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29 November 2009 @ 12:50 am
 
I hope all of you Americans had a great Thanksgiving! Ours was very low-key, though we did go to a coffee shop for baked treats around lunchtime. We caught up on all of V, and Glee, and mostly loafed. No special dinner—these days, HalfshellHusband's "good" time of day is from about 10-3, and after that he becomes increasingly nauseated. But I only really missed having Weber-grilled turkey (I hate most of the traditional Thanksgiving foods except the turkey, mashed potatoes, and cranberries), and HSH isn't up to missing anything. The kids were at their aunt's, and they had all the usual choices (and ate very few of them).

Neither of us went out to the stores on Black Friday (except for my trip to Dollar Tree and Rite Aid late in the day). Found lots of online Black Friday deals at Amazon.com, including SPN S4 for $14.99 (thanks for the heads-up, huggenkiss!). I looked at tons of stuff, until my eyes were dry and tired.

I mentioned searching for penguin-related things at Etsy earlier this week. I prefer the chubby, happy-go-lucky penguins to the more crowlike ones, and it's probably wrong that I find Piplup cute (he's a Pokemon pseudo-penguin), but just look at him. I also find this Penguin in a Squid suit hilarious, despite it being a product of Disney overcommercializing Club Penguin. There's also a penguin in a bee suit. ;)

While looking in the LEGO-type toys for something Christopher wanted, I came across the wrongness of this bikini-clad slave version of Princess Leia (the bikini looks like a really badly done tattoo, especially on that blocky LEGO body), and the painful dorky cuteness of a little green dragon (the nostrils! The dippy-looking tongue!)

Today I went to Cost Plus Imports, which is one of my favorite Christmas haunts (even though all the treats are ridiculously overpriced). I bought all my gift wines (almost bought "Plungerhead Zinfandel" for my BIL, but I wasn't sure he'd think that was funny). Last year, I bought a lot of "Electric Reindeer" wine, mostly for the great label, and was tempted this year by "EVIL" (upside-down on the bottle) and "The 7 Deadly Zins," but ultimately passed.

In the Christmas ornament section, there was an adorable paper-husk green dinosaur I'd seen last year, which is made to look all fierce and "RAAAHR" but is undermined by its little paper teeth. There was a great red dragon in that same section, and elsewhere an inexplicable Santa riding a chicken ornament. Wow. I have a feeling that has some kind of Eastern European origin, but I can't imagine what. In the candy section, there were bundled packages of foil-decorated chocolate pigs. Because nothing says "Christmas" like a barrel of chocolate pigs. :0

Some good finds: pumpkin bark candy, an eggnog chocolate bar (for my younger sister), and Iguana brand "vicious jalapeno pepper sauce" for my BIL who likes spicy foods.

Did all of you shoppers survive? How many of you holed up at home on Friday like me?

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Little Australian Bundle Of Delightful Joy: smilehuggenkiss on November 29th, 2009 09:06 am (UTC)
You're welcome! :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Xmas Penguinhalfshellvenus on November 29th, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
:D
jumpuphigh on November 29th, 2009 10:50 am (UTC)
Home is my friend. I had all of my shopping done prior to Thanksgiving so Friday I just had things to mail. It felt good.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Xmas Penguinhalfshellvenus on November 29th, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
Awesome planning!

I probably could do it earlier, but it tends to "ruin" the feeling of Christmas for me if I start it too early. So I waited until a few days before Thanksgiving. On the plus side, though, I like to finish early too. :D

That's what helps me fantasize that I'll get Christmas cards out before New Years (if at all). :0
jumpuphigh on November 30th, 2009 02:41 am (UTC)
I don't even pretend that I'm going to get holiday cards out. I've actually taken to sending Happy First Day of Spring cards in March as a substitute. :D
daybright: thinking about pizzadaybright on November 29th, 2009 02:25 pm (UTC)
wow that princess Leia is just so wrong
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Laugh SPNhalfshellvenus on November 29th, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
Isn't it though? :D

I didn't think she was very attractive in the first movie, so that second one was a real shocker (I should look so good!)

That LEGO creation doesn't do her justice.

I'm also a little peeved that standalone R2D2 is $17.00 bucks, because otherwise I'd buy one for Christopher. Who can resist R2D2?
The Rogue Bitch.: fountain penroguebitch on November 29th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)

I worked on Friday, and I avoid the malls like the plague anyway, so I was good. Although I have to go out and get Hari's gifts at some point. Mostly I do it online.

I had to drive past the mall to get to my comic shop last night, and I made a wide berth around it, believe me!

My daughter is 7, so Pokemon is big at our house. Piplup is *very* cute, I agree!

I'm glad your Thanksgiving was low key and enjoyable. Again, I was working, but I got double pay, so it was fine. ;-)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Xmas Penguinhalfshellvenus on November 29th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, I hope never to go into the mall between Thanksgiving and Christmas (except for the years when we used to take the kids to see Santa). It's just too crowded and overwhelming. I might make one trip, at most.

so Pokemon is big at our house. Piplup is *very* cute, I agree!
Most of the "baby" (or "unevolved") versions of the characters are cute, I think. Pikachu really is kind of adorable. And I'll always have a soft spot for Charmander, just because it always looks like he's running away from his flaming tail. :)
jumpuphigh on November 30th, 2009 02:42 am (UTC)
PikaPikaPika! I need a Pikachu icon.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on November 30th, 2009 06:16 am (UTC)
Hee! We gave my son a stuffed Pikachu one Christmas, and that's exactly what it says. And it's so happy about it too!
The Rogue Bitch.: phoenixroguebitch on December 1st, 2009 02:01 am (UTC)

I went to the high-end mall to get Hari some toys and that was scary enough, but I have to go back to get more presents. *sigh*

I like shopping online much better.

I'll always have a soft spot for Charmander, just because it always looks like he's running away from his flaming tail. :)

*laughs*

I kind of like Buneary. It's fluffy. ;-)
cindy: wtf? (rafi by sandradelete)tsuki_no_bara on November 29th, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
santa riding a chicken? ooookay. (it looks cute in my head, tho.) yay for finding some good stuff.

on friday i saw where the wild things are but cannot for the life of me remember what else i did. there was no shopping, i remember that....
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Xmas Penguinhalfshellvenus on November 29th, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
santa riding a chicken? ooookay.
It's sort of like Baba Yaga mixed in with something else. Really strange. Most of the ornaments are semi-traditional Christmassy things, except for the Indian/Thailand elephants and animals (often gorgeous) and the whole paper-husk collection I found. There are also pickle ornaments, but that's some German tradition.

I also saw a Santa driving a motorboat, with presents on the back. Still more normal than the chicken thing.

How did you like the movie? We haven't seen it.
cindytsuki_no_bara on November 30th, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
santa in a motorboat actually kind of makes sense to me. sporty santa. but a chicken? bawk!

i liked it! it was more melancholy than i was expecting, but still really sweet and touching and funny and a little bit surreal. it's kind of a kid's movie but not quite, and it looks really good.