Good ole' UPS, FedEx, and USPS
Tallahassee home to Colorado springs is quite a drive, but it was so wonderful to pull up to our house. EBay, craigslist, my grandparents, and myself had filled our entry-way with a dozen odd packages, some of which have not even been opened yet.
And so, it is past my bedtime on a winter evening with fresh snow covering everything. Looks like it will be a good week to sit inside and eBay (not to mention cherry pick items for my own collection).
The house is in order, the suitcases are unpacked, the dogs and cat are settled back in, the Christmas tree is decorated, and the fridge is stocked. My office is the last obstacle. Half the shipments need to be opened, catalogued, and eBayed. I have a whole box of clone troopers waiting to go under the gavel. Laura Anne's presents need wrapping. 140+ star wars/LOTR cards need a new album & pages to go in. Etc etc. Its a little overwhelming.
Included in the brown cardboard hoard: EE exclusive Republic Elite Forces (i have yet to open), a clearance ($6) Itchy & Scratchy Cape Feare box set to go with Ironic Punishment, a box of Samurai Jack trading cards, and--well this just arrived--but the accidental purchase of Medicom's RAH Boba Fett. though i am waiting for Christmas to open him:
Sarah (Laura Anne's sister) and her husband Tobi are down for the weekend. They picked up my craigslist find before coming: $125 for a huge Star Wars collection including some vintage vehicles, modern Millennium Falcon, and lots of Clones including the Target Exclusive Shadow Utapau Trooper. The standouts of the collection is the Clone Trooper Evolution set (perfect for customizing) and the animated yellow clone trooper.
I made a pretty great roast in the crock pot today using a thrown-together recipe: 3lbs chuck, 1 can of undiluted beef broth, 1/2 onion, 1/2 garlic clove, 2 stalks of celery, salt, pepper, season-all, and 1 bottle of beer. This beer was OB-1, an organic brew from the Snake River Brewery. If it hadn't been 10am, I might've opened another one for myself.
With dinner, I made my Misty Winter Warmer, always a crowd pleaser:
½ cup brown sugar ¾ teaspoon whole cloves 2 cinnamon sticks 1 quart cranberry juice 23 ounces pineapple juice 1 cup whiskey (I like Jim Beam Black Label) 2¼ cups water
Place brown sugar and spices in the pot basket of a 10-cup coffeemaker. Add juices, water, and whiskey to the pot. Brew as you would coffee and serve hot, directly from the pot. Makes 2 quarts.