To market, to market
To buy a fat pig,
Home again, home again,
The children seemed to do particularly well. As it was Christmas and as we visited both sets of grandparents, they basically had money and toys constantly thrown at them for two weeks (whenever they weren't throwing toys at each other) and as far as I'm concerned, that's all they're getting now until their birthdays. Sadly, the first of those will be with us in just a few short weeks' time so I ought to give some thought to the unenviable task of arranging a party of some sort.
Maybe later. In the meantime I'm busy enjoying playing with my own purchases - not the smart clothes, they're for emergencies only, but the electronics. The first item is a very uninspiring-looking black box which is so wonderful I want to tell the whole world about it - except for all those people who will never need such a thing in the first place, or have known about it for years already. It's called an AVT-1660 Standards Converter and what it does for me is convert the PAL signal coming out of my Wii to NTSC so my (landlord's) fabulous wall-mounted HD TV can now display all my games in glorious, unflickering colour.
And the really good thing is it works for the DVD player as well. Up till now the only way for us to watch all our UK DVDs was on a laptop displaying as a tiny square on the aforementioned TV. Not any more. Now it's as good as it ever was - though I should point out that I had to pick up the right cables for this job. For the Wii all I needed was the cable which comes with the converter.
And if all that was not enough, I also took the opportunity to add a couple of extra gadgets to my collection of Apple toys. I didn't actually need them, but those shops are just so damned inviting and Helen was off buying clothes so there was no one to hold me back. Now I'm able to download films onto my computer, use my iPod touch as a remote control and stream them to my Apple TV box and watch them on my (landlord's) fabulous wall-mounted HD TV. Or watch YouTube on the TV, which is kind of unnecessary but believe me, "Charlie bit my finger - again" has never looked so good.