Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Did You Have Yourself a Spooky Little Xmas?

Did you get anything Halloweenie for Christmas/Hanukkah/Festivus/whatever this year? I did, naturally. Here are a few of my spooky favorites:
A bottle of Elvira's very own "Macabrenet" wine! This was the perfect gift because I totally wanted it but probably would never have bought it for myself. Well, okay, I would buy it if I happened to see it at BevMo or something, but I never would've gone through the trouble of ordering this online. I am by no means a wine connoisseur, but I enjoyed this just as much as I've ever enjoyed any red wine, and I'm saving the bottle because it's awesome. Apparently some of the bottles have a red cork (instead of black), and if you send it in to Elvira she'll send you something in return. Sadly, mine did not have a red cork. :*( If anyone knows what the surprise is for finding a red cork, do share!

I also got this video game, Alan Wake. My relationship with video games is pretty uneven - like, most of the time I forget they even exist, and then occasionally I get obsessed with one for a few weeks on end and it's all I can think about. I'm also not that great at playing them, so I prefer ones that offer a cool immersive world yet are fairly easy to master, and this one totally fits the bill. I love the rustic, spooky lake setting and the Stephen King-ish beleaguered writer storyline. I am nursing a bit of a post-holiday cold so I spent about 3 hours playing this last night, while sipping my Macabrenet, I might add. (Are you supposed to drink wine when you have a head cold? Alcohol is basically medicine, right?)

I also got a lovely hardcover copy of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. So excited to read it, as soon as I finish plowing through the Lord of the Rings books (currently 100 pages in to The Two Towers). I'm already loving the cover art and the "found photos" that are scattered throughout the book. Has anyone read this? Thoughts?

Tell me about the spooky gifts you got (or gave) this year!

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