Well, I had a very ... varied holiday this year. Some of it was amazing, some of it not so much, but all in all, I survived, sometimes just barely.
I spent most of the last week or two at my girlfriend's house hanging out with her and the kids. We did Christmas morning together, and it was awesome. Her big present from me was a New 3DS, which she actually opened about a month early. I'd already wrapped it, and it was under the tree one day when we were sitting around, and she was about to buy one for herself. I was like, "No, you can't buy one of those." And she laughed because she thought it was a joke, and I said, "No, seriously, you can't." And she looked over and figured out what it was I'd gotten her. So, since she already knew, and she had a use for it straight away, I told her to go ahead and open it. She got a lot of use out of it in the month in between. So I guess that worked out. Of course, I got her a few smaller presents as well. It wouldn't do to have her with nothing to open from me on Christmas. For one, I got her an Agent Carter Pop figure:
Also, Ocarina of Time for her 3DS (she loves Zelda but has never played Ocarina of Time; so it seemed like something she needed to have) and some Doctor Who earrings.
One of the kids got a mystery box full of random toys I'd picked up at Wizard World Comic Con. The box was a big Mario question mark box, which was half the fun of the present. For the other one, I got a 30 inch Appa plush, because we've recently been watching Avatar The Last Airbender with them. That went over pretty well:
That's Kairi (in case you were wondering, yes, her mom REALLY loves Kingdom Hearts).
I got a couple of things that I really wanted but had decided were too expensive for me to actually buy myself. I didn't know that was the way she'd go with it, but I am indescribably grateful to her for being so awesome. First, a signed and numbered, leather bound copy of Brandon Sanderson's newly released 10th Anniversary edition of Elantris.
So pretty. Seriously, I don't think I have another book that's printed in this quality.
Then, along the same lines, a double-signed, framed print from Jim Butcher's new Cinder Spires series:
A map of Habble Morning, copper foil embossed on blue felt paper. It's really lovely. I just have to figure out where to hang it now.
So Christmas morning was amazing. We were both happy, and there's nothing like the thrill that kids have opening their presents. It couldn't have been better.
That night was something else. We went to her parents' for dinner and presents. We had to get there at 3 to keep her mom company while making dinner and to help out where she'd allow. Dinner was awesome. It usually is pretty good there. She and I also spent a decent amount of time playing Batman Fluxx (another of my presents), and that was a lot of fun. Everyone's family is weird. So I won't go into any specifics on this one (but, believe me, there are some). Their approach to opening Christmas presents, though, is a bit drawn out. One present at a time is opened, starting with the oldest person present and moving in age order down the line. There were 9 people, and a big room full of presents. We started at like 8 p.m., and we finished somewhere around 11:30. With arguing and family drama to break things up throughout, of course. It was kind of a long night. Especially considering that the kids were getting tired and grumpy long before the end. So I won't say it was an unpleasant evening. It was just a very long one.
The next day, we had tickets to see The Hateful Eight in 70mm in Dallas. So we drove the three hours with a couple of my friends. The movie was good, not my favorite Tarantino movie, but a solid film. I liked it. The theater, which boasts about their huge screens, especially their XD theater, seems to have chosen the smallest screen they had to show this film. So I'm not sure it really did justice to the 70mm, but I got a cool souvenir program out of the deal.
As we left the theater, our phones began screaming with tornado warnings. West Texas and the panhandle were getting hit by a blizzard, Dallas got tornadoes. We avoided those, though we did discover that on our drive back, we went through some areas that got hit by tornadoes a mere 10-20 minutes after we passed. The entire way through the Metroplex was sheeting down rain, though, to the point where I couldn't see anything but the lights of the car in front of me at times, and the winds were high, trying to knock me off the road. It was a bit nerve-wracking, I can tell you. We did make it back in one piece, though. I thought that was the worst I'd see for a while. Turns out, not so much.
She lives about 15 minutes (on the interstate) away from Abilene, where I live. Sunday we had to drive into town. We'd heard some winter weather warnings, but for the first 5-10 minutes, it was all fine. It looked like a lot of people worrying about nothing. Then, like someone had hit a switch, we hit the sleet. Frozen rain coming down so thick that we couldn't see very far, and, considerably worse, there was suddenly a quarter inch of it built up on the road. We start sliding and nearly go under the 18 wheeler flying along the interstate beside us, but I managed to get it under control, or at least sliding in a slightly different direction, until we've coasted from like 70 mph to 25, when the car finally starts doing exactly what I tell it to again. So that was fun times, and for the last couple of days I've been working from home because I don't particularly want to mess with the ice and snow that are still out there.
So, like I said at the start, it's been a varied holiday season for me, but you take the good with the bad, yeah? I also got her Lego Dimensions, which we've just started playing, and so far it's pretty entertaining. So is Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare, which she got me. I also got Star Wars Battlefront for my PS4, which I haven't had a chance to try yet, but I plan to. So if anyone else has it, let me know, (looking @jedipoet ). I assume it's more fun with people you know.
What was everyone else's holiday like?