Bren Does Christmas, Part 2 of 2

Holy crap, I made it back to post when I said I would! Okay, so some finishing up for the day.

The afternoon went great. We do a Secret Santa where the “best” gift gets a literal championship belt, which means no one gets real presents from their Santas and it just gets more absurd (and sometimes vulgar, like the best/worst games of Cards Against Humanity) year after year. This year’s winner involved a pin the tail on the donkey variant involving… sasquatch testicles. Like I said, the best/worst. No, I didn’t take pictures of that one. I mean, it’s not like it would have passed the filters on Tumblr.

Food was good; the only thing better would have been banana pudding at the end. Me and some banana pudding are kinda like happy on the wallet Brian got me, seriously. Also pictured? An entirely new Pop Vinyl wall; six from Brian and three from family. Not pictured, Let’s Go: Eevee. And I love my eevee… It lets me scritch its head. ^_^

Okay, one last bit and then I have to get ready for bed: I discovered the “12 Days of Socks” packs last year. I got the Star Wars pack then, and the socks themselves are the best. So when Brian found out this year that each pack’s socks are different (each year, and each cover art when there are multiple covers) he got one of this year’s sets for me. I started posting these to Twitter as I opened them each day, but decided halfway through to save them for now. Seriously, if you ever find ANY of these sets, grab them up. All different fandoms, super soft, and last year’s set are still good even after wearing them literally all year. I’m sure any of these sets that are left over in stores are going to be on clearance, so grab them grab them!

Okay, well, it’s late (by “late” I mean it’s 10:30 pm, cause I get up by five in the morning) so I’m going to get to bed. I had one killer nap this afternoon, but it’s not going to be enough to carry me through tomorrow. So until I have a chance to post again, enjoy this stock footage of me and Mina cuddling up for the night.

good night bedtime GIF

Bren Does Christmas, Part 1 of ?

Merry Christmas!!

Grumpy black cat in Christmas tree, framed by red bead garland.
She’s really not as grumpy as she looks here. Okay, okay, she is that grumpy but in this case it’s because we don’t let her in the trees and she knew we were about to pick her up.

Okay, so this year’s a lot more low-key than we normally go with, but that’s just fine since less to do = less to stress out over. Because even with only Brian to really have to worry about at Christmas it stresses me THE HELL out. As recently as just last year, that stress would be a good part of why I’m awake this early on a day off. This year, though, it’s just because I get up like this on weekdays anyway, so I wasn’t able to get back to sleep for more than a twenty-ish minute nap.

Anyway! Christmas. Technically, I guess it hasn’t “started” yet, since Brian moved from the bed to the couch an hour or so ago but is still very, very much asleep. I kind of wish he would wake up… I don’t know yet if I want another cup of coffee, and if I decide that I do want another, I can’t get it until after he gets his & makes some more. So he needs to be awake, so Christmas coffee, at least, can continue.

Well, we did have some Christmas last night, not for us but for Brian’s brother’s bf. Board and board-ish games are a holiday thing for a lot of families, I’m told, and BIL’s bf has apparently been wanting Cards Against Humanity. I had his name for Secret Santa, so we gave him his present early and everyone played that. Then Brian’s siblings tried to get their mom to play. It didn’t happen, but it was a good effort.

(I can’t wait to see bf’s face this morning; we have one of those smoked salmon that always go on sale at World Market and stuff at the holidays as an unassigned prank gift, and we’re giving it to him so there’s still SOMETHING for him to open with the rest of us later today.)

That’s all the Christmas that happened last night, though. I was asleep so early that we didn’t even do the one-present-on-Christmas-Eve thing. We’ll get to that stuff when he finally wakes up, though. Whenever that may be. God, I wish he’d get up. He’s almost two hours past normal now and I really want to see about getting more coffee made after he’s had his.

Anyway, I’ll try to pop back in later (thus the “1/?” above) when I have more to post. I know I have like, 5+ Pop Vinyls waiting for me from Brian alone (they’re cheap, and they’re a massive portion of my Amazon list), so I need to find out which ones he found. (FMA?? Please please FMA! I’m thinking he found Alphonse with Cats, cause he has a bunch of Hot Topic boxes for storing away the Pops I’m getting today until there’s room to put them out properly again. Obvs, if he was at Hot Topic he’d have gotten me the HT exclusive pop, right? Right.) There are also a bunch of Pops from his family, too, so we’ll see what comes up later on that front.

Twelve Days of Socks: Star Wars Edition

So, back in November, I tweeted this:

By and far, November 1st was the best trip to Target I’d ever made in my life. I mean, I freaking love socks, but $15 for 12 pairs of licensed novelty socks? Star Wars novelty socks? The decision was made before I even knew buying them was a question. I don’t even know what the socks in them are, since they’re basically an Advent calendar of socks and you don’t open Advent calendars until each assigned day.

This did pose one problem for the first few days, though: How do I decide when to open them?

The “12 Days” part of the pack’s name evokes the Twelve Days of Christmas, but the Days-of-Christmas don’t begin until actual-real-December-25th-Christmas then continue until Epiphany. (Side Note: See, I do remember something from my one year in a Catholic elementary school!) To put things kindly, there was no way in effing hell I was waiting until Christmas to start my Star Wars 12 Days of Socks.

The next way I considered was to do it the twelve days before Christmas, since that’s what most people seem to think of anyway. Doing it that way would start me on the 14th, and while it times well with the release of The Last Jedi (since I’m seeing the movie at one of the night-before showings), it still put quite a long delay between buying the pack back on November 1st and when I get to actually enjoy them.

That narrowed things down to what, in hindsight, was the only acceptable choice: I open and wear one new pair a day on each of the twelve days leading up to The Last Jedi. It’s not quite following the twelve-days tradition properly, but at least I don’t have to wait any longer.

Oh, and those twelve days? THEY START TOMORROW.

So, starting tomorrow and going through Thursday the 14th, I’m unboxing and wearing a new, surprise pair of Star Wars socks daily. I’m currently praying to anyone who will listen to said prayers for low to moderate temperatures over the next two weeks, because I have to work almost every day between now and Star Wars, and to wear (and hide) these socks at work I have to wear some very warm boots. It’s not going to stop me either way, though, so starting tomorrow? You’re all going to have to deal with some very dumb posts about socks continuing through the 14th.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

(Personal) Christmas Wishlists for Family

…Or wishlists for any occasion, I guess, but Christmas is when people need them. This post is for family, Secret Santas, etc; no one else needs to bother with it. I put priority notes on these when the option’s available (like on Amazon) but regardless of priority tags, if they’re on this list, I’ll love them.

  • Amazon (Anything here is good!)
  • Lush (I’ve checked ingredients, and I’m 99% sure I’m not allergic to anything on this list. Also anything with the same ingredients are good.)
  • My Art Commission Wishlist (Technically I guess this would just be prepaid gift cards I can use on PayPal, since IF anyone wanted to do this, they’d be able to pick an artist from my list but they’d probably need help picking out references and stuff for each character. Or not, idk. That link goes to my tumblr, and I have a lot of tags for each character I name. Just say specifically that’s what you mean for me to get with the card, cause otherwise I’ll get caught up in something else and spend it on the wrong thing by mistake.)

If I can think of other items for these lists, I’ll add them. I’ll also add to this post if I think of additional sites I should have lists for.

Also, individual items I can’t find to put on a site wishlish:

  • Prepaid XM radio subscription card (these used to be a thing, but I don’t know now) I very much would like one of those. I want to renew the account that came with our car, so much but it’s so expensive monthly! I don’t know if they’re still a thing, though, they aren’t on Amazon.
  • Credit for here on WordPress (I don’t know if there’s a way to gift things here through the site itself, or if that would also be a prepaid card like a commission would need to be. I hate hate hate my design here, though, and would die for a subscription upgrade.)