You may have noticed the relative quiet over the past few weeks from me and for that I apologize. I like keeping my blog updated, I feel that it keeps me in the habit of writing on a regular basis which I think is helpful. The reason for my absence however has largely been due to the fact that I had my daughter, and I hate to say it but when you aren’t used to having kids, they just wear you right out. It has been a trying couple of weeks with her, with its fair share of ups and downs. But over this time, I feel that we were able to get out and do a couple of interesting summer vacationy type things so I figured I would write about them a little.
As is the usual case with my family and me, I did not get all my presents until New Years. Which IMHO is overall a better gift giving time anyway. Combine two holidays in one, avoid shopping rush and get shopping discounts. What could be better? At any rate, it was a fairly decent year for presents. I think it was strongest from my best friend and mother, and weakest from my sister (which is to be expected really).
I went to the Brookfield Zoo last weekend. We basically decided that we wanted to do something special with my daughter since we had her for a big trip this summer and we wanted her to have some memorable moments to go into the school year with. We were getting kind of tired of our local zoo (which is good but we’ve already gone 3 times this year) and thought that this might be a great change of pace.
If you were wondering where I have been over the last few days, I went on my yearly retreat up to my mother’s cottage. This year was a little different as I went up with my daughter and thus we had to entertain a young one which is difficult in a rustic setting. Still, I think we all had a lot of fun. Lots of swimming occurred, we went to a couple local restaurants, my roommate went kayaking down the river, we had a ton of s’mores around the campfire (not to mention grilled cheese & hotdogs), and pie at a really great pie place.
Read more “My Summer Vacation”
My mom called me this morning and left a message on my voice mail to tell me that my brother’s wife had her baby this morning and all was well. But what really caught my interest was in the end of the message when she made the statement that “you’re an uncle again!” Read more “Brother had his baby”
With the commotion over the website move and the dismemberment of my raiding guild I nearly neglected to give an update on my presents from X-mas this year.
So from my friend I got Battlestar Gallactica season 1, a Battlestart Gallactica Calendar, and a Nstromo N52 Speedpad. None of this was really a surprise as I asked for them, my friend isn’t that great at figuring out what I want for some reason so this is what she does… the Nostromo has been pretty good thus far. Much of my time with it has been getting used to the finger presses and setting it up to work with my healing routine. I still haven’t set up all the buttons but I got a fair amount in. From her family I got a best buy gift card and a Dragon Calendar (her family has this weird calendar gift fetish, I think it is because they were all poor and this was a personalized present they could get each other that they could use <shrug>).
My sister’s family gave me a new Wii carrying case which was actually pretty good for them. I have been needing a case to carry it in and was eyeing some, it isn’t probably what I would have chose (given that it is small and carries only 2 remotes), but it was a good gift none the less.
My mom gave me a big gift card and a copy of the new monopoly with the credit cards (version #3 not including junior for me!!!!), and then she also made a photo album with the family history in it for me which was a fairly nice gesture I thought.
My brother sent me a food pack with all sorts of treats and a candle holder, as well as a donation in my name to some African fund (yeah they are those type of people which honestly I don’t mind so much but it is kinda sad cause now they just buy the same thing for everyone they know and I feel like they have lost touch).
I feel that I got more, but I can’t remember anything else honestly. I know for my graduation I generally got cash and gift cards as well, which is leaving me with quite a nice sum that I could buy something nice with if I wanted, though I don’t know if this is what I should do.
Overall, it was an ok christmas… I still would rather do without the gift giving in general but I do think everyone would get overly pissed off if I stopped giving them presents which sucks.