Christmas in the Captain's Cabin

Thursday, December 25, 2008
I need a nap.

Christmas has come and gone aboard the Swiftsure. Well, everything except the big turkey dinner but that will be here soon enough. I woke up at 4:30 this morning; finally a day where I slept in! Rolled out of bed along with the overly eager cats and began my day. Coffee maker? Ready to go. Banana bread and mandarins? Sliced, peeled and ready for munching on while opening presents. Laundry? In the machine. Shower? Check. Present for the Admiral? On the coffee table waiting for her to drag her lazy butt out of bed.

She finally woke up when I threw a kitten on her at 8:45. So lazy, that one. After a quick wee and grabbing herself a cup of coffee, she plonked herself into her comfy chair, grabbed a slice of banana bread and opened her stocking. I had put together a gift basket of items for her to keep her busy in the evenings - a couple of novels (The Murder Room and Ice Hunt one of which will probably accompany me across the sea), some chocolate covered almonds, a couple of crossword puzzle books, and some movies (Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Conan the Barbarian, and Conan the Destroyer). She was so excited! Santa also dropped off a couple of items in her stocking - a Timmies gift card and a CDRom with 500 different variations of solitaire on it (she's addicted). The cats were treated to a can of tuna, a box of Q-tips (they're freaks) and a couple of catnip toys.

My turn. I hadn't asked for much this year - mainly gift cards so I could pick up the last bits and pieces I need for my trip (oh my...less than three months now!). I was quite surprised when I opened the bag the Admiral gave me and there was a skull staring back at me. Turns out it was a fabulous black and white pirate toque (do pirates wear toques? This one does!) complete with earflaps to keep me toasty warm and braids hanging off of each side. I LOVE IT! In addition to my great new head gear, there was a card which had a gift card for an electronics/stationary store stuffed inside. This means I'll be able to get a memory card for my camera, a new webcam, and possibly pick up Age of Empires III. Oooooh, am I excited? No, not at all. I'm such a liar.

What was up with Santa sticking tags on our gifts in mom and dad's hand writing? We never fell for it. We always knew that Santa had left the presents with mom and dad and made them wrap them in a big effort to leaves us dazed and confused for years. Also, Santa used to leave the tags on our presents and also the price tag. Did anyone else experience this growning up? For some reason, the fat guy in the red suit used to try and confuse us by sticking price tags on our gifts. Which is so wrong considering Santa doesn't charge for the toys he leaves all the good boys and girls. Nice try Santa, we know that Barbie Camper didn't cost you $19.99 - your elves made it for free! Hmmm, wait a minute. Does that mean Santa runs a sweat shop? Is he the leader of a huge slave labour ring? My gosh!

Needless to say, Santa did not disappoint again this year. Attached to my hat were the tags and the price. Oh Santa. It's nice to know you haven't changed. It was also nice to see this tag attached to the little plastic holder. Seems that rumour about the Arctic sweat shop is wrong. And those are little people not children making the presents. Whew that's a relief. I have a feeling mom didn't set out to find a gift that was socially responsible but I'm so glad that it worked out this way. I'm proud to wear my toque and not just because it's wicked cool.

After all was said and done, the wrapping paper recycled, presents put away for safe keeping, and the cats out of the way and napping, it was time for breakfast. The admiral and I had made an arrangement - I would cook and she would clean up. Too easy. I hate the cleaning up afterwards. I prefer to MAKE the mess! Since we probably wouldn't eat again until 5ish when we head over to Big Brother's for the turkey feast, I wanted to make something substantial. That meant a bit more effort than cold cereal with a banana sliced into it. So, I treated the two of us to a huge meal: scrambled eggs with peppers and onions, toast, bacon, sliced tomatoes, left over mandarins, and orange juice. Mmmmmmmmmmm. It was fabulicious. Unfortunately, I always make too much. There was probably enough food for four people rather than just the two of us but we made a great effort. All in all a great start to what's going to be a hectic day.

I hope you've all had a great holiday with your friends and family. Stay safe and take care of yourselves, and each other.

Lots o'love.
The Captain and the Admiral.


Wandering Coyote said...

I love the word "fabulicious!" I'll have to remember that and steal it sometime over at ReTorte!

Looks like a decent haul and your breakfast looks awesome!

Have a great dinner tonight with the fam!

Heather said...

Merry Christmas to you and the Admiral!

sp said...

It sounds like such a nice Christmas. I love the hat! It looks great on you.
If I didn't with you a Merry Christmas I do so now. Happy New Year!

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