Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Boxing Day: The Aftermath

No, I did NOT go out and hit the post-Christmas sales! I was quite thoroughly worn out from such a long musical program on Saturday and not too much chance to rest on Sunday, so I spent most of Monday hibernating. Ah, hibernating! I only ventured out to get some dinner and check my mail, and that was plenty good enough for me.

I did get my new TV hooked up: my family all joined in together and got me a nice 20-inch flat screen TV to replace the little 13-inch TV/VCR combo I'd had since my freshman year of college. And I hooked it, the cable, the VCR, and the DVD player up without the first glance at the instructions-- and they all worked on the first try! Technology, I vanquish thee!

My brother, for some strange reason, loved his Christmas Armadillo. Why? I don't know! I just can't figure that lad out. And my mama loved her truly strange ornament of a scuba diving Santa riding on seahorse-back. I was hoping my brother would have at least a hint of indignity about the armadillo, after he got Tirithien and me matching badgers. Eeek! And from the tag on my badgers, I discovered that real badgers weigh about 22 pounds; if I'd known they were that big when the unseen badger chased us out of the woods last summer, I'd probably have fainted dead away! But the badgers my brother gave us are really very cute. I named mine Belshazzar, after one of the kings of Babylon when the Israelites all were imprisoned there. No real reason; I just thought Belshazzar Badger was a very cool name.

Meanwhile, Tirithien loved the gift I gave him: a Scottish knife, a sgian dubh, with his clan's crest on it. (The internet is a wonderful shopping tool!) And I truly love the gift he made for me. Out of a block of oak wood, he carved for me a chalice, something like unto how the Holy Grail may have looked. We are both history buffs and very interested in the Grail legends, so this was a VERY cool gift!

And today I am back at work. Hardly anyone is here; the company is only open three days this week. I am doing mundane secretarial tasks for a boss who isn't even here! Argh. Oh well. At least it's not as bad as the stretch between Christmas and New Year's last year. Last year during the long weekend, a rat got into the building, nibbled some wires, and fried itself. The smell when we came back in was.... interesting, to say the least. *shudders at memory* This year everything smells fine, which makes work a much more tolerable place to be!


naive-no-more said...

What a wonderful gift! It sounds like you had a great Christmas and for that, I am happy. Tell Tirithien good job on the gift.

Tirithien said...

You just did. :-p

naive-no-more said...

When you wrote about hooking your tv up correctly the first try, I was reminded of my frustrating attempts a few weeks ago when we purchased a new tv.

I had to hook up a receiver, a dvd player, a vcr, a satelite system and a surround sound home theater. It took forever and when I turned everything on....
*long pause for dramatic effect

I retraced all the wires, pushing them harder into their receptacles, knowing in my heart that they were tight to begin with.

Rehooked everything and still nothing. My technologically challenged husband waltzes downstairs and pushes one tiny button on the new tv's controller labeled video and voila, it's all working.

I would have liked to shove that controller....all right, this is a family show, you know where. I also would have felt better if you'd had just a little difficulty in hooking up your system. Pththt!

Bainwen Gilrana said...

It's from practice. For years and years I was the only one in my family who knew how to hook up ANYTHING. Finally when I went away to college they had to learn how to do it on their own. Although I did still usually have to get the VCR clock to stop blinking "12:00" every vacation I was home!

naneth said...

Ah, yes, that reminds me, Bainwen...I cannot set the clock on the cable or the computer to the correct time!!!

Help?! ;O)

Bainwen Gilrana said...

*runs and hides*

*yells from hiding*

Have Baby Brother do it! That's why you had two kids!

clew said...

Techno-impaired here too. But there is hope for the hopeless. I actually taught myself how to get my new photo printer to pull images from my laptop.

I feel so empowered.

Your chalice sounds so awesome. :)

Bainwen Gilrana said...

I'll try to borrow my mom's camera so I can post a chalice picture soon. And a badger picture too, for that matter. Just for fun.

Tirithien said...

It turned out better than I expected, my kola. Glad you like. :D

Bougie Black Boy said...

a christmas armadillo? a real one? are you serious?

Bainwen Gilrana said...

OMG, no, it's not real!!!!!!!! Wow, I know you didn't mean to, but you just gave me exactly the laugh I needed today, imagining my brother opening a kennel or something with a real armadillo in it! No, it's just a little ornament shaped like an armadillo wearing a Santa hat!