Now, that was a pleasant Christmas. It started for me on Thursday evening, where I braved holiday shoppers to buy components to get my computer set up how I wanted it, and was able to do said setting up with a minimum of effort. Friday we did some last minute shopping in Amherst. Saturday Matt and Satoko came over for some games. Sunday evening we went over to Missy and Marty’s for drinks and a “yankee swap”, where among the many wonderful gifts was a charming candle holder featuring cats and dogs joining paws in an unholy coven.
I was forbidden to swap my present for that.
Christmas morning Becky and I exchanged gifts. I got the PostSecret book collections, Psychonauts for the PS2, a KEXP CD, and the big present, a Wacom Graphics Tablet for the computer. Why do I need a graphics tablet? I don’t, that’s what makes it a Christmas present!
I didn’t repay Becky’s generosity nearly well enough, with her gifts being largely a scarf, a waffle maker, and, as she calls it, an iPod-Like DeviceTM. It’s actually a Creative Labs Zen Micro. It had come in a while back and I went ahead and charged it up so she’d be able to play with it immediately. I also decided to put 100 songs on it for her. Only the thing is, I didn’t exactly put 100 songs on it, I put one song on it a hundred times, with different names so it would look different. Try as she did to change the music on Christmas morning, no matter what she played, this is what she got:
We then headed back over to Missy and Marty’s home for a wonderful Christmas dinner with them, Missy’s mom, Missy’s son, Jeremiah, their dog Mookie, and visiting dog Zeus, who was one of the most enormous dogs I’d ever seen, but very friendly. Beebo was invited but we wisely left him at home. After dinner we played some party games and then headed back home, stuffed to the gills.
Today I still had off from work, and I tidied up the office, but we also watched the Doctor Who Christmas Special, The Runaway Bride, which we enjoyed.
All throughout this we also have been replaying Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance II on the PS2.
So all in all it was a relaxing, enjoyable holiday. I’m back at work tomorrow, but I have a feeling it’s going to be a dull, quiet week, which is cool, because I have a new graphics tablet to play with!