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[Times] Merry Holidays 2009

Well, I'm relaxing back at my apartment after five days spent with my family for Christmas celebration. Tomorrow marks the return to normality and to work, and I assure you I'm not looking forward to it. But you've gotta do what you've gotta do.

Now, it's traditional in this journal for me to list off my yearly haul. So without further ado, here we go. The gifts I was given, as well as a few things I bought with money or gift cards given to me.


  • $125 (from Grandma Caron)
  • $318 (from Mom and Dad)
  • $40 (from Kipp)
  • $70 at (from Mom and Dad)
  • $15 at Barnes & Noble (from my aunt and her family)
Video Games
  • Metroid Prime Trilogy, my number one desired game. I loved the original Metroid Prime, but never got a chance to play 2 or 3, so now's my chance! After I replay 1, of course. The improved Wii controls are absolutely great.
  • A Boy and His Blob. I've only played a couple levels so far, but it's just plain adorable. The controls in this one will take a bit of getting used to, though.
  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii. So far, it's a fun platformer, and I think it controls better than New Super Mario Bros. DS did. Still wish they'd let you save anywhere, but the quicksave is okay enough.
  • de Blob, which I picked up on a whim at Best Buy and am glad I did. It's a lot of fun, and the interface is really good. You roll around a black-and-white city splattering colorful paint all over it. Even better than it sounds.
  • Wii Sports Resort. I wasn't sure how much fun this would be, but the family and I ended up playing it all weekend. It probably won't see much play when I'm alone here at the apartment, but it'll be great on the rare occasion when people visit.
  • Wii Fit Plus & balance board. I could do with a bit more exercise in my life, and I think this'll be a good way to ease into it.
  • Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, which has not left my DS since I got it. I'm already three dungeons in and loving it. They fixed nearly everything I didn't like about Phantom Hourglass, and this game's version of Princess Zelda is great.
  • Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box. Frustrating as some of the puzzles could be, I loved the first in the series, so of course I had to ask for number two.
  • The Legendary Starfy. I dunno, I read somewhere that it was fun, so I picked it up on impulse.
  • The Pocket Reference. A tiny little book packed full of possibly useful information. What could be wrong with that?
  • A book of Hidato puzzles. I started playing these in the newspapers a coworker used to leave in the break room at work, and I got pretty good at them.
  • Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. Mom recommends this book pretty highly, and it sounds really interesting.
  • Dynamic Figure Drawing, by Burne Hogarth. From everything I've heard, this is a classic, and I don't know why I never added it to my library before now.
  • Drawing & Painting Fantasy Landscapes & Cityscapes. Even if I don't learn anything from this book, the illustrations are so gorgeous as to be well worth the price.
  • How to Make Webcomics. The insights from four cartoonists I follow are sure to be interesting.
  • The Art of ReBoot. Boy, does this bring back memories...
  • A Kodak Zi8 pocket video camera, with a 16GB SD card, extra battery, and carrying case. See, I've recently been watching a lot of the videos on That Guy With The, and I was thinking it might be fun to make video reviews like some of theirs. (As a side note, I was amused to find that Graham Stark of LoadingReadyRun, which I've also been following lately, got the same model of camera this Christmas too. It must be a worthwhile model if someone as experienced with video as him is happy about it.)
  • A Gorillapod tripod for the video camera. I got the SLR version, which seems to be a good size. It's even got a level built into it. How cool is that?
  • A set of speakers for my new TV. I picked up a new LCD TV pretty cheap on Black Friday (through an online deal; no way was I leaving the house), but the built-in speakers are terrible. So I grabbed a pair of cheap computer speakers at Best Buy and plugged them into it. Seems to work just fine.
  • The Animusic 2 DVD/CD set. I've long been a fan of their first set of videos, but never had a chance to see the second set before now.
  • A 2010 calendar featuring pictures of interesting weather. Mom got it for herself, but the squares are all filled halfway with weather facts, and she needs the whole square to write reminders in. Good thing I got her a calendar with emptier squares, isn't it?
  • Four nice new white T-shirts, which should be perfect for wearing to work or under my customary Hawaiian shirts.

Aaaaand I can't think of a good closing line, so... good night.

Tags: [times], life: gifts, people: family, times: christmas, topics: gaming
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