BP #49 – My Favourite Christmas Presents


//Favourite Christmas Presents//

OK, so Christmas is long over. But it’s (correct me if I’m wrong) the 11th day of Christmas today, thus I think I should get to run through my favourite Christmas presents. Before I get into this list, I want to clarify: I loved all the presents I received. They will be enjoyed and I found them all to be extremely thoughtful. This is just a fun list where I’ll name my ‘favourite Christmas present’ in each of several categories.

The Gift that Made Me Feel Happiest

My favourite Christmas present

A gift made by Cat. Well, with Cat’s involuntary participation. Whatever, it’s adorable. I hope I get something like this for my birthday, except obviously sans Christmas theme.

The Gift that I Couldn’t Wait to Go Home and Use

I normally don’t buy new games; I purchase them used, or get them when they’re selling for under 20 bucks. Halo 4 was an exception to this rule, and then for Christmas I was surprised to get another brand new game: Call of Duty: Black Ops II. I’m on the second-to-last mission.

Sara better love this trailer because it features Robert Downey, Jr.:

The Gift that was Most Utilitarian

My partner gave me a 32GB SDHC card. My BlackBerry Bold 9900 comes with 8GB of memory, but high definition videos of Cat being funny have really eaten up the on-board storage. By adding 400% more space, I doubt I’ll need to do a data dump before I upgrade my cellphone in a year and a half.

The Gift that Piqued My Interest

Cat’s Uncle gave me a game called Dark Souls. I haven’t played it yet (c’mon, Halo 4 and CoD Black Ops 2, remember?), but it sounds interesting. Quoth Wikipedia:

“Gameplay consists of dungeon crawling in almost relentlessly hostile environments. The challenging nature of the game provides a foundation of achievement and reward, reinforced by penalties upon player death… Dark Souls has a minimalistic plot. Events and their significance are often implicit and left to player interpretation rather than fully shown or explained.”

I used to play the odd RPG and, over the last few years, I’ve finished some with my partner, e.g. Final Fantasy 12 and Dungeon Siege 3. This may be a fun cooperative endeavour.

The Gift that Got the Most Social Media Attention

Well, I gave this gift to somebody else, so I guess that’s another reason this list fails as a “favourite Christmas presents” list. Meh. Anyway, it was a copy of Gail Vaz Oxlade’s new book, “Money Rules”. I tweeted a picture of the book with Cat behind it at Gail. She tweeted back:

Well, I don’t want to gush. But yeah:


This picture just makes me lol for some reason  She loves her tea set On the way to the airport Cat and her Uncle


I dunno, the whole “full format” BP just seems like too much trouble for what it’s worth. If anybody is sincerely disappointed please let me know, but I seem to get similar amounts of traffic, Tweets, etc. for these condensed posts (especially when they’re about irreverent topics). If you want to submit something, however, feel free. Here’s a hilarious product that Glenn found.

I really wouldn't want to be the "Cardio-Tramp" user in that photo.

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3 Comments… Share your views

  1. Thanks Joe, I do enjoy a little Robert Downey Jr to begin my day! Sweet haul this year, for sure. Love that GVO tweeted you back, but how could she not? Cat is adorable? The blueness of her eyes is seriously ridiculous!

    My fave gifts, in case you were wondering: brand new 16mp Olympus digital camera (I will actually be able to take pics of stuff to add to my posts!) and a PC gamepack that includes 6 of the Frogware’s Adventures of Sherlock Holmes games. Ahhh, nirvana. Now if only the game version of Sherlock looked like Robert Downey Jr…

    • That camera might just be my favourite Christmas gift, too. If you have any recommendations re: a good stock photo / image database let me know, because one of the most unexpectedly challenging parts of writing is finding an appropriate, relevant, copyleft OR ‘fair use’ image for stories. In exchange, somebody might get a 2014 Robert Downey Jr calendar next Xmas lol

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