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08 December 2011 @ 11:48 pm
And weeks later...  
I didn't go out shopping on Black Friday, though I shopped online. Tons of DVD deals, including a 5- (FIVE) disc Director's Cut of Bladerunner. It's still just the one movie, right?

Other than that, I've done virtually no shopping (especially for Lauren. Her list is small, but contains things that aren't currently being sold. Reasonable things, even). Last Monday, my husband had some kind of epiphany and realized that I've been buying gifts for his family all this time, and that it's truly stressful trying to find gifts for people who don't need anything. Twenty+ years later, but I'm truly grateful he now sees that the "present-fairy" is me. He took the task on himself, and after just a few days is now highly motivated to broach the idea of not exchanging gifts among the grownups. We were there once, but his sisters started creeping back into doing gifts. On my family's side, I just do one sister and (if inspiration strikes) my parents. It's still too much!

I got about 1/3 of the outside Xmas lights up last weekend. We do a big display, so it's a huge chore, and it always starts with hours of cleaning up leaves (they fall really late in Sacramento). My annual question returns: Dear lights, why do you die inside your boxes when you're NOT being used?

This weekend: Bar Mitzvah most of Saturday, getting the Christmast tree on Sunday, and recovering from the minor gum-transplant surgery I'm having tomorrow. I like to imagine that I'll also finish the outside Xmas lights. Hah!

comment_fic inspired some random writing yesterday: a 3-sentence ficlet for Wonderfalls, and seven 6-word stories (mainly for fandoms or pairings I don't actually write). I really enjoyed that. I'm having such a hard time writing fanfic these days (poking along almost word-by-word), so that made for a really nice change.

Tonight's bonus (or whatever) Grimm proves once again that Haywire is just adorable in this series. Never thought I'd be saying that! And my Portland nostalgia just grows and grows...

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Maz (or foxxy!): Santa Babiestuesdaeschild on December 9th, 2011 09:48 am (UTC)
It is practically impossible to buy for people who don't need anything, isn't it? So for your twenty-plus years of being present fairy for HSH's family you deserve a year off! I somehow don't think you'll get it though. But well done for putting all that effort in for so long! :)

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Xmas Penguinhalfshellvenus on December 9th, 2011 05:49 pm (UTC)
It is practically impossible to buy for people who don't need anything, isn't it?

It IS. And since I'm one of those people, I'm much happier exchanging goodies and a bottle of wine than "actual" gifts. Still keeps the spirit of the season, without all the pointless shopping and added stress.

My husband suffers from depression (as do I), and one of the areas he doesn't see clearly is that if you neglect reciprocating things like gifts/etc... this hurts other people's feelings. Non-communication is still a form of communcation, in that it sends a message whether you want it to or not!
Maz (or foxxy!): Santa Babiestuesdaeschild on December 10th, 2011 11:31 am (UTC)
Non-communication is still a form of communcation, in that it sends a message whether you want it to or not!

Absolutely right. And exchanging token gifts is still reflecting the spirit of Christmas. Simple is always best, in my opinion.

*hugs*
Danmuchtooarrogant on December 9th, 2011 03:02 pm (UTC)
H'm, I dunno whether you'll get to all those other activities or not, but good luck with the surgery. Personally, if I were you, I'd use the excuse of recovering from that to stay in bed all weekend. LOL

Our light display is up and done, thank goodness. Lizbeth, my wife--in case you haven't yet had time to browse through my cast of characters--insisted that the two kids and I start light assembly before she got home from work. I grumbled, and complained, but finally acquiesced, and trooped outside with the kids. Despite our best efforts, when she arrived home, one of the trees we had decorated had its lights on upside down, with the plug at the top. *sigh*

Dan
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Xmas Penguinhalfshellvenus on December 9th, 2011 05:52 pm (UTC)
one of the trees we had decorated had its lights on upside down, with the plug at the top. *sigh*

:D My husband has done that too. It's those details that'll kill you!

Except for one tree, I try to keep most of the lights on the eaves or on shrubs/the walkway/etc. That's partly so that I don't have to get out a ladder for most of it. But also... well, the two usable power outlets are down low too.

Really, getting everything connected and wired is most of the work. And it's a challenge every year, somehow, even when things go back in the same places!
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on December 10th, 2011 12:28 am (UTC)
everybody's getting money. Unless I gave birth to you or you're my nephew.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Xmas Penguinhalfshellvenus on December 10th, 2011 01:41 am (UTC)
That is SO much easier.

My stress is all about the adults, though my husband is now picking up the main duty of buying for his two sisters (who--argh-- do NOT want to stop exchanging real gifts).

I still have my one sister, my parents (if I find something, which always means looking), and what on earth to do for Lauren. Well, $$ if I run out of luck. :(

Your nephew is a baby, so you have years of buying actual toys to look forward to. THAT's fun. :D