A dear friend of mine, who can give away his identity in comments if he likes, recently sent me a box o' goodies. I now own a rock hammer and a hand lens, and I'm not afraid to use them!
What's that you say? It's cold and raining? Allow me to revise: I'm not afraid to use them this summer.
He also included a set of mineral samples, which I'm sure I'm going to get a lot of use out of - once the cat relinquishes her claim, that is:
I got home from the Peacemakers, and she was lying atop them. I came in from a smoke later, and she was watching teevee propped on them:
And this was her reaction when I asked for them back:
Sigh. At least someone's getting use out of them. I wish it could be me...