What to get a geek for Christmas

I might also title this: What does a runner who can’t run do with herself on Christmas vacation?  Crafty things, apparently.

Just the other day my co-workers and I ended up in a conversation about what we did for fun as kids.  I mentioned that I was usually more interested in staying inside and coloring than going to the park.  I also preferred working a logic puzzle to playing kick the can with the neighboorhood kids.  (But there’s no need to mention that here.)

So I suppose I’ve just been getting in touch with my roots.  Exhibit A – Comic book ornaments.


Nothing says “Merry Christmas” like a crying Santa Claus with a gun in his mouth, right?  They also open up and say really clever and not at all cheesy things like:


Jason is pretty into comic books.  Take note of our living room decor…


We also have a grand total of 5 non-Walmart-ball ornaments on our tree.  Three of which are comic book characters.  So I thought I would go ahead and add to the collection for free.

I also picked up a clear, plastic ball ornament from Michaels while shopping for ribbon.  It was $0.99 on sale for 50% off.  I figured surely I could come up with something cute to do for 50 cents.  Eh, not so much.  Turns out it’s kind of hard to put something together through a half inch hole.  (I’m glad I figured this out before deciding to replace recreational running with building ships in a bottle.)

So, naturally, I asked Jason what very small things he liked.  To which he immediately replied, “Atoms and molecules.”  Thus, Exhibit B.


It doesn’t look especially nice, but it’s kind of funny.  And that’s just as good.  Anyone care to guess which atom this is?

And then back on the superhero theme – Exhibit C.


I’m especially proud of this one for two reasons: 1) I don’t own a sewing machine (or know anyone who does), and 2) I don’t really know how to sew.  I also learned (through extensive how-to internet research) that in this day and age “sewing by hand” requires a sewing machine.  So I kind of figured this out as I went.

The back-side stitching didn’t look especially pretty.  But it was mostly hidden by the waist band fabric.  There was one little visible section.  So I found a use for one of those race bib safety pins and added a bow.  Now it’s reversible!


And looking Christmasy…which is a total waste for a baby due around Valentine’s Day.  Oh well!

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