Thursday, December 28, 2006

Let's Discuss Loot!

Ok, so you know you wanna. You know that there's a Toys 'R Us kid inside each and everyone of us, and when the holiday times comes around, that little kid pops up and goes: "Presents? I'm going to get presents?! Yippee!" It doesn't matter whether you're 2 years old or 82 years old--presents are presents, and they rock!

So on that vein, I'm going to briefly detail what I've gotten for Hanukkah and Christmas. And once you read my list, I want to hear what all of YOU received. It's time to discuss the loot, people, so let your Toys 'R Us kid out to play! =)

What I got for both holidays includes: a nice jewelry box, a suede brown purse, two books, cash from my parents, earrings made out of Botswana agate, nice soaps and body lotions and stuff, chocolate (yum!), additional chocolate in the form of gelt, Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas on DVD (I love this! It has out-takes!), a lovely Starbucks gift card for my hot cocoa needs, a wonderfully disturbing calendar with cartoons of animals, and two housewarming owls that were hand-made by my friend from high school, Peihan. They stand guard downstairs, preventing all bad influences and such. =) I'm still owed miscellaneous gifts from my brother, who wasn't home during Hanukkah itself, and my wonderful client JJA has told me that I'm getting a gift in the mail. Yay for thoughtful clients who almost blow their houses up! =) Oh and a completely unexpected autograph from Ray Bradbury, which I am going to frame and hang in my office. THAT was neat.

It's your turn now, dear LIT SOUP readers! Spill it! What awesome stuff did you get for the holidays? =)

19 comments:

December Quinn said...

I just got books. We had a small Xmas this year. But I'm happy with the books! I got Lisey's Story, and the new Maeve Binchy, a couple of mysteries, The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins which I've always wanted to read, and a couple of new urban fantasies I had to order from Amazon because they're pretty much unavailable over here.

But now the sales have started...so I may get myself some new bits with money my parents sent me.

John Joseph said...

It wasn't *me*--it was *Sears* that almost blew up my house.

Jenny Rappaport said...

But it sounds so much more interesting if I say it's you, John. =)

Don said...

I'm out of the country for Christmas, so most of my presents won't be seen until Sunday, but my wife did give me the watch Harold Crick wore in Stranger than Fiction (well, not that actual watch, but a watch of that model... alas, the alarm was much louder in the movie than in real life: I never hear it while asleep).

Erin said...

The coolest thing I got this year was an antique Tuareg cross with very old samburu beads. I got really into Tuareg jewelry (much of which features agate, incidentally) when I was travelling in west Africa, and besides -- anything made out of solid silver is never going awry with me.

Jordan Summers said...

I scored big time on movies this year. For some reason, my family hates to give me book related items. :-O I also ended up with a home version of the Dance, Dance Revolution machine and a new computer. Pretty nifty, I think. :)

Richard White said...

My lovely wife got me a Sony Vaio UX-280P palmtop computer for going to conventions and such. GREAT for travelling and putting the slideshows I do at panels on it. I also got a 160GB External hard drive to back up all the music files and pictures we have taking up space on our laptops, a great book filled with pictures from Hubble, Cassini, Voyager, etc. (I'm a space geek), some music (primarily Mediaeval Babes and Keiko Matsui to write to), and some misc. stuff. Definitely a hi-tech Christmas this year.

Tess said...

Lots of books, a cool puzzle, knitting accessories, chocolate (yum) and a gorgeous bracelet from my dh :-)

Ben Parris said...

For a very small family I did well--books, video and concert DVD's, and best of all, a box set of Veronica Mars first season.

It's cool that you're at peace with getting cash from your parents. I wish I were. To me, it's the gift that says either I don't know you very well or you weren't worth shopping for. It's not that I want someone to pick out clothing for me. The last time that happened, I got a scarf made for the half grown son of a Keebler elf. Why would someone think of getting that for the larger-than-average person that I am? Does my sister-in-law want me to choke trying to tie a knot in that wooly stub? Maybe she does.

I was very happy in that other parent realm when my grandmother used to buy me bonds, and my father got me rare coins. Come to think of it, when I was a kid I used to specifically identify what I imagined I needed. They always came across with a bike or a telescope at whatever level they could afford. They're not such bad eggs after all.

kis said...

I got me a Dell notebook (Yowza!), and an electric, cast-iron counter-top grill for those days when it's too windy to barbeque, and a 1.75 liter bottle of Bailey's Irish Cream which is already mostly gone. No books, though. *sigh*

Oh, and my kids were among the 0.003% of Canadian kids lucky enough to get a Nintendo Wii on Christmas, instead of a nice, fancy "IOU 1 Wii" certificate under the tree. I already have tennis elbow from the dang thing.

kis said...

Ben Parris said...


It's cool that you're at peace with getting cash from your parents. I wish I were. To me, it's the gift that says either I don't know you very well or you weren't worth shopping for.

Hah! Try having a mother who three years in a row buys you booze chocolates with a nut allergy alert on the box--even though she knows you have a deadly allergy to nuts. All things considered, I'd rather have cash.

BuffySquirrel said...

Still no pony.

Kelly Swails said...

I also got "Lisey's Story," pajamas, bath goodies, clothes, earrings, and a kitty bookmark. Oh, and I got the first season of "How I Met Your Mother" on DVD. I got money from the mother-in-law and so I'm probably going to buy work-out clothes. I am a happy, happy girl.

Anonymous said...

For Christmas this year, my husband's business went under, leaving us heavily in debt and with only $650, which we got from a minor car accident he was in right after his business went belly-up. I am pregnant with my fourth child (the others are 5,3,and 1), so I was worried about what The Kids would get for Christmas.

And then a mysterious stranger who signed everything "Santa" delivered 2 garbage bags full of wrapped gifts for everyone, including the "Tummy Baby". We received over $350 of gift cards to practical places (like Wal-Mart)anonymously. And someone raced a second Denver blizzard to bring us 2 weeks worth of food.

Then, for me, none of my kids fought, cried, or got hurt for Christmas, and they all let me sleep through the night that night (something that hasn't happened in years).

It was the best "loot" ever.

December Quinn said...

It's cool that you're at peace with getting cash from your parents. I wish I were. To me, it's the gift that says either I don't know you very well or you weren't worth shopping for.

Ah, yes Ben, but to me these days it's the gift that says: We're still in America and you live in England, so rather than pay outrageous shipping costs here's some money.

And before that it was the gift that said: We know you guys don't have a lot of money and may not be able to buy gifts for the kids or afford to pay your electric bill this month, so here's some money and you can pretend you bought yourself something fun instead of just filling the gas tank in the car with it.

Ben S. D. said...

NO!

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Oh, okay. :)

Xbox 360 Premium with Gears of War and a plug 'n play adapter.

Couple CDs and some DVDs

BUNCH of new clothes, including a new dress jacket

Gift cards (always rule)

Two pair new gloves (one soft leather for driving and the other crazy warm for shoveling snow)

Candy, candy, candy

The first pass on my book. :( Oh, I don't mind, Jenny, it's only one! :)

Jenny Rappaport said...

Anonymous, that's a truly lovely Christmas story. I'm so glad that Santa helped you out. =) I'm sending my best "happy new year" vibes to you, so that your 2007 will be full of love, wealth, and happiness.

Ben Parris, December Quinn pretty much was accurate about my feelings about getting cash from my parents. They also got me the purse and the jewelry box (and chocolate gelt), but they gave me the cash because they know it will help pay the bills. =) So I don't mind at all, especially since in the past they've gotten me neat things like a Super Nintendo or an iPod.

Anonymous said...

I got chocolate, books, chocolate, perfume, chocolate (well this IS France), Ice Age II dvd (specially requested, much to my adult children's amusement) and finally, some chocolate. Didn't get the chocolate fountain I'd craved, but there's always next year....

S. W. Vaughn said...

I am uber jealous of your Ray Bradbury autograph.

I got Forever Odd and Brother Odd. Woot! Sadly, I have already finished reading them and now have nothing else to read once more.