Last year, I got a relatively random gift from Erica: a 1/10th scale RC car with a rather extensive aftermarket. This, of course, sent me into a weird modification frenzy, buying custom batteries, electric motors, reinforcements, metal driveline parts, and other totally unnecessary stuff. In short, I had a ball with it, and ended up building not only that one, but a second one too (neither of which run right now, which seems to be a trend for me and anything I own with wheels).
So, continuing the trend this year, she bought me another hobby. ;-) I open the box, and there's a shiny new Canon EOS 40D. No lenses, no memory, just a 40D body. So, I borrowed a memory card from her, and snatched up the old 28-80mm lens from her old film camera, and started snapping pictures.
I now have a Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro lens, along with a 4GB Sandisk Extreme IV CF card (w/firewire reader) and some Cokin filters. I'm also lugging around her Canon Speedlite 580EX II flash, which I've been having a bit of fun with.
I've been putting the pictures I've been taking up on Flickr, if you're curious what I've been able to do with it so far. :-)