[FFXIV] Starlight Celebrations
I started this post on the 23rd, but then left it in the drafts folder as nothing more than a title. And since then I’ve been a combination of a) very busy at work so unable to post while there and b) very ill and so not really in the mood to do anything other than sleep… or read while in bed. I did drag myself to the pc for the “daily chores” of FFXIV and what with the Vanu Vanu quests, the daily hunts, and the fact that the FATE Train is running again thanks to the Anima weapons I’ve gotten both Machinist and Bard to level 56 now, so… go me, I guess.
I ran the Starlight Celebration quest series on my character and on my daughter’s as well. She loves the antlers with the red nose. I don’t particularly care for it, nor the reindeer hooves for the gloves and feet, so while I dragged out last year’s Starlight outfit for a screenshot, it all went back into the Armoire after that.
And now that my gameplay update is done (ignoring all the Endless Legend I’ve also been playing 😉 ) I’m going to steal Chestnut’s Holiday Questionnaire becuz while I’m not normally big on personal things/retrospectives/navel-gazing… it struck me as a whimsical list, so why not?
Favorite holiday movie?
The easy answer is of course, Die Hard. Except that’s a lie. An action movie set at a Christmas party does not a Christmas film make. TBH, I can’t say that I have a favorite. My wife and I have been watching a lot of the movies that have been in this year’s Hallmark Christmas movie marathon, as suggested by Orson Scott Card in a couple of his recent columns. We’ve more or less agreed with his rankings of the movies he talked about… the ones we’ve seen, anyway. Haven’t seen all of them, nor do we plan to try. But in the end, we ended up re-watching “While You Were Sleeping” the other nights and… if that one’s not my favorite Christmas movie, it’s in the top 3, so I guess we’ll go with that.
What are 3 things on your wish list this year?
Honestly, I feel like I’m good so far as material things go. I could always use a few more shirts, I suppose, but my “wish list” is more along the lines of things like “finally feel like I’m ahead of the curve on paying bills rather than always trying to catch up” or perhaps “my wife’s psychiatrist finds a drug cocktail and dosage that finally works for her.” And yeah, that’s only 2 things, but that’s pretty much all I want anymore.
Does it snow where you live?
The state’s catchphrase is “The Greatest Snow on Earth.” Does that answer your question? That said, I live in a well-sheltered semi-arid valley that generally doesn’t get much below 20 degrees at night, and typical daily highs throughout the winter are in the upper 30’s, so while we do get snow from time to time, it also usually will melt off within a couple of days too, so most snow sports and whatnot require a trip up to a higher elevation where it stays below freezing.
Which winter holiday do you celebrate?
I was raised in a Christian faith, so it was Christmas for us. 2 of my best friends while growing up were Lutherans, and the other 2 (yes, I had 4 best friends) were Jewish, so while I didn’t “celebrate” Hannukah, I still most certainly knew the stories and would usually get invited to be part of at least 1 of the 8 nights.
Worst gift you’ve ever gotten?
Assuming that there’s an unspoken “for Christmas” buried in that question…. probably a couple of pencil erasers shaped like squirrels back when I was in high school. The odd shape made them actually unusable as erasers, and what teenage boy wants cute little rubber squirrels as a decoration in their room? That said, I did keep them in a drawer for a long time so as to not offend my sister who gave them to me by not simply throwing them away.
Biggest pet peeve about the holiday season?
I’m going to go with “the way that it now starts on Nov 1 instead of on Black Friday.” And the radio stations that start playing Christmas music on Nov 1 as well. I take those stations off my pre-sets for the 2 months until they start playing normal stuff again — and I say this as the guy who owns all of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra Christmas discs, the Piano Guys Christmas, all of the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas albums, and several of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s Christmas albums to boot — and will listen to any or all of them any time of the year simply becuz they’re good music. But these radio stations pull out some of the crappiest arrangements known to man. . . . . *shudder*
Favorite seasonal song?
I’ve always been partial to The Little Drummer Boy since my high school days. I just love how it sounds. And then Pentatonix went and made this arrangement of it, and made me like it that much more.
Would you rather it be cold and cloudy, or be kind of warm out?
Growing up in Illinois, when it got cloudy it actually tended to be warmer — the clouds acted like a blanket, so I always liked the cloudy winter nights. Clear nights tended to be *cold* (I’ve slept outside in -4, not counting windchill, and walked home from school in -12 and windchill in the -40 range — I know cold). Now that I’m in Utah where it’s a lot drier, the clouds bring the wet and that makes it colder, so here I prefer clear nights, and since it usually stays in the 20’s at night and the upper 30’s in the day…. I like the warmer winters, but that they’re still winter, if that makes any kind of sense.
Hot chocolate or eggnog?
Definitely the choc hotlate. Eggnog is fine from time to time, but too much too fast gets cloying, whereas I could easily drink hot chocolate as the only thing I ever drink at all.
Favorite thing to wear during the holiday season?
I don’t change my attire from “normal.”
Anybody you’re hoping to bump into under the mistletoe?
I’ve never kissed anyone under mistletoe, never had it as a decoration. As it is, I can’t imagine kissing anyone other than my wife, so even if there were mistletoe around if it wasn’t her under it with me, I wouldn’t kiss them anyway.
Embarrassing holiday story?
Can’t think of anything.
Favorite holiday treat?
Why is it that fudge seems to be made more around the holidays and not year-round? Fudge!
Latest you’ve stayed up on New Year’s Eve?
I dunno… maybe 2 am? But if I was up that late it was becuz I was playing Civ2 or Civ3 or something. As a teen I would babysit on New Year’s but would often fall asleep while reading on the couch since the kids I was sitting went to bed LONG before midnight, and then I’d wake up when I’d hear my employer’s key in the door.
Favorite holiday character?
I’ve always liked Rudolph.
What are you doing for the holidays this year?
Working my regular schedule. I used up my vacation time earlier in the year for unexpected trips. We had a lovely Christmas at home and my daughter’s still playing with the new toys a week later, so seems like it was a hit.
Favorite pie flavor?
I prefer pie to cake, but I prefer cheesecake to pie, so…. Raspberry Cheesecake.
Your favorite holiday tradition growing up?
The only tradition we really had was that on Christmas Eve we’d read Luke 2 and act it out. Dad was always the donkey . . . .
White lights or colored lights?
Both are fine.
What tops your tree?
Always had a star growing up, but my wife brought an angel into the marriage, so we use that now.
Candy canes – Yum or Yuck?
They’re not my favorite, but I don’t mind them either.
Favorite gift ever received?
Back in … 8th grade, I think it was, I got the “Robotix” erector set thing. I loved that.
Favorite seasonal activity?
Growing up there was a toboggan flume at a nearby forest preserve. That was a lot of fun. Nowadays… I’m something of a lump — I just like to relax at home.
Favorite seasonal story?
Can’t say that I have one.
Which of the “12 Days of Christmas” would you most like to receive?
5 gold rings!
And there you have it.