Husband and I do not generally exchange gifts; we are big into stocking stuffers and the rest is for the kids. Last year I got two gifts from Husband/Santa that I was quite excited about; one of them I asked for, the other I did not. Can you guess which is which?
If you guessed the log splitter you would be right. Yup, I was very excited to see a large box with a bow on it under the tree (it would not fit into my stocking, perhaps I need to look into getting a larger one). The Victoria’s Secret gift card was very much out of the ordinary for Husband. The only explanation I can come up with was that he was sick of hearing me constantly bitch that I did not have a single bra that fit after being either pregnant or nursing for four years straight (pregnant – nurse for 18 months – pregnant – nurse for 18 months). Maybe he was sick of hearing me complain about it and not actually do anything about it.
This year there are once again two gifts that really stand out for me. The first is a large cookbook all about and only about pie. As I am sure you all know, National Pie Day is January 23rd and this year will be my third year hosting. I am thinking that one of the pies I will make will be a buttermilk pie because I have never heard of such a thing until thumbing through my new pie book. I had asked for the book a while back but had forgotten so it was a great surprise. I am sure you will hear more about our pie day festivities later.
The next gift I actually danced a little dance over. It was, (are you sitting down?), a keychain garage door opener!! Best. Gift. Ever. For the last hundred years or so we have been in the process of building a detached garage that will, if we don’t all die of old age first, have access to our house through a non existent man door in our current attached garage that will eventually be converted into more living space (did you get all that?) But for now, when our garage door opener goes wonky and does not work I have to:
- Herd the boys out the front door through a gate that has a latch that sticks into our backyard without letting the dogs out either the front door or the fenced backyard.
- Use the keypad lock to open the man door in the detached garage.
- Cram ourselves into the small space at the foot of the stairs to close the man door.
- Open the other man door into the garage.
- Finally use the button on the wall in the garage to open the garage door.
By this time I am as grumpy as hell, we are all wet from the rain that falls 11 months out of the year, and someone has inevitably stepped in dog poo. So perhaps now you can understand my excitement over my beautiful new keychain garage door opener.
Ok, I told you about my favorite Christmas presents, care to tell me about yours?