|"One kind word can warm three winter
- Japanese Proverb
I hope you're not getting
overwhelmed with holiday insanity and are able to sit back and
relax and enjoy the season!
Here's what I came up with
this week. Had way, way too much fun with my graphics
program. And my caffeine stash. :-)
As many of you know, I am a hopeless caffeine fiend. I
just love coffee, tea, and cocoa. And never is it more
tempting than in the winter. Over in Dyeland, my
doppelganger shares that weakness. It got me
thinking... Andrew now has at least two friends who are
caffeine addicts. We know he enjoys the occasional cup of
black coffee or tea. But what if, spending time with them
and keeping up with his workload and active social life, he had
a few too many... How would that play out???
Things That Would Happen If Andrew Became a
-Monica and JenniAnn would both be heard to comment "That boy
seriously has a problem..." Everyone else would be too
horrified to point out that their saying that is rather like the
espresso calling the latte black.
-Sam would be forced to reclaim his supervisor role
with Andrew just to keep him from bouncing off the walls during
-Andrew's revelation scenes would begin to sound something like
this "Hi!Hi!Hi! My name is Andrew!
I'manangelsentbyGod! Helovesyou!!!! YAAAAAAY!
-Andrew's cell phone would be confiscated after he caffeine
drunk dialed a few friends at 3 AM with discoveries like
these... "Adam!Adam!Adam! Did you know they show old ball
games on this one cable channel! ALL THE TIME!!!!" and
"Lady BETH!!!!!!!! It's 3 AM and I'm baking cookies!
Come have some!!!!
-Certain Dyelanders who are known to be a little clingy with
Andrew would suffer from whiplash after clinging to him whilst
he ran and jumped around hyper-actively.
-Andrew would decide an awesome way to use his abundance of
energy would be to practice his drums in the middle of the
night... He would then be thrown into the Dyeland pokey for
disturbing the peace. The Dyelanders would decide to forgo
bail until the following morning cause they'd just need some
-Adam would become so desperate to get his buddy back to normal
that he'd start devoting hours to trying to up the tryptophan
levels in TLS in hopes it would counteract the caffeine.
After upping his own coffee intake in order to keep his late
researching hours, Adam would wind up addicted to caffeine and
-Andrew and Adam would embark on careers as late night talk show
personalities. Andrew would be host, Adam his trusty
sidekick, and a very concerned Gabriel would head up the house
band. Best... late... show... EVER!!!!
-Despite their annoyance, everyone would still really love
Andrew and Adam so "The REAAALLLY Late Show with Andrew Last
Name Withheld" would become a hit! All the Dyelanders and
Andrew's angel friends would start downing coffee and tea in
order to stay up to see it. Soon the whole of Dyeland and
half the angels in Heaven would be java fiends. This would
-God would introduce the 11th Commandment: "Thou
shalt not over indulge in caffeine. I thought I made this
clear with the whole gluttony being bad thing but apparently
you didn't get that. So there. It's official
now. Also, I really do love you."
-The fact that Andrew becoming a caffeine addict led to a slew
of humans doing the same would necessitate the creation of the
Department for the Prevention of Co-Dependent Angel-Human
Relationships. The new department would be headed up by
Tess who would spend the entire first week of her new job just
giving Andrew and Co. the Look. You know the one...
-A caffeine-addicted Dyelander would wake up after an epic sleep
upon finally giving up the brew for a few hours and realize she
dreamed this all because, after all, Andrew is way too
considerate, lovely, and responsible to get addicted to caffeine
and make a nuisance of himself. Although said Dyelander
would probably take a few moments to reflect on how adorable a
hyper Andrew would be. He would be!
The above was brought to you by three large cups of coffee,
three cups of chai, and a cocoa. Also a fudge brownie.
And now it's time for one
of our annual traditions...
Okay, so usually I put the gingerbread Andrews on an
easter egg page and make people hunt for em. But I know
folks are busy so this time I'm just inserting em right into the
newsletter and not doing an easter egg this time. For
those who don't know, for years now I've been creating
gingerbread Andrews featuring the cookie-version of our favorite
AOD in costumes from beloved TBAA scenes. But then I
started to throw in some Dyeland stuff, too, cause, well... it's
fun to imagine. So let's see what Andrew's been up to this
holiday season when he's not been out on assignments...
Here's Andrew preparing to put up Christmas lights. And he
has his hair in a ponytail. And is doing something funky
with his bangs. Also, he's contemplating growing a
Here's a gingerbread rendering of Andrew at Rose's ugly
Christmas sweater party. Ugly never looked so cute!:
And... yes! Andrew did decide to grow a beard whilst
on assignment. So here's him making a bemused
expression upon returning to Dyeland and hearing something
excessively flattering said to his glorious self:
And finally... Andrew reading a Christmas story to a
couple of the kids. Awww!!!
I wanna be in Dyeland! :-)
This newsletter is dedicated John's lighthearted influence
in our lives. While his life and his work held out
many profound and serious lessons; this is the man without
whom I wouldn't have flannel-clad gingerbread men nor this
web site nor a map of a made-up world nor countless
friends. Thanks, John, for the smiles and the
laughter. I raise this mug of chai to you!
(Photo Credits: The
photographs used on this page are from "Touched by an Angel"
and owned by CBS Productions, Caroline Productions, and Moon
Water Productions. They are not being used to seek profit.)