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Tidings of comfort and joy

For the first time EVER, I got something I actually liked and wanted in the office gift exchange, and no one took it from me! (It's one of those silly s'more kits -- something I'd never buy myself, but think is cute and nifty.) One year I opened the Chia herb garden, but it was taken from me and I ended up with a candle. I ended up with candles a lot. Or popcorn. But this time, it's chocolate and marshmallows, and even if the mugs are goofy snowmen that Barb will NOT want to keep, I will eat the rest of it.

Snatched from everyone else:

Brightly shone the moon that night,
Though the Wildrider was cruel.

Good King Wenceslas
from the Christmas Song Generator.

Get your own song :

The first thing was "dreaming of a white Wildrider," so I did it again... I thought it sounded sort of Nazi-ish... *grin*

I am making cookies for the big Cookie Exchange at work tomorrow -- only seven people signed up, though, so it won't be the slew of cookies it was last year. I think I got that butter cookie recipe down this time (at least, they formed cookies properly) -- the book, despite the title "The Cookie and Biscuit Bible," appears to be largely British, and I have to make sure I'm getting the correct measurements (as they appear in grams, weight, AND standard cups).

This morning I couldn't get my computer to read my external drive at all, and I fought with it until I had to race off to work; I came up, turned on, and it worked fine. It does worry me, though; may be time to get a new external drive (one that hasn't been dropped real hard on the floor). If I lost the stuff on that drive I really would cry. A lot. (The joys of today's speedy technology. At least the Terabyte drive is cheaper and smaller than this one was/is.)

I got Mom's package off in the mail today, realizing that if I waited until Friday to get our pictures to include one with it, there would be no way it could get to her by Christmas unless I overnighted it FedEx, so I figure I can send the picture later. For friends, being late is standard, but Mom should have her stuff by Christmas day.

I cannot remember which of the shows I watch which shocked me a few weeks ago when they killed off a major character.

Another thing has gone out of stock, however, since it will be back early in January, I'm still going to get it because it's inexpensive, and I can give some things late, I think. It is a MUST HAVE. Seriously.

I still need to get sillymagpie's main gift, but that should about do it. Then I just need to mail stuff for out-of-state folks, and we're done! I got many things wrapped and under the tree last night (pictures of said tree appear in rahirah's journal).

Other things I need to do: Watch Waters of Mars, upgrade to Windows 7, figure out if I can install Photoshop on this computer, find the rest of my Christmas icons (thanks to seasonal_icons), try and install my Ion music converter program (and also my Roxio music converter that didn't work on the old computer), finish up a couple of crocheted gifts, do the rest of the baking, make the Christmas dinner shopping list (probably another turkey, since the last one was so good), and I'll remember the rest later, I'm sure.


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Dec. 16th, 2009 02:55 am (UTC)
ugh i hate the gift exchanges where you can 'take' stuff from others. My cousins wanted to do that this year and I said no way. We're doing a 'blind santa' or some stupid crap. But hey, yay to getting somethingyou wanted.

and yeah it might be a good idea to get another external drive. I dont' trust these computers (might be a good idea for ME to back my own crap up)

also your carole is hysterical

Edited at 2009-12-16 03:06 am (UTC)
Dec. 16th, 2009 05:08 am (UTC)
We've been doing it for so many years now it's hard to imagine any other kind...

Yep, soon as I have any money again!
Dec. 16th, 2009 05:17 am (UTC)
we did that some place i worked nad some gifts no one wanted and the gift givers felt SO bad they cried and I thought really this is so damn stupid. It's like being in grade school again and not getting picked for the team
Dec. 16th, 2009 06:13 am (UTC)
we did that some place i worked nad some gifts no one wanted and the gift givers felt SO bad they cried and I thought really this is so damn stupid. It's like being in grade school again and not getting picked for the team
Dec. 16th, 2009 11:49 am (UTC)
Ah, things never get QUITE that silly in my group. Sometimes people get things they really don't want (the boys, for example, are never happy with the bath salts or the candle packs), but when it's really crazy, there's a lot of under-the-table trading at the end. :-)

Yesterday, sadly, the only person who really didn't care for the gift was the one who'd picked mine: I got a set of flavored cocoas, and she's more of a coffee drinker, so she put them out on the table for everyone to have, and I may get her something else for being a good sport.
Dec. 16th, 2009 04:04 pm (UTC)
aw too bad for her. I figure with my family the whole idea of trading is a bad one. If the guys gets something girly, well they're all married and can share with their wives. I'm the only single person left.

that said I do not know WTF to buy. I was going to get like an exotic foods package but my cousins are totally the pickiest eaters ever and would not try stuff like that. My immediate family would. Bah, it's a 10$ limit.I should just go see what Big Lots has
Dec. 17th, 2009 01:07 am (UTC)
Gift cards were very popular... *g*

Dec. 17th, 2009 03:18 am (UTC)
can i even FIND one with that smallof a denomination. Most places have ones already preset at 25$ i just forsee this being a disaster. i t's like why not do a secret santa so i could at least have a clue what to buy
Dec. 17th, 2009 12:06 pm (UTC)
Well, we had a $15 limit, so the popular gift cards were Chipotle (three $5 cards), Target, and Starbucks (always a favorite). Don't know what you have in your neck of the woods, though...

Most fast food places will allow $10 gift card purchases, and even the fussy eater should be able to find SOMETHING on the menu to eat!
Dec. 17th, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC)
yeah that's my concern too. One of my friends has NONE of that stuff in her area (well starbucks but she hates coffee) as for my family, you know grocery store and places like target would b e the best bets.

I wouldn't bet on that...then again I'M the pain in the ass when it comes to fast food. Most of it is what I can't or won't eat.

Eh, hot chocolate set from wal mart here i come.
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