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Yes, once again it's that holly jolly time of year -- Holidailies! I've been doing this for many years now, so why should this year be any different?

Anyway, I thought I'd kick off this year's post-a-day effort with a sort of a meme that was running around Facebook recently -- another version of the "things you don't know about me" gag. What made this one different was the number of "things" depended on the person whose posting you "liked", who gave you the number. (I think that makes sense. Does it?)

I'm going to twist it around a little and make it an "Advent Things-You-Don't-Know-About-Me", revealing one juicy tidbit every day until Christmas Day, and then we'll see. I figure it will give me something to write about every day!

Here goes:

Advent Tidbit #1: I know two words in Finnish. "Kiitos" means "thank you" and "ravintola" means "restaurant". I learned both of them when I was in Finland back in 2002. Knowing how to say "thank you" is, of course, quite useful when you want to mind your manners in a foreign country. It's also fun to say it to Finnish hockey players when you get their autographs. I actually did this when I went to a Caps fan fest -- all of the rookies/prospects/junior players gave out autographs and I got Oskar Osala's. (He's currently playing in the KHL in Russia.) "Ravintola" might be more useful -- especially when you're hungry in Finland. Put them together and it's a win-win: food and gratitude!

Let's see... what else is new that I can actually talk about in a public blog?

I've had the last week off. During that time I think I broke my own record for laziness and lolling about. I slept late (if you call 8:00 late) every day, watched a buttload of TV, walked around the mall (before Thanksgiving, mind you), and played umpteen million games of Candy Crush. (I am stuck on Level 125.) Tonight we are going to the Redskins game. I am prepared for heartbreak and for getting up too early tomorrow morning. I do not want to go back to work tomorrow, but we all have our crosses to bear.