Happy New Year Bloggerinos! Did everyone have a good holiday? A Cool Christmas? A Happy Hannukah? A Kick-Ass Kwanzaa? Did you rock the Winter Solstice until the wheels came off? I hope so!
Ours was pretty good. We managed to get through the assorted Christmas festivities relatively unscathed, although I think my waistline might be doing a little worse for it. Something awesome we discovered this year? It is good to come home and take a break in between. Normally, we power through and go from one house to the next, but this year, due to a small break in the schedule, we went home for the night amidst the crazy celebrations and it made things so much better/easier. It is not like I don’t appreciate all the trouble our families go to, because I do, but when you’re on the road like that, your patience can wear a little thin. So it was awesome to go back to our apartment, eat a salad and sleep in our own bed for a change.
Some other highlights of our Christmas season:
1. Boy and I starting our own tradition. From now on, we are enjoying a special couple only celebration that will be marked with:
a) The watching of our two favourite Christmas movies (The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and A Muppet Christmas Carol)
b) The drinking of a Starbucks holiday latte.
c) The opening of our presents to each other. We always tend to buy each other weird gifts, so it’s time saving to open them just the two of us since we don’t have to explain what they are or their significance.
2. Going to the Bloor Cinema to see two of the all-time greatest Christmas movies on the big screen – Home Alone and Die Hard. I was hoping to be able to catch A Christmas Story this year (I have never seen it) but these two were incredibly satisfying. Plus, the entire audience cheered when Al Powell appeared on screen. Awesome.
3. Boy giving me my crazy handmade ornament. For the last couple of years, Boy and I have been exchanging ornaments so that when we get a tree someday, we will be prepared. As I am not a creative type, I buy him Star Wars ornaments, but since he is an artist, he makes mine for me. I had seen him buy the supplies so I knew my ornament was going to be a cat of some kind, so the night we were doing the ornament exchange, I jokingly said to him “You haven’t made me a descrated animal corpse, have you?” And I was met with silence because my ornament turned out to be a crazy zombie kitty! I named him Cuddles and the mouse sticking out of his stomach is Mortimer.
4. Having to run out to get Boy an emergency back up Christmas present. Way, way back in November, I preordered Boy a special gift – the vinyl toy version My Little Cthulhu by John Kovalic. Boy loves Lovecraft so it seemed like the perfect gift. I contacted the company I was going to be ordering it from and asked if the toy would ship before Christmas. “We think so,” they said,”But don’t count on it.” So I decided to wait, but while I was waiting, I started to worry because I didn’t want to be empty handed on Christmas. My solution? Make a last minute run to The Beguiling to pick up some back up gifts. I really lucked out and I managed to score a Bone Plushie and A Softer World and Hark! A Vagrant! books so I was feeling pretty awesome when I walked in the door to the apartment that day. But what did I find when I got home? The Cthulhu had been delivered after all! So it ended up that I gave Boy more than the agreed upon number of presents, but fortunately he ended up loving them all (I had also previously purchased an MST3K DVD collection for him) so all’s well that ends well. Plus how cute is the Cthulhu?
5. Finding out the gender of Smee. My Brother and Sister in Law had their sex determining ultrasound a couple of days before Christmas so the deal was that we would find out the sex of the baby on Christmas day. I am already a present crazy aunt, so this would be more fuel for my consumerist fire. Anyway, Christmas morning rolls around and Boy and I are opening presents at my parents house when the phone rings. Now something that you need to know about my mother is that she is such a Type A personality that she insists on cleaning as we are opening Christmas presents, so while we were opening presents in the basement, she was neatly stacking all of the discarded presents boxes into a wall to be easily disposed of later. So of course where is the wall of boxes when the phone rings? Right in front of the one doorway out of the basement. I think I ended up barreling through them Juggernaut style to get to the phone. While I cannot remember exactly how the conversation with my Brother in Law went, I can confirm that there was much happy shrieking involved and that the next day a very pink “Happy Gender Identification Day!” present* was purchased. Smee is a girl!
6. Seeing my Brother in Law open the Christmas present I picked out for him. I ordered his present at the end of October so I was really eager to give it to him. The present in question? A Wolverine themed Tee Fury Shirt! Hooray for geekery!
7. Making Boy’s Grandmother’s butter tarts for the first time. I had been given the recipe at my bridal shower, but this was the first time I actually used it. I had never really eaten them before but since they are a staple of Boy’s family Christmas and since I am now part of his family, I thought I should give them a go. I am told they tasted just right.
8. Learning how to use a spriograph. I had never really played with one as a child so when I got one for Christmas, it ended up being quite the educational experience. Funnily enough, my Brother in Law bought it for me and was really excited to show me how to use it, but somehow ended up picking the wrong Spiropath and drew useless oval after useless oval. Spirograph fail!
9. Going on a book binge. I love reading and people were generous enough to gift us with Chapters cards, so Boxing Week, I dragged Boy to the bookstore and went through picking any books I wanted to read off the shelf and tossing it into the shopping basket. I ended up getting 9 books on the initial run and then when I got home, I discovered my mom had one of the books that I bought so we went back the next day and I traded it in for two other books. Awesomeness.
10. Watching shows on DVD. I am a bit of a couch potato so it was fun to just pop in DVDs and plough through some of the sets we got for Christmas. We are almost through our season of How I Met Your Mother, but we managed to finish Flight of the Conchords in it’s entirity and I loved it, even though I was a little sad that there will be no more episodes of the show. Oh Jemaine and Bret, I will miss your nerdy New Zealand ways.
11. Ringing in the New Year with Arnold Schwarzenegger. I will explain this one later – suffice it to say it involved wigs, disco valkeries and some of the worst acting I have seen in my life.
Anyway, now that things have calmed down a bit for me work-wise, I am hoping that I will be able to be around here a little more in the days to come. So belated Happy New Year to everyone and I look forward to blogging it up with you, 2010 style!
* I may or may not have already purchased multiple gifts for the baby shower already.