Wednesday, December 27, 2006

The Christmas I Had

The kids are in the other room playing the best multiderivitive game ever created--the LEGOS STAR WARS VIDEO GAME 2!

Wrap your mind around this: It's a sequel...of a video game ...of an iconic performed by a beloved toy construction system.

And it's fun.

And there's no tiny multicolored blocks to step on at 6 am.

And there's no broken lamps as collateral lightsaber damage.

Other highlights of this years Christmas:

Guys. Last Christmas, as my son pointed out, he only got ONE action figure. He pointed this out repeatedly. Blessedly, he waited until November this year to start doing this, but then, he's smart. This year, he got eleven--all six Marvel Legends Series 12 action figures,* plus two Marvel Legends face-offs.** He's had some pretty cool battles with them, with incredible plot lines and shifting allegiances. But then, he's smart.

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Pink. And the other colors as well, my daughter got a pink Game Boy*** and a bunch of games that are more designed for girls. Plus, a very professional art set, which she is very carefully using, and has done quite a bit of drawing. She's got some talent, and I'm hoping that Puddle (who is, after all, an exceptional artist, but has done nothing with it) might be willing to work with her on some stuff.

Bittersweet. I got a whole bunch of Steelers stuff, which I really like, but it kind of kills the buzz knowing that they were eliminated from playoff contention the day before. Oh, well. I got their entire playoff run from last year on DVD. I miss Jerome Bettis.

Music. STBEW loved the guitar that 'the kids' got for her,**** and my two youngest got ipod Nanos from their grandmother (yes, Nanos from Nana). I was going to buy a shuffle for Puddle, but found another MP3 player that held 2Gb, plus had an FM radio, for the same price as the shuffle, so he got that instead. And I downloaded all the music he had stored on my computer on it for him.

Books. A whole stack of them, from some of my favorite authors.

Movies and other DVD-based entertainments. Including the entire first season of my favorite cartoon--The Tick! SPOOON! Which was perfect, since the 26th is also a holiday in the Balloon Pirate family--known as Slug Day.******

But today is the 27th, and there's dishes to be done, floors to be vacuumed, kites to be flown and games to be played. Hope your Christmas was the one you deserved!


*Each of which came with a body part which, when constructed, built a seventh
**Which paired heroes against their greatest nemeses
***Game Girl?
****It was a really good used guitar at a very decent price, but I didn't feel right giving it to her, so it's a present from the kids.
*****During which we all sit around and eat junk food and watch movies, leaving a slime trail between the refrigerator and the couch.


Blogger United We Lay said...

This was my VERY FIRST YEAR EVER without receiving one book, but my son got 5, so I guess that's okay. I'm glad your kids had fun! That's really what it's all about. My husband's birthda is tomorrow and I have to do something amazing. He always feels like his birthday is forgotten.

11:40 AM  
Blogger terry said...

sounds to me like a great christmas.

and it's so sweet that you got that guitar for STBEW. really, really sweet.

9:58 PM  
Blogger Notsocranky Yankee said...

Sounds like a wonderful Christmas!

This year the grandmothers and one aunt sent money for Christmas. Mary and I went shopping on Dec.26th for her (she called it "splurging" because she's not used to having $75) and today we will shop for the boys. It's like an after-Christmas bonus.

7:45 AM  
Blogger Madame X said...

Steelers are, like, a football team or something...right?

8:50 AM  
Blogger Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...


9:39 AM  
Blogger Colleen said...

sounds like you guys had a great christmas!! yay

2:31 PM  
Blogger Miss 1999 said...

Damn, I believe ya'll made out like bandits! Sounds like everyone had a great Christmas!

1:11 AM  
Blogger RedNeckGirl said...

Visiting via Ms. 1999 :)

My son and I loooove to play Lego Star ROCKS!

Sounds like ya'll had a good Christmas!

11:45 AM  
Blogger ├ůsa said...

You love the Tick?! Mee too! Thought I was the only one on this planet!!!

5:39 AM  

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