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Christmas on the road!

Now that was different.  CDL and I loaded the kids and the presents up in the van and drove12 hours to my parents' house to spend the holiday with them.  We'd never traveled as a family for Christmas before and now I know why there's all those movies about Christmas travel hijinks.  It was fun to spend the time with my folks and the kids had a ball.  It was also my youngest sister's 30th birthday, so much celebrating was in order.  I drank an appalling amount of alcohol all week but felt fine.  Go figure. 

The drive home was harrowing.  An ice storm hit just as we were crossing over into Iowa, and the interstate was a sheet of glass before we hit Iowa City.  We just pulled off and got a hotel room, which was much nicer than ending up in the ditch like countless other cars and semi trucks we saw the next morning on the drive home.  Some of them were flipped over or had gone a long way down into a ravine.  I know CDL really wanted to drive straight through and get home--he can't help it, he's male--but he put up with me freaking out quite patiently, even when the first hotels we tried were full. 

I made a great haul this year, as far as presents go: most notably the Wii fit board, which has been giving me grief about all those extra holiday pounds. I didn't think it would actually do much to help get rid of said extra pounds but as I'm sitting here, my whole body aches from the Wii Fit  yoga routine.  I have to say that I'm quite impressed with the little guy.  Socks the cat gave me a space heater which is keeping me nice and toasty.  My mom and Dad gave me some two-tone, double tongue lavender and rust low-top Converse All-Stars, which I am totally in love with.  Corey's mom got me both Alton Brown cookbooks and a cast-iron grill pan.  My sister Megan got me some wonderful chocolates.

 The kids got some awesome toys this year: Santa brought the whole family lazer tag guns and Megan gave them a rock tumbler and a drill so they can make jewelry!  I have always secretly wanted a rock tumbler.  It's down in the basement churning away right now.  By Sunday it ought to be ready for the next grade of polishing grit.  I'm so excited to see what comes out!  They got some great loot I'm going to have all kinds of fun playing with, really. 

Oh and for those of you with Wii's, The World of Goo is awesome.  Tim sent it to us for Christmas and it owns me.  Am having a little trouble with stage 3 but I'll get there eventually.   


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Dec. 31st, 2008 09:02 am (UTC)
heh - we got a wii fit as well.

i fed some figures into it and it broadened the waist of the character it had reserved for me - cheeky bastard thing.

still, i am dieting as a result, so can't be all bad.
Jan. 1st, 2009 02:09 am (UTC)
Okay, when the wii fit broadened the waistline of my Mii, which subsequently hung her head in shame, I was ready to chuck it out the window. But if yours did that too and I didn't get the only rude, possibly demon possessed, one on the planet, I suppose I'll put up with the indignity.

Speaking of cheeky bastards, rotten Corey went on a diet (result of horrible nintendo mockery) with me and has already dropped enough extra poundage to be visible to the naked eye while I remain a very round little Mii. I'm going to have to start dosing him with high fructose corn syrup in his sleep.
Dec. 31st, 2008 09:06 am (UTC)
Oh man. When I was a kid, we got a rock tumbler, and it was pretty much my favorite thing ever until it finally gave out. It also helped me understand metaphors for the very first time: something interesting hiding underneath every rough surface.

Glad you all got home safe!
Jan. 1st, 2009 02:12 am (UTC)
I totally made the kids look at the before-rocks of the refill pack after I read your comment so they could have the metaphor benefit! Better yet, my sister also got them a rock drill thingy so we can make jewelry out of the results, so we can go from worthless pebbles to bling in our metaphors!

Thanks, BTW! <3! Happy New Year to you and yours!
Dec. 31st, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
we got wii fit, too, a few months ago. unfortunately, yattaboe fell off of her bike a week later and broke her knee, so we've been pretty limited on the use of it since... i'll pick it back up this spring.

i did, however, trade it in for world of goo, which is great. i'm about as far as you are, but am taking my time with it. the bridge stage with the frog was the one that first really, really frustrated me, but it's such a great idea.

happy new year!
Jan. 1st, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
Poor Yattaboe! (I peeked at her journal and am stunned at how cool she is! I mean, a 5th Doctor icon pretty much says it all, doesn't it? Am friending her ASAP!) I hope she recovers soon because Wii Fit is too fun to be considered something so dull as exercise!

Funny you should mention. I am totally stuck at the bridge stage with the frog and the skull goo balls. It is pissing me off to no end! Other than that, though, I completely agree that World of Goo is a wonderful idea and is too charming for words!

Thanks, man! Happy New Year to you and yours as well!
Jan. 5th, 2009 08:06 pm (UTC)
I am so glad you all had a good time. I wish we could have been there as well. I am a little jealous that you got to go.
Jan. 9th, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
You got some awesome stuff! Would that my parents were savvy enough to get me sweet two-tone Converse, or in fact anything good that I didn't specifically ask for. I always wanted a rock tumbler, too.

-anonymous, since i don't feel like logging in on my craptop
Jan. 11th, 2009 03:25 am (UTC)
Sounds like fun, glad you pulled off the road though!
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