Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Best Part of Holiday Shopping

I'm finally finished!! Okay... so that's a lie... there are still two gifts left to buy but their gift cards so that doesn't count!!

Other perks... (gotta keep it kinda on the downlow so the Queen doesn't know what she's getting)
  • Over $200 off jewelry at Zales
  • 50 pk Old Western DVD's for Dad $13 (Pamida)
  • Sew Machine for me $49 (Walmart)
  • Food Saver for Prince Charming $48 (Kmart)
  • Two mini pizza stones for P.C. $13 (Pamida)
  • Disney Toddler bed for Ogre Child $48 (Kmart)
  • 70% off fleece sleepers for O.C. (Target)
  • Digital Camera for nephew $15 (Target)
  • 90% off Photo Paper for nephews(Staples)
  • Dehydrator for BIL $30 (Pamida)
  • Serving dishes for SIL $8 (Kmart)
  • Spa bath set for boss $7 (Walmart - Dec 26, 2007)

I only had to pay full price for 4 gifts!! And even then two of those were only because I had no idea what to get and I'm tired of shopping. So I copped out and bought the preboxed gift sets for $20. The other two were toys for a niece and nephew. I might have payed full price for the O.C's potty chair but at $17 for a chair that will grow with her... I can't complain.

In the end, I'm just fed up with shopping. I even gave up on my fave SIL and got her a gift card to go with some small things she'd picked out.

A frame for a picture, a Border's gift card, and a gift card to a restaurant and we're finished.

Even with the saving up and careful shopping, I always feel like I've spent too much by the time it's over. And then, I think to myself... I DON'T EVEN CARE! Even if it makes money a bit tight... I'm okay with it. Because I'm not big on keeping up with the birthdays/anniversaries/other special occasions in the lives of those I love. So I figure that once a year, I'm entitled to splurge on those I love to see them happy!

And I don't care one bit what I get in return. (Though I did treat myself as you all know... but I deserve it).

What I care about is...

  • my parents will be here for Christmas morning (their first with OC).
  • My SIL loves my daughter as if she were her own and spoils her almost as much as the Queen.
  • I have 3 nephews who are the sweetest boys in the world.
  • My baby sis remembers us even though we only talk about twice a year.
  • I only have to drive 30 miles this Christmas (WOOHOO!!)
  • Though "budget cuts" have reduced the size of my family, the amount of LOVE in my family has tripled!! **
  • Did I mention I spoiled myself at Zales? hehe

There's one more week of hecticness left in the "Workshop" and while the boss is playing hooky/sobering up... it's going to be a MESS!! The weatherman has predicted Reindeer poop by the foot!! So while I'm trying to keep over-excited, unfocused, and down-right lippy adolescent elves focused on their studies so they can grow up to be halfway decent, well-rounded, humans with High School diplomas... I hope the rest of you find some time to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of the Shopping Frenzy!

This holiday season I wish you the following...

  • Family and friends who matter deeply to you
  • Hearts filled with love and caring
  • Thankfulness for the things you are able to give as well as for what you recieve
  • A heartfelt wish that you have the food, shelter, and loving company that we all so desperately need
  • (and maybe something sparkly and pretty under the tree on Christmas morning)

Happy Holidays!!!

** Footnote: In case you aren't "in the loop", I assure you that the "Budget Cuts" have nothing to do with money... we'll chalk it up to "conflict of interest"... I'm interested in raising a well rounded, semi-sane child who is not confused about her moral issues... THEY have seriously deranged morals and hurt their own family members at the first sign of a dispute. My editors tell me we just don't need that kind of drama in this FairyTale production. So we cut a few cast members and the whole scene runs much more smoothly :)

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

I've been kidnapped!!

Shh... don't be so loud!! Do you know how hard it is to steal a laptop from Santa's workshop? No... of course you don't... you also don't know what it's like to be force-fed fruit cakes and have Christmas tree ornaments removed from horrible places!


Here in Santa's workshop, the elves have gone crazy!! I got this stupid toy-painting-elf drunk on egg nog so I could sneak away for a minute. Might wanna have those Christmas toys tested for lead paint... he kinda looks like he might be Chinese!! But seriously... with all the toys Santa has to deliver, it's no surprise he seeks out cheap labor!!

A little secret... Santa has all the "underground" criminals in his back pocket. Seriously... the Columbians are helping him sneak the toys across borders unsuspected, Italian big wigs are keeping him out of the IRS's radar, and I'll just let you guess who taught him how to get in and out of all of our homes undetected.

Anyway... so not the point. Between decorating the North Pole for the BIG DAY and 10,000 trips to town to pick up AA batteries, I'm beat. Not to mention the reindeer stables!! Trust me... if you're on the naughty list... that isn't COAL in your stocking!!

So I'm hoping things will simmer down around here soon so I can get back to my warm, cozy palace. God only knows how many more times I'll be able to dodge the horny elf that's running around with the mistletoe (SICK BASTARD ANYWAY!!)

But I'm dropping a quick note to let you all know that I do love you and miss you and if you find me under your Christmas tree with a tranquilizer dart in my ass will you please call the Queen and let her know when you'll be able to FedEx me home!! Read more ...

Monday, December 1, 2008

Pssst... I was NAUGHTY!

I can't really get into a lot of details... but lets just say that I have inside information via Santa.

Why? Because I performed "special favors".

You don't want the details.

But I peeked in Santa's bag...

...and this is what I saw.
...I'm not really sure it was for me.
...but I snagged it!
<----- all I want from P.C. for Christmas...
<----- money!
*psst*... I love Zales!

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