Wednesday, December 27, 2006

It was good, thanks. And yours?

That's the answer to the question of the day. My Christmas was fine, actually. Not earth-shatteringly, life-changingly wonderful, but perfectly pleasant. The weather cooperated (sorry for all you folks who were wanting white, but the sunny blue sky was festive enough for me), nice gifts were exchanged, good food was eaten, there was pumpkin pie, A Christmas Story was watched, Indian food was eaten on Christmas Eve...what more could you ask for?

Do you want a list of gifts received? You do? Okay, then.

Purchased for myself with a bit of my (bigger than usual) Christmas bonus: a small pair of diamond stud earrings, white gold, princess cut. I have four holes in each ear; I wear small studs in the top three. I already had little round diamonds for the top hole on each side, and I decided I wanted a differently shaped pair for the next lower holes when I saw that they were on a tremendous "doorbuster" sale until noon, and it was then 11:35. I had no choice, really, did I? (Note: I wear small studs in all the upper holes NOW, but back in the day, I used to wear a different dangly earring, some quite long, in each hole. There were also a lot of shoulder pads and granny boots involved in my "look" at the time. And very loud eye shadow colors. I was very cool. Shut up--I was. It was the 80s!)

Purchased for myself with the gift card given to me by the company owner: a cool brushed silver and copper bracelet, and a small pair of brushed silver earrings. Very pretty. (But fie on "sounds like Millards" for not having a post-Christmas jewelry sale. I paid full price, which I try NEVER to do.)

Gifts from family:

"I Like You: Entertaining Under the Influence" by Amy Sedaris. This was tops on my wish list, and while I'm only a few pages in, I can tell you it is hilarious. She's crazy, that Amy, in the most delightful way.

DVDs of "Best in Show," "Waiting for Guffman," and "A Mighty Wind." All of which I have seen numerous times, of course, but I plan to watch them numerous more times, and now don't have to depend on the programming caprices of my local cable company for my mockumentary needs.

Clothes. Pants, shirts, jacket. Black, white, purple, red. My mother, she knows my preferred color palette.

A gift box set of Sarah Jessica Parker's "Lovely." Which does smell lovely. I'm not always instantly drawn to celebrity fragrances, but for some reason, Sarah Jessica Parker seems to me like she would smell good. (Carrie Bradshaw, on the other hand, seems like she would smell like stale smoke and hangover.) So I gave it a sniff in the perfume aisle the other day, liked it, put it on my Christmas list. I have not ever, and will NEVER, let my nose anywhere near any fragrance having any connection to Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Jennifer Lopez or Celine Dion. I have my sniffing standards. (Really, why would anyone in the world CHOOSE to smell like Paris Hilton? That stench can't be good.)

A lovely little silver embroidered silk wallet.

A tiger's-eye and silver necklace and earring set. Very pretty. (Yes, I'm a jewelry whore. I get it from my mother. We loves the sparkly.)

And a little gift bag full of all the cosmetic items my Avon Lady mother generally provides for me.

Pretty nice haul. Nothing that needs to be returned or exchanged, even if I were the sort of person to do that, which I'm generally not.

My sometimes cantankerous car made the trip home and back with no crankiness--always a blessing.

I had the day after Christmas off, which I usually don't.

So, all in all, no complaints! It was as pleasant a Christmas as I've had in a while. I hope that each and every one of you had a happy and joyous day with your own family/friends.

What'd you get?


guinness girl said...

Ooh! Sounds lovely! I made out like a bandit, too - fantastico!


chickadee said...

Those earrings and the Amy Sedaris book sound particularly delightful! My best gift was a heated eyelash curler! :D

metalia said...

I totally want that Amy Sedaris book; I keep meaning to check out the reviews online, but, as with many things, I forgot. Glad to hear you think it's good so far :)

-R- said...

Your presents sound great. Among other things, I got gift certificates to Barnes & Noble and to a local furniture store. I can't wait to spend them!

Sparkling Cipher said...

The earrings sound lovely. I love princess cut. And you know I love sparkly. "Jewelry whore" - is that supposed to be a bad thing? I don't see how. Doesn't everyone love the pretties?

I got dishes. Not glamorous, I know, but they are sooo much nicer than my old set.

lizgwiz said...

GG, glad you did well, too! And you got the best gift of all--your sis.

chickadee, I didn't even know they made such a thing. I must confess, eyelash curlers scare me a little. I should get over that. And Amy's book continues to make me giggle, page by page. Check it out.

metalia, see above re: Amy's book. You've got to get it. The pictures, the drawings, the recipes...too much fun.

-r-, sounds like some good shopping to come. New furniture--nice!

Sparkling Cipher, I guess some of us love the sparklies more than others. I think my father, in particular, is a little tired of wandering around the mall aimlessly while my mother and I gawk at all the jewelry counter baubles. Hee. New dishes sound great--it's more fun to eat off pretty dishes!

Jasclo said...

I got that Amy Sedaris book too. Thanks to Nabbalicious. It's very funny. Plus now I have to get a party journal. HAVE TO!

lizgwiz said...

Jasclo, I know! It makes me want to throw parties just to have the 25-cent sale table.