Hundreds of paper sacks filled with sand and tea lights would guide the way for spirit of the Christ child to enter your home. Every Christmas Eve we'd eat copious amounts of Mexican food with my mom's side of the family. Tamales, summer-roasted green chile rellanos, deep-fried chips, and flaky biscochitos made up the spread on those warm-on-the-inside, cold-on-the-outside winter nights.
Inevitably, someone would always bring up that time that my dad taught me my first joke. I think I was five... Anyhow, the plan was to debut it at a family dinner and so my dad sat me down in front of the relatives.
"What time is it when the elephant sits on the fence?" I asked.
"We don't know! What time is it?" they chorused.
"Five o'clock!" I blurted.
Everyone just about lost it. The correct answer, carefully rehearsed with my dad, was "Time to get a new fence!" but somewhere along the line, I must have decided that my answer was funnier.
Behind-the-scenes update: Dudes, I am so far behind. I'd rather not talk about it.
But in brighter news, I went to the Hotel Cafe Tour (Female Edition) last night and it kicked some serious trash! I was eager to see Rachael Yamagata, Lenka, and Meiko. I hadn't heard of Thao Nguyen, Kate Havenik, and Emily Wells, but they all delivered a great show. They each played two sets of two songs each and worked together on a number of the songs. Emily Wells is so my new girl crush.