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X-mas Shopping with 2 grown-up kids: Part II

Posted in bath, bubbles, monkeys, travel, video game, wish list, x-mas on December 18, 2008 by Skuties


Tati: Before the actual post, I’d like to apologize for the delay of this one. I have, of course, a very good reason!

Mel and Gabes gave me the Matrix Box for x-mas and it arrived earlier than they expected. I am a super Matrix fan, like the Star Wars fans, but I’m cooler, you know.

So, anyway! I have been watching it nonstop with all commentaries and all everything I can like 10 times each and I didn’t have the will power to stop it and post. As I speak right now, I am listening to the second set of commentaries on the Matrix Revolutions (I don’t have to watch it anymore, it’s engraved on my brain). THANK YOU GUYS! I love it! (yes there will be a Matrix post at some point)

Mel: Ok – so I just got back from a surreal experience made all the more dizzy by a caipirinha that was really amazing – it had a special name but basically the Cachaça is made with cinnamon, honey & guaraná powder and is served with lime and ginger. It was great, except for the fact that Gabriel and I ordered it with dessert and after drinking 1/3 of it on a full stomach we were both getting dizzy if we moved our heads. Gabriel more so than I but yeah, so apparently its like 38% alcohol or something so this post will be buzzed and Tati will have to unbuzz it or something like that…whatever.

Tati: Yeah Tati Unbuzzed it! This was hard this time, took me 3 hours (about 1 and ½ Matrix).

Mel: It was surreal because it was a Mato Grosso do Sul restaurant where I had Okinawa Soba Noodles, Tubaína (very old and freaky soda) and Refrigerante de Terereré – which is basically Tea Soda. It was green and weird but somehow tasty, although I don’t know if I’ll sign up to drink it on a regular basis, but I can see how it grows on you.

Tati: literally?

Mel: Throughout dinner a table half full of American college students and half Brazilian discussed a variety of familiarly insane subjects such as the difference in pronunciation between coconut and crap in Portuguese.

Tati: cocnut = côco – crap = cocô. If you loose control of your accents in Brazil you can end up eating crap!

Mel: They also serenaded us with their rendition of “Hit Me Baby One More Time” including falls to the floor in the end. There may have been cachaça involved. So forgive this post as it may make less sense than usual…or maybe it will make more. Creepy.

Tati: I got your back girl!

Mel: So, back to our list:

MONKEYS



Chimp Family

Mel: In case your building doesn’t allow pet monkeys you can get this alternative – what makes them different is you can buy the whole family, avoiding unnecessary separation anxiety in your plush pals.

Solar Power Monkey

Mel: I cant think of reason why you need one, except…why not?

Tati: I can think of a big fat WHAT THE FUCK!

Barrel of Monkeys

Mel: The adult version. I loved this game as a kid, maybe because I love the idea of a barrel of monkeys, how do you do that anyway, is there a banana slot?

Tati: Monkeys are awesome! This also tells us how awesome is Japanese TV:





Mon – KEYS get it?

Mel: They are cute and maybe you need a lower priced item on your list.

Tati: You can get the “Skulls” too.



Pet Monkeys

Mel: for the dedicated fans of peanut butter, banana yogurt & poo.

BUBBLES

Candy bubbles

Mel: While the flavors can be sickening after awhile and the bubbles are more fragile, no party is complete without them. Be prepared to see people running around with their tongues hanging out. Modern bobbing for apples.

Tati: That scene just need some alcohol to be perfect. Drunk grown-ups running around trying to catch bubbles!



Scented bubbles

Mel: while there are cooler packages for these bubbles that come in ice cream cone shaped bottles for kids (which are also welcome don’t get me wrong) I love the idea of “Freshening” the house while blowing bubbles. “What are you doing?” “Oh nothing, just spraying some air freshener the fun way” how cool.

Tati: Having cats in the house should make it even more fun.

Zubbles

Mel: They aren’t for sale yet through the web, but they SHOULD be and when they are they will make great stocking stuffer for EVERYONE.

Tati: if you look at the movie, not one single kid was able to blow the bubbles. That shows that kids have no business trying to play with grown-up kid’s stuff!

Zorb

Mel: Human Hamster Ball – okay so technically not a REAL bubble – it still counts because come on- I need two of these then we can race across the swimming pool and roll around until we’re dizzy.

Tati: Or to go to work!

Bubble Scrub

Mel: A mathematician once told me that the key to understanding the universe is understanding soap bubbles and I look to fit bubble blowing into any possible activity. This makes dish washing that much more fun, of course I would probably just use this in the shower instead, but STILL tons of fun.

Tati: There is also this one. I love the think of putting a girl’s smiley head into the toilet!

“6 Honorable Mention”

Mel: *cough* Only the refined collector has this on his shelf.

Tati: *puke* As you can see I’m not one of the refined.

VIDEO GAME- ESQUE -SORTA

Mega Drive Bag

Mel: There are a lot of video game purses around, but this one fits my Xbox 360 and is black and therefore goes with anything….right? also can be unisex.

Tati: No it can’t! Boys, NO PURSES!


8-bit Tie

Mel: Because I think Ties are silly anyway – unless worn with black suits or tuxedos and then they go with the whole package and are just sexy. Seriously guys – if you want to play dress up girls in French maid costumes, school girls, nuns, strippers – this is one for the gals – guys in tuxes. Do not wear this tie with a tux though.

Tati: I prove here, with my major Fireworks’ skills, that you can wear a tie with a tux and without it!

NOM NOM!

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Mel: Okay so it’s not really video game related but somehow in my head a horse ride simulator is some sort of game but with the alcohol sloshing in my veins I can only think of naughty ones.

Tati: Yeah like Wii naked horse ride? But on that matter, I would rather get the Hawaii Chair



Arcade

Mel: more expensive than a hot tub but smaller and easier to find a spot for. Should be considered a cat toy because I bet mine would love it.

Donkey Kong Jenga

Mel: I was highly disappointed with the Truth or Dare Jenga, I liked the concept but crappy execution on the dares AND the questions. The dares I can understand, but the questions were ALSO ridiculous. I am hoping this version will save the day for Jenga alternatives. It looks cool enough to do it though.

Tati: I could never see the magic of Jenga. It is boring and noisy, and not PMS friendly AT ALL. Not to mention that Jenga rhymes with Benga!

BATH TIME



Luv Duck

Mel: because…



Tati: Errrr, Mel, this isn’t a… mmm never mind, go ahead and get one. I think I would be more conservative about vibrating things in the bath tub. Of all things that vibrate, one that I don’t wanna have in the tub is a duck, if you know what I mean. (the fact that this is water proof – hopefully – is interesting though).

Caffeine soap

Mel: They say it works, I like peppermint myself, but there are some mornings I’d be willing to give anything a try.

Tati: Maybe the Luv Duck will help.

Portable Spa

Mel: ironically at its lowered price more affordable than a real one for me. Come on wouldn’t it be fun to have a Hot tub party and not have to actually INSTALL a hot tub? here are other larger versions.

Tati: That’s got to be one of the ugliest tubs I’ve ever seen.

Mel: I so need a hot tub in my home, it was getting to the point that if I wasn’t afraid of the water, I was going to go to a Motel for an hour or two just for the hot tub, but again – afraid of the water in those places.

Tati: You should be afraid of everything in those places. I HATE Motels, Glad they don’t have that kinda crap here in Toronto (I don’t want to know if they have, thank you). Don’t be cheap, go to a HOTEL at least you can spend the night.

Hope in a Jar

Mel: I like the Philosophy behind the Philosophy products – the names and concoctions tickle my fancy and pamper my soul – and skin 😀 but here, have some Hope in a Jar. or some “Milk & Cookies”. Or some “Cupcakes”.

Tati: Well, we all know what happens when you put food scented/shaped products close to me. For those who don’t know, I eat them. Most memorable one was the “Dulce de leche” body cream at the lingerie store.

TRAVEL

Dream Sack

Mel: While the name is a bit odd – I bet this would be great on a plane, and lets be honest having to stay at a few of the sketchier hotels in the world, this would come in handy. While I am not the type to travel with my own pillow, I do travel with my own blanket. Call me Linus, but this looks like it would be nice.

Tati: Well Linus, visiting all those links to add it here, makes Amazon VERY confused about my personal taste. All sorts of wacky things are being suggested there based on the products “I like”.

Tourist remover

Mel: Too bad it doesn’t work on the tourists themselves…but then, if that were the case, it would be removing me too I suppose.

Tati: WHAT?! That’s exactly what it does, it removes the tourists and it’s pointless. If you have to take several pictures and then it will “blend” it and remove the tourists, well just stay there and wait for people and cars to get out of the way and take your picture. And it’s not even a gift, it’s free! BAH you are drunk, why am I even trying?

Steripen water sterilizer

Mel: This is useful and probably something you will never have with you when you actually need it. But in a master batman belt of amazing gizmos and gadgets this probably has a pocket somewhere.

Tati: This looks so fake, call me dumb, but really? Looks like a Light saber in a glass.

There is this one too, “It really sucks” HA!


The Moisturizing Gloves And Booties

Mel: (booties? really? not socks?)

Tati: Moisturizing boobies!

Mel: Looks weird and from the socks I’ve tried. FEELS weird, but actually work, and what with planes totally zapping the moisture from your skin, and making everything swell anyway – these are great. Obviously not just for use with travel, more of a spa deal but I like to switch things up.

Tati: I saw somewhere that Posh Spice sleeps with those every night. Can you imagine how a hand job sounds like with these? *splosh* *splosh* *splosh*

OFFERINGS FOR ELVIS

Cat Camera

Mel: If I ever put one of these on Sinatra (the other cat), I would only ever see the inside of the sofa, but it would be cool to see where Elvis sleeps. And I know some twitchy kitties that should own one. Not to mention Tux the neighborhood tomcat that sleeps all over the neighborhood, accepting warm beds and cuddles and offerings of sushi. Do they make these for people? I want one too…

Tati: This must weight a ton. Super comfy. I’ll bet Elvis will bite your ass and video tape it!

Pod Bed

Mel: Elvis would probably choose to sleep UNDER this just to spite me, but then he liked sleeping in his scratching post tube for awhile. So maybe with the momma cat lining in this pod he would stop sleeping on my chair.

Tati: Not a chance! Where is the fun if he can’t stick his hair on your clothes?

Cat Skull T-shirt.

Mel: While I would not advise trying to fit most cats into a T-shirt as claws, loss of eyes and bodily harm are standard procedure, Elvis is usually pretty cool about it, unless it gets in the way of his elbows.

Tati: PICTURES!

“Stylish Cat Scratcher”

Mel: Something that will make ME happy and Elvis too – me because it isn’t a piece of cardboard abstract art designed by a high-schooler that gets shredded in 5 minutes, and is instead something that actually looks like it’s supposed to be there permanently. Not only that, but how cool is the lounging shelf. Elvis would definitely approve.

Tati: your couch would approve it too.

Cat Domination System

Mel: Ideally Elvis would like me to install a cat domination system in my house. This is one that is stylish and cool and not as crazy as the Cat house, but in a similar vein of thought. I like the crazy of the cat house but I think my eyes would get tired and I would get tired of dusting it. I have high ceilings. Elvis is currently looking for architecture students to volunteer to make him a masterpiece. Volunteers apply here: skuties@gmail.com

Tati: This is super cool, Elvis or no Elvis. I would love my house to look like that!

Stay tuned for the final part of our stupid wish list nest Tuesday (I promise It will be there on time). Until then, you can be a darling and start buying me stuff and making “this list” smaller.



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X-mas Shopping with 2 grown-up kids: Part I

Posted in chairs, cooking, hippies, kitchen, photography, shopping, wish list, x-mas on December 12, 2008 by Skuties

Mel: So with the Christmas basically taking off its coat and dripping water in the front hallway I thought I would start making a list of possible gifts. Granted Tati has a permanent delicious wish list, but I have made this one without consulting hers. This is Part I from the mundane to the insane here goes:

PHOTOGRAPHY:


Spy Camera

Mel: There are a variety of them on the market, and they all make me nervous, but we can all think of SOMETHING fun to do with one.

Tati: Always my beloved Mel, always!

Bottle Cap Tripod

Mel: “This little Bottle Cap Tripod slides onto the vast majority of national and international water caps, the universal adapter fits onto pretty much every camera and the little hinge allows the little baby to swivel gently.” – I never have a tripod when I need one, although quite frankly, more than a tripod I just need a steady hand…and some photography lessons.

Tati: This is a revolution! You have no idea how hard it is to balance my camera on stuff when I want to take a picture. I guess I could have bought a tripod, but that would take the fun out of blurry pictures.

Gorilla Pod

Mel: I have one of these…somewhere…and while I knew where it was, it was awesome.

The Desktop Photo Studio

Mel: This complete desktop photo studio provides clean backgrounds and optimal lighting, allowing you to create studio-quality shots using your own camera.” – I wonder if my cats would fit in that…I wonder if they would STAY in it.

Tati: Mel! Pay ME 80 bucks and I can make you a paper box with 2 flashlights.

USB Camera Cord

Mel: The strap has a small sliding compartment that hides compact USB type ‘A’ and USB mini type ‘B’ (5-pin) connectors and the cable is easily long enough to connect to a USB port on your PC.” – Seems like a cool idea to me!

Tati: Errrrrrr Amazon, I don’t get it!

CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES:

Pacman Messenger Bag

Mel: around US $50.00 – While I was never spectacular at pacman it is roots. In my head it goes up there with Donkey Kong and Pong despite knowing the differences. I am looking for a replacement “briefcase” for when I need to go to the Cyber Cafés for product testing, but have been unable to find a cool and lightweight replacement for the current, too heavy, leather respectable black one. Maybe this one would work.

Tati: Well now that you have a tiny computer, you don’t need it anymore, you can fit it in your wallet : P

Crime Scene Scarf

Mel: Although I suppose this will just be considered a “Fashion Crime Scene” (click here)it still makes me smile and is sure to apply to more than one criminal in your lives be it a heart taker or rule breaker.

Tati: Are you sure you haven’t looked on my delicious wish list?

Official Indiana Jones Hat

Mel: We can all hear the theme song playing now – buy a whip and instant fun for everyone. Pity Harrison Ford is not included.

Tati: Oh yeah Indy, whip me baby!!!

T-shirt Hell

Mel: There is sure to be at least 1 if not 5 shirts for your loved ones here – I need the “I should be in the Kitchen”.T-shirt

Tati: You SHOULD be in the kitchen, but for all the wrong reasons hehe!

ZOMBIES:

Flesh Eating Zombies

Mel: Now come on, admit it, when have you not wanted a troupe of the undead. Not only are these Flesh Eating Zombies the answer to all our nightmares, they even glow in the dark, as every self-respecting flesh eating zombie should. This charming set of nine figures, complete with missing limbs, souls and a complete lack of social niceties, have been lovingly fashioned from the finest plastic by highly trained plastic fashioners. Handless, legless, armless, and obviously pointless, the undead are undoubtedly where it’s at (or isn’t in their case), and no home or office is quite complete without its own congregation of carnivorous cadavers.” – There are just so many practical applications for these that it boggles the mind how anyone could not want some – of course you could get your B Movie Victims and have a complete set.

Walking Zombie Hand

Tati: I’m going to need one of those to go with my new cat. So many possibilities!

Brains 4 Zombies

Mel: The best location for gifts for the Zombie in your life I personally recommend the Celebrity Brains.

Tati: I’ll take the Rob Zombie’s Brain (click here)

Zombie Portraits

Mel: The Gift that keeps on living – for the personalized gift under the tree.

Zombie Pin-up Calendar

Mel: “This 13 month calendar is stuffed with more dead sexy girls than you can fit in a shallow grave. We dug up the idea of the vintage 1950’s pin-up and hit it over the head with a shovel. Let yourself get infected by these bloody gore-geous women who are just dying to get under your skin.” – What`s not to love?

CHAIRS:


Rocking Chair

Mel: There is something soothing about a rocking chair. Perhaps it is the movement that reminds us of the slosh of the womb or it makes the tides in our cells come and go, but rocking is a universal thing that even Phenomenon (that horrible John Travolta movie) tried to explain & ironically that vague explanation was the only thing that saved the movie for me (that and watching Gabriel cringe at the Portuguese). What I like about this one is – it folds up and tucks away for when you need it.

Tati: I like rocking chairs because they make me dizzy, like when I’m drunk : D

Exercise Ball Chair

Mel: I have so many issues with chairs, but this one looks like fun – not recommended for people with cats, dogs, little kids, or sharp objects.

Tati: This one is the laziest exercise ball you can get. The whole point of the ball is that you need your muscles to stop it from rolling isn’t it? Should I blame the American’s race for that one?

Massage Chair

Mel: I’m actually a little afraid of these things, but hey I bet once you get in one, even if you can never get out, it is super comfy.

Tati: NO! Those are SUPER not comfy, they are actually very painful and you CAN’T get out of them, because the thing holds on to your legs and arms, and it hurts! It also has those rolling things inside that go up and down grinding your spine (Yes I’ve tried). Just look at the thing, does it look comfy? Took two guys to get me out of this horrible, horrible evil stupid chair!

Sky Chair

Mel: Gabriel bought me one of these, I have yet to hang it, but have sat in one multiple times – kind of a modern hammock, they are wonderful – but I love swings maybe because they are like rocking chairs, but whatever J still cool.

It’s a hippie chair, nothing good comes from hippies. Gabe, you should know better!

Cool Chairs

Mel: If none of those tickle your fancy, check out these for awesome chair effects – although I wonder about the comfort level of some of those O.o

Tati: I want this one, thank you very much!

COOKING:

Herb Scissors

Mel: “Snip the herbs you need quickly, neatly and right where you want with our Herb Scissors. The unusual blade design features a set of five, sharp 3-in. stainless steel blades that allow you to cut, chop, or mince herbs directly into a pan or over a plate for garnishing.” – Another tool used occasionally for the drawer of magic cooking wands and witch’s brewing tools.

Tati: A-A-A-A-Awesooome!

Onion Goggles

Mel: “Finally, a tear-free solution for chopping onions! These goggles have fog-free clear lenses and a foam seal that protects the eyes from irritating onion vapors. Pink frames in unisex design. Fits most face shapes.” – While I don`t need onion googles as I am rarely effected by their sorrow inducing fumes, there are others I know that could use them. Perhaps I should have some hanging on a shelf with the aprons, kind of like a mad scientists laboratory complete with safety goggles and lab coats.

Tati: I just saw this one the other day and I had to take a picture!

Mini Doughnut Maker

Mel: “The Dough-Nu-Matic automatically forms, fries and drains delicious mini-doughnuts in under 60 seconds.” – While no one reaaaaallllyyyy needs one of these, you have to admit that if the thing actually works and doesn`t cover you in scalding oil and pop out soggy undercooked dough blobs…it could be fun.

Tati: Bite size doughnuts, this is VERY dangerous!

Cafeteria Trays

Mel:”It will remind you of school lunch days!” – These are great for barbecues and other fun themed parties – or for those picky eaters where nothing can touch.

Tati: Picky eaters don’t deserve to live (yes, it’s that time of the month, leave me alone!)

Ultimate Bacon Lovers Gift Guide

Mel: Includes home décor, & accessories for even more fantastic gift ideas – too many to link to, check it out on your own, I want some bacon pillows.

Tati: And I leave you with the perfect soundtrack to go X-mas shopping online!