I see that both Wendy and Mark have posted about Christmas so I thought I might as well. I wonâ€™t describe the day as Wendy did a great job of doing that but I will ad in that it was a lot of fun to have friends and family around.
For my gifts, Wendy and Lee went in and got me a new 32 gb iPod Touch. My iPod Touch was a first generation one and I was quite excited to see the it finally shipping with both a camera and a video camera in it. I donâ€™t have a Blackberry or smartphone but this does a good job of letting me both work and play when I need to. I bought iMovie, and a bunch of 99 cent EA games for it and I am good to go. Wendy also gave me a massive Rambo type knife. I am not sure what I will use it for but there is a small first aid and survival kit in the knife handle. Now thatâ€™s a knife.
Oliver gave me a Team Canada Hockey seat cover and steering wheel cover for Hank while Santa brought me a portable external hard drive for my netbook. I have shot several hours of video for my documentary and I really need more hand drive space if I am going to get it done in 2011 (more on that in a later post).
Lee surprised me with a copy of The Pacific on Blu Ray which made no sense since we donâ€™t have a Blu-Ray player. Of course then Mark unwrapped a PS3 that had Madden 11 with it. He also gave me a The Force Unleashed II and gave Mark Call of Duty: World at War. According to Sony VP Kevin Butler, it only does everything. As for our PS2, it will be donated to the Centreâ€™s half-way house where I am sure someone will enjoy playing it in the lounge. He also gave me a new multi-tool set and flashlight.
Speaking of Lee, he was babysitting the boys this summer and Wendy walked in and all three of them were watching Predator. Seriously, he was letting a ten year old and a 2 year old watch Predator and both of them were a little nervous. To prove he learned nothing, there was a copy of Predator in Blu-Ray under the tree for Mark and Oliver. We all had a great laugh over that.
On Christmas Day we went to the Reimers for Christmas dinner. Reimers gave me a nice set of binoculars for use up at the cabin. With North Americaâ€™s oldest bird sanctuary only a couple of miles north of the cabin, there are a lot of birds flying around. They also gave me Settlers of Catan which sounds like an ideal way to spend an evening with friends. Kristi helped make my Christmas tree a little more Riderish with some Saskatchewan Roughrider tree ornaments and a calendar of stupid quotes. I have a whole year of mocking stupid people ahead of me. The only thing that I didnâ€™t like about the dinner was that Gloria wonâ€™t give me the recipe for an amazing green bean casserole she makes. Itâ€™s a family secret I am told.
I am not sure any of that was on my Christmas list but it made for a fun day. The only two things that were on my MUST HAVE list were a new zippered wallet (I hate it when I drop my wallet and my cards fall out) and a shaving brush and shaving soap which were in my stocking.
Thanks everyone, itâ€™s been a great couple of days.