by John Holbo on December 27, 2010

Well, X-Mas was wonderful and several members of Belle’s family even came to Singapore for the season. But now several folks have gotten sick and, frankly, the house looks like Santa’s sleigh attempted an emergency landing inside the triage tent of a field hospital. Plus I have a paper to write and a course to prepare. How’s by you?



Chris Bertram 12.27.10 at 9:25 am

Happy Christmas to you and Belle, John. England was amazingly cold for the duration, but also quite beautiful, with frost adorning the trees.


Henri Vieuxtemps 12.27.10 at 1:05 pm

Blizzard, at least a foot of snow already since yesterday, and it keeps going. 50,000 without power, evacuations in coastal areas. Consider yourself lucky.


y81 12.27.10 at 1:32 pm

My wife got sick, my sister and her husband don’t seem to be getting along, my daughter refused to eat anything that was served, my father was his usual annoying self, my niece got stuck in Boston by the blizzard. Today, all the associates and secretaries have emailed to say they can’t make it into work. Those are the highlights, I would say.


Tom Hurka 12.27.10 at 1:48 pm

Supposed to fly to Boston today to interview at the APA. May not be able to make it because of the blizzard there. Bad news/good news.


Red 12.27.10 at 2:07 pm

Ah, a regular Christmas: am about to start shoveling about two feet of snow. Then sledding with my youngest. It’s a wonderful life.


Barry 12.27.10 at 2:38 pm

Had a great Christmas; I gave a laptop to a friend (with the help of his parents for half the money); he didn’t expect it, which surprised me because I had been bringing up the subject for a few weeks, to make sure what he wanted. I gave my girlfiend a pair of boots; she was pulling the stuffing out of them when she noticed that part of the stuffing was a box (with a necklace in it).


Theophylact 12.27.10 at 4:24 pm

The rest of the Northeast, down to Richmond and below, is buried in snow; but here in DC, bubkes. Almost makes up for last year’s avalanche.


roac 12.27.10 at 6:24 pm

Well, we’re holding our own against the microorganisms at my house, but macroorganisms of some kind have gotten into our attic and kept us awake for much of the night. I suspect flying squirrels, since they stopped whatever it was they were doing as soon as it started to get light. The local animal shelter wants us to try driving them out with ammonia before it will sign us out any traps. (Catch-and-release traps. The lethal kind would be an absolute last resort, given what cute little buggers they are.)


Henry 12.27.10 at 8:23 pm

bq. girlfiend

I hope she doesn’t read CT …


JP Stormcrow 12.28.10 at 12:06 am

Mine was relatively successful on multiple fronts for a change. One highlight was convincing my sister that my eldest would really like The Half-Made World, so I’m 1/3 of the way through that and enjoying the hell out of it. We’re also having a pretty good Net Outflow Day today (more stuff has to leave the house via trash or donation than came in via gifts).


jim 12.28.10 at 1:14 am

Christmas Day worked out well. The King’s Speech, which ought to have been a boring movie (all the bit parts carefully impersonated, though Derek Jacobi’s Cosmo Lang was priceless) but somehow wasn’t, followed by Peking Duck at Mark’s Duck House in honor of the poultrification of the season. Yesterday, the National Gallery. For those near Washington, go see the German Master Drawings exhibit. It’s a bit padded, but there’s some wonderful pieces. And even as we got off Metro, there was scarcely any snow.

But then this morning I stubbed my toe and fell forward, hitting my head against the side of a bookcase. So I have a broken scalp, a badly bruised knee and what looks like a broken toe. Thus does the whirligig of time bring in its revenges.


Sumana Harihareswara 12.28.10 at 1:16 am

An intensely quiet holiday weekend with my husband, barely leaving the apartment. Battlestar Galactica (the initial miniseries and about 8 eps of the first season); Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar; The Irony of Fate (the first half of the curious Brezhnev-era Soviet romcom); Alan Furst’s Night Soldiers; making pasta and meatballs and fudge; a few phone calls or visits with friends; music and radiator warmth and pizza and good grape juice from Gewurtztraminer and Cabernet grapes, and peaches and tomatoes that the husband canned in the summer.


Zora 12.28.10 at 2:27 am

Alone; alternating between proofreading an 1898 novel for Distributed Proofreaders (did 200 pages!) and studying XHTML and CSS. Wild, wacky fun.


Belle Waring 12.28.10 at 11:36 am

Bah, I don’t know what he’s talking about, everything is awesome. Blythe dolls! All-expenses paid trips to Egypt (from my brother to my mom, why does he always house me in the gift department? No matter what I give, his present is cooler.) Well, and vomiting, migraines, wrapping paper everywhere, me secretly eating all the marrons glacés and descending on the Aplets and Cotlets like a starving fiend. Ants everywhere. And I have to move my business. And John has to write a paper about Žižek. But isn’t that sort of all him? He didn’t have to agree to do it, right? But anyway he has to do it now, and I am appropriately sympathetic.


Belle Waring 12.28.10 at 11:42 am

Grr, my website is, something silly happened in the html.


Belle Waring 12.28.10 at 11:43 am

All our current cool stuff can be seen at


roac 12.28.10 at 3:20 pm

Aplets and Cotlets! In Singapore! Guess the world is indeed flat.

(Basically, Turkish Delight, produced by Armenian-Americans in the Wenatchee Valley of Washington State. Very popular in the western US, not so easy to find on the East Coast.)


Belle Waring 12.29.10 at 2:23 am

The Aplets and Cotlets are mailed from Oregon by my thoughtful in-laws. If I saw them here in a store I would faint with delight. Plenty of decent Turkish delight here (particularly rose) but…mmmm….Aplets and Cotlets….suddenly willing to betray family to White Queen.

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