Santa Claus may be coming to town, but Hubby and I will be leaving on Saturday to visit my mom and grandparents for a week - not that anyone will notice by my lack of posting, since I've been so - what's the opposite of prolific? - lately.
Christmas, already? I'm serious. Wasn't it just October, like, yesterday? Good grief.
Hubby and I went to the movies this past Saturday to see The Chronicles of Narnia - fabulous movie. If we hadn't had free passes, it still would have been worth the $18. Movie tickets are getting inordinately expensive these days, especially with the excrement Hollywood continues to churn out in the name of entertainment. But Narnia - oh, man. For one thing, the cinematography was gorgeous. Oscar-worthy. We saw a "making of" special a few weeks ago and knew how they did some of the special effects and even then it was mightily impressive. What was also impressive was how closely Disney stuck to the book, with only minor changes that made no significant difference. I'm soooo hoping that they will continue with the series - if not to The Last Battle (which would be very interesting on screen), at least to The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
'Round this time of year, complete strangers making small talk tend to ask if you're ready for Christmas yet. Riiiight. Like some restaurant hostess I've never seen before cares that I haven't bought anything yet and am completely out of good ideas for most of my friends and family members.
Poor Hubby-head - I came up with a good idea for his birthday, and then started dropping not-so-subtle hint bombs about what I wanted for Christmas... But I've been listening carefully to what he says trying to come up with a fabulous Christmas present (fabulous, but still affordable, says she) and the thing I most wanted to do for him is not possible to accomplish. He already knows this part so it's not like I'm giving anything away. What I really wanted to do was upgrade our laptop's memory and video card so it would work better for the graphics-intensive stuff he likes to do. Unfortunately, Dell does not do video card upgrades on their laptops, and if we have it done elsewhere they will no longer support it. And I don't know how useful just the RAM upgrade will be... so now I'm really searching for other ideas. I think I just got one yesterday, but it's only quasi-fabulous, and less than I'd planned to spend, so I'm open for suggestions.
Let's talk about our Christmas wishes, while we're at it. I asked Hubby for an iPod Nano plus accessories. Other than that, there's not a whole lot I'm wishing for. I already received some checks to deposit in the bank, which will buy me the new shoes I want-slash-need and then some... I have an abundance of reading material right now (the To Be Read pile continues to grow, between my PaperBackSwap acquisitions and the books Mom-in-law gifted us with when we were there for Thanksgiving)... There are a few DVD's I would like to own, but we rarely watch movies any more...
What I could really use is the organization fairies to come and help me de-clutter and organize my house, especially my upstairs bedroom. Barring that, I could use a couple of consecutive weeks off work in which I'm not traveling - time to get the R&R out of my system and then get down to serious FlyLady action. I have enough vacation time available to me, but my supervisor would balk at letting me take it in a big chunk like that, especially because I'm not planning a trip or anything to "justify" it. Hey, it's my vacation time, why does it matter whether I'll be going somewhere or sitting at home in my PJ's playing video games or doing spring cleaning? My supervisor is a traveller, though, and it would make a difference to her. She never takes vacation unless she's going somewhere, usually only a day or two at a time to make it a long weekend. She's also very much a career person - I'm not. She couldn't fathom why I would need to take a solid 2 weeks off and not go anywhere.
Ahh, whatever. It will all work out eventually, whether or not it's as soon as I would like. In the meantime, I know I'm getting what I wanted for Christmas. How about you? What did you ask for? And do you know what you're getting?