December 25th, 2006


Ho ... Ho ... Ho ... or is that Humbug?

Well, The Girls got up about 5am and wanted to slog into the gifties. Much paper was strewn. They are thrilled with the Guinea Pig concept, despite my (explicitly voiced) Cassandra-esque prophesies of bloodshed and Cavy carnage. We were also able to get the damn cage constructed, such as it is (I am going to have to build a base board for it) ... The Wife was "shocked" at how large (30x60") it actually is (why doesn't extending a measuring tape across an area of space ever seem to mean anything to women?) and immediately started to scheme ways of throwing other stuff out (the cage was initially visualized as sitting on top of low shelves otherwise dedicated to providing space for toy storage) to "make room for it". I guess that's a battle for later on.

My main haul:
- a new office chair (which I still need to assemble)
- Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene
- Richard Dawkins' A Devil's Chaplain
- Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion
- a thing that heats up gel shave creme (a hint that I should shave off my now nearly-all-white beard?)
- chocolate-covered coffee beans (always happy for a new caffeine delivery system!)
I must say that The Wife "made out like a bandit", as not only had she pre-shopped for a new coat and some shoes (that "Santa" left under the tree), but she ended up with several substantial items from her rather detailed gift list. Oh well. I guess the new refrigerator somehow got shifted around so as to show up under the "Brendan's gifts" column. If so, she'd better damn well not let it run out of cold Diet Coke.

We're using up some restaurant gift cards that my Brother had given me for my birthday (inexplicably to a place that I would be unlikely to go to on my own, but one that our Mom had liked for being very wheelchair-friendly) and going out to dinner tonight, then picking up the rental car at crack of dawn and driving to Columbus, OH. We're still arguing about which route to take (Mapquest suggests 90 to 65 to 70, Google Maps suggests 90 to I-30 to I-33, and The Wife wants to do something like 90 to 75 to I-23) ... I'm leaning towards the Mapquest version, but if anybody has any "you don't want to take XX because it's all torn up with construction right now" suggestions, I'd be happy to hear 'em!

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the day somewhat improved ...

We were all pretty much beat after the very muchly pre-dawn assault on the Tree. We hung around, watched TV, played with shit, etc. up till dinner time. Went over to McCormick & Schmick's (only about 4 blocks away), and had a nice dinner, burning through most of my birthday present gift cards from my brother. Both of The Girls were dragging (heck, Daughter #2 konked out with a rather dramatic "thud" onto the table), so we didn't linger.

I'm still trying to decide whether I should fall asleep reading in my office or fall asleep watching MNF in the living room ... my other sleep options don't look good, since there is half-packed luggage blocking access to all the beds aside from the one in back (which has no room for Daddy once The Wife and The Girls are in it).

I still need to get packed, but that's usually a 10-minute project, so I can do that in the morning. We get the car at 8am, and are hoping to be on the road by 9 (which may be wishful thinking given as much crap as we're dragging with us).

The Wife won the "Route To Columbus" argument ... her insistance that 90 to 75 to I-23 is "prettier" than either route charted by Google Maps or Mapquest was backed up with all sorts of unsupportable assertions like "there's always construction around Indianapolis" and there being some sort of difference between I-23 and I-30/I-33 (the former being in her mind a fine multi-lane highway, whilst the latter being little more than back-country roads). If we get totally bogged down on 90 between Chicago and Toledo, or end up crawling from Toldedo down to Columbus, I want to insist in writing here now that IT'S NOT MY FAULT!

Anyway ... I'll likely check in before we head out, but I'm not sure if I'll be on-line again until the weekend (OUCH!).

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