Felix is soooo embarrassed.
Felix is soooo embarrassed.
More wine!
More wine!








Well, it would seem as if we got out of Vancouver just in time as, by all reports, the city has been blasted by another storm that has made getting around almost impossible.  “Christmas is cancelled,”my writing partner matter-of-factly informed me  Lawren, meanwhile, reports that his car is stuck, essentially trapping him at our house with the dogs.  I sincerely hope he is able to get at least two day’s worth of protein out of that can of kippers sitting in the pantry.  At least he has the dogs to keep him warm.  Unfortunately, Lawren is a light sleeper so that dogs had to sleep in their own bed, greatly offending Bubba who apparently spent a good hour crying and barking in outrage.  Eventually, they all settled down and fell asleep  Lawren, however, made the mistake of poking his head up to make sure they were alright.  Bubba, who proved an even lighter sleeper than Lawren, immediately perked up at the sight of him and resumed his plaintive appeals.

Here in Montreal, it’s been more slushy than snowy.  Fortunately, as the out-of-towner, I haven’t had to do any driving.  Instead, I deferred to my sister who did the honors, taking us to the city’s St Leonard district where we picked up Italian pastries and visited my auntie Jeanette who is spending the holidays in the hospital as she undergoes tests.  Her neighbor to her left is a chatty 75 year old woman who monopolized most of the conversation until we offered her a big cookie.  After that, she did more chewing than talking.  The neighbor to her right was a guy, that couldn’t have been that much older than me, who had suffered a stroke.  He, in contrast, hardly said anything.  My aunt was, as usual, in fairly good spirits, heaping praise on the hospital staff as she polished off her lunch, a prickly pear, and the cake my mother had sent.  Hopefully, we’ll be able to spring her before the New Year.

As is the case with most European families, Christmas Eve is the big night in the Mallozzi household.  We sat down a feast of scampi and prawn followed by a dessert assortment highlighted by a collection of macarons my sister picked up for me.  Unlike most of the Canadian macarons I’ve had to date, these were excellent – and very unique.  Flavors included: foie gras and fig, olive oil and sundried tomatoes, salmon and dill, raspberry and pepper, goat cheese and squash, and avocado and saffron.  I believe they ship.  If so, I might offer a prized selection for one lucky/adventurous reader.

Also, as per Christmas tradition, my mother phoned up every relative she could think of and had me talk to them.  Among the cavalcade of calls was one to a cousin I hadn’t spoken to in years.  She congratulated me on my success, reflecting back on my youthful obsession with comic books and role-playing games that no doubt paved the way for a fruitful career in making shit up.  Reflecting back on her reflections, it suddenly dawned on me that while comic books and role-playing games may have helped shape me creatively, I can’t honestly say I ever left them behind.  I still read comic books (and my complete collection of Asterix and Obelisk books in the original French), watch cartoons (anime in particular as my personal library now holds well over 3000 dvds), and have never curbed my desire to pick up the occasional action figure, statue, or toy.  Hell, if I had the time, I’d probably still be spending my Friday nights playing Dungeons and Dragons.  Dear Lord!  I’m freaking Peter Pan in and cobras cufflinks!

Well, again in keeping with European tradition, we opened our present last night.  My mother got enough wine to last to her 150th birthday, I got Fondy a Wii while my sister got her a spa package that I picked up for her back in Vancouver (“Hey,”said Fondy last week while going through our online VISA statements, “have you had a massage lately?), weights for my sister, and while I asked for world peace, I received shaving products and a crazy assortment of macarons which was just as good.

This morning, I worked out the first scene of my Stargate:Universe script while showering.  I do some of my best writing while either showering or driving.  Go figure.

Hope all of you are doing well and enjoying time with your respective families!

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Patricia Lee
Patricia Lee

Awe Mr. M.,

Thanks for the update! Since I am alone and snowed in, seeing someone having nice Christmas with a bit of comedy mixed in is always a pleasure!

Glad to hear Lauren and the pups are doing okay too!

Hope your Aunt gets well soon!

Side bar…

@ Anne T… Glad to see you posted! Hope you are doing well and improving daily as we go into 2009!

@ Whoivan, Hey Trish, that JibJab elf dance was hilarious! You all look soooooo cute! Thanks…I needed that giggle!

@ Kassandra… Keep safe and warm! I know the feeling…I’m getting cabin fever too!

@ Shirt n’Tie… and how did all “her highnesses” enjoying Christmas?
Cheers & Happy Christmas to one and all!

Patricia Lee


” If so, I might offer a prized selection for one lucky/adventurous reader.”

You wanna get rid of them that bad huh? (grin)

Well gook luck with the snow, and never turn your back on a gnome illusionist. Especially one who lives in a tower and employs purple spiders as guards.


Sorry I’ve been remiss with my reading of you blog recently Joe but life as they say gets in the way of living.

I have promised myself that I will read all the blog from where I left off….Japan I think it was!

Merry Christmas to all and to all a peaceful goodnight.

Pauline x


Hi, Merry Christmas!
Very nice christmas present you got!
May I ask you some question about SGU?
I read an article about SGU audition sides.
It says that the Ancient long range communication device will be used in the SGU.
My question is will SGU team use this device communicate with earth?
Or SGU team can’t communicate with earth at all.

Linda Gagne
Linda Gagne

Merry Christmas Joseph and everyone here!

I had a great Christmas. I got the 3 seasons of Stargate Atlantis DVD’s (I already had season 4). Even though I had bought all the episodes on itunes in February, I still wanted the sets for the commentaries. I also go a hair dryer I needed badly because my last one started on fire when I was doing my hair a couple weeks ago. Luckily, I had the dryer far enough away from my head at the time.

I really liked the movie Get Smart. It was hilarious.

The Wii games are fun. You forget sometimes that you are not really on the tennis courts when playing. A spa gift is nice too.

Have a wonderful rest of the day/evening

Margaret Clayton
Margaret Clayton

Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas Eve! Thanks for sharing.

Is there an American version of macarons? I feel like I’m missing out!

Christmas has been rather downplayed here this year. You do what you can, I guess. With our friends headed for Idaho in the storm in our SUV, hubby and I stayed up watching Bad Movies, waiting for the phone call telling us they’d survived the trip. We feasted on Solstice leftovers (there’s a metric ton) and opening the gifts we hadn’t gotten to on the Solstice. I got blinky things for my bike, he got real licorice. I cheated and bought myself a 50s edition of Wizard of Oz, used to be an old library book. Exactly the same printing as the one my brother had when I was growing up. And the Dr. Horrible DVD showed up yesterday, I’ve already geeked out on it quite thoroughly. The SIL is feeding dad and my hubby, I’m staying at home with a nasty sore throat. It is snowing sideways and icy. Ick


Merry Christmas!


YAY! Pressies! Good to see you got some cool and some edible pressies.
I got a fish tank from my youngest son, some really comfy slippers from my youngest daughter and a Phillips Streamium from my mum so I can watch all the crap from my computer on my TV. Tomorrow brings another christmas day when my other two kids and their partners turn up for gaming day, one is bringing his PS3, my son-in-law is bringing his X-Box 360 and we already have a Wii, PS2, DS lite and various other incarnations of portable nintendos. I shall be exiting stage left at some point to have some respite with my lil sis down the road while my nephews come and join our own particular brand of mayhem. Youngest daughter is happily ensconced in her bedroom with her new laptop and new LCD TV so I guess you could call today a success. I even managed to remember to cook AND serve everything I’d planned as opposed to last year when I totally forgot the yorkshire puds! Now having a well earned glass of port before bed.

Poor Bubba being relegated to his doggy bed, shame on Lawren for being so harsh and at Christmas time too. LOL




Hey Joe,

Merry Christmas to you and your family. I think I can match your Peter Pan-ness. I too have action figures behind my desk (mine are Star Wars), I have Star Wars Mr Potato Heads on my PC at work. While I haven’t got the enormous collection of animation dvds (my interest isn’t anime), I do have a box set of Pinky and The Brain. This Christmas my brother got me a Dalek model kit (a href=”http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j320/chevron725/chevs/dalekmodel.jpg”>Dalek Model 1, Dalek Model 2. While I don’t watch Doctor Who, it was funny and cute. I sat down last night while I was watching COTG and started putting it together.

Cheers, Chev

p.s. Is that your wedding photo behind you in 8th photo?


Oops, try that first link again – Dalek Model 1.

Cheers, Chev


Tell ya what – you can keep those yummy macarons, if you don’t kill Todd off in the movie… wink (Yes, yes, YES! I am obsessed!) But if you’re planning on doing him in – then send those colorful puppies my way! ALL of ’em! grin

Some things: Poor Lawren (personal story to follow), thanks for making not feel so bad that I read comics and collect action figures, and especially thanks for sharing your holiday adventures with us.

Some questions:

1. What is your favorite anime series?

I’m not real big into anime, with the except of a thing for Speed Racer back when I was 5 oops , a big obsession with Star Blazers/Space Battleship Yamato back in the early 80’s, and mild interest in Fullmetal Alchemist (yeah, yeah, yeah…I have a crush on Edward – does that really surprise anyone??), and most recently, a big interest in Samurai 7 (yeah, yeah, yeah…I have a crush on Kambei…does that really surprise anyone??).

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Okay, so that’s an extra-hot pic of Kambei – but STILL! Which leads me to my next question…

2. Joe, have you ever had a ‘crush’ on a fictional character? If so, who? (And Bond girls DO count…or so says my husband. roll )

3. You’re really, REALLY good at updating your blog, even while on vacation. Do you (like the rest of us) have a touch of ODC?

A quick personal ‘dog sitting’ story…

When hubby and I got married, we had no big plans for a honeymoon, mainly because 1. I don’t fly, 2. money, and 3. my nerves could barely handle planning a wedding, let alone planning a honeymoon. So my cousin, recently retired from Dupont, offered us his home in Myrtle Beach – complete with inground pool and very private *wriggles eyebrows* walled-in back yard. One stipulation: We had to puppy-sit his dog, a lovely Samoyed, while he was up in the northeast visiting relatives for the week. Well, being animal lovers, we had no problem with that!

Every night when we went to bed, the dog would lie on the floor beside us, making this noise…something like, “Ooooooohhhhuuugghhh.” Repeatedly. And yeah, it did sound like *that*…and yeah, it kinda threw us off our game until we realized that she only wanted to get up in the bed with us, but wasn’t able to.

So we locked her in the kitchen. grin



Haha, I don’t think I’ve ever seen you so happy as in those photos.

The skies are finally clearing up here in Vancouver (I can see some blue!); it snowed the whole day yesterday, and overall it seemed that we got 2 feet of snow since that first storm. The last time it snowed like this, it was back in 1996 when I first came to Canada! Craziness.

Hey, I’m 21 today. I don’t like it. It means I’ll have to act adult-ish. That sucks. Powerfully sucks.

I gotta get me some of those macarons; they look so colorful, which of course means they’re delicious. Yep, perfect logic. Though I would want more…conventional flavors. Heh.

Is it sad that when I read “I believe they ship” I immediately thought about shipping, as in “oh, you mean the salmon is shipped with the dill? How romantic”. Yes, I believe that is sad.

You know, I hesisted to comment on this, but if Lawren is truly stuck in the house…with 4 dogs…and he’s running out of food…and he becomes hungry…and he sees the 4 dogs…

You may have made a huge mistake, Joe.

Anyways, I hope you, and all who comment here a Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays! grin


Hope you have nice holidays with your family. smile

Well, the last ep was leaked on the internet and there’s talk about it everywhere. This post is … well, yes, spoilerish. But then I know you’re monitoring the comments on your LJ anyway and it’s up to you if you’ll let this one out. Understandable if you don’t want that. smile In fact, it’s probably better if you don’t.

[Sorry, had to edit this. Hope you saved it because it will make for interesting discussion in the months to come. JM]


Merry Christmas Joe! Thanks for the update. I also do my best work at random times, I wrote crucial parts of my undergrad thesis whilst trying to sleep, I ended up keeping a pen a paper by my bed for months.



Hey Joe.

Glad you had a good Christmas! I did too…………lots of coo gifts.

Have fun in Montreal!


I hope Lawren hasn’t lost power.

Just read that Eartha Kitt died.



Christmas Eve=gifts, beans, cornbread and chocolate chess pie
Christmas=Cade’s Cove (mountains) and spaghetti.



Asterix et Obelisk are amazing! Good to hear that you are back in Montreal. Unfortunately the weather hasn’t been that great lately.
How long are you in Montreal for?
Have you met Robert Carlyle?
Will he be playing Dr. Rush in his natural accent?


“This morning, I worked out the first scene of my Stargate:Universe script while showering. I do some of my best writing while either showering or driving. Go figure.”

Considering some of the Atlantis episodes and subsequent scenes we’ve had over the last five years… that is quite an unnerving statement, Joe. The mind simply boggles. And then again, it also really doesn’t want to. What it wants to do, is turn around and run away. Quite fast.

Sounds as if you’ve been having fun anyhows. And Felix looks just.. well, cute. Sweet. Aside from the tad vexed ‘WhyhaveIbeendressedupasRudolph’ssidekick’ expression he’s wearing, that is razz

Ann-Marie Sloan
Ann-Marie Sloan

You are VERY LUCKY you got out when you did!!! Not only did we get more snow (with more on the way), but pretty much all of North Vancouver was plunged into darkness at about 11:30pm lastnight and didn’t see lights again until quarter after 10am Christmas morning!!! Needless to say it was pretty dishearting to look out the front window and see lights over in the British Properties and the orange glow of Downtown Vancouver. But then looking around at the houses in my neighbourhood and nothing!!!


Yay for European traditions. Opening presents on christmas eve is the only way to go. That way you’ve got all of christmas day to enjoy your new Force Unleashed game on wii (or maybe that’s just me). Happy christmas! grin


Merry Christmas Joe and the Mallozzi family!! We woke up this morning to our first white Christmas in almost 20 years. I think I was seven the last time. Unfortunately, I have the best vehicle and had to do the driving in the wonderful (read with intense sarcasm) slush.

I’ve had to work quite a bit so my family won’t be getting any baked goods until probably Saturday. I know they won’t mind as they know I am the WORST procrastinator in the world. No matter how hard I try I wait until the last minute and then nothing gets done or I’m hurrying and ruin everything. My brother, however, made pistachio brittle that was very good. He hardly bakes/cooks so itwas amazing that he decided to make candy. I would have gotten quite a bit of baking done yesterday if I didn’t have to work until 9pm. Having to deal with skiiers at a Starbucks on Christmas Eve while it’s snowing outside is not my idea of fun, but my brother and I did go out and look at the Christmas lights (they were so-so).

Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday and now I have to go and attempt to fit more food inside my already full belly. Maybe I should lay off the coffee.


Multi-colored macarons? Pretty. Interesting. I don’t think I’ve ever had one.

We are getting pounded with lots of wind and rain here in lovely Las Vegas. But we need it.

Merry Christmas. Have a great time with your family and safe travels home. ;-D

Narelle from Aus

Fondy got her Wii! After the trouble you had last year in getting one did you keep one in storage for the year just to be on the safe side?

A “massage” showing up on a VISA statement could mean a world of trouble for a husband.

World peace for a Christmas present hey? I said yesterday peace amongst families on Christmas day would be a good start. You can start to feel like the rope in a tug of war some years. Makes me extremely appreciative of my family who’s Christmas motto is ‘Never be worried about upsetting us.We’re flexible. Keep the peace.’

Off to watch the Boxing Day Test Match!

Have a great day everyone.

Annie from Fremantle
Annie from Fremantle

Oh poor Felix aaaaaahahahaha! Watch out Mama Joe for the eventual revenge. Have cleaning gear ready.

Yummo at those italian pastries. God, I just gained a kilo by looking at those delectable delights. Lucky you.. how many did you have.

ZIRH.. does someone imply you stink?

Thanks for the piccies from yesterday and today. Sis looks good with her hair lighter and Mama Joe has grown her hair! No more Billy Idol!

Spose I’m gonna die for that one.