GWJ Secret Stan 2018: Who Was That Masked Elf?!

Certis wrote:

Yay! I couldn't resist putting a scorpion in there. :drink:

Nice!

thrawn82 wrote:

Is no one going to comment how awesome it is the dog has matching pjs with the rest of the family?! Because that's pretty darn awesome.

I was SO impressed the family had matching PJs, but totally missed the GoodDog fitting in with The Pack.

Super awesome! Good doggo with good owners!!

Certis wrote:

Yay! I couldn't resist putting a scorpion in there. :drink:

Oh, man, I'm so happy to FINALLY understand all this chatter about murder butts. Now I just have to go out and buy a UV headlamp and I'll be set.

My wife teases me about being slow by replacing the "L" on the forehead with an "O" for being oblivious. Now you're all in on the joke, too.

gorilla wrote:

My wife teases me about being slow by replacing the "L" on the forehead with an "O" for being oblivious. Now you're all in on the joke, too.

gOriLLa?

Just found out my Stantee's gift originally slated for a Friday delivery is officially out for delivery today!

Eleima wrote:

Third package mailed this morning, Dee. Incoming! (Allow a solid week for it to cross the Atlantic)

Une boîte sauvage est arrivée!

Dear Stanta, I have received a parcel. My wife is very strict about these things, so it is currently under the tree, awaiting Christmas day. Unless told that there are goods in there that will spoil, under the tree it shall remain until the official day of unveiling.

Dear victim, you have not been forgotten. Finals this semester have been more brutal than usual (and I loathe calculus even more than usual because of it), but I have already made preparations. Your patience and forbearance - though involuntary - are appreciated.

sometimesdee wrote:
Eleima wrote:

Third package mailed this morning, Dee. Incoming! (Allow a solid week for it to cross the Atlantic)

Une boîte sauvage est arrivée!

It’s missing a key component and I apologize for that.

Spoiler:

I forgot to add plastic scorpions I’d bought especially for that purpose. I’m so bummed.

Hi, Stanta! I received your gift to me today. Unfortunately, I had one of my wisdom teeth out yesterday, so I'm a bit sidelined with that today. I'll open your gift and post pictures as soon as I can, but I wanted you to know that it's here!

Stantee,

End of semester craziness has curtailed my shopping, but fear not, I have not forgotten you. Only one or two presents left and I can ship everything off.

Hoppa

Dear Stantee, I have Amazon Prime which means 2 days shipping to anywhere in the continental U.S. Don't worry there is still plenty of time.

I got you, boo.

Faithfully yours,
SallyN

Stantee - Why must you live in Canada? I swear your gift will get to you some day. There's about a 0% chance it makes it by Christmas though

Dear Stanta, I got a note from our dear friends at the Belgian Post that I missed a package. Could that be you? If so, please know that your package has arrived. Unfortunately, there's a strike tomorrow so I can't pick it up at the post office. Hopefully Saturday!

Eleima wrote:
sometimesdee wrote:
Eleima wrote:

Third package mailed this morning, Dee. Incoming! (Allow a solid week for it to cross the Atlantic)

Une boîte sauvage est arrivée!

It’s missing a key component and I apologize for that.

Spoiler:

I forgot to add plastic scorpions I’d bought especially for that purpose. I’m so bummed.

That would truly be wild!

Pictures!
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Well, since the declaration notice indicated cookies and chocolate, I figured I should open it before they spoil, right? Right?

Look! It's the Arc de Triomphe, pre-protest?
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Something duck? I had to whip out Google Translate for this one... it's some sort of pate.

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and this one as well. Apparently these are marzipan-like almond candies.

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There are also Kinder chocolates. My five-year-old is really into Ladybug and Chat Noir nowadays, so great choice! Not worth risking $7500, but appreciated either way.

Thanks so much, Eleima!

To my Stantee.

I did get a box from Amazon, and went to open it, but was informed by my wife that "she doesn't care who or what a goodjer is" and "I can't open it until next week."

Sorry for not posting about that!!

To Stan, my gift has arrived!

mudbunny wrote:

To my Stantee.

I did get a box from Amazon, and went to open it, but was informed by my wife that "she doesn't care who or what a goodjer is" and "I can't open it until next week."

Sorry for not posting about that!!

Savage! Do we need to launch a Facebook campaign?

P.S.: It wasn't me. I had Gorilla.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

Hi, Stanta! I received your gift to me today. Unfortunately, I had one of my wisdom teeth out yesterday, so I'm a bit sidelined with that today. I'll open your gift and post pictures as soon as I can, but I wanted you to know that it's here!

This lasted until my daughter discovered that there was a present in the house that could be opened right away. She is many things, but patient is not one of them.

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Included in the picture:

  • Outstanding science fiction film Annihilation
  • Beautiful art book Everyday Scenes from a Parallel World
  • Starbucks cards, because I live on coffee
  • Absolutely adorable Studio Ghibli keychains that were immediately spirited away by my daughter to be ornaments on our Christmas tree

Not pictured:

  • The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist for my Kindle
  • One of the most special, meaningful letters that I've ever been written—this was far and away the best thing I got

Thank you so much, Stanta Antichulius. I love it all!

You’re quite welcome! Sorry to hear about your wisdom teeth! Hopefully all is well. But I’m glad your daughter convinced you to open today regardless!

When I showed my wife the Ghibli keychains, she immediately said she thought they’d be ornaments before anything. I’ll have to tell her she was right.

Merry Christmas, Clock.

Spoiler:

I was quite excited when I got your name this year.

Dear Santa - my wife has diligently wrapped your gifts and they are under my tree. Please check back the week after Christmas for pictures and thanks.

Stantee, your box has been dropped off and it will hopefully be there by Tuesday. The presents can be opened when you please, but there are three treats in there that should probably be removed if you plan on waiting.

(false alarm)

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Your gift is on it's way Stantee. It should be on your doorstep Monday.. ignore the rattling noises inside...

Rainsmercy wrote:

Your gift is on it's way Stantee. It should be on your doorstep Monday.. ignore the rattling noises inside...

Clanky clank rattling, or death rattling?

bhchrist wrote:
Rainsmercy wrote:

Your gift is on it's way Stantee. It should be on your doorstep Monday.. ignore the rattling noises inside...

Clanky clank rattling, or death rattling?

I'm not sure, how would you describe chitanous plates rubbing against each other in harmonious cacophony? Oh well, the stantee will find out Monday.....

bhchrist wrote:
Rainsmercy wrote:

Your gift is on it's way Stantee. It should be on your doorstep Monday.. ignore the rattling noises inside...

Clanky clank rattling, or death rattling?

First one, then the other.

gorilla wrote:

The plan for my Stantee is made
So smooth, as if it were suede
Part one is so tricky
Part two is so bricky
Part three is too grim to be played.

Part One

Part Two

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This now gives me a fourth controller (in addition to the Pro and the two Joy-Cons) for my Switch and it's a PS4 controller to boot. This worked surprisingly well, allowing the wife and I to play Overcooked while both using decent controllers this evening. I'm looking to playing some 4 player games with the kids.

Part Three, the Ashes of Malmouth expansion for Grim Dawn, is very much being played. O yes it is. I'm so tempted to start over with a new character, possibly a Necromancer. So tempted.

I continue to be overwhelmed by the generosity of the GWJ Stantas. Gorilla, thanks so much! These were awesome. Have a great holiday.

Trichy, thanks for organizing! Your work is very much appreciated!

Package will be dropped off today. I just realized I didn’t put my name in there or anything. Sorry about that.

Edit: shipped. Should be there in plenty of time.

obirano wrote:

Package will be dropped off today. I just realized I didn’t put my name in there or anything. Sorry about that.

Edit: shipped. Should be there in plenty of time.

Kind of funny, I was thinking about this today. When it's a secret santa, what does everyone think on letting the person know afterwards who their secret santa is? I didn't tell the person who I got last year, I have no idea who my secret santa was either.

I know there's no right or wrong answer, I am just curious on people's thoughts. I prefer to just keep it a secret unless they somehow figure out who I am.

DeThroned wrote:
obirano wrote:

Package will be dropped off today. I just realized I didn’t put my name in there or anything. Sorry about that.

Edit: shipped. Should be there in plenty of time.

Kind of funny, I was thinking about this today. When it's a secret santa, what does everyone think on letting the person know afterwards who their secret santa is? I didn't tell the person who I got last year, I have no idea who my secret santa was either.

I know there's no right or wrong answer, I am just curious on people's thoughts. I prefer to just keep it a secret unless they somehow figure out who I am.

I liked finding out who my Stanta was, so based on that I decided to let my Stantee know that their gifts were from me.