Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream

It’s that time a year AGAIN!

Not only is it my FAVORITE holiday (Christmas), it’s also time for all the Santa Cons to commence.

So get your red Santa suits ready to party because it’s the season for a festive bar crawl!

I personally love going to Santa Cons.

Not just because I love dressing up.

Or because I get to meet cool new people.

No, I like Santa Con because it’s fun to see all the looks on people’s faces when we show up en masse with all our holiday costumes on!

Little kids love seeing us as we dash from bar to bar.

The awe struck looks on their faces says it all.

And because I do it every year, Santa Cons have just become a hallmark of the holiday season for me.

Like breathing in and breathing out.

This year, I’m supposed to go to two Santa Cons – Santa Cruz and San Jose.

Last year I was a reindeer.

The year before that I was The Grinch.

And the year before that I was Mrs. Claus.

Heaven knows what I’ll pull together this year.

But given my collection of costumes, I’VE DEFINITELY GOT OPTIONS.

So if you feel like going merrily along your way, look up Santa Cons in your neighborhood and join in one.

I guarantee you’ll be in the holiday spirit in no time!

Shopping for ex boyfriends

It’s the holiday season which means I’m in full present-buying mode.

I’m totally on the prowl for awesome gifts I can give to my family and friends.

I click on every Gift Idea List that I cross paths with – Amazon, Forbes, blog-based lists – you name it, I’ve been there.

The funny thing is that I still shop for my ex-boyfriends.

The other day, I saw a beautiful crab fabric on Spoonflower and instantly thought of my ex who had a thing for crabs.

In my mind, I was sewing crab pajamas for him.

And, of course the minute I see hot sauce I think of The Swede who is happily coupled up with a lovely Swedish lady.

I’ve never known someone to be as into spicy foods as he is.

I’m not sure how he still has a stomach lining.

Must be all that Viking food!

Naturally, even though I get the impulse to gift my exes, I never follow through.

That would just be sheer lunacy!

But the urge is there, every time I spot something PERFECT for someone I used to date I think, “Oh, he’d be so thrilled to get this!”

Even after all these years, habits are still hard to break.

My Very First Santa Con

The most notable part about my weekend this past weekend is that I got smashed.

Trashed.

Blottoed.

Is that even a word?

I didn’t intend to and I blame the fact that I switched from drinking beer to drinking gin about halfway through the night.

But let’s start at the beginning.

I decided to attend my first Santa Con – a party where a group of people get dressed like Santa in festive holiday attire and go en mass from one pub to the next bringing holiday spirit and cheer while consuming alcoholic beverages.  I put together an appropriate outfit – black boots, fishnet tights, white tutu, red velvet corset with white maribou feather trim, and of course a Santa hat.

IMG_8478Our path was all laid out – first we went to Aloft Bar, then Whole Foods (who were INCREDIBLY HOSPITABLE), followed by The Monte Vista Inn, and finally landing at The Blue Pheasant.

Everyone was dressed up in various Santa garb. My favorite was a duo – a flattened grandma and the reindeer who ran her over. Perfect! Love everyone’s creativity!

I got run over by the reindeer myself… note the hoof print on my chest!

IMG_8484At Paul & Eddie’s, I switched from drinking beer to drinking 4 olive gin martinis.

And that’s what did me in.

By the time we got to The Blue Pheasant, I was incapable of using my phone to arrange for a Lyft so I had to get a ride home from a nice gentleman who was kind enough to offer me a ride.

And then I was too drunk to give him directions.

He had to use an app to get me home.

Sigh.

I’m really embarrassed to say that I actually remember farting in his car on the ride home.

HUMILIATION!!!

Jesus, was I DRUNK!

So lesson learned: Santa Con is a marathon, not a sprint.

Drink accordingly!

Campbell Santa Rampage

The Campbell Santa Rampage has come and gone, but it’s left a lasting impression in my memory.

Imagine a room FILLED with red Santa Clauses, the Ghost of Christmas Past, Elves, and (of course) reindeer.

I had an online meeting right before the Rampage, so I sat in my room, with my camera turned off and attended the meeting WHILE I PAINTED MY FACE LIKE A REINDEER.

Personally, I think it turned out pretty good!

All in all, I’d say about 60 – 100 people showed up and lit up downtown Campbell with cheer and good will.

We had a great little loop of restaurants, pubs, arcades, and clubs:

  1. Lvl Up Arcade
  2. Katie Blooms
  3. Khartoum
  4. Sushi Confidential (yummy sake bombs)
  5. Aqui (watch out for the swirls)
  6. Campbell Brewing Company
  7. Cardiff Lounge

I stuck to beer the whole time (with the exception of a few sake bombs) and I had a blast.

My son picked me up at the end and took me home to chill and enjoy all the pictures from the Rampage being posted to social media.

All in all, a GREAT time.

Can’t wait for next year!

Santa Con

It’s Santa Con time and I’m totally EXCITED!

What could be better than dressing up like Santa Claus, or putting on another festive costume, and going from bar to bar, sipping on libations?

Nothing, I tell you!

How I managed to make it through 42 years of my life without knowing about Santa Cons I will never know.

I only learned about Santa Con through the burners.

They are always up for a good dress up party!

Here I am at my first Santa Con in 2015:

It was (I think) the first annual Cupertino Santa Con.

We started at the W XYZ bar and made our way through Whole Foods’ Beer Garden where they fed us tasty free food, before landing at the Blue Pheasant for dancing.

Since then I’ve done NUMEROUS Santa Cons.

Campbell is my favorite because all the bars are so close together and the company is EXTRAORDINARY.

In 2016, I went as the Grinch, just to be green, instead of red, and I talked Barbara into going as well.

But last year was the best.

In part because I spontaneously ran into old high school friends of mine, and in part because I loved my Santa Claus-ette costume:

What you have to remember is that there are anywhere from 20 – 50 of us, all dressed up and ready for fun.

We walk around from bar to bar and it’s not so crowded that we can’t manage to grab a drink before we progress on to the next bar.

It’s so festive and really puts me in the holiday spirit.

The only Santa Con I haven’t done is the San Francisco Santa Con.

There’s A LOT of people who participate in that and I’ve heard it’s impossible to get a drink.

Every year I think I might go, and every year I chicken out.

However, I should rethink my stance on the SF Santa Con because there’s even a Santa Con train that take people from the South Bay to the City for Santa Con and you can drink and carouse with your friends on the train.

So. . . .

When Pinterest fails. . .

I LOVE Pinterest.

There’s nothing quite like having a board with all your links organized by theme on the internet.

Sadly, I’ve discovered some of those links no longer work after a few months or so and it becomes obsolete.

I have a Pinterest board with gift ideas for my family which is VERY outdated.

The links BARELY work.

But the ideas are still there.

So I’ve looked up my favorites in Amazon and am posting them here where I can have easy access to them.

Feel free to poach ideas from this list.

I am a master at giving fun, relevant gifts to friends and family.

 

I bought a custom mug for The Swede and he loves it.  Customize one for any beer lover. And let’s face it, who isn’t?! $22

My mom LOVES these little collapsible bags in fruit shapes and I do too. $13

There’s nothing quite like a letterpress calendar to make me swoon. $25

Boot socks!  Ingenious! $13

Get a journal for any budding writer (or blogger). $11

Galaxy socks.  Out of this world! $13

Sweet pajama top. $17

Cupcake maker.  For the sweet tooth. $27

Wine flight, for the wine enthusiast. $35

Perfect double highball.  Sturdy and tip resistant. $13

Chocolate covered apricots from Marini’s Candies.  Yum! $40

Perfect for the garage or man cave. $60

Wine aerator, for the wine aficionado. $22

Oh how I love amaryllis.  Gorgeous winter blooms! $19

Perfect hostess gift. $17

I have family members who would slay for this game. $29

My team, the Sloth Running Team $15

Release your inner pirate.  $17

Death Wish Coffee – quite possibly the STRONGEST coffee on the market?  Worth a try!  $20

Snarky, but who doesn’t love a little snark? $13

$35 for a deck of cards?  Yes, but look how BEAUTIFUL they are! $35

I love Princess Bride, don’t you? $22

The Discovery Channel’s Planet Earth Collector’s Edition.  Be amazed! $55

Know anyone who likes puzzles AND building this?  Then this. . . $39

Perfect holiday tablecloth for the ENTERTAINER $24

 

Steampunk Christmas Cutie

I’m working on another costume because why not?

This one is for all the Santa Con Pub Crawls that are coming up.

I’d like to go dressed as a Steampunk Christmas cutie.

So I went ahead and did a mock up of what I thought MIGHT work.

xmas-outfit-jpgAnd I showed it to Tejas who just about vetoed every aspect of it as either too Gothic or not enough Steampunk.

He actually referred to one of my selected tops as “too Ellie May.”

Gasp!

Then he quickly told me I could totally pull of Ellie May. [Incidentally, if you google “Ellie May” to get an image for your blog, be aware that lots and LOTS of porn will pop up.]

Sigh.

This is why Tejas drives me crazy.

[But he was right].

So today I whipped up a new Steampunk Christmas costume.

One which I think is BETTER THAN THE FIRST.

Also, it incorporates a hat and skirt that I already have in my closet.

xmas-costume2So there you have it.  Literally, my final Christmas cutie costume, and at a bargain price too.  I think I’ll be wearing this to the Dicken’s Faire when I go in December.

Woot!

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The Un-Costume Party

You could say I showed up to a costume party and was the only one in costume. My friend took me to his company’s Holiday Party which had a theme to it. Music genres.

So I carefully crafted a Courtney Love costume, complete with tacky tiara, bleach blonde wig, and combat boots. I was going as grunge.

IMG_8519My friend was “All You Need is Love” and wore red and black with an EL wire hat and heart.

IMG_8512And then we showed up at the party and literally NO ONE WAS IN COSTUME.

Everyone was dressed up super nice, in suits and sequins, however.

You should’ve seen the sideways snide looks I got from other women.

“Look at that woman with the bad dye job walking around in a tiara like she owns the place…” I imagined them thinking to themselves as they snickered at my outfit.

Sigh.

IMG_8515A few people figured out that I was in costume and guessed that I was Marilyn Monroe.

Sigh.

Only two people figured out that I was Courtney Love. And I was so pleased that someone GOT IT that I could’ve kissed them.

So there you have it.

I got dressed up for a costume party where there WERE NO COSTUMES.

Not that it bothered me that much. I just was looking forward to seeing Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, etc.

In the end, my friend and I ran into only one other couple who was dressed up.

They turned out to be Burners.

Of course.

You can always count on Burners to dress up and have a good time with a theme party.

Sigh.