Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Long Time Coming & Then Some

Princess of the Universe probably gave up on me on long, long, long time ago.  I can't blame her, I mean, I asked for it and then there it sat.  For almost a couple months.  Actually, I have until February 19th and that would officially make it two months, but that is neither here nor there.  Either way, there it sat in my in-box marked as "unread" so I would not forget.  Hmmm. . . Yeah, that tactic worked.

I'm blaming Blogger.  For some reason, I can no longer "copy, cut and paste".  Add that to the fact that I'm lazy, well, you don't get the post I've been meaning to write for over a month now.  However, I have another fellow blogger that I heart and covet!  In fact, I believe she's a little known secret, but will be busting big some day.  Which is besides my point and I'm hoping she'll forgive me for stealing her idea by gushing loads about her funny.  So, I'm copying her and will be answering my interview questions one by one by one by one by one.  If you're lucky, I'm in a good mood and not lazy, I may even answer two questions at once.  Huzzah.

So, you owe this post to Verbal Diarrhoea. . . .  

I give you, my seven readers, Princess Interviews a Texaconsin Diva.

Numero Uno: How long did it take you to write your Christmas letter?  Cause I couldn't even imagine trying to condense a year into one really interesting page. 

I plead the fifth.  

Moving on . . . 

I keed - I keed, Princess!  See?  I'm funny too.   Maybe not Steve Carell, but hey beggars cannot be choosers. 

To get to your question, it takes more time than I like or seem to even have.  For those of you who didn't get a letter, you may be in the dark here.  I'll try to explain.  Once the husband and I got hitched by the good ole ball and chain, I thought it would be fantastic to start a yearly Christmas letter and send it world-wide to all our friends.  Big mistake.  I am now tied to doing it year after year.  If I don't, I have people call me out in front of many others on them either A) falling off my yearly letter list or B) I didn't do one.  That was a good time.  I enjoy being called out in front of groups of people in the middle of restaurants.  

Anyhow, the first letter I did was a "Top 10" list as to why it was a good thing the husband and I got married and attached a cute little wedding photo to the front.  That wasn't bad.  Pretty painless, but then the second letter, I decided to get really creative and did a letter to what it was like to be married in accordance with the "Wedding Vows".  You know the "till death do us part," "to have and to hold," and "in sickness and in health," (according to the husband I am never sick and never about to die.  I'd like to disagree here.  There are plenty of times I am dying.) etc., etc. . .  I'd have to say that took many hours of writing and re-writes as well as editing to make it fit on my itty-bitty card.  That one also had a cute little picture of us on it.  I think that was my favorite letter to date - maybe I'll post it here someday.  Maybe not.

The third year was mundane stuff of us making a move to our Longhorn city.  Blah, blah, blah.  Not my best.  

The fourth year, I skipped it.  See above when getting called out at a family birthday party in the middle of a restaurant.  Fun times (yes, I'm reiterating.  To this day I'm damaged by that).

This year, I spent a few weeks trying to come up with a subject.  I wrote and deleted.  Wrote and deleted.  Wrote and deleted.  Wrote and deleted.  I finally came up with . . . the husband.   Duh.  Had I just done that subject in the beginning the letter would have flown from brain to keyboard to print.  As always, he's my perfect subject.  

So, while I'd like to say it doesn't take nuttin' to write my yearly Christmas letter and be included in the cool kids crowd, I would be lying.  It takes a lot of time and even more thought.  More than I have of either that time of year.  Sometimes I wish I hadn't even begun and low expectations would sit in place.  Though, I would be lying there too.  I enjoy my Christmas letter even if it does stress me out year after year.  

The end.

More interview questions to follow.  Thanks Sid of Verbal Diarrhoea for giving me the idea to post each question separately.  May you not get any additional readers so I can keep you as mine.  All mine.  


Princess of the Universe said...

Wow. That sounds like a lot of work indeed. Not sure I'm willing to do it.
Sending sparkly cards: yes.
And entire letter? Maybe not.


Anonymous said...

I don't write an annual letter (I feel like it'd be weird to do it since I'm single), but my parents do. And I have twice written the family letter for them. It was a lot of fun. My dad is an excellent Christmas-letter-writer. Really funny and sarcastic. So I had huge shoes to fill. But it was really fun. I'm glad you do a letter. Very cool. As long as it doesn't get boring. (So many people's letters are so boring!)


sid said...

LOL! I have two more questions still to go but the last one (What would my perfect guy be and have I been close to being with someone like that?) is TOUGH. In all honesty I don't know how to answer that question ... well need more introspection.

Jess said...

You put as much thought into this question as you do into your Christmas cards! And I like that!!

Jess said...

Ps. Did my invite for my blog to you work out ok? I was having issues last night.

Vikki said...

I really appreciated your Christmas letter. In fact I felt honoured to be on your list. Thank you for writing it. Much love, Vikki

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Jen said...

Princess: It is a lot of work. I'm not going to lie, but by the time I'm finally done with the thing, it makes me happy. When I'm stressed over it & don't have the time to finish, it WEIGHS on me. Ugh. I heart your sparkly cards! Keep them coming, please!

Em: I didn't do one when I was single either. I sent a few cards to a few friends, but no letter. I'd like to think my letters are not boring - I somewhat write them like this here blog. Then again, I only have 7 readers - that should probably tell me sumptin'. . .

(I also used to write the family Christmas letter when I lived at home. I didn't love that so much.)

Sid: . . .it puts the lotion on the skin. . . Ha! Mine all mine!

I wouldn't want to answer that last questions either. That's frightening(!), but I'm still going to wait to see how you tackle that one! It'll be gooo-od!

Jess: Thanks! You're too kind! The answer came out a bit longer than I had anticipated. I like to try ("try" being the operative word here) and keep my blog short, sweet and to the point. Keep readers interested - though again, I only have 7 readers, so this may be telling me something. . .

And, that's a big negative to accessing your blog. If you send me an e-mail to, I can send you my other e-mail that is attached to this here blog. It has my real name as the e-mail address and I just don't want to put it out there.

Vikki: You're a gem! I was honored to send you one as well as receive on from your family! xo

Real Live Lesbian said...'ve just succeeded in ensuring that I will NEVER do that! Not that we're all that interesting. And furthermore, who wants to know what the lesbians are up to! ;)

Jen said...

RLL: What? You're a lesbian?

. . . tee hee!

I think you write your blog wonderfully and therefore would have a beautiful Christmas letter! However, I can't blame you for not wanting to start one to begin with. To write something interesting and to condense a year into a couple paragraphs, well, it takes a bit of time and effort. But if you ever decide to start one up, I'd love to hear about the 2 lesbians! For real.

Anonymous said...

My neighbor who is about 76 sent one out every year. This year she didn't and I asked her why not. She said "I'm too busy". Excellent!

Ian said...

I like your Christmas letter, but am never doing one myself. Far too much work, but I look forward to yours every (ahem) year.

Jen said...

Suze: That's totally excellent!

Ian: Glad you look forward to my semi-annual letter each year. I'm glad someone cares!