I got us both iPods with some money that my parents had given me, and Mark gave me a beautiful, silver necklace of Fawkes, Dumbledore's phoenix. I wish I didn't have to take it off for things like sleeping and showering. (g) It's gorgeous!
I love the iPod. To my ears, it has beautiful sound quality. I've put my album Sabbatum on it, and it sounds exquisite on there. I've also found out that there's an album out that is a string tribute to Tool. Like Black Sabbath, I've never heard anything by Tool that I know of. I want to check that out. I wonder what you call this genre of music that takes hard rock and heavy metal songs and makes classical-sounding music out of them? Rondellus did a splendid job with Black Sabbath, so I guess the trend is catching on.
We didn't exchange gifts among the family by drawing names, this year. Instead, we all pooled our money and bought a goat from Heifer International, which goes to a family who could use it. We chose a goat instead of a cow because, apparently, the family is allowed to keep kids but not calves. Calves have to be given to Heifer International so they can go to other families. Plus, goats can eat darn near anything, whereas cattle require more food that is hard to grow on barren land.
We saw a rerun of a national spelling bee competition while we ate lunch. Those things are really neat and intense to watch, because those kids sweat. There is no one in a national spelling bee who goes in there and just aces it. Everyone is nervous. The kid who won sounded as if he was going to pass out at the mike. (g) He spelled the word, 'autochthonous.' I'd have enjoyed the spelling bee much more, though, if I'd been able to hear over the chatter of everyone else in the room. *sigh* Other words I remember from the spelling bee were paresia, oyez, viminous, and lagniappe.
I drank too much white wine and got a bit hungover by 10pm, but it was still fun. The weather has turned cold, alas.