A belated happy holidays to all!
So, I could go on about how I'm not depressed during the winter and how that makes me, like, super insanely happy thus far, but I'm sure people were expecting some actual loot of mine to share here. (But, like, seriously, I feel fantastic and it makes me feel fantastic).
Working the holiday is weird. I love and hate it at the same time. So weird.
Anyway, my family decided to wait up for me, so we opened gifts around seven at night after I got back from work. Before I go on about what I got, I need to explain what I got for my brothers and the stories behind the gifts because I am so proud of myself this year!
I got Akano a really nice insect/bug/anything-with-an-exoskeleton collection. All the way from a crab and shrimp to all cycles of a silkworm's life, it came in a briefcase. All specimens were labeled with both English and Latin names and were preserved in clear plastic blocks which could be removed for closer observation. He's into entomology, though his primary study is physics. Found this gem in an antique shop, and knew he didn't have anything quite like it. He seemed to appreciate it. ^^
As for KK, I got him Benny's Spaceship Spaceship SPACESHIP! Now, I got this for him a while back. We went to Toys R Us with our friend Super Utmost Enthusiest or, as I am dubbing her to respect her privacy, SUE. We all went to the LEGO section to check out minifigs and sets. I knew he wanted the ship, and while at the store he did comment on it. Then SUE mentioned she wanted to check out My Little Pony toys because she's awesome. Once those two wandered off, I sprang into action. I grabbed the set, ran to the nearest cashier ajd explained that I was getting a gift for someone who was in the store with me. Being amazingly cooperative, she checked out the set and kept it behind the counter. I explained I would purchase my selection of Minifigs later when we went to check out. After that, I rejoined them and eventually we were all set. I was first to check out, thanks to our amazing cashier. She discretely handed me the bag, and I slipped my figs in. Then, keeping the bag longways against my leg, I quickly rounded the counter. SUE, thankfully, checked out second and joined me. I motioned to the bag and whispered that I got something for KK, and asked if we could quickly tuck it away in the trunk of her car. While KK purchased his soda, we sprang into action. He met us in the lot right as I closed the trunk. After she dropped us off at home, she popped the trunk and distracted him while I stuffed the gift into our garage.
A few months of worrying later, I discovered today that he was none the wiser. SUE and I are part ninja. He likes the set, but he loves the story more, which makes me happy. This Xmas gift giving was a success as far as my brothers are concerned. Am I awesome? I think I am.
So! Onto my loot
Gravity Falls Dipper hat (dad)
Caramel Baileys (dad)
Bazinga shirt (dad)
Bazinga Batman socks (dad, and the socks have capes, omg)
Disappearing TARDIS mug (dad)
Moss decal (dad. Moss from The IT Crowd)
Portable phone charger (mom)
Ceramic hand-painted cross storage box (my aunt <3)
Custom made lightsaber (KK)
Castle dark knight minifig expansion LEGO set (KK)
Something coming in the mail (Akano).
So, my dad was kinda awesome this year. Though, honestly, he's pretty awesome every year. He once got us an Xbox 360 when we didn't even ask for one.
We spent the rest of the night having dinner, chatting and laughing. Good Xmas.