Right, so already slacking in my ADVENTure ramblings. We’ll get to those as we can. To sum it up - Becca is winning, and I am not giving great stuff…Yet.
Yesterday, we were setting up the christmas tree as one should, and were putting the ornaments on it. First we start with the ones from our childhood - the ones that were made by hand from painted yogurt containers with a photo of yourself glued and glittered to it, the creepy cat marionette that forever haunts you but you don’t quite know where it came from, and the Muppets ornament that says “First Christmas - 1978” which begs the question “Wait, wasn’t I born in 1980?”. This is followed by the Star Wars ornaments - The Tie Fighter, the X-wing, the Max Rebo band, and so on. Then you come to the ones that are given to you as gifts from family who seem to think adult ornaments are meant to be snowmen and angels and so on that all say “1st Christmas together” and everyone but you and the mrs goes “aww…so cute”
Then it hits you - Doctor Who is fucking bad ass, I need a TARDIS ornament for my tree!
Alas, searching the internets brings up no such thing. How has this not been done? I mean, we can get any number of Looney Tunes and Mickey Mouse ornaments, or even a King of the Hill ornament. But I’m being told that in the 50+ years since his first regeneration, and no TARDIS ornament exists? I mean, come on! Ever since the new series aired, Christmas has been a focal point of the show (sort of). and I can buy a TARDIS ice bucket if I so choose (rather go for the cookie jar).
So, it has been left up to me to build one. I don’t know how just yet, but with these blueprints stolen from Galifry, my knowledge of construction gleaned from my 8th grade wood shop class, and a complex understanding of time travel, This ornament shall be made.
This will be easier than going back and rewriting the entire Day 2 blog. I should also note that so far I’ve only talked about what I have gotten for Becca, and nothing that she has given me so far. This is mainly because she’s been gifting to me in the evening and I’ve been gifting to her in the morning, and so far I have not had time to do much in the evening after work, whereas in the morning I have a good 2.5-3 hours before I need to get going. Or I suck.
This is the mythical chocolate advent calendar that I know people have been talking about in the private forums for people who follow me and my blogging exploits. Fear not for your seclusion anymore, for now this blog is newly upgraded to include a place for you to comment on what you read and see. Despite every other blogging site features this ability as “commonplace”, Tumblr recognizes that not every blog is worth commenting on, so why should they be responsible for for the crap your followers post about your posts? This puts full responsibility on the owner of said blog. I have faith that all of my followers will use this to fulfill a much needed need in the world - to comment on photos of my cat. On to the chocolates.
Day 1s chocolate captures a significant moment in time that is not often heard about, where the Empire tested the carbonite chamber on a bear prior to testing it on Han Solo. At first they were all like “Well, if it works on a bear, it’ll work on Luke”. But then they caught Han and said “Shit, we should try this out on him too. Besides, what if Luke doesn’t like honey? might be tougher to get him in the chamber”. Obviously, they’ve cutsified the bear a bit to appeal to a younger crowd of children, as well as old people who have bad memories of real bears they’ve fought when they were panning for gold in the Ozarks.
Day 2s chocolate is that of a gift. Nothing exciting here. If it was open, there might be more to talk about.
Becca also received a cookie decoration kit. Remember, this is running on a budget of $5 max a day.
So, it includes everything you need to decorate 4 cookies so they can look like this classy vintage-style penguin. And who wouldn’t want their cookies to look like this?
They make it a bit easy for you by including 4 cookies that are generally proportionally cut to penguin standards, as well as press a bit of design into it. The frosting packs it comes with are a tad bit difficult to work with, and they are slightly softer than fully hardened concrete mixed with food coloring. Somehow she managed to get this stuff out of the tubes and onto the cookies, which is astonishing since it was solid as a rock when she started. I was afraid I was going to have to bust out day 7s gift of Chilian mining equipment in order to make it work.
This is the final result. After 2 cookies she opted to stop.
Ok so I am trying to do this from the phone since I took photos of today’s ADVENTure findings, but the photos wouldn’t post due to an error so who knows.
In the mix today is a high quality cheap chocolate advent calendar. There’s photos of that, as well as what was inside, but since I can’t post them they were massive beautiful chocolatey sculptures that makes you want to do inappropriate things to elves just to have one.
Also today, Becca received an impressive cookie decorating kit. The end product promises to make van gogh works seem like they were paint by number. Trust me, you will be blown away by it if it ever lets me post the photos.
To set the tone of ADVENTure right, I had to do it right. What better way to tell someone I love you than to give them a time-suck like World of Warcraft? Thats right, soon we’ll be virtually holding hands - she as the stout gruff Red-bearded Dwarven Hunter and I as the slim and sexy Blood Elf…whatever. I have no idea what they can be, but I will soon because as I scored this sweet ass deal for $5, I decided that ADVENTure comes twice for me and went ahead and got the expansions for myself.
So, the next question is, did she come through? Did she answer the call, and was she guilted into playing my game?
And here we go - ADVENTure 2010 is about to kick off and to celebrate I am going to try to actually capture all the excitement here.
If you are not familiar with ADVENTure, then you need to visit Luke Milton Writes and read up on it. This year, we are looking at an all time participatory high of 5 people. You can follow three of their adventures through ADVENTure here:
This is my 3rd go on the giving end, and possibly second on the receiving end (not certain just yet, might have to guilt it to happen).
My favorite part of all this is the new Tumblr blog, but not so much because I decided to start something new (again) but because in the process of setting this up it gave me the option of adding pages, so I thought “Cool! I can list all of my other failed projects as their own pages” and I did. Then I tried to post something to them, and can’t for the life of me figure it out. At least at first glance it appears that a lot will be going on here, and appearance is the most important part of it all. This will probably just end up with a lot of photos of my cat.