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The Christmas bounty wrap-up [Dec. 27th, 2006|10:28 am]
Zoethe
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--I didn't even know they made them. But now I own one. Charlie Brown's Christmas Tree, complete with one red glass ornament. Ferrett gave it to me Christmas evening, and we watched A Charlie Brown Christmas. Last night Amy got here and when she spotted it all she could do was squeal "Omigod, omigod, omigod!" over and over. It's wonderful.

--I'm an easy person to buy Christmas presents for, but a terrible person to ask what she wants for Christmas. I can never think of anything that I want, yet when Christmas comes I'm always pleasantly surprised by the gifts I get - how thoughtful they are, how well people must know me to know that I wanted this thing I didn't realize I wanted.

But this year, two days before Christmas, I was suddenly stricken with the knowledge of exactly what I wanted - that sort of how could I have not remembered that I wanted this knowledge. But two days before Christmas is a really bad time to announce to your sweetie (who has made it clear that he has already taken care of your Christmas presents) what it is you really want. So I kept my mouth shut.

Imagine my delight when he gave me exactly what I wanted - a weight bench. We have a weight machine, but it lacks a bench where you can lie down for bench presses or flies. This one inclines and declines. We spent Christmas evening assembling its many parts, and this morning I hefted iron from a reclined position on it.

Of course he knew. I've been talking about it off and on for months. There was no reason for him not to know. But it's so sweet that he remembered. I am happy.

--To accompany this great gift, he also gave me a gift certificate for a massage and for a two-hour massage class for the two of us with a licensed masseuse. Looking at our schedule, we probably will get to use them in, oh, March. Maybe.

--I also got two beautiful necklaces, a great quilting book, a wonderful herb encyclopedia, the Star Trek Borg Collection (whee!!!), the feature-packed edition of Meet Me In St. Louis (it made suzieboz laugh that I squee-ed over it, since I had specifically told her that that was what I wanted, but I'm old and forgetful so it still surprised me), a great nightshirt - pale blue with red fuzzy letters that say, "Trust Me, I'm a Lawyer" - and gift certificates to Barnes & Noble and Bucca di Beppo. Oh, and some great note cards with envelopes from Ferrett's Grammy, something I really needed. And tonight I get to open my present from Amy. So it was a fine Christmas haul!
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[User Picture]From: sunfell
2006-12-27 05:44 pm (UTC)
I always know what I want, but it usually costs way too much to hint that I want it. So, when people ask what I want, I always reply, "Nothing". I'll admit that I did break that rule this year- I put a request for a bag of Starbucks Arabian Mocha Sannani coffee on the whiteboard at work. I share the coffee, so it isn't really for me. But I know that no one is going to spring for the $300 Palm T|X that I want, so I'll get it for Tax Refund Day (only 90 days to go!).

My sister has a standard gift she gives me every year, a no-fail thing that can't go wrong: a calendar. I need three calendars- two for work and one for home. I get my two, and she gets me one. And I always get her something for her kitchen. And chocolate. That's another no-fail gift.

I did not get any gift cards this year. Maybe my 'nothing' is working.

:-)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-12-27 06:02 pm (UTC)
I just got back in from buying myself calendars. They are something for which I cannot bear to pay full-price, knowing that they will be 50% off the day after Christmas. I'm picky enough about the selection, however, that I won't wait for the 75% off after the new year!
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[User Picture]From: sunfell
2006-12-27 06:14 pm (UTC)
Do you have a favorite, or do you change every year? I like the "Cats in the Country" and "The Proverbial Cat", and the 365 Cats a Day calendars.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-12-27 06:28 pm (UTC)
I change every year. Last year the Lord of the Rings calendar was very cool, so I got it. This year I went for gardens.
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[User Picture]From: irishjeeper
2006-12-27 07:01 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you had a great Christmas.

By the way I keep meaning to ask you ... where did you get that icon of Dafoe doing the Riverdance from Boondock Saints?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-12-27 08:27 pm (UTC)
It was given to me by someone else. I don't remember now. If you are angling to steal, feel free.
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[User Picture]From: irishjeeper
2006-12-27 08:45 pm (UTC)
Really? Awesome thank you! I've been looking for a good Smecker icon for a while now. *Grin* You're awesome!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-12-27 09:58 pm (UTC)
No problem!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-12-27 10:02 pm (UTC)
Or I *should* say...

"The ass-kissing starts with you."

;-)
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From: jrtatsc
2006-12-27 07:06 pm (UTC)
Hey, fantastic icon.
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