What Did Santa Bring You???
Posted by thedarwinexception on December 26, 2007
So what did Santa bring you?? Anything good?
I got my new DVD camcorder – which is wonderful – and I’m sure it will be even more wonderful once I figure out how to use it. But once I do figure it all out, I can upload videos to the blog! Now how cool will that be? If zombie lady ever comes back home I can tape her and put it here for everyone to see! She can tell about her invention in her own words! And don’t tell me you all wouldn’t love that!
I also got, from one of the blog readers, a beautiful, totally awesome gorgeous print of “The Starry Night” by Van Gogh. It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen – the textures and the colors are just indescribable in this print. I am going to Joann’s this weekend with my handy “50% off your custom framing order” coupon and have it framed. Paul has some antique frames out in the Harley Barn – but I don’t think this belongs in one of those ornate gold gilded frames. This print needs a totally classy totally sophisticated frame.
I’ll take some pictures as soon as I get it framed and hung. It will look awesome in the dining room – I’m trying to “do” my dining room in yellows and blues – from the Van Gogh print “The Cafe Terrace”. I already have that print hung in the dining room, and my floor is blue (yes, blue) and the walls are yellow, and I wanted the “Starry Night” one to go on the opposite wall, since it’s done in the same blues and yellows. But now the “Starry Night” print is so much more beautiful, and such a better print than the one I have of the “Cafe Terrace”, I don’t know, I may switch them around. I’m thinking now that “Starry Night” should be the focal point.
I also got a Joann’s gift card for Christmas from Paul – which I love and adore. Paul, I think, has decided that whatever holiday it is, it will NEVER fail to please Kim to get a gift card from Joann’s. And he’s right. Gift card’s from Joann’s are NEVER a bad gift. I’m sure my buddies DomesticDiva and Sprocket will nod their heads along with this statement.
And books – I got books for Christmas. Which is also a gift that never fails to please.
And I am feeling better. I think that my recent illness *was* mostly stress related – and maybe mostly to do with Christian and the zombie lady – with the major themes of “homelessness”, “guilt:” and “holidays” running through both stories, I think it was just getting to me. Now that Christmas is over and I can forget about feeling guilty that Christian will be alone, or that the Zombie lady is in some homeless shelter for Christmas, I’m feeling less stressed out. I just have to let it go. It is what it is and there’s nothing I can do about it. Although now that I have the DVD camcorder, I am *dying* for zombie lady to get back here. Maybe I can get the story of where she’s been on tape. God knows she has some splainin to do. *And* she has Christmas presents here.
So the thing I am most looking forward to right now is Zombie Lady coming home, uploading some videos to the blog (suggestions of videos you want to see welcome), and the Annual New Year’s Eve party at Ray and Lynn’s. Last year I took pictures. This year I shall tape *and* take pictures. Should be good for a chuckle, especially since the useless twins are supposed to make an appearance. I can’t wait for the New Year’s Eve party.
So let me know what you got for Christmas – and let me know the great gifts you gave to people – the ones they just LOVED. I made my mother cry this year. With a gift I wasn’t even expecting her to cry over. I didn’t think it was *that* wonderful. I wanted to get my her a calendar – but one I could personalize with the dates of all my brothers and sisters birthdays and all the grandkids birthdays. My mom is getting old – she calls me all the time – “When is Bianca’s birthday – isn’t it this month?” “No, mom, it’s 6 months from now – John’s birthday is this month, though.”So I went to the Wal Mart site and their photo center and made a calendar – the nice part about it was that I could not only personalize it and add comments to the dates with birthdays – but I could also add photos to each month. So for each month I added pictures of whoever had a birthday that month – and then for months with no birthdays (there are those, really), I added some old family pictures of my mother’s family when they were kids.
My mother fucking LOVED it. She LOVED all the old pictures I had added and there were some pictures in there she hadn’t even seen in decades, pictures
my Aunt had left to me that my mother had no idea even existed anymore.
I was really, really surprised that a gift that cost less than $20 would have my mother on the phone with me crying about how she didn’t have a picture of my Uncle Bill before now, and how she didn’t even remember what her grandmother looked like, and that my sister never thinks to send pictures of her kids and they’ve gotten so big and grown up looking….I mean, she was like really TEARFUL and all crying and stuff…..Unreal.
Such a stupid and cheap and simple present and she loved it more than last year’s expensive present when all of us kids pitched in and put in new carpeting all through her house.
Oh – and Holly says “Hope you had a good Christmas!”