Let’s face it: 95% of those who read this post did the majority of the holiday shopping in their households. Which means that y’all, like moi, kind of get stiffed every year when we all peek under the tree. It’s kind of inevitable, unless you shop and wrap presents for yourself, but I don’t do that because, um, I’m lazy and I like to play the role of the Christmas Martyr. Playing the Christmas Martyr is a worthy role with a lot of payoff; in reality, I don’t mind Christmas not being about me – cause it’s not, it’s about the kids. Plus, when everyone else is opening their stocking goodies, including my husband, I enjoy getting big lamb eyes and saying, “No, honey, don’t feel bad, I don’t NEED anything!” Which is TOTALLY true, by the way. But that doesn’t stop me from WANTING it.
So. STUFF THAT I WANTED FOR CHRISTMAS BUT DID NOT GET SO MAYBE MAKE A NOTE BEFORE VALENTINE’S DAY, BRYAN.
Dude, seriously. A Kindle. Which is cool, cause I’m totally buying one in a week or so.
A classic, simple wedding ring. For the last four years, I’ve bought cheapies from HSN and QVC, which were great .. but I have an ongoing metal allergy to almost everything, so anything turns my finger green. I’ve given up hoping for anything elaborate or fancy and am now just craving a simple, 18K, Classic Comfort Fit (2.5mm) wedding band.
(This is me having a good time on a date.)(Obviously.) While Christmas is all about the kids, and I like it that way — I’m not even martyring here, I really do — I firmly believe that New Year’s should be for the adults. It’s a chance for us to let down our hair, party a little bit, and maybe get to enjoy some child free time. I really had hoped for a New Year’s Eve filled with black ties and what have you, and maybe next year, we can aim for it.
WHAT WE GOT/BOUGHT FOR CHRISTMAS AND LOVE!
A SodaStream! (I cannot in good faith, gentle readers, link you to the unholy SodaStream website. Every single page – EVERY ONE – has a built-in, automatic video/music player. AS IF THIS WAS 2001.) My parents got this for Bryan for Christmas and we’ve been soda-ing the hell out of everything. Bryan’s a HUGE soda drinker, and this makes me feel better. FAR less calories, FAR more green, and it’s science-y to boot.
A PlayStation 3. This is cool because 1) BLU-RAY, which sounds much more cool if you actually own any Blu-Ray discs and alas we do not, but 2) ADULT GAMES. The Wii is great and fun and whatever, but sometimes? Sometimes, I just want to shoot people in the head at point blank range while screaming curse words. Judge me if you must, but I am a helluva zombie killer.
This was Tony’s big present: a giant honkin’ train table. It is literally our new coffee table, is the size of this thing. However, he plays on it several times a day, and I picked this one specifically because A) it has built-in storage underneath and B) it has several different “terrains” to it. It covers a farm, a park, a construction site, and a full-blown airport. We call it Comerville, and we love it so.
TOMY is still around, which kind of blew my mind. My parents got this for Tony, which is awesome fun for all of us. It’s a toy that feels complex to him, yet he can do it entirely on his own in tons of different ways. We keep it in his room, and he will seriously entertain himself for an hour just playing with this. (HELLO, SLEEPING IN AGAIN!)
Pretend this doesn’t say “ON BROADWAY”. Because Santa brought us two tickets to see this show (srsly, one of my FAVORITE SHOWS OF ALL TIME EVER) when it comes to our town in April. This show is on My List of shows I’d actually give up my free time to do. Willingly.
So! Tell me what you got (or didn’t get) for Christmas!