We were going to buy a PS3 system for Christmas, but yesterday after getting paid for the last time before Christmas we were out doing some shopping and DH decided “let’s just get the PS3 today, and a game for the children, and one for you, and one for me” and then not wait until Christmas, but “open” it right away, not wrapped it up or anything, no surprise, except for in the aisle at Best Buy.
I had kind of suggested that already, before we left for the shopping trip, but he didn’t seem to take me seriously as I was “complaining” about how Christmas was going in our house thus far, seeing as I got us the Christmas tree early, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and it’s still not in the house, and it just doesn’t “feel” like Christmas to me, and I can’t get it in by myself and don’t feel like doing it alone anyhow. We have to clear a space for the tree, my idea of that is to move stuff over, get the tree in, then sort out the re-organization.
DH is opposite of what I am, so we are at impass. He was traveling this week, and last week it was … I don’t know … DH isn’t big into Christmas. Big into buying things for us, but not the decorations, the traditions … he could do without. So it takes massive energy on my part to make Christmas into the magical thing it can be in a family, and I haven’t had what it takes every year since moving to Georgia, living without any friends or relatives nearby, and not having a Christmas supportive church.
I had traditions of how decorations went, having special ones purchased each year to add to the tree, and reducing the “generic” ball decorations, going for a special look of a year marking ornament, silver bell, or pewter something, or a porcelain star, the current year dated things by big household fine dinner placings manufacturers … one every year, then also getting a series from Hallmark, like cats, bears, one every year marked for the year, special, a series of 5 or whatever the number. I didn’t start that the first year we were married, but did after we went to Gatlinburg for our anniversary in 1994, and found something to start with in an outlet shop, and that went on fine until my children got old enough to rifle through my stuff in the garage and ruined my things one year, many things broken while they were looking for toys that were put aside, and they weren’t supposed to be in that stuff at all, and they found my stuff and messed it up, and that was that. Some things survived, but to this day I don’t know what didn’t exactly, it makes me ill inside to think of it.
Anyhow, the other day I found a small tote with some of that surviving stuff inside (DH had transferred some stuff sometime this past year) and miraculously a Wedgewood 2002 snowflake ornament was laying naked in the bottom, whole and pristine. I took it out, and some other things in the box and put them on top of the DSS box for a short time.
That short time was way shorter than I figured, and after putting them there, putting a CD on to play, and picking up the baby to start nursing, all of the sudden “CRASH!!!!” and the stuff fell off of where it was directly onto the floor, the Wedgewood snowflake in several pieces.
I was quite disgusted with my choice of placement and mad at myself, but ultimately I felt it the children the ultimate reason for it, since it was safely stored in the right place until they displaced everything, being there to do so illegitamately one day here and there some years ago.
I did try to put the snowflake back together, it’s all there except for one small section of which I can’t find, and I have 5 or so tiny flakes that are impossible to put together, but wouldn’t even equal what’s missing if they could go somewhere. I looked high and low, and that shard is just fully missing. I could possibly super-glue it, but what’s the point, with that missing part and anyhow, my hold on “Christmas Energy” fell apart.
I’m totally offline about it, so that’s what the “just get our presents now” idea I had was about. DH took that and decided about it along with some other plans we have for traveling North right after Christmas, to just make the plan to go earlier, and we could have the Playstation 3 right away and also do the rest of Christmas next week instead of waiting for the 25th.
I don’t know, oh well, it’s OK, just not my true desire. I want a nice Christmas, the environment, the timing the mystery, fun, beauty, awe of it. I mean for me it’s all the way through Christmas Eve and is pretty much putted to nothing by Christmas morn. I have come to terms with having the most of my “christmas feeling” imbued in the evening by the fire the night before, and having us open something that night, and the rest the next day.
A few years ago we began a Christmas Tradition of going to a movie on Christmas Day. That year it was the new Peter Pan film. I want to continue it this year, even if we aren’t home … where we will be might be fine to exit for a few hours in honor of our newer tradition … we’ll be at DH’s father’s … we think. Well, it’s the current plan.
So to get back to the PS3, I have it set up, last night connected it and watched a new Blue-Ray in true HD. Ah, how nice. We saw HD in the summe of 2007 for the first time for real, in a new hotel they had a lovely large wide flat screen HD tv connection, a baseball game was it, and it was WOW! So now we have gaming and movies in HD at least 🙂
Yes, we have four Blue-Ray movies. 3 games for the PS3.
I connected to our wireless network with the PS3 today. I also got my PSP registered with the PS3 and that will make my PSP so much more worth it … it’s kind of cool. Anyhow, we looked at some of the pictures that are on one of my computers, via the PS3 and also fooled around with some music. Oh, we have a 160 Gig PS3.
We watched “Enchanted” last night. We didn’t own the DVD, just had rented it several months ago. We liked it then, but just didn’t “buy” it, but did last night at CD Warehouse (where we get a lot of our movies and CD’s of late) as one of our Blue-Ray movie purchases. It was fantastic to see it again, and I dreamed the music of it all night, literally. To see it so spectacularly made turning our standard DirecTivo on horrible ever since.
Today I played my new Prince of Persia game, and it was thoroughly enjoyable. It’s a great version. I have PofP Sands of Time for PS2, and PofP Rival Swords for Wii, as well. I haven’t finished either of them, but jumped right into each when I had them and never went all the way. I love the format for the new PS3/XBox version, it’s thoroughly just what I want to play.
The children have the PS3 Wall.E game. And the DH game was bundled with the PS3, Uncharted: Drakes Fortune. He’ll play that soon. Wall.E has been played by all three older children and I’m sick of the sounds already. 🙂