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Friday, December 21, 2012

What do you really want for Christmas?

Wow. Four days until Christmas.
How are things going for you? Are the decoration hung? Cards sent? Presents wrapped? Anyone who follows me on Facebook knows about my challenges with The Puppy Who Eats Wreathes. And packages.

Add in #deliverypersonfails:
The present for my dad’s second wife arrived today. In about a thousand pieces.

Not what I expected to give for a Christmas gift.
So I'm scrambling, looking for a replacement gift.

How do you handle buying gifts for people you don’t really know?

Sidebar - I recently realized I had a split personality with my blogs. I talk about writing here on Not Your Usual Suspects—and the rest of my life on Blame It On The Muse. Hmm… do the rest of your bifurcate your life?

Let’s lighten it up a bit. And change it up. :)

Do you find it hard to find presents for the people in your life? Do your friends and family tell you it’s tough to choose something for you?
Last year, I talked about what I didn’t get for Christmas (that would be a tractor J ) Go here. Betcha didn’t see that coming.

Let’s make the blog interactive today. What’s the strangest/most interesting/weirdest gift you’ve given/received for Christmas?

What do you wish someone looked into the recesses of your life and knew you wanted   without your having to ask/leave a million clues?

I’ll start – I really hope hubby picked up on my comments/hints and got me a tread-desk. I sit too much for the day job and would love to slowly put in a few walking miles each morning while handling email and social media. I’m not sure I’m coordinated enough to work on the Work In Process while trudging away on the treadmill, but hey, I’m willing to give it a try.

What about you?





Clare London said...

I LOVE that idea of declaring what you DIDN'T get for Christmas - mine would be the perennial request for singing lessons :). Not that I *can't* sing, but I'd love to do better. And each year, I get a book and slippers instead LOL.

My most outrageous request that Santa continues to ignore?? Jimmy Choo shoes and the legs to display them :)

Marcelle Dubé said...

Cathy, I'm with you -- I'd *love* to get a treadmill desk. Or the know-how to make my own.

Weirdest gift? From my ex: a wooden toilet seat.

Anne Marie Becker said...

I pride myself on getting presents that match the recipient, but man-oh-man, this year it's been tough figuring out what to get my step-mother-in-law. She's a sweetheart, and whatever I give her at our exchange will have to be easily shipped back to her home (to add to the challenge). Ugh. Plan to tackle that last bit of shopping today.

I wish people would give me the gift of time...time to go write/read/whatever when I need it. Or a babysitter so I can get away for an hour or two. ;) And yes, I've left a million and one clues. LOL

Cathy Perkins said...


How lovely to be able to sing! Putting in a good word with Santa for you.

Question - would you wear the Jimmy Choos or just look at them? They're so pretty but they'd definitely clash with my bathrobe and/or jeans, which seem to be all I wear these days.

Cathy Perkins said...


Okay, I spewed coffee on that one.

Seriously? A wooden toilet seat?

Cathy Perkins said...

@Anne Marie

You're a good daughter-in-law! And clearly in the 'good' category across the board :)

The (smashed) gift for dad's wife would've been Just Right and of course they don't have any more to replace it. We'll both be scouring the stores today.

More time would be wonderful - hope you at least get the sitter. Once a week. Every week.

Marcelle Dubé said...

Oh, Cathy. I would not kid about that.

Toni Anderson said...

I'll take a tread desk too! I don't remember any really odd gifts. Well, I guess there was a children's jersey a few years ago. I mean I'm small but not that small :) I do remember a silver bracelet I got as a little girl from an aunt. Loved it.
Merry Holidays, Cathy and all!!!

Shirley Wells said...

I'm another who fancies a tread desk. I think it would be fun to burn off a few calories while checking the email. In reality, of course, it's probably very hard work. :)

Happy holidays!

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