Monday, December 25, 2017

Have a Very Nerdy Christmas

We are both admitted geeks/nerds.  I'm primary a scientist by way of education and my husband is an engineer.  So this Christmas - it seems we both tuned to our inner geek to select Christmas presents for one another.  There were a couple practical items - a vest for him, and a kitchen appliance I had asked for but most everything else was simply fun.

I knew my husband was making a couple of items, as I heard lots of activity from the basement shop and was told I couldn't go down there.
 He made me a tactical stocking!   With a Tactical Trunk Monkey patch and a bottle opener shaped like an ammunition round 
If you don't know what Trunk Monkey is - Google it.  It was a series of hilarious advertisements on TV for an auto dealer back from where I grew up that went viral.

 And dog shaped tool keychain.  Cool!
 In it was some bath goodies, candy and a little book for my briefcase.

 For the wandering Scotch lover, an antique travel kt
Also on the antique list. a Vintage Chicago Made Big Beam lamp from the 50's with a new paracord strap for hands-free "Abby to the yard at night" use.

 Uh, oh, Air Holes, this usually isn't good.
 Is Otto a mouse?
He is, but one my husband programmed to auto-click every couple of minutes so my computer doesn't go to sleep if I'm on a long conference call!
Laser firearm training device. This explains the clicking sound.  I'm a Secret Squirrel but more the type that would say "Stop or I'll throw an Electron Microscope!" but I do maintain range proficiency.  He made the backdrop from scratch as the little laser trainer firearm only came with a little can to blast which meant you had to pick it up after every single round. He also added this thing to the back you can turn on and off that will make "plinking" sounds (as if your round hit a steel backdrop) IF you hit the red circle with your laser beam. This is a real firearms trainer, not a toy, and the trigger pull was very accurate.
 A new hat for my husband.  
 And Dr. Who Dalek glasses

Antique Train cake molds.

And a Darth Vader Mr. Potato Head.  Every adult should have one.
 A game of exploding kittens.  A card game for people that are into explosions. . . .and kittens.
His T-shirt didn't arrive on time . (Tracking shows it's stuck in a time warp at the shipper's Chicag distribution center).  But I got a new one!
 And for days I'm REALLY bored at work.
 A more challenging way to play dominoes.  If you hear a little explosion, it's not a kitten, it's my brain.

You know on the original Star Trek, Ensign Ricky, the guy in the red shirt, never made it back from the landing party alive.  The red shirts were famous for being phasered or struck down by an alien.

I got my own star Trek red landing party shirt, complete with burn marks and scratches.   

 Some accessories for my husband's hat and vest collection.

And everyone needs beer and pretzel socks.

 A croissant neck pillow, for those long business class flights to Paris.
 I couldn't resist Repair Bear!  A sign for the shop.
 An antique steam engine print.  This is going to Hobby Lobby to get framed for the wall.
 Large bath towel, with both light side and dark side.

 Dr. Who Dalek handkerchief.
Engineer Excuse Dice.  Add Training  Project Late.  Fire Fighting. Estimates ignored. Bad Communication.  Feature Creep. Poor Requirements. Cost Overruns. Missing Features.  Too Many Bugs. Project Late. Work Halted. Behind Schedule.  Change Priorities.  Extra Resources.  More Funds. Go Agile. More Synergy.  Just roll and select your excuse!

Here's hoping you had a wonderful Christmas!  


  1. What a great Christmas! My mom's dad also has a tactical stocking. I'm getting lots of cool things for my barkday says my mom, so I'm super excited!

    Merry Christmas!

  2. Hari OM
    Those are some wonderfurs gifties... as a 'nerd' myself, there is just a wee tad envy. Just wee, mind... anyway, this evening I got to watch the latest Who(s) (plural!). Oh yeah.... &*> YAM xx

  3. Looks like lots of fun to us! Our mom loves the "I shoot like a girl"!!!
    Merry Christmas to all of you!
    Mags and Cam

  4. What great fun and creative gifts - Truly the best kind!!

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    (¸.•´ (¸.•` ¤Merry Christmas!

  5. Those are great gifts. You are both very clever. We love the Dalek stuff

  6. Wow! And I thought I had a bunch of science geeks in my family! I bet it took all year to find all that stuff! BOL!

  7. Very original gifts!! Merry Christmas!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  8. Wowsa! cool stuffs!!! Merry Christmas to you all!!!
    Ruby ♥

  9. Haha - your Christmas looks like many of ours. The exception was this year, where we both got on the same train of thought and bought each other things to help survive the cold weather.

    Merry Christmas!

    Monty, Harlow, and Ramble

  10. You must have been very good this year. Apparently Santa noticed. 🎅🏻

  11. OMD what a GRAND Christmas... LOVE THE S.T. RED SHIRT...
    PEE S... THANK YOU fur the Wonderful Pressies. Love, Frankie (and "HIM")

  12. What fun gifts for each other!
    Hazel & Mabel

  13. OMCs mom says she is spending next Christmas at your house...this was such fun!
    Hugs madi and mom

  14. Merry Christmas to all of you. Our mom watched that Trunk Monkey on YouTube and was cracking up. She also loves those Engineer Excuse Dice and wished she had them while she was still working.

  15. It's great that you have fun together, as shown by the cool prezzies. Merry Christmas!

  16. Momma just started BOLing at that Red Shirt. Grreat idea! And we have a Vader Tater too.


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