I abandoned this post when I started getting a vicious cold, but I’ll finish it now.
The best Christmas gift: some time off!
Apart from that, however, I have been quite spoiled with my Christmas gifts this year. Here, a partial list of great gifts for someone who really does not need anything else:
An i-Pod dock/stereo
This goes in the kitchen to keep me happy while I cook and clean. The downside: I cannot find my own i-Pod and I am using my husband’s playlist. (Though I also listen a *lot* to public radio.) The upside: I have been listening to ChangesBowie repeatedly, which goes along well with the Facebook reunion. How clearly can I see in my mind’s eye a dark, frenzied mass of beautiful young people shouting “Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am!” Or remember watching David Bowie singing “Rebel Rebel” and “Heroes” on Live Aid — what was that, 1985?!
I am not really into scented lotions and potions, but as we were traveling to Memphis earlier this month we stayed in a Marriot where Bath and Body Works Orange Ginger was the lotion, shampoo, soap, etc. Citrus + ginger = happy Shaun. It the “energy” part of their aromatherapy line. I told Eggmaster immediately: you can get me this for Christmas. Love it!
I have a shocking amount of bags. It used to be shoes, but after years of Birkenstocks, Crocs, Born, Ecco, and such like, I cannot do the pointy toes anymore. Plus everything is so high-heeled, which doesn’t really speed me around Target and Whole Foods, much less shoveling snow. So now, bags. But I needed a new Vera Bradley wallet-on-a-string after completely wearing out the one I got to go with Victoria’s Vera Bradley diaper bag (note, Best Diaper Bag Ever, No Question). This one kind of matches my Vera Bradley messenger/laptop bag. No, not all my bags are Vera Bradley (honestly, I was dubious about the bags until I got one and it was so awesome).
Amazon gift card:
Among my purchases: a recording of The Magic Flute.
Spa gift certificate:
Hot stone massage here I come! I did this once on a spa day with my mother (hint: if you need to get a good gift for your mom, invite her to a spa day with you and enjoy yourself as well)
Scrapbooking gift certificate:
Do they sell sherpas for your bags of papers too cute to pass up?
This was a gift from me, but it has been a great excuse for all of us to play together, just as I’d hoped. Of course, it is another thing for the girls to fight about too, but I think they could fight over a pile of dirt as well, so I might as well choose something I can enjoy too!