The unofficial Home Alone drinking game

It's almost Christmas, which means I should have already watched Home Alone multiple times since Thanksgiving. But alas—I am only just now getting a chance to cozy up with Kevin, Marv, Harry, Uncle Frank, and Mitch Murphy. And since it's the holidays and I'm on vacation, there is wine involved. So why not combine these powers and create a Home Alone drinking game?

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Ten years

I've been thinking about this day a lot as it crept closer and closer, and now I'm stress-eating maple leaf cream cookies while thinking how to make this post Significant. Today marks ten years since I got hit by an SUV while walking down a sidewalk near Washington Square Park, not long after moving to New York. I fondly refer to it as my Alive Day, since somehow, despite landing on a concrete sidewalk, I rolled out of there alive. And now, ten years later, I feel the need to reflect in a way that's extra-profound. But I can't seem to find the right words, other than the usual, "Thanks, universe!"

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A cat named Paul

I wasn't always a fan of giving animals "people" names. I didn't like the idea of humanizing pets that much and wanted to keep them at a distance with cute or weird names like "Teacup" or "Biffles" (both names that I just made up right now). I did once have a hamster named Eponine, but that was more about my obsession with the musical Les Misérables than the desire to humanize a rodent. Lately though, I've come to think that very specific human names work for very specific pets. 

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