Jennifer (gaaneden) wrote,

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Abstract Thoughts has been updated with Be Careful What You Wish For - which is about snow and holiday gifts.

December 27, 2008
Be Careful What You Wish For
On December 11th I was feeling gypped at not getting the snow I wanted. On December 13th, it started snowing off and on (mostly on) and pretty much didn't stop until this morning. Jeff and I personally got about 18 inches of snow and had a white Christmas – a true rarity in Seattle. It has been beautiful and magical and wonderful from the inside of my house.

I can't say the same for driving anywhere. The side roads have been a serious mess. Some of my friends have been literally snowed in and unable to go anywhere – work, the grocery store, visiting family or friends for the holidays. None of it. SEA-TAC has been a mess, too. I am so glad that I had no plans to travel for the holidays.

I'm also happy that it all slacked off just enough for people to come to my Orphans Christmas party. We had a full house, lots of food and lots of fun. Disaster movies and board games and deep fried turkeys starred. It was a good time.

Now, I won't take all the credit for bringing the weather. We are in the jet stream and such but I do have a great story of being born in Alaska and having snowstorms following my family around the nation for decades. Maybe I'll talk about that someday.

Gifts were pretty awesome this year. Jeff and I bought a bunch of "little stuff" for each other and then to buy a couple of big things for the house. We now have a lovely breadmaker and, eventually, we will get a nice set of Tupperware or Rubbermaid storage containers.

Gifts from Jeff:
  • Pair of gorgeous metal bracelets (that have character jewelry written all over them)
  • Fairy door (already set up)
  • 1883 real silver dollar and a bunch of uncirculated Susan B.'s for my treasure chest
  • The Black Plague microplush (who is currently cavorting with my gargoyles)
  • Leatherman multi-tool (used a bunch of time already)
  • Micro Spy TV remote
  • The Unofficial MacGuyver How-To Handbook (read and loved)
  • Field Guide to the Apocalypse (read and laughed at)
  • Unrated special edition of Boondock Saints (watched and enjoyed)

    Let me tell you, between these gifts and my birthday gifts, it is clear that both my husband listens to me and /gets/ me. He understands what I like and what I want. As weird and odd and occasionally antisocial as it all may be, he understands it and that is the best gift of all.

    Gifts from Family:
  • T-shirt: I'm only wearing black until they come out with something darker
  • Blokus board game (snickered over)
  • Homemade biscotti (om-nom-nom)
  • Crockpot (set up)
  • 1001 Fix-it and Forget-it Crockpot recipes (looked though)
  • Figi's meat and cheese gift (om-nom-nom)
  • Cash

    My sister picked out the t-shirt especially for me and that makes me laugh. It's true. I am partial to my black clothing. It all matches each other (mostly), I don't have to think too hard about getting dressed in the morning and, as I like to say, "I'm a gamer, a geek, a goth and an author. Black is pretty much a required uniform."

    One of the best things was the number of friends who came to the Orphans Christmas and other celebrations. It was really nice to see them. This was my first Christmas as a married woman and I really enjoyed it. Jeff really made my Christmas special.
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