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Published on December 25, 2007 By dharmagrl In Misc

Apparently I've been a VERY good girl this year, because Santa left me lots of nice things under the tree,

My husband collaborated with the Man in Red and they got me a Garmin.  It's going to be a huge benefit when I'm doing stuff for hospice; I won't have to rely on Mapquest or google maps to get me around.  The one I got is a portable one too, so I'll be able to carry it in my pocket should I want to wander around town.

My babies got me some perfume and body lotion from the Gap.  It's one of the few scents that smell good on me don't make me break out in a rash.

When I was opening my Garmin, my husband asked me to make sure I checked out the suction cup on it, and as I was digging in the box for it, I saw a red leather ring box in there.  When I looked up at him he was grinning and he told me to open it, so I did......and man, was I ever surprised by what was inside.

He got me a 1 carat, emerald-cut Sapphire set in 14 k white gold and flanked on either side by a little diamond.  I had seen it in the store a couple of months ago and had pointed it out to D the next time we were in the store together.  However, 2 days after that it was missing from the display rack and I honestly thought that someone else had beaten us to the punch because D's not very good at showing initiative like that.  I guess I was wrong this time, wasn't I?  He really came through for me this year - to make up, he says, for all the years that he hasn't been able to be here or hasn't been able to get me what he'd have liked to get me.

What about you, JU?  DId you get what you wanted?  How about anyrhung that you DIDN'T want?


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on Dec 25, 2007
It's been a good year for us, although not in a material sense. All of our money's tied up in moving, and, while we did get a nice Christmas for the kids, we didn't get much for each other.

But I've heard good things about my new boss (as of January 7). Hopefully this will be a promising career move.
on Dec 25, 2007
Happy birthday, K!

I haven't gotten to go upstairs and open presents yet (a tradition in the Chonino household - you can't go upstairs and open anything until a)everyone's up, and b)we've read the Christmas story from the Bible), but I'll report back when I've gotten to.
on Dec 25, 2007
I haven't gotten to go upstairs and open presents yet (a tradition in the Chonino household - you can't go upstairs and open anything until a)everyone's up, and b)we've read the Christmas story from the Bible), but I'll report back when I've gotten to


We open our presents on Christmas Eve so we're all done 'cept for the eating!

Our tradition goes back to when I worked in the group homes. As all of our residents went home with their families for Christmas, it was the one day I knew I would have off at a time when that was a rare occurrence, As a result, we began opening presents on Christmas Eve so I could sleep as late as I wanted Christmas Day.
on Dec 25, 2007

we did get a nice Christmas for the kids, we didn't get much for each other.

That's always been us in the past, but this year Dave decided that he needed to buy me things that I've really wanted for ages.I think it's his way of trying to make up for things that he didn't do on Christmases gone by.....

I haven't gotten to go upstairs and open presents yet (a tradition in the Chonino household - you can't go upstairs and open anything until a)everyone's up, and b)we've read the Christmas story from the Bible), but I'll report back when I've gotten to

We never get to open gifts on Christmas eve; we always wait until the Day itself. Everyone has to be awake, and Dave dishes out the gift one by one so that we all see who for what and from whom.  It's the exact same way that my mum and dad did it wqhen I was a kid....


Our tradition goes back to when I worked in the group homes.

Like I said, mine goes back to my dad and his folks.  Speaking of whom, I sure do miss that ol' buzzard today....

on Dec 26, 2007
I got my wife a Garmin as well, although for her birthday.  That is in a week, so she gets it soon enough.
on Dec 27, 2007
Wow, D, you did well.

This year, Toni got me a new tattoo (yet to come), some great fitted shirts for work (and play), an awesome pair of treble clef cuff links and some badges. She also got us a Zoo Friends pass, which means we can go to a number of different Zoos around Australia as many times as we like for free. I also got a few new graphic novels, some chocolates and a framed photo my brother took many years ago. A good haul this year...
on Dec 27, 2007
I got a digital camera to capture my trip to Spain (with all the accoutrements), as well as a nice journal to keep while I'm there. (It's unlined, so I'm going to make it kind of a hodgepodge of pictures, sketches, writing and stuff pasted in there.) I also got a ton of clothes (because most of my clothes are business stuff from the bank, and frankly, I don't want to rock that in Spain) - so many, in fact, that I should be able to go about 3 weeks without doing laundry, which will be awesome. A bunch of books and DVDs, other little stuff, etc.

Maso - what graphic novels you reading right now?
on Dec 28, 2007

I got my wife a Garmin as well, although for her birthday

I'm SO impressed with it.  I got myself a carrying case for it and have been on the 'net, downloading all kinds of extras onto it.  It's the best gift I ever got, I think!

Wow, D, you did well

I know!  I got exactly what I wanted; D did an awesome job shopping for me.  Now, if I could just return the favor.....he's incredibly difficult to buy for and I never seem to be able to get him what he wants.

This year, Toni got me a new tattoo (yet to come),

What's it going to be of?  Where?

 

an awesome pair of treble clef cuff links

OOh!  Cool!

 

Maso - what graphic novels you reading right now?

I can't speak for Maso, but one of the gifts I got for D was the 7th volume in the 'Walking Dead' series.  Pseudo got me the first volume for my birthday this year, and I got hooked on it.  As did D, and he's ecstatic that I like going to the comic book store with him now!

on Dec 28, 2007
he's ecstatic that I like going to the comic book store with him now!


I used to read comics when I was a kid, and the new Buffy Season 8 comics are what has brought me back in. Thanks to Maso's suggestion, I've gotten into the Sandman series, and then I've just branched out from there. I just got the newest Ex Machina collection, as well as starting to read Y: The Last Man.

Yeah, I'm a nerd.
on Dec 28, 2007
What's it going to be of? Where?


This is a coverup of my very first tattoo, which was done when I was young and not about to argue with the big, bad tattooist, who did a shocking job of interpreting the design I wanted. So the coverup is at the top of my right arm onto my shoulder of the Australian Federation star, a seven-pointed star representing the original seven states of Australia. It is part of the larger Southern Cross piece I intend completing very soon. I will post photos.

Sancho,

what graphic novels you reading right now?


I just finished reading the 'Heros' first series edition, which fills in a lot of the gaps not explained on the show. I'm currently reading Alan Moore's 'League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen', Volume 2. Alan Moore is a brilliant. I can also highly recommend Neil Gaiman's Marvel 1602 or Joss Whedon's Astonishing Xmen series. I've also got Batman: Face The Face and Book One of the Xmen: Dreamers and Demons to read.

I've been meaning to get into Y: The Last Man and the Ex Machina books but it has been a case of so many graphic novels, so few resources. I haven't heard of the 'Walking Dead' series but I like the sound of it.
on Dec 28, 2007
I've been meaning to get into Y: The Last Man and the Ex Machina books


If you get a chance, check them out. Brian Vaughn is one of the best writers in comics right now, as far as I'm concerned. And the fact that he can release each of these titles (almost) monthly as well as work on the Buffy comic (he's been in charge of the Faith story arc of the last four issues) is amazing.
on Dec 29, 2007
the fact that he can release each of these titles (almost) monthly as well as work on the Buffy comic (he's been in charge of the Faith story arc of the last four issues) is amazing


The prodigiousness of some of these guys is nothing short of amazing. But I bet they don't have much of a life. Still, I'm very thankful for the work they do. Now, if I could find an artist, oh the novels we'd put together
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