Goodies

I wanted to brag about my new toys for a second. 😎 I dumped all of the Hershey Kisses out of my stocking, which I could tell were concealing other non-kiss-shaped things inside, and slowly started pulling out the other stuff. A pocket sized Simon game, a teeny Stretch Armstrong (which works surprisingly well), lots of unusual candy bars for my wrapper collection, and then a miniature replica of Dumbledore’s magic wand from the Harry Potter movies. 🤓 There were also a few squishy catnip ball toys for Maven.

Then in the regular presents, there were two particularly neat things. The first is a “do it yourself” music box kit. 😯 It looks like it has the hand-cranked music box mechanism, and then several long bits of paper for holes to be punched into, player piano style. One is pre-punched, and looks like it’s a demo reel to give you an idea of what you’re supposed to be doing. It’s gonna be challenging to see if I can come up with something original on my own. 🤔 Pretty sure I’ll end up using the laptop to plot and test my punches before they are punches.

The second thing is a full-sized wand, which is very nicely made/packaged and would make a great gift even if that’s all that it was. But it’s also a universal remote control, and you can program it with different commands based on what motions you make with it. 😄 Point it at the TV and it turns on, flip upwards and the channel goes up, rotate it to the left and the volume goes down, etc… I only glanced through the manual so far, but when I figure out how to get it working properly it’s going to be exceedingly nerdy and cool. 😋

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DNA

This kinda shows how glitched my brain has been recently. It was probably a couple of months ago that I ordered one of those DNA-based ancestry kits, to discover where my relatives are allegedly from. (I ordered one after seeing Genesee’s results.) I got it in the mail right away, but since then I’ve basically been staring at it every day – for some reason unable to make myself get online, register the kit, register an ancestry account, and then collect my spit to be sent back into them. 😟 It’s not like I even have to worry about stamps or going to the post office or anything, since the kit comes with a self-address stamped box for mailing it back.

But tonight when I looked at it, I had just the right amount of oomph to fuss with it, so now I’m registered and ready to go. All I have to do is not eat, drink, or smoke for a half hour before filling my vial – so this’ll likely happen right before I feel myself falling asleep… whenever that will be. 😏 I’ve gotta be in town tomorrow for a couple of things, so I’ll deposit it in the outgoing mail at the post office drive-thru and then 6-to-8 weeks later I shall have my results.