I ordered it, paid for it with my own money and had Susan ship it to my mom's house. She even emailed me and offered to gift wrap it and I said, sure, go ahead!This is not a gift for my mom, this is what my mom is giving me for Christmas this year.
Every year since I left home (at 19) I have asked her to try and give thoughtful gifts. Every year she either asks me to buy all the gifts for me, Gerry and Wesley and she will send a check, or she just gives us money. She says to me, "I just go blank when I try to shop for ya'll". I say, what else to you have to do all day? sit by the pool and read?! I don't mean to sound ungrateful, and I love my mom, but I just don't see the point. example: If I spend let's say $100 on gifts for her and she then sends me a check for $100 to buy myself something, it hardly ever gets spent on me, not to mention, aren't we just basically exchanging $100. So what is the point?! Also... every year I ask her to please not buy us clothes. Every year we get clothes if it's the year that I am being particularly pissy about this gift business and refusing to do her shopping.
For the past two years poor Wesley got a red leather jacket and then last year a white rabbit fur sweater. My daughter likes to shop in army navy stores and thrift shops, no Liz Claiborne for her! and she asks for things like intangible objects for a gift..... So, to spare Wesley the misery of being kind about these gifts, I did the shopping again this year. And then I said, screw this, I'm getting myself something nice! So, I will unwrap this beautiful woven piece at my mom's and love my gift :)
What I would really like is a nice meal together by the fireplace and then go out and look at Christmas lights, and then maybe stare at a candle, and then not worry about the gift thing. Why can't we give gifts when we feel like it or find something that is meaningful, instead of forced gift giving. I hate it.
Wouldn't you like to have a job where you take your brand new cameras (yes Gerry got two new Canon 1dx's shipped to him today, I drooled just a tiny bit) and take photos of crazy Christmas explosions on lawns? he does have the best job ever! and sometimes I get to be there for the fun too!
we even saw an alien