A happy holiday, indeed

Even though I had to work in the afternoon/evening, it was still a pretty great Christmas. The Christmas Eve service was nice and afterward, we drove around Camp Verde to look at lights.

We exchanged gifts when we got back to the house. I got a GoJo hands-free headset to use with my phone, a cool extendable back-scratcher in my favorite color, purple, and … drumroll, please …

SodaStream

A SodaStream!

When the Boyfriend asked me what I wanted, I didn’t really know what to say. I have a fitness wish list a mile long — gym membership, Nike Fuel band, Weight Watchers membership, new running shoes (fitted at a real running store). But none of those things come cheap, and money doesn’t grow on trees.

Then I saw a SodaStream ad on TV. It’s something I’d never buy for myself (although now I’ll have to buy replacement CO2 canisters). But I’ve kind of wanted one ever since I failed to win MizFit’s giveaway more than a year ago. The way Carla raved, I knew I’d love it.

Besides, I’m always looking for ways to save money. Making my own “Diet Dr Pete” (as it’s called) and fizzy water (instead of those expensive cans of LaCroix) sounds like an excellent way to do just that.

SodaStreamThe bottle I attempted to make on Christmas Eve was a bust — too much syrup, too few bubbles. But I tried again Tuesday before work.

Success! It really did taste like Diet Dr Pepper.

I’m already planning a trip back to Walmart to buy a couple more bottles so I can have cold water ready to fizz at all times. (I suspect Monday’s water temperature had something to do with the fail as well. The directions said the water had to be cold, but I was impatient and just stuck the bottle in the freezer for a few minutes. Not cold enough.)

I woke up too early on Christmas morning, but watching “A Christmas Story” most of the way through made up for it. When I got back to Flagstaff, I exchanged gifts with my roommate.

She made my inner geek very happy:

Star Wars Glasses

“Star Wars” glasses, plus a travel mug and coffee mug I didn’t snap.

Note they feature the artwork from the original movies, not the 1990s reboots.

My only complaint? C3PO is nowhere to be seen. Luke, Han Solo and Princess Leia all have their own glass (R2D2 is with Leia; Yoda with Luke; Chewbacca with Han) — and so does Darth Vader.

Personally, I’d rather have C3PO and R2 on their own glass, and no Vader. Wouldn’t it make more sense to have an all-Rebel set? They could sell a set of bad-guy glasses, too: Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine, Boba Fett, and maybe Greedo or Jabba the Hutt?

Since I got up so early, it feels much later than it is. Maybe if I go to sleep soon, I’ll get up and take a walk? I need to get back to healthier habits — preferably before Jan. 1.

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