I am only going to explain my absence in one way: retail hell + final exams + ninja clan wars = busy Kai.
OK, maybe not so much on the ninja clan wars, more like the ninja world wars. No really. OK, it was exams for a week (where I ended up with 12 hrs of sleep for five days) and then closing at work so late that I woke up just in time to drag myself back to work. Tad did come back for the holiday season and is staying through late January, so despite everything I am happy and still exhausted. ::happy:: See?
Christmas was good and kinda sad at the same time: we visited four, count that four! houses of relatives. We visited my brother and my niece at their house but it seems the only thing two year-olds want is a Zhu Zhu pet and a coloring book. Not bikes (which she got) and not just about any other toy, just coloring books. Next year I'm going to get her crayons and I will be the best auntie ever. Muahahaha.
As for my present list? I did get a new camera which was desperately needed as my old one won't even turn on now. Best part is it has image stabilization so my crappy shots? Not anymore. Yay!! Also, Tad is getting a couple of pots for his dorm's induction stove top which the in-laws are sending up to him once spring semester starts up. That will save us lots of money on shipping.
I did get these awesome new sheets from sissy. I finally have something to match the bedset (from IKEA). Tad's napping away there, and in the corner you can see The Hour of Our Death, which I'm still trying to get through. In note for other books, I got grandma's old Brother Cadfael books, which is only five in total but all ones I haven't read.
Lastly, listening to Ringworld audiobook that Tad found and we're headed back to visit relatives while I have a few days off. I'm hoping to show off a couple more pictures of everything going on over there. See you later!
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