Posted by: malia | December 14, 2013

saturday 9: jingle bell rock

Saturday 9: Jingle Bell Rock

1) Sam has affection for this song because, when she was very young, she tap-danced to it for a Christmas recital. Her parents told her she was wonderful. Do you have any memories from a school/church program or pageant — either as a child onstage or an adult in the audience?
yes, i have many memories of these as i guess i have been in a lot of them, which surprises people because i’m not very outgoing or showy. i’m sure my mom made me do those things because she thought it would help my shyness, but it hadn’t. i also have a lot as the adult in the audience as well because my son has several a year (just last week there was a prayer service where he performed at) and also because of my job. both make me cry, which is so embarrassing. i was just talking to a co-worker about that the other day, when she asked me how the prayer service went. i’m such a crybaby. 😳

2) Ok, she admits it: After too many cups of holiday cheer, Sam did a few steps of her “Jingle Bell Rock” routine at last year’s company Christmas party. Have you ever done anything at a coworker gettogether that you now regret?
i don’t go to co-workers’ get-togethers. in fact they’re having one tomorrow as our “last” christmas get-together since some won’t be there next year, but i refuse to go, mostly because i don’t like those things, but really, because i don’t like the company. maybe it’ll be different next year, but right now, i think there’s too much hurt and bitterness for me to want to go and actually have a good time.

3) Since that unfortunate Christmas 2012 incident, Sam can’t even look at a cup of egg nog. How about you? Do you like egg nog?
i loved egg nog as a kid. then recently they had egg nog shakes which i liked. but now…eh. i don’t know. seems too rich to me or something. i just don’t really care to drink it any more.

4) For special events, Sam slips on her favorite piece of jewelry: a charm bracelet that once belonged to her grandmother. Do you have a special treasure from a previous generation?
aww. *sniff* i did take some of my grandma’s jewelry, plus a small jewelry box, after she died and they were cleaning out her home earlier this year. but i took it more to remember her than to wear it. like, i took her pendant with her initial, because i am named after her, after all, but i don’t think i could ever wear it without being super sad. i also took her koa bracelet and another pretty little chain but i could never wear them. they just sit upon my shelf, for me to look at every now and then and remember as tears well up in my eyes. i especially think a lot about her now, since it was around this time last year that we found out that she didn’t have much long to go. the holidays are going to be really hard, i think. 😥

5) The only Christmas card Sam has received so far in 2013 is from her insurance agent. How about you? Have any holiday cards arrived yet?
i got one, too, from my dad, which arrived on monday. it would be his wife to send out one this early, because she likes to brag about everything her daughter is up to. she always seems to forget that my dad went through those things with his 3 older daughters. she always makes like it’s a new territory for him, and that their daughter is so awesome and so beautiful, which i guess most parents feel about their own kids. it just kinda stings when you’re part of the castaway family. 😛

6) Because of the chill in the air, Sam gave her dog his Christmas gift — a sweater — early this year. He’s already gotten compliments on it. Are there any pets on your gift list?
yes, there are. my sister’s two, which are like her kids. i don’t even get my own pets gifts (i just give them foody treats on special days) but i get her pets because i feel bad that she spends $ on my son, and on my other sister’s kids, but because she doesn’t have kids of her own, she doesn’t get stuff back, you know? so i buy for her two. i think i will get them something extra-special this year because i have a feeling they’ve been a bit neglected lately as my sister has hardly been home these past few months.

7) Do you need snow to get “into the spirit?”
nope. well, i guess a lot of people will say i don’t have the spirit, but the last thing i need is to be cold and miserable.

8) Are you going to get/have you gotten a flu shot this year?
yes, i got one. they do it for free at our workplace, so i always sign up. i think i have a higher risk being around sniffly little ones all day, so i might as well.

9) December is an important fundraising month for charities. Here’s your chance to plug a worthy cause that means a lot to you.
is it really? hmm. i didn’t know. i usually donate to breast cancer things but that’s october. i also give to our state charity thing they ask of all government workers, but that’s in october, too, but even for that one, i designate a cancer research charity. so i guess for me it’s anything cancer-related. it’s just so devastating to have to go through that and you hear of so many more people getting it now. i really hope they can find a cure soon.



  1. Holidays are tough after losing loved ones–I hope that soon your memories will bring more smiles than tears!

    • thank you!

  2. I use to really like those shakes form McDonalds.

    • yes, and now they seem to be popping up all over the place! i think even starbucks has an eggnog flavored thing.

  3. I’m so sorry that you feel like part of the “castaway family.”

    • thanks, but yeah, i actually know quite a few people who are like that, too–once dad goes off and has a new family with someone else, they are forgotten about on the side. for me and my sisters, though, it happened later in life (we were all graduated from high school already, with families of our own), so i donʻt think it was as devastating as it is for others where it happened when they were younger.

  4. Egg nog is as you say, between the sugar and cream it just makes it too rich.

    • yeah! i donʻt know how i could drink cups of that stuff when i was younger!

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