goodbye, holiday fal-da-rah

Posted by on January 15, 2007

If you want to know where I was for Christmas and the New Year, I was zigzagging to Tennessee, then Florida, then back to Tennessee. Jeff’s family, my family spread out over three weeks. It was like a Florida sandwich between two pieces of Tennessee bread– a good meal, but at times too chewy. And oh, how the digestive juices of my brain were working the entire time, finding new insights into family life– insights brought about by the all-new experience of being a new parent around parents, like the picture-in-picture feature on the oversized television in my in-law’s den.

These insights may never find their way onto paper–or a computer, rather–thanks to the technological failure that dogs me where’ere I go. I guess this is my way of apologizing to all two of the people who read my blog for not posting for so long, and just regretting out loud all the thoughts I had over the holidays that I so wanted to write about, but could not.

We arrived home a week ago to find our server broken; not even the power light would come on. We just got it up and running today. My father-in-law, Tom, kept using the word “fal-da-rah” over the holidays in reference to my mother-in-law’s countless Christmas decorations filling every free space of their home. I had never heard this word but I decided to adopt it into my vocabulary and spell it phonetically. All the holiday fal-da-rah, both literal and figurative, has passed me by and I sit in the middle of an ordinary day in January, with the baby monitor making static next to me and a new server hooked up.

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  1. Anonymous
    January 17, 2007

    My dictionary.com word-of-the-day today was:

    foofaraw FOO-fuh-raw, noun:

    1. Excessive or flashy ornamentation or decoration.
    2. A fuss over a matter of little importance.

    “After working in the news business for a number of years, I’ve become a bit cynical about mass-media coverage of events like the Y2K foofaraw.”
    — Roy Clancy, “Ready for Y2K…”, Calgary Sun, December 15, 1999

    * * *

    I’d never heard of the word before your blog…

  2. anna j
    January 17, 2007

    as one of the way-more-than-two addicts of your beautiful blog, i simply have to say “wahoo!” upon the occasion of your server-capability 🙂

  3. Anonymous
    January 17, 2007

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  4. Anonymous
    January 17, 2007

    Julia’s BACK, “fa-la-la-la-laaaaaaaaaaaa-la, la-la-la”!