Tuesday Questions, ho-ho-ho edition

I got just what I wanted for Christmas this year.  Some new running socks (non-runners will not understand the appeal of this as a Christmas gift).  A lovely bottle of Lagavulin, and some nice new single-malt scotch glasses to drink it with.  (As I have now learned, it makes a difference.)  A nice shirt, and various other lovely odds and ends, including my new read “The Magician King.”  Just what I wanted, all round.

So, how have the holidays treated you?

Russell Saunders

Russell Saunders is the ridiculously flimsy pseudonym of a pediatrician in New England. He has a husband, three sons, daughter, cat and dog, though not in that order. He enjoys reading, running and cooking. He can be contacted at blindeddoc using his Gmail account. Twitter types can follow him @russellsaunder1.


  1. We got the best gift that Aunts/Uncles could get. When the five year old opened his dragon castle, he yelled (at the top of his lungs): I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED THIS FOR CHRISTMAS!

  2. Having tried (and been very pleased by) Lagavulin on your reccomendation, I was even more pleased with The Wife’s find, a bottle of Laphroaig Quarter Cask. It even came with a “friend of Laphroaig” certificate establishing a 99-year lease on one square foot of the Isle of Islay. I also am now the recipient of a Foam Lombardi Hat to wear during football games.

    • I gave my brother a bottle of Laphroaig Cask Strength. We considered doing a comparative tasting, but decided against it since we feared what would happen to an opened bottle in flight.

      I find it delightful that you now have claim to a tiny bit of Islay.

  3. Happy Holidays, Doc!

    Our Christmas was pretty fun, even though it was just the four of us this year. We scaled back the gifts this year, and were delighted to find that the boys were still thrilled with what they got. And I was pretty excited with my lot, as well: several amazing looking cookbooks I had never heard of, an ice cream maker, some home grown dried herbs from family back east, and from my oldest son a Batman apron.

    I am a big believer that the best gifts to get are the ones you’d had never even thought of – but that someone who knows you said, “Oh, he would LOVE this…”

  4. This was all around a very good Christmas. My girlfriend and I visited–and are still staying with for the week–my sister and her partner in Denver, and being with them, and in my home town, is the best gift of all. My mother had a bad fall early Christmas morning (she’s 78, with advanced Parkinsons, so it’s a concern), and that was bad, and she’s still in the hospital, so things aren’t perfect. But we hope everything will be okay.

    Merry Holidays!

  5. Two words: Coffee Crisp. Why they aren’t sold in the coffee obsessed US is utterly beyond me. Some Canadian compatriots were kind enough to send me a stock of the heavenly bars.

    • Maribou loves those. (I’m partial to “Ah! Caramel!”, myself, but those things are about as fragile as a Faberge egg and it costs more to ship them properly than they’d cost off of the shelf.)

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