Another Christmas in the books…

…and what a Christmas it was! Still no sign of SproutCroft turning up. Though between the Braxton-Hicks and real deal contractions things have certainly been interesting around here the last few weeks. On the upside my doctor pulled me out of work to rest and “let things happen”. Downside of this is I am so freaking bored and almost caught up on Law and Order: SVU.

Pretty sweet I know.
Pretty sweet I know.

But to back to Christmas! Last weekend my folks came out to celebrate with the mister and I as I am at the super uncomfortable stage of pregnancy. Plus driving more than 15 minutes away is a really not something I can do at the moment. So the folks came out and gave the hubs and I awesome Christmas gifts….a new Keurig and two mugs that fit us perfectly (pilot related for hubs and Sherlock related for me. In short we now have the most perfect caffeination station on the planet…er in our house. I still drink tea…but several new mom friends and family members have told me I’m going to want my first cup of the day to be coffee…strong coffee.

The rest of the week leading up to Christmas was spent wrapping last minute gifts and more relaxing. Honestly that’s all I have the energy for at this stage of the game. Christmas Eve the mister and I stayed in and enjoyed Chinese food and the Holiday classic Die Hard like you do. (Hey it totally takes place at Christmas – fight me) I then went to bed because I knew I’d be up between either 2 and 4 or up for the day at 5:30. Sadly I was up between 2 and 4… I woke again around 5:45 and crashed down on the couch with our cats until 7-ish and was then up for the day.

So I enjoyed a cup of coffee, snuggles with the cats and waited for the mister to wake so we could have Christmas morning gift opening. Finally around 9:30 he wandered downstairs (thanks asshole dogs next door) and we got to gift exchanging. I have to say the mister certainly knows me!

Murder Husbands, Shakespeare, musicals, and tea things oh my!
Murder Husbands, Shakespeare, musicals, and tea things oh my!
"My name is Alexander Hamilton..."
“My name is Alexander Hamilton…”

Yup it is safe to say that he is in fact a keeper! We then enjoyed breakfast and goofing around with our new things until his folks came by to celebrate Christmas with us and have dinner. Mommy got a new Kindle that I really hope I have time to use once Mr. Man arrives, we’ll see. After they had headed home the mister and I played his new game Exploding Kittens (NSFW edition). Let me tell you, if you don’t own this game and are a bit of a horrible person you should totally pick this one up (Amazon has both editions). It’s a quick game and loads of fun.

I then figured I should go to bed in preparation for my 2am wake-up for no reason call. Which happened because I found I was SUPER hungry. So I attacked a piece of pumpkin pie and a leftover egg roll like you do at 2am and went back to bed until close to 7 (a Boxing Day miracle). After enjoying a cup of coffee I felt the strange urge to clean my tea/coffee cabinet as well as my desk….nesting anyone? Plans for the rest of the day? Kill off the rest of the pumpkin pie for breakfast and go for a walk around the neighborhood with the mister (gotta help this kid along right).

How was your Christmas? Did you survive? Get some great gifts? Let me know in the comments!

A Very Nerdy Christmas

Happy holidays all!  I know I promised a lot of posts while I was free from work.  But time with family and friends got in the way, as it should.  So here it is Sunday and I’m just sitting down to write.  Hey, at least I’m writing!

As far as Christmas gift giving/receiving goes the mister and I made out like bandits.  For him that included a whole lot of books (3) by Neil Gaiman, two volumes of Supernormal Step, a card game, new pj’s, and some brain teaser puzzles to name all the things I can recall getting him…he loved it all of course.  Thought he claims one of the puzzle things I got him “haunts his dreams”, so I win there.

He got me some VERY nerdy things as did my momma.  They know me so well.  Let’s start with the book…

Yes!!
Yes!!

The mister challenged me that “If you can kind where I hid your gifts in under 2 minutes, you can open one”.  Well, naturally the challenge was accepted.  I should also mention it took me under a minute to find them.  The above gift is one I chose to open.  I haven’t started it yet, but several folks on Twitter and friends who stopped over said it was awesome.  Looking forward to cracking into that one very soon.

Next up…

My spirit animal.
My spirit animal.

Why yes, that is a plush Maleficent in dragon form!  When we went to Disney World in September you could not find one damn thing with her on it…sure I did find that pin, but that was it.  So when I found this on Amazon I added it to my list as a wishful thinking sort of thing.  Color me very surprised when she turned up at Christmas!  And yes, I have snuggled with her every night since.

In our house we always give pj’s on Christmas Eve.  This year was no different.

They are so fluffy!
They are so fluffy!

You can see the mister’s pj’s in this one.  But take a look at mine and you can tell that he did indeed pick these out himself.  They don’t match at all.  I don’t care that they don’t because it’s very obvious that he selected them for me.  I also would like to point out those pants have Minnie all over them!!

I also scored some sweet bath products from my new favorite store.  LUSH cosmetics.  A few bath bombs and some bath wash I cannot wait to sink into. The only problem is I’m sure I shall want to order more (ahem, there are also some items sitting in my online shopping cart right now).  I have no shame in this at all.  They make great products and would suggest trying them out.

There was one more gift I’m waiting on, because someone in the house is a late shopper…

Did someone say marathon?
Did someone say marathon?

I have wanted this series on DVD for as long as it has been on DVD! (FYI Amazon has 13 left in stock)  And soon it shall be mine!!  I am beyond excited.  After all Jeremy Brett was my first Sherlock Holmes.  While Benedict Cumberbatch does a great job, well…you never forget your first do you?  I just wish my pop could be here to watch it with me as that was our thing.  That and he did introduce me to Sherlock Holmes.

The husband also gifted me with a Pandora charm in pink (sort of fitting in my love of Sherlock things – see A Study in Pink).  Plus so tasty booze nips in my stocking.

As for my parents?  Well, from my mom there was the usual small tokens from Avon.  But I don’t mind.  I like that she gives us little things like that. This year I got a little flashlight for my key ring and a purse holder thing.  You know when your out and can’t find a hook or chair to put your purse on?  Not to worry you can use this thing to make an instant hook on your table.  It’s a clever idea.

But it gets better…

The two on the ends are from my parents and niece.
The two on the ends are from my parents and niece.

That’s right (sorry they are upside down…they were drying) I now have a TARDIS mug to go with my TARDIS tea pot!  It is super nice and does come with a lid.  On the other end you see a Maleficent tea mug!  Do they know me or what?!  The mug in the middle is also pretty awesome from my sister and her mister.  It happens to be a really nice travel mug from Starbucks with a lid. I think I’ll be taking that to work with me.  I’m notorious for knocking over my cup of whatever at work.  This mug is mighty sturdy AND has a lid.  So my desk might just be spared.  My brother and his girlfriend gave me a gift card to a local department store that I’m looking forward to using.

My in-laws gave me something I’ve been needing for a long time…new luggage.  Perfect for all of my nerdy travels coming up in 2015.  I first opened this…

Carry-on bag
Carry-on bag

I opened this first and was wondering what the hell kind of handbag it was?  I then heard my mother-in-law say that it was gift one.  I was more confused until…

Another carry on...
Another carry on…

and then…

The monster bag for all your cosplay needs...if you cosplay or you know travel for a week or more.
The monster bag for all your cosplay needs…if you cosplay or you know travel for a week or more.

Well, now it all made sense.  I do like it.  Also it is SO light!  I’m looking forward to breaking them in when I travel to 221b Con in April and again for GridlockDC in August!  I’m really hoping to give the whole set a trans-atlantic christening to London this fall (fingers crossed).

Before you ask, all my gifts were amazing and I honestly can’t pick a favorite gift.  Because everyone got me things that they knew meant a lot to me and that’s what matters to me….not the cost, but the thought everyone put in.

I hope Santa was good to all of you this year.  Feel free to tell me all about your favorite gifts in the comments.