My Christmas Gifts

I still do get some childish excitement from opening presents especially when I don’t know what I am getting. To keep things simple my brother got me some Amazon vouchers so I can buy some new games or some new tech.

One gift I wasn’t happy with was a onesie from my wife, she found it hilarious though. Needless to say I still haven’t tried it on yet! She also got me some WiFi bathroom scales. These ultra-sleek looking scales record your weight, fat mass and BMI and then beam the information to your computer or phone. Unfortunately for me quite a lot of weight is being beamed to my computer at the moment! One thing which is really good about it is that you can use it in conjunction with some weight loss programmes.

Although it may seem like the wife jibbed out on the gift front we are looking online when the sales hit to buy me some new camera lenses and cases etc. its just before Christmas the prices can be quite high. So because there are a number of thinks I want for my camera we thought it would be best to order them when sales start.

When my mother did the Christmas shopping the shop assistant thought that she was doing it for her teenage son (She doesn’t do online shopping). Apparently Farcry 3, Need For Speed Most Wanted, Xbox Live 2100 Microsoft Points and Bradley Wiggins: My Time: An Autobiography is what many parents have been buying for their teenage boys.

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Alternative Christmas Songs Res Hippy

So I like a good Christmas tune as much as the next man but sometimes you find that you are saturated with the same songs all the time, so recently I created an Alternative Christmas List:

Mason Jennings – Santa Claus is Coming To Town
Jack Johnson – Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
Pet Shop Boys – It Doesn’t Often Snow At Christmas (New Version)
Sufjan Stevens – Sister Winter
Sufjan Stevens – Silent Night
The Flaming Lips – Christmas At The Zoo
Mother & The Addicts – Oh God It’s Christmas
blink-182 – I Won’t Be Home For Christmas
The Fall – Hark The Herald Angels Sing – Peel Session 17/12/94
The Ramones – Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)
Galaxie 500 – Listen, The Snow Is Falling
The Smashing Pumpkins – Christmastime
Hurts – All I Want For Christmas Is New Year’s Day
The Killers – Boots
Pearl Jam – Let Me Sleep (It’s Christmas Time)
Glasvegas – A Snowflake Fell (And It Felt Like A Kiss)
RUN-DMC – Christmas In Hollis
The Futureheads – Christmas Was Better In The 80’s
Lucky Soul – Lonely This Christmas
Poly Styrene – Black Christmas
Hot Club De Paris – Will You Still Be In Love With Me Next Year?
Idiot Glee – Baby, It’s Cold Outside
James Yuill – Winter Wonderland
Slow Club – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Sufjan Stevens – O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Julian Casablancas – I Wish It Was Christmas Today
The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping (Single Edit)
The Raveonettes – The Christmas Song
Low – Just Like Christmas
The Long Winters – Christmas With You Is The Best
Leona Naess – Christmas
Jimmy Eat World – Last Christmas – Studio Version
Eels – Christmas Is Going To The Dogs

Many of them are covers of well-known Christmas songs, but they have added their own vibe which I like. Some are also original Christmas songs, which again is great and makes a change from the usual Christmas songs you are inundated with.

Hopefully I can have this on over Christmas and on Christmas Day if the wife lets me, but she is a sucker for the usual Christmas songs.

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Family time at Christmas

Since our house had been slowly done up over this past year and we have our garden room, we decided it would be ‘nice’ to have the family round. Next week my brother and his partner are coming up to stay. They will be leaving before Christmas Day itself, so we will be have a pre-Christmas, Christmas dinner with them two.

My brother and his partner are moving on and spending Christmas day in a log cabin in the Lake District, weather permitting. They have been together for 9 months now at least and this will be their first Christmas together since meeting on a dating site. I am honestly surprised that he met someone so normal on a dating site, but you never know!

My mother and her partner will be round on Christmas Eve hopefully before my brother goes so they can have a catch up, then we are ‘lucky’ enough to have them for Christmas dinner before they bugger off on boxing day and not a moment too soon that will be! Unfortunately with the festive season it does involve a trip to see the mother in law (MiL), unless I’m really sick there won’t be any getting out of it for me! The MiL doesn’t like me that much, thinks I’m lazy well I worked hard when I was young so can damn well be lazy now. Anyway she can’t moan too much since I’ve cut down on the pot.

Anyway after that torture is over, comes the highlight of my holiday season, my dad is coming over from South Africa for New Years. I am so excited, it’s been over a year since we have seen him and I can’t wait to catch up. Have a load of beers and ring in the New Year in our typical sizzled state! It will be hard seeing him go; although SA isn’t too far away it’s quite a ball ache getting over there. I just wish he lived closer but my damn mother drove him away! And now I’m stuck seeing her on a far too frequently basis grrr!


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Celebrating Guy Fawkes

So I dragged my arse out on Friday night to go watch the bonfire display at our local football club again. It was a big turn out like last year which is really good. I forgot to check to see who the effigy was this year as I was in the club house having a few beers so missed the lighting of the fire. I did get out for the display though which was a showcase. The wife didn’t go this year as she is sick with some sort of cold/flu but she did have dinner waiting on the table for me when I got home slightly pissed (good woman).

On Friday Leeds travelled to Brighton which saw us draw 2 each, Brighton nearly did get a goal by us in the 74th minute thanks to a penalty but it was saved, phew. It’s a shame we couldn’t get a win, but a draw is better than a loss. Still in 12th place with three other teams on 20 points too. We really need to push ourselves up. It’s like we have the capabilities but always fall short when we shouldn’t be, typical Leeds.

Halo 4 will be arriving on Tuesday, so that’s me fixed until the 13th when Call of Duty Black Ops 2 is out. Think I am going to aim to get as much of this game completed as I can before Call of Duty comes out otherwise it may just get left to the dust, as F1 seems to be, although the F1 is on tomorrow so no doubt I will have a little play after like I normally do!

Anyway with bonfire night out of the way, next up is Christmas, so I really should get myself sorted or at least get the wife to sort me out!

Fireworks Bang!

Fireworks Bang!

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Poor bank holiday weekend

Unfortunately the rain kept coming this bank holiday weekend, so the wife and I decided to sort out our paperwork and get our finances in order. I have recently been on a bit of a spending spree so keeping on top of all that wasn’t easy and in the mist of my new car and buying a garden room we just about forgot about the wife’s car and the fact that it needed a MOT, taxing and insuring again for another year.

I’m not too chuffed at having to pay out for the missus car, so will be looking to get a cheap MOT test after all the plan was to get a new one before all this stuff came up, but we just forgot. So once her car is sorted and our finances are sorted then it will be time to go car shopping again, although there is not much chance of me spending as much money on a new car for her as I did for myself!

I was hoping to do some work in the garden but the fact that it kept pissing it down yesterday and that I had a stinking hangover rather put me off, so instead spent the afternoon slobbing out on the sofa, watching football and playing the Xbox, not bad really.

Well with Leeds season now over and a loss for our final game our position and GD really sums up how dire this season has been. Mediocre really from players and manager but nothing a good influx of cash wouldn’t have helped. Unless something changes next season then I fear we will be looking at similar dismal results if not worse.

Also its going to be a bit of a close call for the Premier League both Manc teams level on points only Citeh are ahead on goal difference will laugh if they win just by goal difference cause that will be really annoying for Manure tee hee!

Rainy picture courtesy of Daniel R. Blume

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Making an effort for my wife’s birthday

It’s my wife’s birthday on Saturday and as we have had a hectic week this week with the garden room and cleaning I thought I would take her out for a fancy meal in Leeds. I have also bought her a beautiful bracelet from Pandora which she has been wanting for a while. So she is in for a right treat, plus we haven’t been out for a meal in ages so I am sure she will appreciate it.

There are a lot of restaurants in Leeds and so many different cuisines to choose that it was hard deciding where to go as I wanted to keep it a surprise. However I do know the missus isn’t too adventurous with her food and before Christmas she went to Bibis with the girls and really liked it there so I got us in there! It’s not too pricy although because I am paying I am sure she will order the most expensive item on there! They do have a really extensive menu though and reviews seem to be good so hopefully it will be a good evening.

The garden room is nearly finished now only took a day or so to get it up, just a few last minute bits to finish off then some tidying up to do around in the garden for me whilst the wife goes shopping for some new pots and plants and garden furniture, exciting! Will try and get some pictures up when its all done and looking good to see the final product.



Picture courtesy of asenat29


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