  2. Mmmm, on the man candy, sigh…
    It’s far too cold to want to go door to door here. Even though it’s been warmer here than normal–in the 40s and 50s. I keep hoping for more snow.

  3. I agree with you & Stacy readers are a bit scarce these days, but this is a busy time of the year. The talk of sour candy makes my lips pucker and I don’t mean as in puckering for a kiss, either. I’m not all that keen on super sour candy. Never. Is wassailing alcoholic beverages? If so, then I’d pass on that. But, hot chocolate or egg nog or apple cider is another matter. I would totally get into that. =D We have a Trader Joe’s here. We recently visited it and was not all that impressed. That being said, we’ll just stick to shopping at the Super Walmart or Target like always. We did get a Costco last month, but it’s totally slammed right now. I guess we’ll have to wait till the newness wears off a bit.

  4. Have you ever tried a candy called Warheads? I had never heard of them, but someone brought a bunch in after Halloween. Everyone was talking about how disgustingly sour they were, so I finally tried one. I had to spit it out after just a few seconds. It was HORRIBLE. Then again, I hate sour candy, so I guess that’s partly why!

    I love the wassailing idea. We’ve done caroling in our town in the past, but nothing liek it in the past few years. Sounds like fun to me!

    That pic right there? Totally just made my day…holy cow.

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