Wednesday, December 26, 2007

So what'd you get?

As of Christmas Eve morning, the Coldwater Creek jewelry Jon had ordered for me had not shown up at our business box. CC said it had shipped, USPS said it had arrived and the UPS store where our business boxes are said it had not been received. I watched Jon "clandestinely" make phone calls and inadvertently heard the gist of the trouble. I pretended not to.

Two hours later, he came to me with bad news: "Honey, one of your primary gifts got lost in the mail. I'm so sorry." He proceeded to give me the blow by blow and I commiserated with how terrible the UPS store is, how they lost a certified check for me last spring, how this time of year brings out the worst in people and perhaps some under-paid employee of the store slipped the tiny package into a pocket without signing for it.

And then we went about our day, gift forgotten.

Until.

Nearing the end of the gift-giving, Jon asked Liam to grab a little brown box left under the tree. He tricked me. Good.

Here's my other favorite gift:

What did you get?

13 comments:

Chuck said...

Just finished posting about my favorite - Paul Pott's CD "One Voice".

Deb said...

Chuck got me a gift certificate for a Precious Metal Clay class due to my recent interest in jewelry design. The true gift here is his support of my interests - being married to someone who really listens is not taken lightly!

julieunplugged said...

Chuck, what a story!! I just went and watched like ten of his videos from the show.

Thanks for linking. (More on your blog)

Elleann said...

As a single parent without a significant other, I don't get many presents, but the one gift I did get (from my parents) is the one thing I wish I knew how to ask them to stop giving me - it's the same thing they've given all of us kids for the last ten years or more - a hang-on-the-wall daily readings calendar called "Choice Gleanings" - published by Gospel Folio Press - 365 days worth of tear-off Scriptures from the King James Version, with a helpful little expository and a quote from a hymn too! I guess that tells you that I haven't yet come out as an agnostic to my family yet!

BTW Chuck, I love Paul Potts! What a cool gift! His story is soooo inspirational!

Ampersand said...

These are beautiful.

This is what I got.

Oh, and you might want to check out my latest 365 post. :-)

Drew said...

My wife and I have never bought each other "gifts" for Christmas or birthdays. We always go somewhere. With the little ones that has been more difficult to do! So this year her parents came to our house to watch the kids and we went to see her perpetual crush - John Mellencamp. Los Lobos opened up and the were really great too.

We only buy each other gifts for Father's and Mother's days. Then it's something simple to ego-stroker our respective parenting abilities and how perfect our boys are.

With that said, my oldest son (2 yrs. and 10 mos.) gave us his gift of scarlet fever. So we have been treating that all week. Here's the upshot. It forces us all to stay at home and not go anywhere and gives us a great excuse to force our families to visit us for a change during the holidays. We will have our 10th anniversary this spring and we have only had my sister and son over for a post-Christmas dinner. Other than that, we have never had family over for the holidays and always end up guilted into making multiple visits at some point. So my props to the scarlet fever fairy. Even though our Christmas day was a haul and still is...we are home and not being guilted this year!

We just woke up from a 3 hour family nap and the coffee is done brewing...time to grab a cup between kid screams... :-)

Dave said...

I mostly got DVDs which is about all I ask for these days. I have just about all the other stuff I need and I'd rather buy my own clothes. The DVD set I'll enjoy the most is the Looney Tunes Golden Collection, Volume 5. I have all the earlier collections as well. 4 discs of remastered Warner Brothers animation classics, with commentaries, special features, easter eggs, the works. 60 cartoons in all, and the Bob Clampett anthology on Disc 3 may be the single most hilarious DVD of the entire 20 that have been released so far. Though there is strong competition for that honor in each of the earlier sets. But I'm really pleased with the selection and there's much more to come as hundreds of these masterpieces have not yet been released in this format anyway. Something to look forward to each winter!

What is that red and white contraption? What's it supposed to do? It looks like a very fancy ketchup dispenser.

NoVA Dad said...

Several vintage books, some much-needed clothes, some CDs -- but most importantly, I got some great video of my two daughters enjoying their first Christmas together. Seeing that was worth more than anything else that I could have gotten.

Glad to hear you had such a great day; my best to you and yours for a wonderful 2008!

NoVA Dad said...

Oh, and you forgot to mention your biggest gift - the Pomoxian Football League title!! Congrats:-)

Dalissa 365 said...

I also want to know what the red and white thing is... my best guess is that it looks like a cake decorator for frosting but I have a feeling it's not. Pretty jewelry, btw.

I received two pretty sweaters that the girls picked out for me, a nano ipod which I plan to trade up to an itouch, choc. covered strawberries (my favorite), and Jeff's parents bought the whole family a huge LCD flat tv.

julieunplugged said...

The red and white contraption is a whipped creme dispenser (the kind you see used at Starbucks). It ROCKS! :)

julieunplugged said...

Drew, scarlet fever is serious! Johannah had it this break too and Noah has had it multiple times. Glad you are taking the right measures to get well.

WordyKaren said...

Christmas gifts and the blues. Check my blog for a photo of my two gifts--not too pretty but they are what I wanted. As for the blues--I totally 'get' what you said. Wish I could hold your hand and just BE with you.

Love, Mom