So Christmas came and I think it turned out pretty successfully. Incidentally, the middle cat really likes to help out with the ribbons and bows, if by ``help out'' you mean get hopelessly tangled up in and to chew on. But the various bows that I got at the Capital K Mart the night before Christmas when I realized we were all out of ribbons were a hit, particularly the one that's sort of a speckled fountain of curly Muppet hair, and the middle cat couldn't get enough of it.
Somehow the brother I see less often is easier to shop for --- I got him the gift of Stan Freberg (presenting the United States of America), which somehow he'd never encountered before, although I'm confident it's right for him --- while the brother I see fairly often is tougher. I don't know what he'll make of his gifts, since we aren't getting together until tomorrow. He and his wife usually go to her family's place for Christmas, and then in theory we go up to see him shortly after, because he's allergic to the multiple cats here.
Gifts for my sister turned out pretty successfully too, as they included a little box with treat recipes and cookie moulds for her dog, and a talking-animal murder-mystery cozy set at a barn. I was guessing from her Amazon wish list, as I couldn't find anything from it, but it turns out she thought she had put it on her mailing list. bunny_hugger told me this one wasn't the only talking-animal murder-mystery cozy series she knew. Who knew?
For her husband, I couldn't bring myself to buy any of the DVDs on his list --- I don't want to be on the database that putting Beerfest on my credit card would put me on --- but The A-Team was apparently pretty well received. For some reason the store I bought it filed it under ``T''. A lack of proper coordination did mean both my mother and I bought him the same Playstation Something or Other video game, although since I'd included the gift receipt there's no irrevocable harm done.
Trivia: The `Fish Street Pillar', designed by Christopher Wren and Robert Hooke, commemorating the Great Fire of London cost £11,340/11s/9d to construct. Source: By Permission of Heaven: The True Story of the Great Fire of London, Adrian Tinniswood.
Currently Reading: A Thin Cosmic Rain: Particles From Outer Space, Michael W Friedlander.