Every single gift I got was something I wanted. Srsly.
Smokey gave me got a pristine copy of cookbook I had coveted: Eat It by Dana Crumb, wife of R. Crumb, famed illustrator and inventor of the iconic Mr. Natural and Keep On Truckin' images. Why, yes, I AM a child of That Era.
Smokey assures me that he paid nowhere near what it was priced at Amazon used books.
Back story: when we first met and for the first five years we were married, we lived in a very large house (eight bedrooms, three baths) with six other people. Jim, one of our housemates, had this cookbook, which is the source for my fabled enchilada recipe. The last time I made them I decided to see if I could find the cookbook on eBay. I did, and told Smokey that a, it was out of print, no surprise there, and 2, that copies were going for as much as $50 or more. We chuckled at how valuable it had become, and I thought no more about it.
Now I have my very own copy! Try to imagine how happy this makes me; just try.
I remember the recipes as being very, very tasty. Smokey said the reviews confirmed that. One reviewer said she had worn out two copies of the book and was now on her third. I think I probably made a few recipes back in the day, but I don't remember any more. Will definitely try them now. A blast of fond memories and the prospect of noms -- priceless!
Elder Son got me a set of Knitter's Price interchangeable bamboo circs -- w00t! When I opened it, I was flabbergasted and asked how he knew I wanted them. Both sons replied that I had told them. (Yeah, the memory is the first to go.) Eventually I remembered that I had emailed them both sometime this fall and said that if anyone were interested in a gift for me, I would really like these.
I need to knit some silk. Stat. If I had some.
Younger Son had told me a couple months ago that he was thinking of getting me an iPhone for Christmas. He had recently switched his existing phone to a different carrier but had not taken advantage of the new carrier's deal on a new phone; thus, he was able to get me a fabulous phone for far less than MSRP and add it/me to his contract quite cheaply. We are a family that loves us a deal.
Here are some photos I took with it at Younger Son's apartment last night in dim room light, no flash.
To those many of you who already have an iPhone or some other magical telephonic device, this may seem mundane. But to me, who has carried a dumb TracFone for years and years, this is a quantum leap. Now I can do things like find a map when we are driving or look up a restaurant when we are somewhere unfamililar or tweet photos or... many, many other things I cannot imagine right now*.
An unexpected plus was when last night on a whim, after noting with surprise that I had one bar of service, I tried to call Younger Son (in Minneapolis) on my new phone from my bedroom (in our house in Wisconsin, where NO ONE has cell service). And it worked! Since the house is by the lake, it -- and every other cabin and house here -- is down in a hole. No one has cell service the last time I asked, about a year ago. Cellular coverage keeps improving, but I was still very impressed. We chatted for a few minutes, then the call dropped. He later emailed me that he has found the reception here to be good, not great. Texting should be fine, but voice may be somewhat iffy.
Color me one Happy KatTM.
* Just remembered a big advantage. Now I have a phone that will sync with my computer. Every Tracfone I have had has required me to re-enter my entire phone book from the previous phone. I got a new phone every year or two, and the last one? I only entered Smokey and the boys because it was such a pain to re-enter everything. Happily, I never needed any other numbers because I could look them up on my iPod**, which is always in my left pocket.
** That iPod will be going to Elder Son as soon as I get everything synced up on the iPhone. The headphone jack on his iPod is bad so he hasn't been using it. Even though mine is a couple years old it works fine (except when I take it outside and the temp is below zero)(and even though one corner of the screen is shattered from when it fell out of my pocket onto a tile floor).