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The favorite gift I gave this Christmas

Wherever you are, I hope it’s warmer than here. It was 11 degrees when I woke up, and it’s not rising out of the 20s until tomorrow morning. But the wind chill drops the temperature down to the negatives. I can’t get warm.


I read about CharityPups.com in the gift guide of one of the many magazines I collected around the holidays. The concept is simple: you pay some money, upload pics of your dog(s), and Aaron Kaufman will create a custom digital sketch of your pooch(es). I was looking for something to top off WM’s gift pile, so I decided to take a chance.



Isn’t it amazing? He got every aspect of my wee wolves perfect, especially Max’s weird underbite and Ollie’s fuzzy head. This was the best gift idea I’ve had in ages, and if there is a dog lover in your life you should take the plunge and get them this. Best of all, 30% of the profit goes to charity — Aaron picks a different one each month!

Thanks, Aaron!

A grownup Christmas list

Don’t worry, it’s not the sappy song, although we really could use some more common sense and love and a lot less knee-jerky insanity.


Hello, family! It has come to my attention that I’m difficult to shop for, even though it seems all I do all year long is point out things I like. So for your convenience, I have created a wish list on Pinterest. Click the “See on Pinterest” part at the bottom to see the whole thing.

Follow Kimberly D. Russell’s board Kim’s Wishlist on Pinterest.

If you want to donate to charity or organization in my name, that’s cool because I do have plenty of stuff already. Just make sure it’s on the up-and-up first, and neither ends up with the NRA, any political party, or an organization that limits my reproductive rights.

And nobody has to buy me Louboutins, except if I’m dying on Christmas Eve and you want to make them my Christmas Shoes. I can accept that.


Whatever happened to predictability?

Where are mah scrunchies?

Where are mah scrunchies?

(searching through Kohl’s sales flyer)

Me: Want a pair of Aqua shorts?
WM: No. I don’t think I will ever wear a pair of aqua shorts
Me: Oh, come on. You can get this outfit, I’ll get the lady’s outfit and we’ll pretend we’re “Full House” cast members.
WM: No.
Me: How rude!

Inside Baseball:
Most of the online sales flyers you see are powered by a Gannett-owned company called ShopLocal. It was also supposed be used for local newspaper ads, which was a colossal failure because many newspaper ads are for services (oil changes, gutter cleaning, “happy endings” massages) and not the product/price ads that ShopLocal was built to display. Plus people buying space in the paper wanted their own space, and an online catalog of local sales only gives you that “space” if someone searches for and finds your product. The implementation of ShopLocal probably took about a year off of my life. (The Daily Deals program took about 3 years off, but that’s another post.) I’m glad ShopLocal found their footing though. Their interface now is very elegant.

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