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Package Swap!

I think I told y’all about the NaNoWriMo package swap. Someone organized a huge swap where participants could sign up to get as many swap partners as they want. I signed up for 2. We exchanged information about ourselves and the kinds of things we like, then we went shopping for each other. It was a lot of fun!

I think I gave my partners a lot more info than they give me, so they were in a better position to pick and choose things. I told them things like: I love chocolate; I like owl/turtle/elephant things; I’m a notebook freak; I love pens; I like black tea; Cool socks are my thing; I love lime green; Ooh! Stripes!… So yeah… My stuff was AWESOME.

Both of my packages arrived on Friday. I was super excited to open it, and even more excited to rave about everything and show it all off to Babe.

Here’s a picture of my goodies from Kate:

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Included in this package:

  • About six pairs of cool socks. One pair has an OWL. YAY!
  • An ELEPHANT bank. That I can PAINT. How cool is that?!
  • Stickers
  • Page clip bookmarks
  • Bracelet bookmark
  • LIME GREEN felt OWL coasters <— WIN!
  • Three cool shoelaces
  • Pens
  • Coffee Cuff
  • Chocolate
  • Notebooks
  • Sock purse <— Too cool!

Later this week, I’ll show you the contents of the other package (from Elizabeth).

I can’t believe how perfect these things are for me.

*happy dances*

How about you? What made your weekend? What awesome thing happened to you? Received any good gifts lately? Fill me in!

Oh, it’s Friday?

Wordless Wednesday

Look at the goodies Babe brought back for me from her way-too-long time away! Cute shorts, a shirt that says “It’s owl good” *giggles*, cool notebooks, pens, coloured sharpie markers, highlighters, Twix minis, lime green cell case, two brightly colour tees you can’t see, a tank you can’t see, a booklight, beer mug double-shot glass… Loving it!
Yes, everything is backwards. Makes it more fun. 🙂

 

Thankful Thursday

I’m thankful for:

  • Having my Babe back 🙂
  • The invitation to join the flag football team started by my sister’s work. Babe and I both went to practice yesterday evening, and had funnn! Everyone thinks I suck, but whatever.
  • Supportive family and friends.
  • Getting closer to making a decision on the job I’m going to take, and being able to share it with you all.
  • The little things that inspire smiles and create good, happy feelings
  • My ability to budget, manage cash, manipulate Excel/Numbers, and make financially sound decisions (when I want to).
  • The gift of words.
  • Hobbies.
  • Use of a car while my cousin (boss) is away, so Babe and I can do errands, grocery shop, and have date nights.
  • The date nights that we will have tonight and tomorrow night… Because when you don’t own a car, but have the use of one, you’ve just GOT to take advantage of it.

How was your week? Shared any cool photos on your blog? Give me the link! What are you thankful for this week? Any plans for the weekend?

 

Valentine’s Day 2011

I went to work, as usual. Nothing special. I don’t remember whether or not flowers or other special treats were delivered to other people in the store. I probably didn’t notice. I didn’t care. Nothing had arrived for me. No one had thought of me.

I was dating someone, but he was on his way out. I was no longer interested. I’d lost interest shortly after Christmas. For some reason, I was very lazy about getting out of the relationship. I just made myself unavailable and become almost comatose. Unresponsive. He was just not the right person for me. He was nice enough, but it just didn’t work. We just didn’t click. He was quite happy, but me? No. He was busy. He worked, worked, worked. He had a child. I wasn’t really interested in step-mothering. His values were not in line with mine. Above all else was money. Becoming a millionaire. Like an obsession. I was appalled.

I met someone. I met her months before things started to really break down. She was a friend. Then, she became a really good friend. Soon enough, I was enamored. Now, don’t get the wrong idea. There was no rebound. There was no stealing. There was no plan. One thing just fell apart, and another came together.

One of the ladies in the front office came to my office carrying a little gift bag. In it was a bottle of tequila (*swoons*), two cupcakes, and a card. They were from her. It was Valentine’s Day. And she thought of me. Enough to pick out some of my favourite things. For me. I didn’t even want to eat the cupcakes. They were so pretty. And so special. She was so special. And she still is.

Later that night, he called.

“You ain’ even mention the flowers and shits what I sent you.”

I held the phone to my ear, waiting for the punchline.

Silence.

“What?”

“The shits what I send you. You ain’ say thanks or nuttin.”

“First of all, don’t swear at me. Secondly, what are you talking about? I got nothing from you.”

He seemed pretty surprise. Shocked, really. That I didn’t get “the shits” that he sent. It did not take long to realize what had happened.

“Stop jokin’! You ain’ get the stuff what I sen’? I sen’ it to Donald’s Furniture!”

“Um…” I stifled my laughter before saying, “I don’t work at Donald’s Furniture. I work at Roberts…”

I hope the “Alicia” at Donald’s Furniture enjoyed the flowers “and shits” sent by a man who was too busy trying to be a millionaire to pay attention to where THIS Alicia worked. I thoroughly enjoyed my cupcakes, loved the card, and still smile when I see the bottle of tequila in our kitchen that she and I only open for very special occasions. In ten days, we’ll be celebrating our first year together, so we’ll welcome Jose Cuervo – the only man allowed to live with us – to join us.

Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all! Wishing you lots of pretty flowers, yummy chocolate, presents in tiny boxes, and looove.

Got any good Valentine’s Day stories? Do tell! 🙂

Vix wrote and shared a good V-Day short story in this post. She has a V-Day theme going on this week, so keep checking it out. Especially on Thursday for my guest post with a surpriiiiise for yooou.

8 Things I Want for Christmas

Around October, I had quite the list of things that I wanted. The list has changed a bit since then. At this point, this is what I want for Christmas:

  • My grandmother out of the hospital, and living comfortably in her beloved humble abode with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren keeping her company and attending to her every need. I’d like her to breathe without labour or pain, and to laugh from the deepest part of her stomach at all of the silly jokes shared with her.
  • My mother able to function normally. She can now walk without a walker or a cane, but it would be great if she could do this for an extended period of time. If she could manage to sit with her mother (my grandmother) for as long as she likes without becoming exhausted and painful. I’d like her to be able to return to work without threat to her health. For MS to let her LIVE, not just breathe.
  • Family issues to be laid to rest. There are too many people holding too many grudges. One person pissed because the other person told people she was pregnant (when she was). One person insanely jealous of the other because of her success. Brothers and sisters in a silent war. Parents and children rarely speaking. I’d like it all to end. To be dropped. Life isn’t long enough.
  • Earrings. Oh, I didn’t warn you that this would get trivial, did I? Sorry. I want earrings. Nice, simple, but enough to offset my short-hairness.
  • My nail and brows done. This counts as one thing, right? I have really neglected myself recently. I remember when I used to get my brows done as needed. At one point, I got my nails done every 2 weeks or so. I stopped because I don’t particularly enjoy having them done, but they need manicuring. I need to step my game up.
  • A fully functional kitchen.  I think I would feel like I’m in heaven to have bakeware, a handmixer, baking ingredients, and (of course) gas for the stove/oven. All the supplies is a bit much right now, but the gas can probably happen next week. Haha.
  • Time. I don’t feel like I have enough of it. I have to choose what I do very carefully. Cook, eat, work, sleep, watch a movie, run, cycle, shop, make phone calls, visit people, socialize… I just can’t do it all. There are a few things that are taking so much time that I can barely do anything else. GAAAH!
  • To do something really awesome for Babe. I have a few things in mind with zero ideas as to how I will pull any of it off. I can’t talk about any of it here because she visits. Hehehe. I will probably have to call for back-up. In any event, I think I may be late in delivery. *Sighs*

Random question: Ever noticed how a LOT of Christmas songs sound really sad? Like funeral hymns? Or am I just really, really out of it this year?

Sidenote: Check out my post over at Wordshaker when you have some time. 🙂

What little wishes are in your heart today?

Five Question Friday

I haven’t done this in a while. I hope I remember how it works! Hahahaha.
1. What movie do you love to quote?
I don’t think I ever quote movies. I quote people in real life (like my parents, siblings, etc.), and songs. I have a flair for inserting song lyrics in every day conversations. Seriously. I am SO good at it.
You know what, I say, “Too infinity! And beyooooonnnnnd!” quite a bit. Generally, when I tell Babe, “I love you…” Ahahahaha. That’s from Toy Story. Buzz Lightgear or Lightyear or whatever.
 
2. Have you ever ridden a motorcycle?
Yep. I like motorcycles a lot. I’ve never been in control of/driven a motorcycle though. I think it would be super cool if a bunch of people went on an island tour with me, via scooters. We could all buddy up and rent scooters (two people per scooter) and scoot around. SCOOT, SCOOT! We’d stop off to cool places like the beach and fish fry (where they sell native food like – you guessed it – fried fish along with the best daquiris in the worrrrrld… And I’m confident in saying that, even though I haven’t travelled the entire globe YET), and the caves. It would be SO fun. And slightly less dangerous than riding on motorcycles.
 
3. What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?
Curl up on a couch with the best snuggle buddy in the world, drinking hot chocolate/tea, eating cookies and other goodies, watching movies, and reading books.
 
4. Do you prefer a bunch of small gifts, or one really big, (expensive) gift?
I ask myself this question all the time. It’s even a tough call when it’s for someone else. Last year, I had the time of my life, filling stockings for my nieces. It was awesome. There were lots of goodies, and I knew they’d have a great time unwrapping and unpacking things from their stockings. I loved it. They loved it. It was great. It turned out to be kind of expensive. I could have very well bought them iPods for the money I spent. Would it have been as much fun (for either of us)? No. Not at all. This year, though, I’m settling on one cool item. Lots of pressure on me though. I only have ONE chance to score! GAAAAAH!
For myself, I like either one. A really nice gift is cool, but so are a bunch of little, thoughtful, me-worthy items. I think lots of small(er) gifts can be more fun. Especially if they’re all very ME, or connected. Like a cookbook, and a bakeware set, and an apron… Just an example. You get the drift.
No matter what, I like to have something I can treasure. Whether it’s a big gift that will last a long time, and I can keep, always think of the giver, awesome. If it’s one item of the 10 small gifts (that could be a charm for a bracelet, or a really good book), that’s cool too. I just like to know that thought went into the gift(s), the person related it directly to me, and it’s not just random selection and wrapping. That’s all. 🙂
 
5. Do you ever lose track of days and show up somewhere wrong?
Hahahahahaha. This has actually never happened to me. That’s funny though. Well, when it happens to other people. I wouldn’t like it much. A few times, in university, I showed up to the wrong class (due to confusion of locations, not knowing about room changes, or general disorientation). It’s great when you sit in a class, listen to the professor go on and one, and THEN they announce the class you’re in. THEN you’re all, “Huh?! Whaaaa?!” And you look around to see if anyone else looks confused or lost, as you hide your own lost-and-confused-ness. And you wonder if you should leave, and dash to the right class since it’s only been 15 minutes (that you’ve missed). But you realized you’ll look crazy if yon walk out after the announcement of the name/number of the class when you’ve been there for a whooole 15 minutes! GAAAAAH! What to do, what to do?!
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