Thursday, December 29, 2011

Best Presents of 2011

Here we are at the last Tursday of the year. But it's still a Thursday, so that means the new Tib story is up. The last one introduced the Man with No Eyes; this one is titled "The Man with No Eyes." Go check out all the evilness he's up to. Oh, yeah, and Michael, too.

Which brings us back to the last Thursday of the year... It seems that there are a lot of "year in review" type posts going up, so I'm just going to skip that one. There's really nothing I can add to those lists. Well, except for one thing, I published a book. Go buy it.
Oh, well, okay, fine. I also bought a house and got a dog, but, really, I published a book, and you should go buy it. Then, you, too, can be a part of my year.

Everyone is on vacation this week, which hasn't left a lot of time for writing. If I hadn't started this week's Tib story last week, I wouldn't have finished  it for today. All of that to say that I don't have time for normal verbose post today. However, I will leave you with some images of the best presents from Christmas.

It was a mixed blessing where my daugher is concerned. Her favorite present was a sock monkey hat. We've had to return my daughter because of it. Yes, we no longer have the sweet, little girl we used to have. Now, we have:
If you notice the shirt, she sort of had a sock monkey Christmas.

My oldest child is into all sorts of geekery. As he says, "I'm so glad I belong to a family of nerds." Here's his reaction to his favorite present (picked out by me):

And the present:

For those of you that don't know, that's a sonic screwdriver, Dr. Who's "weapon" of choice.

The middle child was in all kinds of paradise. He got enough Legos to occupy two entire days of building. This is the prize in his collection, though:

If you don't know what that is, there's no hope for you. Not even from Obi-Wan Kenobi. His little Lego people were so happy, they through a party:
Yes, that is Santa Yoda you're seeing in there. And a Christmas tree.

Me? I got a jacket. Which I desperately needed. I was very happy to receive it, and my kids loved giving it to me. But for cool factor? I got this:

That makes ice cubes or chocolate bars. I think I'm going to start with Han Solo peppermint bark (no peanut butter, because, for all of his talk, my son still hasn't tried that out).
My wife got earrings, but I have no picture (that I'm allowed to post).

So... I hope you all had a very wonderful holiday. Of whatever variation you observe. Or don't observe.

Have a Happy New Year!!!


  1. The Millennium Falcon in Legos is cool! Yeah, I'm doing my own 'best of post' soon, but plan to make it amusing and fun.
    Have a happy New Year, Leon!

  2. When is it Legos became cool again? It seems weird to me with all the electronic gadgets and stuff we have that kids want to play with little plastic blocks from the '60s or whenever Legos started.

  3. I am so stoked your kids--and you, of course--appear to have had a great Christmas. Especially that they still enjoy the "toy" aspect; my stepsons wanted nothing but electronics, which are fine, but kind of lame when opening.

  4. I love the Lego Millennium Falcon and I desperately want a Lego Yoda now.

    My niece was also received a sock monkey hat this year. She loves it. I tried it on. It was pretty cool but I stuck with my Jayne hat.

  5. Alex: All the Star Wars Legos are cool! I wish they has existed when I was a kid!

    Grumpy: I think they became cool again back when Star Wars Legos started up in the late 90s. That's when they started doing licensed products which really turned them around. Of course, a few years later, they came up with the whole Bionicle thing which was the best selling "action figure" line for several years.

    Alyssia: It was a good Christmas. And lots of cool stuff to play with. The got video games, too, but, at least, they are not solely focused on those.

    M.J: I keep trying to get my son to relinquish a Lego Yoda to sit on my computer, but, so far, all I've been able to get away with is a Yoda Mighty Beanz.

    Why would you ever need anything other than a Jayne hat? Seriously.

  6. I wanted a hat like that, but nobody would buy me one :-(

  7. Oh, that sonic screwdriver (10th Doctor Edition, which is my personal choice as well...) reaction picture is PRICELESS.

    It is much like the reaction I had when I was given The Jedi Path (if you haven't seen it rise out of the case it comes in- you have to. I took footage of it with my iPod, I really should post it. There are lights. And sound effects. And goodies inside. It's "epic" as my kid would say.) and the limited edition Coldplay boxed set that I was wishing for but had no idea I would get.

    I can't believe it only took your son 2 days to put his Falcon together. I got this for my spouse and he and I are now on step 55 (of course we haven't touched it in a few days) The Lego SW Advent Calendar was a huge hit too- loved it. Of course he'd probably be assembling it faster without me- trying to do Lego with me is like trying to bake cookies with children. Messy, time consuming, and you really could just do it faster if you did it alone.

    Glad you had such a good Christmas- wishing you a fantastic year in 2012.


  8. First off, I don't care how nerdy it is, a frozen Han Solo chocolate bark would be awesome. Awesome. I am envious.

    Also, the new Tib is great. The Man With No Eyes is creepy, menacing, and I'm wondering what's going to happen to Tib now. That shadow fight was intense. Can't wait for next time.

  9. Families of nerds are tons of fun! Personally, I would love some Han Solo peppermint bark. Those candies could really put the Han in Hanukkah.

  10. I've been on a bit of a blogcation. Thank you for sharing your christmas with us! I think this was the first Christmas for us where Legos did not play a big part. I kind of missed it. My daughter is a HUGE Dr Who fan and would be so jealous of that gift.

  11. Sarah P: Well, darn on them, then! You should have someone to buy you one! I give you permission to go get one for yourself!

    bru: I'm wondering, now, if that Jedi Path book is like the Sith book that is coming out soon (and slated to be a birthday present). I'll have to check into that.

    Actually, it only took my son about 6 hours to put the Falcon together. He didn't get to work on it at all on Christmas day.

    The Lego SW Advent calendar was a lot of fun. Except for the arguing over whose turn it was to build.

    And the same back to you for 2012! I know it's there for you.

    BragonDorn: It's awesome!

    Michael: It does... except I don't think I like that analogy very much, because it makes me Anakin. -My- family (mother, father, brother) has no nerd at all. It's sad.

    ABftS: Yeah, I have to go get the stuff to make some bark with it. Maybe, I'll send y'all some.

    I'm glad you like the new Tib. Although, I think you may be the only one reading them :/

    Erin: They are a lot of fun! Much more fun than the "typical" family.
    Thanks for stopping by!

    Jennifer: Heya! I was just wondering when you'd be back around. I hope you had a good Christmas (even sans Legos)!
    Just your daughter? The rest of you should get on board with the Doctor. I've been a Doctor fan for about 30 years, now. Get her a sonic screwdriver. She'll love you for it :)

  12. Oh my goodness! I cannot show that to my husband or son; they will covet. Pretty cool, though. You going to post a picture of the chocolate bar when you make it?

    My son got a sock monkey ornament for the tree ( a soft actual mini sock monkey). He was very excited. I had no idea he even knew what they were, as we've never had them. Go figure. Peers, and all that jazz.

    Off to read Tib from the beginning.

  13. Whoops, I take it back (the reading from the beginning part), but I did read this section of Tib. Intense! The Man With No Eyes is perfectly creepy and villainous. But WHAT IS HE RUNNING INTO!?

  14. Shannon: Yeah, I'll post some chocolate Han pics when I get them made.
    As for sock monkeys, I'm still kind of amazed that they're a "thing" again.

    And Tib... um, yeah... I only keep the latest installment up. But never fear! I'm going to start releasing them soon (shh... don't tell anyone).