Akk, it’s the eighth of December already! Tree’s up at least, most of the decorations too, although the boxes are still strewn around the living and family rooms. Guitar Hero decided to go all out this year with the decorating – we have bows on all the light fixtures, pine garland wrapped around the banister on the stairway leading to the top floor, garland around doorways, etc. I love it! Especially since he did it on his own without me having to
nag ask him. My mother would walk in and say “Oh, look a Christmas factory exploded.” Which is ironic when you consider she used to work at a factory that made Christmas decorations.
I’ve got a couple presents for Gizmo Guy – yes, they’re gizmos so he should be happy, and that’s one major
headache item crossed off my list. (Although I still need to get out there and do the little stocking stuffer shopping – that’s the part where usually people have the most fun as we buy each other nonsensical presents.)
I always try to find everyone what Gizmo Guy calls the ‘woohoo’ present. That’s the present that wasn’t on your list, that you didn’t know you wanted until you get it. For a toddler, it’s a foil pie plate and a wooden spoon, or an empty box, LOL. For adults, it’s some weird toy or gizmo that they’d never seen and never would pick up for themselves. In other words, it’s that present that you end up spending most of your Christmas Day playing with. When the boys were little it would usually be some toy I found on special in the clearance bin for under $10 and put away for them. Then when they opened it, they’d scream, “Santa knew! Santa knew! I didn’t tell anyone I wanted this but he bought it anyway!” (One year it was a toy Star Trek Bridge or Transporter or something. They still won’t let me get rid of it even though half the parts are missing.) Trouble is those presents are getting harder and harder to find and some years I don’t manage it. I have an idea for one for Guitar Hero or Curly – or maybe both – but the closest store that carries it is on the outskirts of Toronto and I hate driving in that traffic. Ah, well, what we do for our kids, right?
Don’t forget that Angela’s Holiday Hell contest is still going on – today’s prize includes a $25 ‘bookmark’ (gift certificate?) and books by Lauren Dane, Sloane McBride, Anne Whitfield, Alex Fleming and Brenda Novak as well as a few other items. And she’s got a very interesting question for you to answer in order to win – it had me chuckling and scratching my head at the same time. So pop on over.
And Marley Delarose has a a warning and some advice for PC owners – there’s a new antivirus virus going around that’s hitting PCs hard. The only way to get rid of it is to reformat your computer. Ouch.