It’s late on Christmas Eve. Wendy, Mark and I are just chilling out and having some night time tea. Oliver has already gone to bed. I doubt he is asleep but he is in bed. I assume he is filing a formal protest as we speak.
It was a busy day today. I had to go to work which wasn’t so bad and we closed up early. It’s one of those things that you never think about but then Wendy shows up and the day is done early which is nice. Lots of coffee made the day go by faster.
Wendy was off work today so she hung out with Mark and Oliver until Mark had to go to work. Wendy and Oliver took Marley to the Pierre Radisson Dog Park a few times in an effort to tire her out. After much running and playing, she still wanted to go back again as we all were ready to call it a night. She is a dog with a strong internal clock.
When it was time to leave work, Wendy picked me up and we had two pizzas from Swan Pizza ordered and set to arrive at 6:00 p.m. While Mark and Oliver wanted to open presents right away, we ate first, poured some coffee and opened the gifts around 7:30 p.m.
Once that was done, we opened out our Christmas stockings which had all of the usual fair of new socks, deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste along with some candies and treats for everyone.
We exchanged gifts after that.
Wendy and I gave Mark a new Head snowboard and bindings. That kind of blew him away but he was understandably thrilled and excited.
Oliver gave his brother some good snowboard boots so he is ready to hit the slopes.
Marley gave him some Ryder sunglasses and a thing to keep them on his face when he wipes out while snowboarding. There were some good gloves in there as well.
Hutch gave him a red GSI Outdoors Java commuter mug. Making good coffee was a struggle last summer and with Wendy, Mark, and I all having one, this should make some adventures this summer start out much better.
To go along with the book, I got Mark a large duffle bag which is perfect for travel.
Wendy and I have him a Acer Iconia 7 tablet. He was pretty excited since all he wants to do is text Wendy, Mark and myself. We set up Google Hangouts on our phones and he had a blast messaging us all night, even though we were in the same room. Now that he has gone to bed, I am installing the apps that he will need and want. We also got him a 16 gb MicroSD card for it. To make it easier for him to annoy us, we gave him a Bluetooth speaker so he can rock out all night long.
A friend of ours gave Oliver her old snowboard which meant that we just had to get him some boots. A quick trip to Larry’s Skate Exchange and we found some great ones at a remarkably low price which were there under the tree.
Marley gave him a pair of snowboarding goggles and some warm gloves.
Wendy also gave him the new Jedi Academy book which I gave him his own website at olivercooper.org. He’s happy to have a blog at last and I enjoy doing stuff like for him. I am using Blogger to power it which means he can control it and post to it from both the web and the Blogger app.
Santa Claus brought him a Bluetooth speaker and some Wicked Raven headphones. He can play Spotify loudly or quietly. I hope he uses his headphones but I have my doubts.
I gave Wendy a 10.1 inch RCA Android tablet with a keyboard. She was looking for a netbook but in the end she felt a the Android tablet was a better option. She had seen our friend Janice’s Microsoft Surface and loved the form factor. After debating over her options, she decided that an Android version is what she needed.
Mark was aware of what I was going to get her and get her a handcrafted leather case from India.
He also picked up some other things like a stainless steel Samsung USB drive, a micro SD card for extra storage, and Moleskine daytimer and a nice pen.
Oliver went in a different direction and got Wendy a new camping cookset. Not only that be since he already got Wendy a GSI Outdoors Java Press for her birthday, she would need a nice tea kettle for camping, a new 2 litre pot, and a camping frying pan.
Wendy bought me an Acer Iconia 7” Tablet as well. I don’t use a tablet that much but I do use it for consuming information. The size works for me and I think I’ll use it a fair amount. Of course Oliver went nuts as it means that we have the same tablet as each other and Mark. Oliver thought that was incredibly cool.
Mark got me some badass carbon fibre trekking poles. He was with me when I saw them and he decided to pick them up for me. He also gave me a Rode VideoMic Micro for my Olympus OM-D E-M5 II.
Oliver got me a new Swiss Gear backpack. In it I found a pen, notebook, and a knife from Gerber. I have written about our travel bags that are already backed and ready to go before, he just figured I needed an upgrade as my backpack was showing some age.
Santa Claus realized the household had transitioned from Apple OSX and iOS to Android/PC and so the old guy gave me a Google Chromecast to replace my Apple TV.
Marley gave me a Philips Multipurpose Grooming Kit. Apparently it was a hint to keep the goatee a little tighter trimmed. Fair enough.
After the gifts were open, Wendy served up Sex in a Pan for dessert. The boys devoured all of that and now Oliver is off to bed and I am installing apps from the Google Play store for Oliver and Wendy. I may need more bandwidth.