Advent day 1 – Highway to Hell

OK, so this post and subsequent ones will be less about triathlon and more about the peace, love, and joy of the holiday season.  But, I swam for the first time in almost 3 months this week.  I didn’t drown 🙂 And I also got to the gym for a strength circuit (which I will also post more about sometime soon) I like hanging out in the testosterone section of the gym, it’s almost as good as the power tool section of the local hardware store 😉 But yesterday at the gym, I wasn’t the only one who was bench pressing just the bar (which weighs 20 kg on its own, so it’s not like it’s a feather, but still.  Just the bar) and the other person was even a man, and not a particularly wimpy looking one. The wimpy looking man was the one sitting around on a towel taking up space on equipment that I wanted to use, chatting with other guys and not actually, you know, using the equipment.)

Anyway, so it’s time for my yearly Advent gift to the internet (which I’m starting this year) and this year it’s extra special.  I’ll be blogging my advent calendar this year.  It’s Advent with AC/DC! (Not unlike a public service announcement with guitars, but less politically motivated.)  Because nothing says advent better than a heavy metal (ish) band whose fans wear devil horns and who feature the word “Hell” in more than half their songs.

Devil cat is fascinated by Advent calendar!

Devil cat is fascinated by Advent calendar!

So, on with the show…

i think it's a drummer.  A two-armed drummer going nuts because the music's in his soul, man.  Or a ski jumper who's just realized he's flubbed the take-off and the landing's going to hurt.  Or Gumby at a rave.

i think it’s a drummer. A two-armed drummer going nuts because the music’s in his soul, man. Or a ski jumper who’s just realized he’s flubbed the take-off and the landing’s going to hurt. Or Gumby at a rave.

So, for day one we have a drummer-gumby-raving-ski-jumper.  The chocolate is milk chocolate, somewhat disappointing as I thought AC/DC chocolate would be dark.  But apparently, we’re going for the sweet and mild with this one.  Who on earth is this thing supposed to be marketed to, anyway?

We also spent some time at the local town Christmas market.  Eating fried things, buying cookies (apparently made by the local juvenile delinquents who are learning to be bakers and make damn good macaroons), and generally getting into the Christmas spirit that comes from following the Highway to Hell.  We also got a Kitty Surprise goodie bag from the folks that help out the homeless cats.

Kitty-swag! The boys inspect their surprise. And they didn't even have to run a race to get it.

Kitty-swag! The boys inspect their surprise. And they didn’t even have to run a race to get it.

Devil-cat is zeroing in on the one item of extreme fascination that would probably get them banned from professional cycling. It’s wrapped in a very well-sealed plastic baggie as it is, in fact, a home-made pillow stuffed with the good kittie-drugs (now legal in Colorado and Washington).

Dukie takes a good long sniff while Devil-cat stalks over to see what's going on.

Dukie takes a good long sniff while Devil-cat stalks over to see what’s going on.

As all things involving two boys, and especially our two boys, invariably end, this one, predictably, and with far too many parenthetical asides (yes, they can be parenthetical even when set off by a comma), finished with the toy forgotten…

The boys both want the single catnip toy and only that toy.  The four new mouse toys were barely sniffed at...soon after, they both got the munchies.

The boys both want the single catnip toy and only that toy. The four new mouse toys were barely sniffed at. 

With all the excitement with Advent calendars, Christmas fairs, and high cats, we failed utterly to get to the pool before it closed for the second swim of the week, so it’s an inadvertent rest day.  Although, any day that starts with three hours of aikido can’t really be a rest day, can it?

Until tomorrow’s selection of the sensitive and seasonally appropriate musical stylings of my new favorite Christmas band…

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5 thoughts on “Advent day 1 – Highway to Hell

  1. Little Owl

    When you posted recently about having an AC/DC advent calendar, I thought I misunderstood, bacuse there surely couldn’t be advent calendars devoted to Heavy Metal bands, right? I see I was wrong … and I’m still baffled about this. Why don’t they come with beer cans instead of chocolate?
    Anyway, have a nice first advent!

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  2. lonwheels Post author

    Good point, but I got it specifically so I could make blog posts about it (and because it was only 3 Euros), there can’t be too many people who got it for that purpose. In fact, I googled it, and found one for sale on e-bay and then me and about two tumblrs with pictures of the calendar, and that’s it. As for the aikido, nope, spent yesterday morning doing about an hour and a half of weapons work followed by another hour and a half of actual aikido and then tea. I’m a bit sore today, actually. I need to do that more often.

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