November 6, 2009

Random Friday

Did anyone else burst into hysterical laughter last night when Kathy Geiss sang "I dreamed a dream"?  Anyone?

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Why is it so hard to find Christmas presents for people? I obviously want to get people things that they like, want or would at least be helpful in their daily lives, but for some reason that is so hard.  I don't want to pass out junk. But everything else just seems so expensive. Anyone else find this to be so?

I have an especailly hard time with my children. They don't need more toys. They don't need more clothes.  They don't need more movies.  So what is left?  They don't watch TV, and therefore don't see commercials. Which means when you ask them what they want for Christmas you get replies like, "A Polly (pocket) wreath."  or "a dolphin stuffed animal." (which actually isn't that weird.)  Which makes things really hard.

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We have been deep cleaning the house. Tuesday was the kitchen, Wednesday was the living room, and today was the den.  Which still leaves about 2/3 of the house.  But the problem is that my girls only have one more week off track and I don't really want to spend it cleaning. I think the bedrooms are just doomed.  Which is really too bad.  They really need it.  Maybe someday. . .

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I hope next week I have a little bit more to say. I think I've hit my bloggers block. If I was me, I wouldn't want to read my blog.   Maybe next week. . .

16 comments:

Barbaloot said...

You can probly get stuffed dolphins on the Sea World website...

Or there's always stuffedanimals.com. Good luck:)

Emmy said...

Go to ABC distributing, they have all sort of things that you don't need for really cheap :)
And hey I am still here reading :)

The Boob Nazi said...

I laughed when she sang it.

Mrs. Townsley said...

Adam and I couldn't stop laughing. We love that show. It wasn't even dirty last night!

Carolyn said...

Goat's milk soap. The perfect gift for pretty much everyone...except kids. A bar of soap is no fun for a 4 year old.

All natural, olive oil and goat's milk. So nice.

I am making a bunch this weekend. I love it so much. It is so mild and I have the MOST sensitive skin ever. It even seems to make my face look smoother, and no break outs.

I may even have some extra if you want some. My grandma wants me to send her a ton. She loved the bars I sent her last month.

Carolyn said...

Oh and the presents for the kids. Try Schleich animals (I think that's how you spell it) they are at Target and online. Beautiful and durable. Great for pretend. Grandparents etc can contribute to a collection and buy as many as they can afford. We've been doing them for my youngest for the last year. Birthday, Christmas, Easter, etc.

I wish I had that deep cleaning bug.

wonder woman said...

I never get to the bedrooms, beyond surface tidying. And so they REALLY need some deep cleaning.

Something that my mom contemplated doing for Christmas: 4 gifts for each person. Something you want, something you need, something to wear, and something to read. not sure that I'll do that, but I thought I'd pass it along.

I still like your blog. ;o)

blueviolet said...

I don't think it's boring. I like reading your blog!

I should be deep cleaning too. I really, really need some of that.

I think it's easy to shop for one of my kids and the other is about impossible!

wendy said...

I didn't see/hear the song by Kathy Geiss (don't know what that's about)

It is VERY hard to do Christmas shopping (and in answer to your post below, I NEVER wait until the 11th hour to shop) I too try and find something "meaningful" but it gets so hard.
Christmas has become more of a burden then a joy when it becomes overwhelmed with the stress of gifts.
Keep things simple, thoughtful, and affordable. Your kids will be happy with whatever they get and USUALLY kids (I think) get way to much.
It is good to get the cleaning done, but save time for the serendipity of life. It's a balancing act isn't it.
and you are NEVER boring my dear

Heidi Ashworth said...

I totally laughed---thot it was heelarious! I wonder who actually did the singing? I feel your pain with regards to the presents for the kids. It just seems kind of pointless, in a way. My kids don't watch much TV either, never have, and so they don't get to wanting things too much. My oldest is turning 20 (we're talking the Big Guy here so not a typical example) and he just wants money for his b-day so he can take it shopping at the store b/c he has no idea what he wants. My 14 year old for christmas and her b-day two weeks later?!?!?!? Who knows? Even the 8 year old is going to be hard this year. Maybe educational toys and books?

Lara said...

I'm with you on the hard Christmas gifts!

We decided tonight to take them to the store and just let them play in the toy aisles to see what they might want for Christmas, and I got a lot of great ideas for them! (Even though they don't really NEED toys....it's always nice to get one for Christmas and purge a few that aren't so loved anymore at New Year's.)

Kristina P. said...

The people I have the hardest time are also the kids in the family. I never know if I should get them toys, or clothes, or what.

Chief said...

It was awesome! I was so thankful she did, I needed a laugh

Lourie said...

Christmas? Seriously? I am not ready. I am working on Thanksgiving. It's at my house--which is a sty btw. And since I brought up my house, what do you mean when say "deep cleaning?" :P I love your blog even when you don't.

Loralee and the gang... said...

Oh, you are so cute...of course I will still read what you write! We all get blog-blocked once in a while.
So, I just want to show my appreciation for all of the great posts you write!
I have a "One Lovely Blog" award for you over on my blog as a little thank you- just hop by at http://careysgang.blogspot.com/
(Maybe this will help with your blockage...
:~D

Bits of Ivory said...

Something fun they can do for themselves is always great! My sister sometimes gives a gift certificate for a class that they'd love to take (art, karate, cooking, sewing, etc.). Or just the materials to start a new hobby or learn a new skill at home. It's the gift that keeps on giving. ;)

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