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Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Super Secret Santa Gift, and other pirate booty, for which I am terribly thankful


This is a gorgeously handmade Vagabond travel guitar. It was my super secret Santa gift for Ian and myself this year -- a final splurge before I adopt the pocketbook of a pauper in January. It was totally worth the price. The sound is beautiful, and authentically that of a guitar (unlike many travel guitars), and the craftsmanship is admirable. We are excited to have this to take with us on roadtrips and campouts.

I was also very pleased to receive several books that I will need in law school, or that are relevant to my focus on intellectual property, public domain, fair use, and the arts.


Ian gave me a digital picture frame, which is something I've desired for quite awhile. It's nice to have your photos cycle through next to you while you work. Every now and then a picture catches your eye that you wouldn't have otherwise considered noteworthy. It keeps memories alive.


We also received a really nice microwave to replace our old one, which really wasn't very old -- less than three years -- but it kept blowing fuses. Microwave burritos shall be mine again! (Bwahahahaha!)


See that silvery thing to the left of the microwave? That's a burr grinder -- part of my coffee-themed gifts from Ian (he knows me well). I had heard that burr grinders were superior to chopping grinders for creating the best flavor from your beans, and now after brewing several pots using my burr-ground beans, I have to concur.

To compliment my new burr grinder, I also received this coffee maker complete with water filtration system.


The cool thing about this unit is that I can set a timer so my coffee automatically brews in the morning. How slick is that? I have also discovered that condensed milk makes an excellent creamer for coffee. Now the power of the perfect cup of coffee is in my hands!

So I feel pleased and grateful and very fortunate this holiday season. I hope you all had a happy holiday season as well.



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9 comments:

sovknight said...

Looks like a pretty good haul this year. I hope you had a good Christmas.

:)

Nilsa said...

I'm not a coffee drinker, but my husband has wet dreams over his burr coffee grinder and high-end coffee maker. Best wedding presents ever ... because I have a happy husband! Though, don't talk to him in the morning before his first cup of java...

Dena said...

I love the guitar. I can't play a note (unless you count Ozzy's "Crazy Train" bassline), but I can appreciate the beauty of it. Happy New Year to you!

natabird said...

Looks like you made out with all the goods this year. That guitar is beautiful. Glad you had a happy christmas.

jess said...

every single law student i know loves the microwave burritos. totally gross!

great gifts, dude. glad you had a good day.

B.R. said...

Most minimalists out there would concur, on principle, that gifts need to serve a functional role, primarily. The books and the coffee maker get my full vote. Books, especially career-related books are always great. And the coffee maker, well, in my humble opinions is the most relevant kitchen gadget. I'm especially amazed by the automatic brew feature. 'nen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr!

Scott said...

Looks like a fancy coffee maker, did you have to reinstall your outlets upside-down to be compatible?

Sra said...

I was confused by your question, Scott, but now I notice that my outlet is upside down in that picture, sure enough. No, I blame my landlord for that. But now that I think of it, who's to say which way is upside up or down with those? Just cause it doesn't make a scared face doesn't mean it's upside down.

Sra said...

I was confused by your question, Scott, but now I notice that my outlet is upside down in that picture, sure enough. No, I blame my landlord for that. But now that I think of it, who's to say which way is upside up or down with those? Just cause it doesn't make a scared face doesn't mean it's upside down.

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