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December 26th, 2014


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03:27 pm - Merriment
It's a quiet holiday 'round these parts -- or rather, not that quiet in real terms, since I got some great music as gifts, to wit, a collection of Stax and Atlantic soul and funk from 1966 to 1977 from one of my brothers and also a collection of 60s chanteuse Vashti Bunyan from gwynnega (Thanks!!). Here's a song that fits the time of year, in fact: "Coldest Night of the Year".

I've already piled all the books I got (including a book about Fred Astaire and jazz, and a reference book on fashion) in a beautiful stack, but right now I'm reading Alicia Drake's The Beautiful Fall, a nonfiction book about fashion and 1970s Paris. Fun fact: did you know Yves St Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld were 2 of the 3 winners of "the Wool Secretariat fashion design competition of 1954"? Drake delicately adds that the third winner, one Colette Bracchi, "would henceforth disappear into fashion oblivion."

Yesterday I made my traditional whole-wheat cinnamon rolls (this time with Penzey's cinnamon -- thanks, stateless82!) and then walked Master Danger in the deserted downtown as the shadows fell. At dusk I went over to my friends' house and drank Champagne with them. I capped my day with Doctor Who, which featured my beloved Twelve smiling! Repeatedly! Tonight I go to a different friends' house for a casual post-holiday dinner.

In other words, it's been a time of riches. Subdued merriment, shall we say.

I am wishing you all music, nourishment, and smiles in the next few days. Let the light shine!

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From:gwynnega
Date:December 26th, 2014 09:27 pm (UTC)
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Enjoy the CD! :-)

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:December 27th, 2014 01:41 pm (UTC)
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It's delightful! Thank you so much.

[hugs and health]
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From:kathyh
Date:December 26th, 2014 10:31 pm (UTC)
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It sounds lovely. There's a lot to be said for subdued merriment.

*many hugs*
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From:laurawise
Date:December 27th, 2014 01:42 pm (UTC)
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Thank you, K, and hugs and fabulous days to you!
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From:anne_d
Date:December 27th, 2014 12:37 am (UTC)
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Sounds like a lovely holiday.
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From:laurawise
Date:December 27th, 2014 01:42 pm (UTC)
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Yes, it was! Hugs and joy to you today.
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From:stateless82
Date:December 27th, 2014 02:27 am (UTC)
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Fred Astaire!

((hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:December 27th, 2014 01:42 pm (UTC)
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I will send you the book when I'm done. :)

Hugs!
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From:mamculuna
Date:December 27th, 2014 03:17 am (UTC)
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And much happiness to you!
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From:laurawise
Date:December 27th, 2014 01:43 pm (UTC)
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Joy and sun to you today!
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From:freixenet
Date:December 27th, 2014 02:03 pm (UTC)
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I have not yet tasted the glory of the Christmas special, since we were buying and then setting up a whole set of new lighting arrangements in the house, but I am savoring the wait. Glad to know I'll be seeing that smile! :)

Your holiday reading sounds wonderful, L. Mine is all about the difference between tango beats and milonga beats, so that I don't embarrass myself tomorrow night.

Hugs to you, and to the Dangerous Darling!

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From:laurawise
Date:December 28th, 2014 12:38 am (UTC)
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I really enjoyed the Christmas special, I must say.

Cheers for your dancing and your weekend! [hugs]
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From:janus_74
Date:December 27th, 2014 07:18 pm (UTC)
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Merry Christmas!
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From:laurawise
Date:December 28th, 2014 12:38 am (UTC)
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And a happy holiday weekend to you, T!
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From:heron_pose
Date:December 29th, 2014 03:15 pm (UTC)
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That sounds like a lovely day ... bright, warm, good sounds, and friends.

And Master Danger as well as P Capaldi to provide that necessary edge.

ALL THE HUGS!
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From:laurawise
Date:December 29th, 2014 08:04 pm (UTC)
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It was a quiet but nice day indeed -- and I hope you had warmth and good things as well!

(I finally sent off a v.v.v. small package. Expect it Wednesday.)

Hugs hugs hugs!

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