kshandra: Cover artwork from Trans Siberian Orchestra's "The Christmas Attic" (Christmas)
Home from Dickens with [personal profile] murphymom. She asked me to drive, which meant that we stayed as long as I wanted to. :D

Got there right at opening. Made a beeline for the braiding studio, and there was still no line. Had tea for the first time at Cuthbert's, which was lovely, though the trifle would have benefited from another hour or two to sit and let the pound cake absorb a little more of the moisture. Got to all the shows we wanted to see, plus a few more (videos are all from previous years):







...and the French Postcards Tableaux, but you'll just have to imagine that one on your own. ;-)

Ran into (in no particular order) [tumblr.com profile] chronopunk and his mom, [livejournal.com profile] valiaderekin and her wife, and [livejournal.com profile] rmjwell and his Cubs regalia. (Enjoy that feeling as long as you can, man.)

Wish I could afford to go more than once a season, but I definitely feel like we got our money's worth this year.
kshandra: Cover artwork from Trans Siberian Orchestra's "The Christmas Attic" (Christmas)
[personal profile] gridlore and I saw the Hershey Kiss bell-ringer commercial on Wednesday night. [personal profile] murphymom and I are going to Dickens Fair tomorrow. [livejournal.com profile] holiday_wishes is open for business again. (I'm still debating whether or not to participate; those of you who have been here a while may recall why.)

I spent the last hour in the office today listening to my favorite irreverent holiday channel. I might as well embrace the season.
kshandra: Cover artwork from Trans Siberian Orchestra's "The Christmas Attic" (Christmas)
[livejournal.com profile] gridlore and I are home, taking a break in the midst of the day's celebration. We did breakfast at [livejournal.com profile] baka49er's this morning, with [livejournal.com profile] isomeme, [livejournal.com profile] laurellady, [livejournal.com profile] madelineusher, and the Steeles (none of whom are on LJ), with presents afterward; the Steeles will be with his family tonight for dinner, and Doug and I will return for roast beast with the SoCal contingent.

The Loot List, in some semblance of order )

I have a couple of care packages I'm going to get in the mail tomorrow Or Else. I ran out of stamps and spoons at about the same time this year; I managed to get one batch of cards in the mail yesterday, but not everyone I wanted to send a card to is getting one, alas. (Including some people who sent cards to me, for which I apologize profusely.) All in all, it's been a wonderful holiday.
kshandra: figurine of a teddybear seated at an office desk, looking at a computer (IWantItNow)
It's getting time for wintergift shopping again. I'll make a point of updating my wishlists soon, but in the meantime, these are a couple of things that have crossed my mind in the immediate past:

  • These boots, in either color, in a 9 or 9.5 WW (they're out of the 9WW in tobacco). Because damnitall, I've wanted a pair of these since I was twelve years old, and I'm GOING to have them. (Yes, [livejournal.com profile] gridlore, I know what happened to the soles on yours - but take a close look at the photo; these appear to have crepe rubber soles instead of plain leather, meaning they'll have slightly better arch support, as well.) And no, winding up with a pair in each color would SO not be a problem.
  • A bigger hard drive. I'm in the process of ripping (and in some cases re-ripping) all of our CDs, and I'm almost positive I'll have to stop before I've gotten very far. This machine has a 40G that's 3/4 full, and a 30G (the one I'm ripping the music to) that's 1/2 full. So you can see you wouldn't have to break the bank to make me a very happy Koosh if you went this route. (In fact, as second-hand is perfectly acceptable to this trailing-edge user, you might not have to even dent it....)
  • As always, more Pocket Dragons. With the artist's retirement set for the end of this year, they will be increasingly difficult to acquire (though not as badly as I was afraid of after hearing about the receivership in June - another distributor has picked up all of the Collectibles World Studios lines, though they're still working on getting the websites back up). I have a total of five, so the odds of you picking up one I already have are nice and slim.

More items if and as I think of them....
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (BurningMan)
http://www.spaceimaging.com/gallery/ioweek/archive/05-11-06/index.htm

I would not argue if anyone wanted to buy me a poster. (Note that their site appears to have large amounts of b0rkenness in Firefox; I had to load that link in M$IE to get the order form to come up right.) Something to keep in mind for the holidays, maybe (and yes, laminated, please, since it doesn't cost extra).
kshandra: figurine of a teddybear seated at an office desk, looking at a computer (Shiny!)
Tuesday I had dinner with [livejournal.com profile] yohannon (the first time we'd seen each other since - as he titled it - The Herpes Scare Debacle and Relationship Massacre of Aught Five; there are still some wrinkles to figure out, but the friendship, at least, is salvageable), and he brought me his old digicam, having upgraded earlier last year.

[We'll pause for a moment in recognition of my first reference to 2005 as "last year."]

It's an Olympus D-510 Zoom - 2.1 megapixels; it was Yohannon's original camera for the website (links from this page are NOT work-safe), so it's certainly enough for anything I'm likely to do. He also included three SmartMedia cards (the 8MB that originally came with the camera, a 32, and a 128), a USB card-reader, a carrying case, and - because this is Yo we're talking about after all - a $25 giftcard for Good Vibrations. (Which it looks like I can use on the website; much as I'd rather do my shopping in person, I don't know when I'm likely to get up to either store at this point.)

And then the mail came yesterday. There was a box from [livejournal.com profile] jilesa...and it was filled with wonderfulness. ;-) She made me the Highland Triangle Shawl, in this amazingly light, soft, WARM varigated yarn in pinks and purples and tealishblues.... As I told her in my thank-you note, I don't know whether to wrap myself in it and go to sleep or keep it boxed up for safe-keeping. It's amazingly beautiful, and I am touched beyond words that she put that kind of effort into a gift for me. Thank you again, love.
kshandra: figurine of a teddybear seated at an office desk, looking at a computer (Default)
[livejournal.com profile] gridlore and I have been offline for the last 24 hours (best guess is that something disabled our ethernet card when he was trying to install his new software), so I haven't had the chance to enumerate the fabulous gifts I've gotten, the wonderful times we had with both families, or the rockin' time I had at karaoke (and breakfast thereafter).

I have read everything y'all have posted in that time (?skip=150 on a filter that doesn't include communities or RSS feeds), and tried to comment as I could. I've seen a lot of goodness in those entries, for which I am grateful, and thank you for sharing...and a lot of sadness, for which I am sorry, and hope that you all find comfort.

I will update again eventually, but not just yet, as it is now 5pm and I have yet to have breakfast today.... (That's not as horrendous as it might be, as I didn't get up until 1:30p after getting home at 4:30a, but, still, Purple Koosh needs food - badly.)
kshandra: figurine of a teddybear seated at an office desk, looking at a computer (BalancedDiet)
...this one simply addressed to "Berries."

You're weird, sir. ;-)

I did open the package, seeing as the sender already opened mine.... We have our own copies of Animusic now. Yay!

I am also highly amused at the thought that [livejournal.com profile] dafydd bought Scharffen Berger chocolates at the factory in Berkeley, flew them home with him to Seattle - and then sent them back here to me.

Thank you, sweetie; as always, you rock. *hugses*
kshandra: figurine of a teddybear seated at an office desk, looking at a computer (Brilliant!)
The package arrived today, yay!

And a funny story besides...[livejournal.com profile] gridlore gave me his CD to open, since he didn't have fingernails to get through the shrinkwrap.

K: Oh, that's a pain.
G: What?
K: Well, there's shrinkwrap over the slipcover, and shrinkwrap over the CD inside the slipcover...
G: It's got the devil inside it, they need to be careful!

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