Kylie and I are watching the Weather Channel. It's supposed to rain tonight and into tomorrow. I'm excited by this, because it seems like the last few years it gets into the 70s and near 80 on Christmas, which never seems like Christmas at all. 58 degrees with rain helps me a lot. It will seem more like Christmas to me.
Kylie wanted to look at the Santa Tracker. This thing gets cooler every year. It's also a great geography lesson, both for her and for me! If you go here, you can watch Santa as he makes his way across the whole world. Occasionally there's a video showing him flying over certain landmarks, like the opera house in Sydney, Australia, The Great Wall of China, etc. It's a Google Earth map, and it shows you all the places Santa has already been. It looks like the eastern-most point is Providenyia, Russia (You know, the place Sarah Palin can see from her house), and then from there he's already hit New Zealand, all those islands where Survivor has gone (Vanatu, Fiji, Micronesia), eastern Australia, eastern China, Japan, and eastern Russia.
In fact, the video from the Great Wall just went up. I'm sorry, I just think this is way cool.
When Kylie found out it was going to rain tonight (maybe), she got a big grin on her face and said,
"Mom, Santa is really going to need Rudolph tonight, if the weather is going to be bad!"
Hee. I love that kid. If anyone knows any method by which I can keep her from ever turning 13, please let me know. I just love the innocence and wonder that is six. I love it so much it makes me cry. And I'm going to be so sad when it's gone. But for this year, I'm going to enjoy every single minute.
On a completely unrelated subject, the job from which I have been future-fired gave me a little Christmas gift. Well, not just me, but everyone in the company. I got a lovely Christmas card from the CEO (who does not even know I exist, much less that my job is going away), with a $50 AmEx gift card.
So, if you suddenly had $50 to spend on yourself, what would you buy? It's not enough to do what I really want, which is get my carpets cleaned. I could get half my carpet cleaned, but that would look funny.
I've always wanted my own DVD of "It's a Wonderful Life", but it's just never something I would go out and buy for myself. So I think I might do that. But I'm not sure what else.
What would you do with it?