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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Lists

I sent mine to Leo a few weeks back. I had some things on there that needed to happen online so I wanted to give him plenty of time to get them so I didn't end up with notes saying, "Coming soon: Tim Riggins' sweatshirt." That happened two years ago when I sent him the website in October and he waited until December 23rd to shop. I love Leo and he really does mean well and can be very generous with gift giving. The problem is that just like with everything else, he ends up waiting until the last minute and I end up with very expensive "end cap" gifts. Do you know what these are? These are items that are on the ends of the aisle at Best Buy or Target or even Osco. Best Buy is Leo's favorite store. He wants so badly for everything on my list to be from Best Buy. The year he bought televisions for our house (his mom bought us one and we got another one as part of the deal), he was at Best Buy all the time. That was the year I got a digital end cap item. Another Christmas, I missed the memo saying we were getting home improvement items for each other and I got faucets. In all fairness the one Christmas he actually asked me for something (an electric toothbrush), he got me our mini-van so I looked like a big old cheapskate giving him a toothbrush when he got me a car.

This Christmas I had easy things on there: my blog in print, a pair of black boots (gave him the website address and everything so all he has to do is press "Buy"), the stuff off my hard drive of my computer and for him to find a way to either fix or replace my computer (okay, maybe that isn't an easy one) and Blake Shelton's Best of CD (since I have no computer, I can't buy it on iTunes). I did put on there half joking that I wanted a kitchen island. I always put something on there to make the other 5 or so things not look so bad. Before the clean-up of my house, I shunned things like the Kindle and the Nook. Now, I really want a Nook Color. Books without the clutter? Genius. It doesn't take the place of the feel and smell of books but until I live in my mansion, it will be the next best thing. Plus...a little something to keep Gia occupied. I told Leo he can get me that for Mother's Day when we don't have to buy for the whole family (haven't even started shopping for the in-laws yet). The weird thing is that I never wanted an iPhone until now. With no computer, I kind of want one now. Not having access to my iTunes is a bummer since I use music all the time. I could be in the worst mood and a song I like will come on and instantly, I feel better. I also use it to inspire my writing. My phone, that I am pretty sure was the first one to come out with a keyboard, has got to go.

Speaking of Christmas lists, does anyone else's kids keep giving them revised lists to send to Santa? I was just talking to a friend this past week and hers have done the same thing so it is good to know I am not alone but it is still irritating. I went crazy trying to keep the freaking magic alive by getting Belle a microscope after Tommy found the art set and today she gives me a "revised list" and says, "I think I'll wait until I'm older to ask for a microscope." Ugghhhh.... "Paint set with paper that is like a board." What the heck is that????  I told her that it was 4 days away and that it was probably too late and then she got mad at me for sending the list too soon. I am done shopping. DONE! Nowhere close to being done wrapping but done shopping and now, she is going to be disappointed. I don't have the energy to look for or spend more money on gifts that I don't even know what they are. If you see me out and about mumbling, "Tis the season to be jolly," you'll know it is because I am trying to convince myself that it is.


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