December 26th, 2008

Coupling - Stuck in the Giggle Loop

Eight days of happiness meme - parts 3 & 4

Christmas Eve

  • Did everything at work that I needed to do, and I'm only working one more day (next Tuesday) until January 5th. Be nice to have a break.
  • Had fish soup for dinner. I like my fish soup.
  • Managed - briefly - to get on top of the washing up. I know, house work (or at least getting it done) makes me happy.
  • The Christmas HIGNFY special was good fun. Loved the costumes, and it made me laugh.
  • Caught some of the Christmas Gavin & Stacey. I've never watched it properly, but it looked good, and I've heard really good things of it.
  • Went to the midnight service at the local Cathedral. A bit high church for me, but even so, it was nice to go there - went with my mum and my sister, and saw some old friends there which was nice. Good way to see in Christmas Day (those last two verses of O come, all ye faithful get to me every time...

Christmas Day

  • My mum. Took me all the way to Chorleywood and back. She's a star. Over this year, and particularly over the past couple of months or so, I've come to really appreciate my family a lot more than I had before, but my mum really is a star. She does so many good things for me.
  • Saw Sarah, however briefly. Did a little pressie exchange. She liked her presents (three David Attenborough DVDs which I'd bought from her wish list, and the Prince Caspian DVD and the Folklore of Discworld book). She and her mum had got me, between them, a digital photo frame and an 8GB flash card with loads of family photos loaded on to it. That was nice.
  • Christmas day with mum & Malcolm, Antonia & Richard, and Jakob & Eleni. Jakob received loads of presents and was full of beans, Eleni was crying a bit but when she settled down she was happy (although, as seems to be the way with young babies, manages to cultivate a very studious look). A lovely time, no arguments, and we were all happy, although I was still a bit tired from lack of sleep and spent a couple of hours in bed.
  • Received some wonderful presents - mainly stuff from my Amazon wish list - which I shall itemise in another post. People seemed to appreciate the presents we'd bought for them, including Malcolm (Spiral on DVD). Also Tim (I'd given him his present - the Peep Show script book - a couple of days ago, but he liked it, which is always nice).
  • Got home and saw the Christmas Doctor Who. Again, deserves a post of its own, but suffice it to say, I enjoyed it.

So yeah, two good days. I wonder what today will bring?
Coupling - Stuck in the Giggle Loop

Christmas presents post.

Things I've received:

Resurrection by N.T. Wright. - been after a complete copy of this since it was first shown about five years ago and I missed most of it. I like Wright - he's a good theologian - and am looking forward to seeing this properly.

Mine, all Mine. Recorded some of this when it was first on, and it was one of the first programmes I transferred to DVD-R, but I've never seen it properly all the way through - and indeed the DVD is the full six-episode version, rather than the five-episode version screened on ITV.

Black Butterfly - the third Lucifer Box novel. I received the second one a couple of Christmasses ago. Now all I need is the first one and I can read the whole lot. And I love that cover...

Finding Serenity - Anti-heroes, Lost Shepherds and Space Hookers In Joss Whedon's Firefly - just 'cos it looks interesting.

Learning Cocoa with Objective-C - because I really want to properly learn how to program a computer. I think that's going to my main goal for 2009 (apart from the obvious) - possibly with a view to a career change, I don't know...

Chart Throb by Ben Elton - I've got most of his books, and this was one of the ones I'm missing. Looking forward to reading it. Some of the recent ones have been a good laugh (although others, such as Blind Faith, have been less so). Hopefully this one will be a good laugh.

Treasure of Khan by Clive Cussler. A Dirk Pitt book I missed? WTF? Time to catch up. And there's a new one out in hardback now too.

Mock the Week - Scenes We'd Like To See. Because I enjoy a good laugh. On a cursory flick through, this certainly seems to be pretty darned hilarious.

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer. Because I'd like to check out the work of the guy who's doing the sixth Hitch-Hiker's novel, and this seems to be as good a place to start.

Bilingual by Pet Shop Boys - the re-release with the Further Listening disc. One of the few of those re-releases that I hadn't got (I think the only one I'm missing now is Behaviour. Admittedly, the only reason this was on my wish list was that there are only a couple of "previously unreleased" tracks on the Further Listening disc, and there was no way I was going to bother buying it myself just for those two...

Cinemasonic by All About Eve. For some reason, I never bought this at the time. Really looking forward to listening to it, 'cos, well, it's "new" (as of about 6 years ago) All About Eve.

MJGB06 by Martyn Joseph. Because I like Martyn Joseph, and again, this is one of the few of his that I don't have.

(Also Visible Results by Liza Minnelli and David Tennant reading Doctor Who - The Stone Rose, both of which were birthday presents from Antonia & Richard).

A pizza stone from Claire.

Three rather nice smart jumpers from Sarah.

So I'm quite happy with all of that lot. Must read through my book collection a bit more quickly, though - I've got a sizeable pile of books still to be read. They collapsed on me while I was in bed the other night. That's probably not a good sign, really...