Ho ho ho, and all that!

I am sure if most of you took a guess at what I’d been doing for the past 5 days since I last blogged you’d probably say something like “spending Christmas with your family!” Of course, it’d be a huge lie; I’ve actually been playing Animal Crossing non-stop for about a week.

After doing the brief family thing on Christmas Day/Boxing Day eve, Karl and I returned home to play with the goodies Santa brought, and relax away from noise and children (much the same thing, honestly). Talking of which — goodies that is, not children — I am now the owner of a Fujifilm FinePix S5600 which (compared to the previous camera) is an absolute beast. (Thank you Mummies!) I’ve not had chance to really play with it yet, but rest assured I’ll be filling up my web space with gratuitous shots of boring crap shortly.

Amongst other gifts, I received a gorgeous smelling leather camera bag and 1Gb xD-Picture card from Karl (lots of “cuddles” for him :9 ) and plenty of chocs from my brother (Kristofer) and sister.

Material obsessions possessions aside, I think one of the best moments this Christmas was watching my niece open the Tickle Me Elmo X. For those who’ve not had the opportunity to see it (the Elmo), I direct you to YouTube. She immediately starting copying it — lying on the floor kicking her legs and patting her belly. It was hilarious, and if I didn’t have a hatred for children being exploited for cheap web hits you KNOW I’d upload the video.

Right. My potatoes are boiling over, so I must dash.. safe to say I’ve had a jolly Christmas so far, only marred by the lack of my father. Heyho, maybe next year!

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21 comments so far

  1. Jenny said:
    On December 28, 2006 at 9:31 pm

    Isn’t AC supposed to suck ass? :P However, you must do the um self-timer thingymajig photo.

  2. Jem said:
    On December 28, 2006 at 9:33 pm

    Isn’t AC supposed to suck ass? :P Dunno, but I think it’s great :D

  3. Kris said:
    On December 28, 2006 at 11:03 pm

    yeah, i dont know if this is meant to be there exactly but ” (lots of “cuddles” for him :9 ) ” typo??

  4. Jem said:
    On December 28, 2006 at 11:13 pm

    yeah, i dont know if this is meant to be there exactly but ” (lots of “cuddles” for him :9 ) ” typo?? No, Karl and I cuddle all the time!

  5. Nikki-ann said:
    On December 28, 2006 at 11:13 pm

    It’s good to hear you’ve had a jolly Christmas. Enjoy those chocolates! All the best for the new year :)

  6. Stephanie said:
    On December 29, 2006 at 12:01 am

    I heard Animal Crossing was bad because if you make any “obligations” for yourself in the game, then you HAVE to keep them. For example, if you tell someone you’ll get something done by tomorrow and it’s not done by then, then you’re doomed (well, not really). Elmo..oh God! Funny how little kids love to imitate such things and make fools of themselves.

  7. Jem said:
    On December 29, 2006 at 12:03 am

    @Stephanie: yes, that’s true, if you’re given a deadline you should keep it, but nothing happens if you don’t. I don’t think 2 year olds understand making a fool of themselves ;)

  8. Katy said:
    On December 29, 2006 at 1:02 am

    hehe, I remember the elmo..

  9. Aim said:
    On December 29, 2006 at 1:57 am

    That video was very, very disturbing. I don’t think I would’ve enjoyed a toy like that when I was little. Damn.

  10. Josh said:
    On December 29, 2006 at 6:43 am

    People usually talk about the obligations of Animal Crossing. I kind of enjoy them though. They keep you busy. And I just talk to neighbors and fish and such. One time Lobo (a guy wolf) told me that he finds pheromones to be the most important aspect of a man. Quite interesting small talk. Glad you enjoyed Christmas. :)

  11. Jordan said:
    On December 29, 2006 at 6:45 am

    I’ve been thinking about getting a DS… But for now I’ve got the Wii to take all my time =)

  12. Aravis said:
    On December 29, 2006 at 7:06 am

    That’s one fine camera you have there, especially the fact that it’s a dSLR with movie mode! You have my tech-envy.

  13. Chans said:
    On December 29, 2006 at 12:26 pm

    Sounds like you had a good Christmas! Beautiful Camera :) can’t wait to see some shots you made with it.

  14. Hillarie said:
    On December 29, 2006 at 4:21 pm

    Glad you had a good Christmas! Little kids are always so adorable! Oh, and did everybody get a camera? I mean, all of my friends (with an exception of my favorite of the bunch and the one that got a camera last year) got cameras. Even I got a camera. How many megapixels is yours? I’d upload a pic of my distant cousin Eli (3 or 4, not sure how old he really is) to my site if I thought his mother would approve, but…I doubt it, so I understand you concern for not exploiting kids for cheap web hits.

  15. Teresa said:
    On December 29, 2006 at 7:40 pm

    Hey Jem! Happy Belated Holidays!

  16. Shannon said:
    On December 30, 2006 at 2:19 am

    …I want that Elmo. Though I’d probably abandon it in a few days. Don’t know if I’ve said it before, but Merry Christmas!

  17. Natalie said:
    On December 30, 2006 at 4:39 pm

    Hey Jem, good to see (or read, whatever) that you had a nice Christmas! That Elmo is actually quite funny in an extremely weird and freakish way. Would have liked to see your niece copying it, it does sound hilarious but I have to agree on the whole “children being exploited for web hits” thing. heehee. Have a fantastic 2007! Are you planning anything exciting in your real life or internet life?

  18. Nan said:
    On December 31, 2006 at 12:37 am

    I feel like a Neanderthal! I don’t have a clue what the Animals Crossing thing is and everyone is talking about it! Hopefully I will manage to figure it out before depression hits me. Happy new year!

  19. Hillarie said:
    On December 31, 2006 at 2:37 pm

    I feel like a Neanderthal! I don’t have a clue what the Animals Crossing thing is and everyone is talking about it! Hopefully I will manage to figure it out before depression hits me. Happy new year! Animal Crossing is this really dull (at times), but really addictive game. Your character looks semi-human (in my opinion), and ‘it’ is moving to a new town. You’ll arrive at the town with little money, and you’ll notice that all the other characters are animals in clothes. Erm, I haven’t played it since…last year, I believe, so I may be a bit off on the intro, but there is a gamecube version and nintendo DS version. The gc was supposed to be for nintendo 64 (from what I’ve heard, but I’ve heard incorrectly before, so I may be stuffing my foot in my mouth soon). You are supposed to pay off your debt and complete tasks for the town citizens, etc., etc. This may describe it more accurately: http://www.animal-crossing.com/wildworld/

  20. Alys said:
    On December 31, 2006 at 3:21 pm

    Is it just me, or did anyone else find the “suicidal elmo” on the related videos deeply amusing? I have a cuddly duck called Elmo.

  21. Ashley said:
    On January 3, 2007 at 12:58 am

    Glad you had a happy holiday Jem! I too have developed a sort of obsession with my DS and Animal Crossing. I’m so addicted to fishing. I keep telling myself “just one more then I’ll stop,” but I keep going and going. Now if I could only get my friend code. :P