The first person I thought of was Biscuit over at "Diary of a One Biscuit Hound". I think I can speak for all of us when I say that we miss her. Almost always funny (whether intentional or not) in her writing, always classy with her HNTs, and just a joy to visit every day. I'm going with two things for her. Ultimately, she gave up blogging because of a lack of time. So first off, I'd give her an extra two hours in the day. But being selfish, those two hours would be spent online with us--not for chores or anything! Secondly, I know she's been wanting a bigger house, so I'd give her a monstrously big house. With the appropriate number of maids, pool boys, gardeners, chefs and handmaidens. Certainly don't want her spending her extra hours in the day cleaning the place herself! We miss ya, Biscuit!
The next person on my list would be Cher. Some of you might remember her simply as ~C~. She's a young single mother who has had to put up with a great deal of crap in life. And is still up to her pretty little neck in it. Blogging has pretty much fallen by the wayside, though she does Facebook somewhat regularly. Out of privacy, I won't get into details, but she's still dealing with some major stress in her life. So my wish for her would be a honkin' big pill that she could take that would miraculously take care of all that is troubling her so that she can get on with her life. And since it's a big honkin' pill, there's no reason it can't be a colorful one! Hang in there, kiddo!
Third on my list is the remarkable Ashly Star. Anyone who has been around here for any length of time knows her. She's led a far more colorful life than most of us, despite her young age (ok, she's definitely young to me!). She's spent much of her recent months unemployed, though not for lack of searching. She's been living with her boyfriend in his parent's basement (I think that's correct...). Money is not something that she's been swimming in. She has never whined about the lack of money, other than the occasional bitch about the lousy job market. She's a survivor, and will do whatever needs to be done to live life. And yet, every Christmas, she scrapes together what money she does have, and purchases toys to be donated to Toys For Tots. Money that could go towards new clothes, a little partying, or a car. These past two years she's asked us to join her, and we've delivered. And when she's through spending our money on toys, she spends a little more of her own. (be sure to check her site to see the toys she bought this year!) She's on the short list of bloggers I absolutely MUST meet someday (not sure why that didn't happen when I was down there...). Anyway, my Christmas wish for her would be a pile of money ($100s, of course). Not talking millions here or anything like that. But a good chunk of change for her to spend on herself. Not on toys, not for rent, not for food. But for a nice house, maybe four years of college, a car. The things that many of us take somewhat for granted. Allowing her to put herself at the front of the line. Not that she's looking to be there, or needs to be. But the good karma she's building up for herself is going to pay off for her someday, and I might as well be the one to gift it to her!
For the rest of you (how could I forget the rest of you?), I wish you the very happiest and merriest of Christmases. Might prove to be a tough one around here, but could also be one of the most memorable. Safe travels, if you're doing that. I look forward to our last HNT/OHNT of the decade next week!
"I bring a gift of Winter Roses to thee,
And offer a kiss 'neath the Mistletoe tree,
And adorn your hair with Holly berries,
In this celebration of Winter's Solstice."
Excerpt from "A Gift Of Winter Roses"
By Harry Boslem
This week's Mystery Guest will be revealed Thursday afternoon. Be sure to come back to see who she is!
Today certainly did not suck! Our MG this week is the lovely slice of sunshine known as Maggie! Stop by to say "Merry Christmas" to her!
Lots of people wanting to get in on the last OHNTs of the decade over at "...the Other HNT"! Be sure to check out your fellow HNTers. And don't wait for an invitation--if you want to get in on the last one of the year, feel free to join in! NSFW, as always...
I finally got caught up on gathering up all of my HNTs in one spot! Two-hundred eighty HNTs, with all the click-throughs and mouseovers (#281 was last week's picture--it's not posted yet). Every week possible (not counting the December themes weeks, or that awful week in Jan. '07). It's going to make it easy to go back and pick my favorite for next week's ! (click on the tab below the header at the top of this page) Now I just have to get the OsShirt site current!
Gotta leave you with a song...