As much as I like working at Safeway, it is nice to be home with family tonight.
Mom got up early and made us a great breakfast of Farmer’s Sausage Quiche (real men may not eat quiche but I did today) and then it was off to take Marley to the Pierre Radisson Dog Park before I had to get to work. I may be the low man on the totem pole in terms of seniority but it is always nice to get some extra hours over the holidays.
I am told that other Safeway’s get quiet on Christmas Eve but not the one on 33rd Street. We have a lot of working class customers and they have to work on Christmas Eve which means we are busy right up to closing time.
On the night of the Civic Election, Dad was in The StarPhoenix’s newsroom and they ordered in Swan Pizza. We had never ordered it or heard of it but it’s pretty amazing. If you are looking for great pizza, it’s up there with Panago and Santa Lucia pizza as the best in Saskatoon. So we ordered a perogy pizza and a pepperoni pizza for dinner tonight, had some festive drinks (Canada Dry’s Cranberry Ginger Ale) and some fun dessert (the awkwardly named Sex in a Pan) before opening presents.
Dad then sat down in front of the Christmas Tree and handed out all of our gifts.
A friend of dad and mom’s gave Oliver a snowboard and bindings. They went to Larry’s Sports Exchange and got him a pair of snowboard boots so he can use them. I gave Oliver a pair of Nintendo DS games and a Huskies Athletics hoodie. Marley gave him some ski goggles.
Dad gave him some warm snowboarding gloves while Mom also gave him the fourth Jedi Academy book.
They also gave him a Acer Iconia One 7” Tablet for Christmas. The same that I have. Dad is installing Google Hangouts and Google Duo on it so we can chat in real time. I put it on my phone as well tonight. Along with it was a case so he can start learning to type.
Oliver also was given a new pair of binoculars and a Bluetooth speaker. It was a pretty big day for him and he was really excited.
In his Christmas stocking, there was a model of a helicopter, a wooden Yoyo, and a monthly daytimer so he can keep track of his life which is kind of hectic for a kid in Grade 3.
Dad gave Mom a new 10” tablet with keyboard.
I knew Dad was getting her one so I ordered in a tablet bag that is made from goat leather and was imported from India. I also got her a Moleskine journal, a nice set of Sharpie pens and a new thumb drive.
Oliver got her some camping gear. He gave her a tea pot and a 2l pot for cooking. Marley gave her a camping frying pan with the expectation that any bacon that is fried up on there, goes to her. I can’t see that happening.
In mom’s stocking was a Sriracha2Go keychain. It’s a little Sriracha container that fits on your keychain. It’s a pretty funny gift. Santa got her some new wooden spoons because someone (looks over at the dog) chewed up her old ones as well as some candy.
Mom gave Dad the same kind of tablet we got for Oliver and I have. Marley gave him a keyboard case to carry it in.
Oliver gave dad a new backpack for travelling and hiking. It had a new Bear Grylls Gerber knife in it as well as a notebook and some pens.
I gave dad a pair of hiking poles for this summer and a new Rode VideoMicro for his Olympus OM-D E-M5 II.
Mom also gave him a Joby Gorillapod Focus tripod.
Marley and Hutch
We all went together and got the dogs two winter jackets. Marley’s is an old school varsity jacket while Hutch is looking dapper in his dog parka.
Marley’s favorite toy is her rope so we got her another one of those and some boots to go with the jacket. She hates the boots, loves the rope and is learning to accept the jacket.
Dad and Mom gave me a new Head snowboard and Oliver gave me some snowboard boots.
Marley gave me some new Ryder sunglasses and some Head snowboard gloves.
Dad and Mom also gave me a book called Grand Adventures by Alastair Humphreys while Dad gave me a travel duffel bag so when I want to have an epic adventure, I will be prepared.
Grand Adventures explores the hurdles that prevent us all having as many adventures as we would like to do. Using Alastair’s experience of 15 years of adventures, plus interviews with around 100 different adventurers, Grand Adventures offers encouragement, advice and a polite kick up the backside to overcome a lack of Time or Money and life’s Commitments and Relationships. It will help you choose which sort of adventure appeals to you. And then the second half of the book dissects many of the different types of journey you might choose, whether that is by Bicycle, Foot, Animal, Water, Motor, Climbing, Travelling, living in a treehouse, or something even grander such as blasting into Space.
Consider this: if you saved up £20 a week for a year, you’d have £1000 which is more than enough money to cycle all the way to Japan… Dream Big, Plan Quick, Go Explore.
Oliver also gave me a GSI Outdoors Javapress mug so I can enjoy some coffee in the backcountry.
Finally in my stocking were two Promaster protective filters for my Pentax 50mm f1.8 and 35mm f2.4 lenses.