…also because Target was having a sale.

I finally pulled the trigger on the 3DS. I’ve only been lusting after it for the entirety of 2012, here, here and here. I’ve been working very hard lately, so I think I deserve it. I’ve been too busy and stressed out to really get into the holiday spirit this year–or at least, I haven’t truly felt it yet, if that makes sense–but gifting myself a shiny new electronic toy certainly helps. The candy canes on my head were necessary, trust me.

Merry Christmas to me.

(Side note — Ew. Jesus. I shouldn’t be allowed to take photos at 2 a.m.)

I decided to go with the XL model, mainly because I skipped the DSi XL and kinda always regretted it. Also my eyes aren’t getting any younger and I know the 3DS has been known to cause eye strain, so I’d rather not squint at a smaller screen. This particular model is the special 2012 holiday bundle that includes Mario Kart 7 pre-installed on the 3DS. Kinda sucks that it’s only available in blue and not red, but whatevs. The color won’t affect my enjoyment.

Nintendo 3DS XL with Mario Kart

I’m a big fan of the Professor Layton series of puzzle games and have played all of the previous ones, so naturally this was the first game I put in my cart:

3DS Professor Layton Miracle Mask

I’ve also been dying to play the Adventure Time game (Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?) so I couldn’t resist picking this one up too:

3DS Adventure Time

Oh 3DS, how I’ve longed to hold you in my arms and now I finally have you! You know, using black and white for this photo was a good move. It really helps capture the moment.

We’re going to need some time alone here, guys.

It's a Kodak moment.