Monday, December 19, 2005

All I don't want for Christmas

I don't listen to public radio, but Not Martha linked to a lovely reaction piece to what can be the horror of : the homemade gift.

I received a couple of homemade items that came with good intentions, but really, I would have been just as happy without them. I'm not as cruel as Michael Scott from The Office, waving my crocheted oven mitt and demanding a "Yankee swap", but it makes me wonder if my co-workers have any clue as to what makes me tick.

Actually, I don't like it when people are able to figure out what "makes me tick", and the consequences of living such a detatched lifestyle are that I rarely receive a gift that I can get excited about. The only time I really get a gift that I truly appreciate is when I have specifically informed the gift-giver of the present they are to purchase.

Conversely, I think that I am a good gift-giver.

#1. I'm more observant than people realize. Most of the people that I am around are much more generous with their opinions, and so I spend more time listening to what other people want and take notes. I sort of have a running list in the back of my mind and when I run across something that I know someone has mentioned, I'll pick it up even months before I need the gift.

B. When in doubt, ask. Part two of B is to actually get the person what they asked for. It doesn't do any good to ask if you don't plan on following through.

III. I believe in the gift card. There are some in my circle of friends and family who just do not believe in the power of the gift card. They think it's impersonal, they don't want the recipient to know the dollar value -- whatever. I say, get over yourself.

I once gave a co-worker a twenty dollar bill as a going away present. I knew she would be driving cross country after retiring and I told her to stick the money away in her glove compartment and keep it there in case an emergency came up. She kind of chuckled when she read the note, but she said that she thought it was an extremely practical idea. Hey, I can live with practical!

Monday, December 12, 2005

Favorite Christmas music

I only own a few Christmas CD's, but I never get tired of the ones I own. I could listen to these CD's all year long and never get tired of them:

Christmas by Mannheim Steamroller
A Christmas Album by Amy Grant
A Charlie Brown Christmas by Vince Guaraldi
Peace by Jim Brickman

I've actually been known to listen to these CD's in the middle of July!

Goodbye, Moon

More politically correct crap. I don't know why I didn't run across this earlier.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Best Christmas present so far

So I haven't yet had my groovy new HP iPAQ hw6500 a full week, but I am sooooo all about it. A few weeks ago I finally gave up Thunderbird for my email program, mostly because I had a feeling that I was getting some type of mobile device for Christmas. So now I'm an Outlook user (*sigh*) but I have to say it's working out really well.

With the kids starting to have more and more activites that take place at different times, I needed some way to keep the home/office schedule in sync. I think I'm going to need either an additional cradle so I can sync the iPAQ with my PC at work, or I'm going to need to finally upgrade my office PC so that I can just use bluetooth to sync up.

Ah, I've been putting of replacing my PC at work, though I've forgotten why. Oh yeah, because I've been on the committee to pick our next ILS. And replacing all the other crappy PC's in the library. Well, it's my turn next, baby!

Anyway, back to the iPAQ. Did I mention it's also my new cell phone -- awesome! The only think my iPAQ needs is the wireless networking so that I can surf from just about anywhere. Then I'll have to get some more disk space so I can store more than 5 songs on it.

I know my family bought me other things for Christmas, but I just can't see any of them topping my new toy.

Friday, December 09, 2005

The accidental flutist

Hey, I'm famous! This picutre is in the CODI picture gallery, but I'll post it here, too.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Christmas shirts

Chrismas and gaming: the perfect match. Here are some awesome t-shirts for that gamer on your Christmas list, i.e., me!