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Had a surprisingly full Xmas this year which included making way too much food (shocking, I know), and playing "Kinect Adventures" with [livejournal.com profile] tersa and [livejournal.com profile] elo_sf. The game was a fantastic workout and nearly convinced E- to promptly buy one for himself. Thankfully he realized he wouldn't have the space for it in his home before he did so. Indulged in my Xmas tradition of watching the Jeremy Brett Adventures of Sherlock Holmes episode "The Blue Carbuncle" and then [livejournal.com profile] tersa and I busted out her copy of the Walking Dead board game. The game reflects the show pretty well, though sadly there is no Daryl to play. We intend to rectify that ourselves, of course, because he needs to be playable. She played Dale and I played Glenn, we quickly discovered that with only two players doom is almost completely assured. 'Cause as soon as one of you dies (in our case, Dale) it's game over, man, game over.

Then we went to see "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" at CineArts. Have to say I was bowled over by just how incredible it was. It's one of those movies you know you'll be buying as soon as it comes out on DVD. Great performances all around, superb story, and it was actually filmed on location in Hungary, Istanbul, etc. This is one film I can easily say is worth every cent of its full price.
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First and foremost a big thank you to everyone for the gifts and donations I received this year. I feel incredibly lucky to have such generous friends and family. I've managed to find homes for everything and get most of the wonderful mixes I received ripped already, so go me! Also cleaned the apartment from top to bottom, which it's needed for a very long time. I think giving [livejournal.com profile] moonlightnrain a hand cleaning out her old apartment gave me the inspiration to actually buckle down and do my own place. Well that and the fact that I'd gotten all the gifts out of the living room and I really wanted to clean it up as well. It looks so much...bigger now :)

Many, many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] tersa and [livejournal.com profile] cyranocyrano for hosting Xmas day festivities yesterday. We had an amazing meal, delicious snacks and unbelievable dessert. But the best part was getting to spend time together and not spending another Xmas day alone.

And on a totally unrelated note, many thanks to my pal J- for pointing me at the trailer for the new Tim Burton flick "9". It looks stunning, and doesn't hurt that one of the stars is Elijah Wood. No, it really doesn't. Check it out if you haven't seen it yet!
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So once again I ask those friends and family members to not get me more stuff and, if they'd really like to spend money in a way that will please me, donate it in my name instead. Need to know where I'd love to see a donation go this year? Well here ya go:

The Red Cross is doing some great work to help the survivors of the Bangladesh cyclone and I'd love to see a donation go to assist in that.

Second Harvest is addressing a very real and very distressing problem, hunger in our country. The numbers of people who are going hungry in the US are rising and food banks are feeling the strain so I'd love to see a little assistance sent their way.

I've been a big fan of the work Farm Sanctuary does for years, and donating to help save farm animals and spread the word about the joys of vegetarianism would make me oh so happy!

And of course, in little Alpha's name, I'm always happy to see donations go to Wildlife Rescue.
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Got my gifts from J- delivered at work yesterday, and being a pragmatic woman I went ahead and opened them so I could decide which ones could stay at the office in the short-term until I figure out where they'll go at the new place. So I now have two Zuko series one figures, regular Fire Nation outfit Zuko and the special Blue Spirit with dual broadsword action one! They're glaring down at me from a shelf at the office. I also got the Storyteller boxed set of DVDs and of course the Dungeons and Dragons boxed set. The latter is actually pretty cool (though the "pewter" dragon figure in it is actually plastic, which made me snicker), and I geeked out in the extreme going through the DM's guide to the characters and world.

I have stats for Erik's shield now...I think I can die happy.

I would give a lot to game with these characters so long as I got to play Erik. It would be way too much fun to scream like a girl over every single encounter, cower, and snark my way through a dungeon. And I have this intense mental image of [livejournal.com profile] cyranocyrano just slaying me as the enigmatic Dungeon Master.

I am geek, hear me roar!
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As I'm alone at work today I'm listening to Yahoo Radio and am currently being reminded just how wretched a song Duran Duran's "A View to a Kill" really was. Wow, I'd forgotten that. Just dreadful.

Anyway, had a lovely and productive weekend, which is the perfect combination in my opinion. All the boxes are now officially moved over to [livejournal.com profile] jimweasel's place. I may take a few final bags of odds and ends over there throughout the next two weeks but all the big stuff is done and otu of the way. Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] moonlightnrain for her amazing help over the past few weeks. It's a rare and special thing when you can count on someone to help you carry your shit, as well as your really poorly constructed bookcase. My ghetto bookcase is on its way to that great furniture supply store in the sky. Fare thee well.

She did admit that she wasn't too keen on wrestling my futon mattress on moving day and I had to concur. Then I devised a rather cunning plan. I've been meaning to replace the mattress for about a year now anyway and I'm going to be saving a half month's rent in February, in addition to getting my sizable deposit back from my current place...So, I'm thinking I Freecycle the thing next week, then we just move the frame, which is a piece of cake, and I get the new mattress delivered to my new apartment. If it works it'll be brilliant.

Saturday was the annual Murder Mystery Dinner and gift exchange. Got to drop off the only really bulky gift at the House of Egg early that morning. My one quilt for the season, with a Chibi Dr. Who theme, was well received and snickered over so I was pleased. Will post a picture if [livejournal.com profile] moonlightnrain works out how to get it from her phone to her computer. Got [livejournal.com profile] jimweasel his crack soap, and was relieved not to be taking anything back home with me. That evening I unloaded all the rest of my gifts and we had a great time going around the table opening stuff. Though I did think [livejournal.com profile] aelfsciene and [livejournal.com profile] elo_sf were going to launch themselves at some of the slower openers once or twice. Heh.

I did come home with loot this time, but it all fit into my super spiffy gift bag from E-, so that was good. I got chocolate bread! Not just any chocolate bread, [livejournal.com profile] jakejr's melt in your mouth and go straight to your hips, chocolate bread. So far I've eaten about half of it. Yes, it is the crack. [livejournal.com profile] moonlightnrain gifted me with the PS2 Avatar game which I hugged to my breast and silently decided to go unpack my PS2 system so I could play it NOW! [livejournal.com profile] aelfsciene gave me a box full of geeky goodness, including a gorgeous Brock Samson poster, a Shikon jewel keychain, a Lord Dio and Luciola statuette and Snape and Lupin knit finger puppets. R- was quite jealous until she opened her packaged from A- and saw that she'd gotten a set as well. We both commented that a really messed up Snupin finger puppet series might just be in our future. [livejournal.com profile] elo_sf gifted me with a spa gift certificate that can be used at Watercourse Way (woo!) and, of course, the latest Dr. Who series. We exchange them every year now, it keeps things nice and simple between us and we both know we're getting what we want.

The murder mystery itself was pretty lame, but we all did our best to liven it up a bit. [livejournal.com profile] cyranocyrano played a married couple with problems that we turned into a delightful snipe-fest. Sadly, it was later revealed that we actually were happily married and had to act accordingly. Ah well, it was fun while it lasted. A- got to be the all too obvious killer, and we all agreed that next year [livejournal.com profile] tersa and [livejournal.com profile] cyranocyrano write the mystery instead. I petitioned for a Harry Potter theme with the understanding that I get to be Snape :)

Afterwards A-, R- and I retired to my place for some Rolaids and so they could open their gifts from my sis. Given that all the vegetarians ended up in digestive distress, we're pretty suspicious that there was some kind of animal product in at least one of the dishes. If we do it at the same restaurant next year we're going to petition for just the rice and boiled veggies portion of the meal for ourselves and let the rest of the table go carnivore if they so desire.

Slept in on Sunday then ran errands and got shit packed into my car before [livejournal.com profile] moonlightnrain arrived to lend a hand. Two trips and one tossed bookcase later we were done. After some technical difficulties with the PS2, I got the set up working and played through the first level before getting killed in the second. Took a dinner break and got some bill paid before going back to it again and starting all over again. Second time was the charm. Aang's a great character, but he's like Legolas, frail and great at long distance fighting. I'm *so* not that kind of player. So usually I put Sokka in charge and send him into the fray to bash people with his club. Got far enough to rescue Katara from the Fire Nation last night before making myself stop and go to bed. Now I know what I'll be doing on Xmas this year :)
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Swiped this from [livejournal.com profile] tersa: My 12 Days of Christmas... )

And have I mentioned lately that my sis, [livejournal.com profile] enuffistoomuch really has a way with words? Her description of her bed first thing in the morning: "...after I've gotten out of bed it looks as though a gaggle of ninja were having trouble learning how to square dance in it." I am so not the writer in the family and yet I'm the one with the job that depends on it. Life is strange.

BTW, a very cool Avatar fan mix is available here, even if you're not into the show you should check it out, especially you, [livejournal.com profile] cyranocyrano, I think you'd find it quite interesting.
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First, for Aelf if she checks in, and [livejournal.com profile] silkblade, tumnus_love.

A busy, but glorious, and damp weekend for me, got lots and lots done. Leaving early Friday helped as my apartment was sliding inexorably towards a state of utter chaos. I beat back some of the forces of entropy with some serious cleaning and laundry. Also shipped out the last of my Xmas gifts (yay!) and got fitted for my Xmas gift by [livejournal.com profile] tamago (yay!). Got a little something started on the Super Secret Project (SSP from now on) that I need to clean up a bit before sharing with my fellow conspirators. Watched the game, then finally passed out. Next morning up bright and early for class, where we almost but not quite finished our choreography. We've got like 30 seconds of music left but it's all taqsim-y and none of us really specialize in that so we'll see how it goes. Alyne and J- had some ideas involving modified contortionists' moves that had Aelf and I wincing. My back is aching already just thinking about it.

Afterwards I zoomed off to grab some pies for [livejournal.com profile] elo_sf's mystery dinner, which was wonderful as usual. Mmm, a whole tray of veggie sushi, yum! I ended up cast as Geordie LaForge in the TNG mystery which was fun 'cause I could deflect almost any accusation with one of two phrases, either "But I'm such a nice guy, would I do that?" or "You're just accusing me 'cause I'm visually handicapped. Sure, pick on the blind guy." Of course in the end we'd all played some part in the theft of the Orb of Knowledge, but were clearly too incompetant to get the job properly done. And I came to the inescapable conclusion that Romulans are about as bright as your average box of hammers when it comes to plotting.

Anyway we did gift exchange afterwards and oh the loot! [livejournal.com profile] tersa gave me a huge book of quilting square patterns and alluded to a mysterious after Xmas gift to come, hmmm... [livejournal.com profile] jakejr got me the Depeche Mode two-disc singles set I've lusted after for years. [livejournal.com profile] elo_sf got me an adorable print, "When Wizards Collide", featuring Severus up against Gandalf, some incredible bookmarks (the naked Jack one...be still my heart!), and of course my Dr. Who boxed set, woo! Aelf gifted me beforehand (hey less to lug back and forth that way) and I got a gorgeous necklace which went with my outfit for the evening perfectly, a talking Mount Doom Frodo figure (he's filthy and has 29 points of articulation, ah the fantasies that's already inspired), a "What would a ninja do?" spinny folder for making decisions (it's at work as I suspect "Unleash Fury" and "Destroy Enemy" would be viable options there in the coming year), and a gorgeous Draco Malfoy pin in his black outfit from GOF. The best part was that they'd superimposed this flame motif in the background behind him and I commented that those were the fiery pits of hell I'd be consigned to for lusting after a little boy.

Managed to make it home afterwards in one piece despite a fucking downpour and some spectacularly poor driving on 101. Aelf and I did our best to collapse as soon as we walked in the door as we had a 4:30 a.m. wake up call to get her to the airport on time. I'd hoped it would stop pouring by the time we got up, but no such luck. The airport was surprisingly nutty for 5:30 a.m., but she got off ok and I didn't get hit or run into any of the morons vying for space as close to the curb as possible. Got home by 6 and promptly went straight back to bed. Finally dragged my ass up again at noon so I could make a Trader Joe's run and score some Tofurkey for Xmas, go me! Came home, did more laundry, got some further tidying up done, then played around online until [livejournal.com profile] jakejr dropped by with her keys so I can cat sit while she's away. [livejournal.com profile] cyranocyrano stopped by shortly thereafter so I could catch up on the progress of his super secret project (different than the SSP above), which was just wonderful.

This week should be a busy one at work, and we have our office party on Thursday so I'm going to have to be pretty efficient to fit everything in. It's kind of a relief that I am planning to come in next week, it'll give me a bit of a buffer so I don't have to feel utterly overwhelmed before the holidays.

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