Friday, 28 December 2007

My Christmas Story

Current mood:  content

Sorry I haven't been around much these past few days.  I guess I just got caught up with all the typical Christmas stuff.  Anyhow, I shall try to write a quick catch-up blog for you all now.  
On December 23rd, we went to Hayes Toys 'R' Us and bought the enormous fire engine Allan fell in love with when we took him there after his school nativity play.  I honestly didn't think it was worth the money (£50!!!), and definitely don't think so now (I'll get back to that in a minute), but I suppose anything that makes him happy is a good thing.  We also went in Tesco and bought some brussel sprouts and roast potatos.  Fascinating to all of you, I'm sure.
Come Christmas Eve, David decided he was going out alone "to buy stuff for Mum and I".  Yeah, great.  They won't allow me out alone in order to buy the stuff I know Mum wants...but she'll let him go out and buy her a load of sweets she can't even eat with her bad teeth.   I didn't leave the house all day.  That's the way Christmas always is though.
The living room finally got decorated on the night of Christmas Eve.  All of our other Christmas jobs still needed to be done too - cards to write to each other, gifts to wrap for each other...and David decided to take off and go to "work", leaving Mum and I with all the jobs to do. 
However, he came back sooner than expected.  His first words to me were:
"AGH!  Yo 'avunt ay-ven done the tray!"  (You haven't even done the tree!)  I couldn't help but yell at him.  When was I supposed to have done that between wrapping gifts for Mum and Splodge, dusting the fireplace, placing tinsel around the room, decorating the mantlepiece.  At least the tree was up on its table - it was only the decorations I hadn't finished!  "Why are you home so early anyway?" Mum asked, coming through the door towards the end of our shouting match.
"They won't let me in!" He said.  "The security guard says I'm not permitted in the building any more." 
It seems as though David has been given the sack, following that mistake he made a few weeks ago.  The bosses haven't even had the decency to tell us though, and haven't paid David for the past two months.  We're officially overdrawn now.   But still David is continuing to work for them, "in case they want him to finish the job" .  What?  Free of charge?  What the heck is he playing at?  I guess he's in denial as usual.
And now we have a further worry to add to our list.  Despite all our money troubles, Mum supposedly wanted to get me a special MLP Christmas gift.  I don't know what pony she wanted to buy for me, but I believe it was a Nirvana of some kind that she found on e-Bay.  Apparently, she got David to secretly placed a bid on said pony a couple of weeks back.  She asked him to bid up to £14, but he didn't hear her properly, and bid £40!  Unfortunately, there was a bidding war and he ended up paying something like £39.72 plus postage costs!  Mum was really mad at him for "not listening to her", and "going mad on the bidding".  Anyhow, they waited and waited...but the pony didn't turn up.  Hence, I wasn't going to get my special pony anyway.   On Christmas Eve, Mum logged into e-Bay to see if the seller had messaged them about when she posted the pony...only to get a "Search for similar items" type of page.  There was another IDENTICAL pony on e-Bay with a Buy It Now price of £40!  Mum took a closer look at the auction, and discovered that not only was it the SAME SELLER, but she was using exactly the SAME PHOTOS of the SAME PONY!!!  It looks like they got sucked into a scam, although the seller has 100% positive feedback and has been an e-Bay member for about two years apparently.  I feel so awful about the whole thing, even though I guess it isn't really my fault...
The seller has now written back to them and told them that she has found "another identical pony in her vast collection".  Oh yeah.  That really explains why she even used the same photographs.   Fortunately, the second BIN auction didn't sell (I assume this secret pony really isn't worth the price), so hopefully the woman will send my MLP to us now that Mum caught her out...
With all the jobs that still had to be done, none of us got to bed until about 3am.  And so it was that we didn't wake up until 10.30am on Christmas day.  I decided I was going to forget all of my depressions and stress for this special day and be happy for once in my life.  2007 will soon come to a close, and I'm already writing a resolution list.  So I may as well enjoy these last few days of my old life, I guess.
I got Splodge out of his hutch first, and let him open his gifts.  He didn't have so much as he usually does, but I think he was still spoiled for guinea pig standards!   He loved tearing the paper, and sniffing the treat-boxes inside. Then I soaked some of his new treats (he can't eat them while they're hard because of his missing teeth) and let him stay out for longer than usual while he ate them.  Once he'd finished, I opened the gift that 'he' had got for me.  (Yup, my guinea pigs always give and receive gifts! ) Inside the pretty paper I found a Fur Real guinea pig, and a MOC Tiny Tin Minty!!! Splodge isn't too keen on the guinea pig (he seems to think it's real!) but I think it's just so funny!
Then I opened my stocking - David really didn't bother with us this year (too busy working for the people who don't bother to pay him) and didn't even remember to get me my annual bag of white chocolate coins.  I'm not really upset about this, since I want to lose weight anyway, but Mum's really disturbed that I "missed out".  David also forgot to get some other stuff she wanted to give me - gel pens are all I can think of right now, but she did say about other stuff.  Anyhow, forget what I didn't get.  More importantly, this is what my stocking WAS stuffed with:
? Hundreds of little tiny note pads.  Mum bought a job lot from a catalogue and split them into millions of parcels.  
? A packet of metallic markers - great for making cards and adding little glittery bits to my terrible paintings.
? A weird cardboard dinosaur that grows fur...again, really bought in a job lot because Mum wanted to give one to my nephew.  Still, she knows it's the kind of weird thing I like messing about with!
? Some pretty little hair accessories.  Fake MLP ones with real tails.  They came from H&M...actually, I picked them out while we were in Watford a few weeks ago.
? A bag of ribbons from the local craft shop - always useful.  Every pony needs a ribbon in her tail, eh?
? A ballpoint pen with a guinea pig picture on it, and the slogan "Guinea pigs are great!"  Perfect for me, right?
? A G1 MLP slide puzzle depicting Sunbeam and Brandy.  I still haven't figured out how to solve the puzzle yet...
? And, best of all, not one, but TWO ponies - German Baby Moondancer and Argentinean Baby Confetti!  I am so pleased to have these two!  They're absolutely adorable!
It was then that Mum pointed out that we had a 'fairy' on top of the tree - MACAU MINTY!!!  I now have five Macau ponies (all the others were found at car boot sales etc.)  Minty didn't seem to be in very good condition, but after having her hair washed and conditioned, she's just about the mintiest Nirvana I own!
I sat and watched "A Very Minty Christmas" and logged into Myspace to send a few Christmas messages to some people, and then it was time for dinner.  We'd somehow forgotten to buy milk the day before, so we couldn't have any bread sauce, and the gravy was horribly thin with bits floating around in it (David mixed it, so I'm not really surprised... ).  Besides that though, I guess it was OK.  Splodge loved his Christmas brussel sprout too!
David went upstairs to the bathroom for hours...then we started the Grand Opening (of the gists underneath the tree) at about 8.30pm.  "The way I drag out opening gifts is hard to believe" apparently.  Mum was asleep by the time we were halfway through the opening ceremony!  Anyhow, a very quick summary of what we all had.  First off, from other people (friends and more distant relatives)  Just to show you how much they all love us!
Uncle John and Auntie Madeline: Gave me the ugliest bag I've ever seen (it really looks like it's had milk spilled all over it - I think I'd have preferred the milk so that we could have made our bread sauce!), some Santa Russian Dolls from John Lewis (well, I'm not turning my nose up because we collect Christmas trinkets...but they're obviously a couple of years old - most likely things John has got bored with!), a little piece of plastic known as a "thumb thing" (apparently, it holds the page open when you read a book...if you wear it on your thumb, that is!  They gave me one last year too - I wonder if they invented these useless things? They must have shares in them, at least!) and some Lindtt chocolate reindeer (Yum!).  They gave Mum a photo frame (looks like it was a free gift from a catalogue) and a flower pressing book (Identical to the one they sent her two years ago, and she's still trying to re-home, because she doesn't press flowers herself! ).  As for David, he got a second-hand mug (with two free teabags for good measure!) and an electronic Sudoku game (I can really see him doing that.  That's more my cup of tea actually!) Jointly, we got a bottle of Bucks Fizz...which everyone knows makes Mum and I feel sick, and even David dislikes.  Hmm...
Grandma's neighbours Vesna and Oswin:  Gave me A slightly nicer bag (Although it really stinks of something nasty...) and my parents got a calendar (cheap one that they probably got in 99p stores on a 3 for 2 offer) and a packet of MY favourite wafers...er, yeah.  Everyone seems to have forgotten what we like...
Grandma's neighbours Pauline and Bob:  (The two people we gave total rubbish to, because they did the same to us last year)  Gave me two second hand ponies they must have found somewhere (Brights Brightly and Star Flower) and a beautiful photo album!  My parents got a calendar and an address book - again, really nice (and expensive) ones...  Oh dear.
Mum's late cousin's wife, Ruth, and her new partner, Jim: Gave me a "Flushed Away" DVD (Not really sure why, but hey!  Watching any kind of animation is never a bad thing, right?! ) and my parents some really expensive chocolates.  Again, we hardly gave them anything.  Oops.
Our friend, Aubrey:  Gave me a book about dinosaurs (Very much enjoyed, since my last dinosaur book got ruined when a radiator leaked) plus a cheque for £25!  The money is going into a bank account David set up for me though, so I doubt I'll ever get to see it...
Our friend, Marion: Gave me a little box of Celebrations (Always received with much gratitude...except that I hate Bounty and don't want to give them to my weird father any more...anybody want them?  I'll send them out for free!), some perfume and moisturiser (Really nice set - but Mum's already said she wants to re-home them in the "Other People's presents" ) a pretty pink umbrella (Again, Mum says it's "Horrendous" and is trying to think of someone to re-home it with!) and a brand new, MIP, Party Cake!!!  Yippee!  She smells so delicious!
My cousin, Paul:  Gave me a really beautiful dragonfly ornament.  Mum says that this is ugly too, but I've told her it'd going in my new bedroom anyway, whatever she thinks.  She can't re-home everything!
My friend Barbara: Sent me £10 in cash.  All is being saved towards something nice for after we move...
And finally, my friend Elisabeth: Sent me a beautiful pink Gucci bag, a gorgeous beaded hairband, a Fluttershy bubble blower set, and a PONYVILLE PINKIE PIE SET  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  I love it all!  Especially Pinkie Pie.
And then for the gifts we gave to each other:
David received:
Lots of sweets, aftershave, deodrant, gloves, underwear, four books...we really did try hard this year.  And what did we get for our efforts?  Loads and loads of nasty comments, "Where did ya get these gloves from?  They're far too small!", "Ya almost damaged this book by wrapping it too tightly!" and "These socks ain't even soft top socks, are they?" among them.  The socks WERE soft top socks too...just not the expensive brand he's used to.   Horrible person.  Talk about ungrateful.
Having said all of this nasty stuff about our gifts to him, take a little look at what he actually got for my poor mum.  I wish I could have got out and got her some of the stuff I know she wants...
Mum received:
A bucket of Maltesers from a BOGOF offer (the other bucket went to one of David's brilliant friends at work...someone who hasn't even spoken to him since he *maybe* got the sack!), two bars of Turkish Delight, a packet of five pairs of socks (including one white pair, which Mum has already given to me!), four CDs (one of which was a John Denver one that didn't even have Mum's favourite tune on it, and two of which were DAVID'S choice of music anyway!) and two IOU notes for stuff Mum knows she'll never get.  The best bit is that the notes are written on Mum's own writing paper and sealed in her own envelopes!
As for me, well, I did somewhat better...
Desiree received:
OK, I got a lot of weird stuff I'm not even going to bother to mention here.  None of you are really interested in the pots of bubbles and kits to make gift boxes Mum still insists on buying me, are you?  Nah, didn't think so.  So I'll just mention a few highlights...and all of the pony stuff, of course!   
Mum found an online shop that just sold guinea pig merchandise (that's where the ballpoint pen came from!), and bought me quite a few items:  A beautiful t-shirt (well, beautiful if it wasn't one of those baggy ones I hate so much.  It has a beautiful picture on the front though!  Mum thinks she should have got me a size medium.  Apparently, she thinks small isn't baggy enough for me!  WTH?!), a mirror with a handpainted guinea pig on the frame, a wall clock, some postcards and a calendar.  As for pony stuff, well, I don't know if I can remember it all (and Mum thought she hadn't done very well for me!), but here goes a list of what I can think of anyway...
G3:  Decorating Star Catcher, Lily Lightly (x2) - with both bonus ponies - Ponyville Sweet Shoppe, Ponyville Delivery Set, Ponyville Toola Roola Shoe-Time Set, Chocolate Chipper, Paradise Island, Soda Float and the big floppy plush Fluttershy we bought in Wembley ages ago!!!   Plus lots of merchandise such as Valentines Cards from the US, a kite, a fleece blanket, and a Wysteria duvet cover for my new bedroom...if I ever get a bedroom, that is...
G2:  Floral and Baby Petal.  OK, I picked them out for myself off of the Arena, but they still got bought and wrapped up for me.  I love them to bits!  They even have all of their original accessories and backcard!
G1: Sea Spray (she's actually a duplicate -albeit an upgrade - but they don't know that - shhh!   She did come with her original shell and comb though, and is in mint condition!), an original WILTON CAKE TIN  (I've wanted one of those FOREVER!  Honestly!  I'm going to bake a cake for every birthday from now on!), the MLP Christmas Treats Coloring Book, a stick-on digital wall clock featuring Wiggles, a TRICKLES PYJAMA CASE  (She needed a lot of TLC - but she looks pretty good after having her hair sorted out and some of the dirt sponged off of her...), ITALIAN MINTY (So now I have more Minty's than I have Cotton Candy's! ) and one of my absolute grails, ITALIAN HEART THROB!!!  She even has some of her original curls...I really must get some photographs of them all tomorrow. 
While we opened our gifts, we kind of half-heartedly watched the TV...did anyone see "My Sister's Top Toys" on BBC2?  Ponies weren't a feature (the only reason I watched - I hate the Top Gear presenters, and try to avoid them where I can...).  However, Butterscotch and Snuzzle did appear on the theme tune and in the background throughout the show.  James May also picked up a So Soft Newborn Pinkie Pie in Hamleys at one point, and had it sing the MLP theme tune so that he could turn his nose up at it in disgust...  I have a recording of it...don't know if I could get it online though.  I'm still a learner when it comes to computers, remember...plus it's on VHS, so it would only be a camera recording of the TV...
And that really concludes our Christmas.  The day ended at about 4am with Mum dancing around to the one CD I picked out for her (a Neil Sedaka one), and me trying to restore Trickles to her former glory...  *Giggles*
Right, I really must be off.  It's 3.10am here, and my mum is yelling at me to get to bed.  There is far more to say about yesterday and today though, so I shall write up "My Christmas Story ~ Part Two" tomorrow for anyone who is interested.
See you then!   xxx

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