Not Martha

my Christmas, it was good

We had a very good Christmas here despite still being mostly snowed in. I hope your Christmas was great, and that you are not experiencing the madness of cabin fever quite to the degree we are.

I got the bag I talked about previously, the Chelsea Buckle Tote, in black, from at Thank you, Scott! (Ok, I knew this one was coming because I made sure he bought one before they sold out again.)

I also got the Crumpler Four Million Dollar Home bag for my camera, the Canon Rebel XSi, which fits inside snuggly but with enough room to get it in and out easily. It’s smaller than I expected, which is a nice surprise and will make it very easy to bring my camera along with me.

We also received a Whirley Pop popcorn maker which will allow us to retire the pot with the burned bottom that we had been using.

I also got a set of Fred’s ABC cookie cutters, which make me laugh.

A game of Bendomino has proven to be a nice, short distraction while we’re waiting for things to bake. It has us considering buying a nice set of regular dominoes.

And last minute a present I got for myself from Amazon, who managed to get it here on the 24th!, the Griffin PowerJolt SE, a very basic car charger for my iPhone. I realized that if our power was knocked out during the Big Winter Storm we just had I would have no way to charge my iPhone and that was a scary idea (no email access! aaah!). This charger is nice and compact and I can easily store it in my change container and out of sight when I’m not using it.

Scott approved of the musical related gifts I got him. I got the Planet Waves guitar string winder and wire cutter for guitar, and one for his bass. I also got the guitar headstand supporter to help prop up his instruments while he is restringing them. I was glad to find out that Scott calls Planet Waves the OXO of the instrument world. And for his gig bag I got the Farley’s Guitar Tool which has a wire cutter, several sizes of screwdriver and hex wrenches and a tool to pull fret pins.

Being stuck inside I had lots of time to cook. I made more of the molasses cookies and some peanut brittle. We had a lot of fun piping out peppermint meringues (though we didn’t have a star piping tip so it looked a bit like dabs of toothpaste) but the real winner was when we finally broke out the Berndes crepe pan we inherited from some friends who were moving away. We used the crepe recipe from How to Cook Everything and filled them with leftover Trader Joe’s Christmas ham and cheddar cheese. We made them again for dinner the next day, and, uh, again this morning. So yummy.

Here is a picture of the snow kitty that Scott made for me to look at when I was too sick to play outside in the snow:

· comments [29] · 12-27-2008 · categories:mumbling · shopping ·

29 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Erin // Dec 27, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    I’m extremely jealous of your snow kitty!

  • 2 megan // Dec 27, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Sadly it has since melted, I’m glad I got some pictures when I could!

  • 3 MamaLana // Dec 27, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    I’ve never even heard of a snow kitty. It was beautiful!

  • 4 f // Dec 27, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    All sounds lovely. Does your 4 million dollar bag fit the XSI with an extra lens? Or just the body with the stock lens? I’m trying to decide between the 4, 5 and 6 million dollar bag – it’s so hard to tell sizes online!

  • 5 mare // Dec 27, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    Clearly you looted out this year. Yay you!

  • 6 Helen Blank // Dec 27, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    Love the snow kitty! I want one!!!!!!1

  • 7 April // Dec 27, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    That snow kitty is adorable!

  • 8 ilse // Dec 27, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    oh wow! wish i had some snow to make a snow kitty, but alas i am too far south!

  • 9 Ellen // Dec 27, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    Lovely kitty! Lovely bag! Happy Christmas, Megan.

  • 10 megan // Dec 27, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    f – it would fit an extra lens but it will be very tight. If you think you’d want two lenses with you all the time I’d go for a larger bag. The reviewers on amazon are often good about describing exactly what camera brand/model and extras fit inside so read those.

  • 11 mamacita // Dec 28, 2008 at 3:25 am

    You totally need a set of dominoes. I can’t imagine being stuck inside without them. Chickenfoot is a lot of fun to play with a big group; 42 is great for four people; Mexican dominoes works with 2 or 4, and straight dominoes works with only 2 people. So many happy memories…

  • 12 Rebekah // Dec 28, 2008 at 5:55 am

    The whirly pop is the best thing ever! Make sure you season it before you use it, though. My husband didn’t, and I forgot to tell him and we scorched the first batch. Now that it’s set, it makes the best popcorn.

  • 13 monica // Dec 28, 2008 at 6:11 am

    that snow kitty is wonderful. you are truly blessed with a super guy

  • 14 Stephanie // Dec 28, 2008 at 8:32 am

    We had a Very Merry NotMartha Christmas! Gifts exchanged included a DB Clay wallet, which caused quite a stir, and a handful of RuMe bags – I even got one in my stocking!

    Best wishes, Megan, for a wonderful new year full of wonderful new gadgets and gizmos!

  • 15 Natalie // Dec 28, 2008 at 10:29 am

    Oh awesome snow kitty! I hope it never melts.

  • 16 Stacey // Dec 28, 2008 at 10:39 am

    We have a Whirly Pop–it’s amazing. Not a single unpopped kernel. Enjoy it!

  • 17 Steph // Dec 28, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    Hey Lady! Glad to see that someone finally got some use out of the crepe pan.

    Also, that snow kitty rules. Scott wins.

  • 18 Michele // Dec 28, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    I absolutely LOVE my Whirley Pop!

  • 19 Seanna Lea // Dec 29, 2008 at 9:54 am

    I’ll have to make some meringues. I am finally over my avoidance (I made some for a wedding, and just couldn’t stand looking at them for years afterwards) and those look really tasty.

  • 20 Amy Lu // Dec 29, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    I had to laugh when I saw the ABC gingerbread cookie cutters.

    In college, when we had bake sales, we would purposely break off limbs and heads and decorate them with some red icing. We called them “Don’t Drink and Drive” gingerbread men….

  • 21 pam // Dec 30, 2008 at 11:26 am

    I want to get a crumpler bag for my older digital rebel – will that one fit an extra lens as well, or just the camera with the lens on it? i think i may just go for the 5 million dollar home bag.

  • 22 Jen // Dec 30, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    I’m very impressed by the snow kitty, and Scott’s thoughtfulness.

  • 23 Tea // Dec 31, 2008 at 1:27 am

    So glad you guys had a good Christmas–snow and cabin fever not withstanding (kinda sorry I missed the storm; kinda glad that I did). I love your loot (do you like the xsi? I think I’m getting one as well).

    The snow kitty is of course genius–but I’d expect nothing less from that boy. He set the bar pretty damn high with the pumpkin:-)

  • 24 Butzeballchen // Dec 31, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    We love our Whirley-pop! Those cookie cutters are great. Wouldn’t they make funny gift cookies?

    What a nice man to build you a snow kitty. Thoughtful, thoughtful.

  • 25 Lauren // Dec 31, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    The snow kitty is the sweetest thing! Your man must love you!

  • 26 Aly // Dec 31, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    Just had to thank you for posting what you got for Scott — my husband was thrilled with his birthday gifts today all thanks to your post :) Happy New Year!!

  • 27 Katie // Jan 2, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Those cookie cutters are just too funny! If you had a regular gingerbread man, you could always take a bite off of it and claim you weren’t snacking. Hmmm…!

  • 28 Kate // Jan 4, 2009 at 8:17 am

    Ah I love my whirley pop! Definitely worth the huge amount of space it occupies :)

  • 29 jenny // Jan 9, 2009 at 8:17 am

    I was so excited to see that someone else has those weird clear plastic snowflakes on their Christmas tree. Mine were my gram’s, and I just love them!

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