While I was super excited that it’s finally Christmas Day, it’s also a bit bittersweet. After waiting all year for the season to return, the minutes are already clicking down to its inevitable conclusion. I hope all of you who celebrate had a perfectly wonderful day! Philippe and I had a fabulous time filled with lots of fun little gifts. And best of all, I did get my lava lamp! It’s currently gurgling in the corner, ever so slowing, performing its lava dance in delightfully dramatic pinks, reds, purples, and yellows. What I love most of all is that each little hypnotic burst of colored wax sends me gleefully back to my childhood memories. There’s certainly a lot of new technology to wow us these days, but I’m continually amused by all of the simple and amazing inventions that dared to appear decades ago. And, Santa arrived this morning with additional presents in our stockings to add even more cheer to a perfectly wonderful time. There’s certainly plenty of joy to last the entire week and create the perfect environment for an amazingly awesome start to 2019. Much love to you all and I hope you have enjoyed a magical holiday season!
This was the first year that I didn’t ask for art supplies, since I already have more than I have time to use properly. Yet, Philippe did get me a fabulous game called Bob Ross – The Art Of Chill. I’ve no idea yet how to play it yet, but apparently you try to finish one of Bob Ross’s masterpieces before he does to win “chill” status. It sounds like great fun and I had to giggle and smile with glee as those “happy trees” from my youth are definitely partially responsible for my interest in art today. My final gift was much more practical in the form of a Magic Wand Portable Scanner. It’s totally awesome! Basically, it’s a wand you can use to scan, in my case artwork, at a nice and high resolution. It works beautifully and keeps the colors much truer than a photograph from my phone. It came with a little card to calibrate the white balance, but the images didn’t quite turn out like I wanted. So, I used a page of my sketchbook instead to calibrate the white balance, and voila! Everything turned out exactly like I wanted! It’s certainly not as cool as my full-size scanner that Philippe bought me last year, but it’s a worthy replacement for a smartphone camera, at least. And seriously, anything called a Magic Wand is just pretty darn cool!
For my part, I attempted the impossible by buying a couple pieces of cookware that Philippe hadn’t specifically requested. Thankfully, my hunch and feverish research on the topic paid off and he absolutely loved them. So, it was once again a fantastically fun and joyous occasion. That’s the best part about this time of year. Getting things you wouldn’t ever buy for yourself. And honestly, as adults, that’s the toughest part of the season since we typically just buy for ourselves what we want or need throughout the year. But, in this singular magical time, the rules bend a bit and you can find yourself receiving something completely unexpected. For me, it’s not the gift so much as the permission to enjoy something completely unplanned. With a full list of dreams playing out in my head, it always seems like I’m always waiting for that next dream to come to fruition. Yet, with just a bit of holiday magic, I can experience dreams I never even had the opportunity to imagine. Once again, I’m swept into the beauty of this miraculous season, and find myself blissfully enjoying those last little minutes of Christmas.
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