CHRISTMAS EDITION! What last-minute holiday doings are still on your lists? I need to make one more stop at the grocery store to pick up my snacking contributions.
I finished my Christmas shopping last night with a trip to Toys R Us to buy plastic ants, plus one last-minute Amazon click. The ants were necessitated by my sister giving me only one good idea for her middle kid, which was an NBA Lebron jersey ($70). I managed to find it for $55, but that was still $25 more than I spent on the other various kids, so I had to get the others a second gift. But this created a new problem, of her middle kid getting his $55 worth in one gift, leaving him with only one gift to unwrap while he watches everyone else unwrap two, which stinks. So I spent $1 on a bag of plastic ants. Just so he has two things to unwrap. Not a gift for the hall of fame, but I figure a 10-year-old can find a use for ants.
My brother also gave me terrible ideas for his kids. So I had to go full rogue. RESULT: His eldest daughter is now getting a doorbell for her room.
What is it with my siblings? “Well, my daughter likes board games. She likes [the game called] Life. So maybe a board game sort of like Life.” Great, that’s $15. GIVE ME SOMETHING SUBSTANTIAL YOU WEIRDOS.
I hope that I am teaching these parents a valuable lesson. I would love to spend money on these rats. I am not a parent, so if I spend $100 per kid, I am spending only $500 per year on kids. That is a bargain. And please do not worry that I can’t afford it, because I can: I am wisely investing the rest of my income in Netflix, not driving them to activities, and undisturbed naps.
I already told you this, but I had the same problem trying to get gift ideas for my nephews. Parents with childless siblings, help us help you!
I value your commiseration.
I just ordered a 6-month snack box subscription for my brother’s kids, which I was proud of myself for thinking of! (They’re healthy-ish snacks, so he can’t blame me for any sugar-highs.)
Snack box subscription is a really lovely idea, I will use that in the future, thanks!
Well my mom just fucked up her back yesterday and can’t drive so my family’s initial plan of having her come into the city to go to the big festive White Christmas screening we go to every year and then riding back to the suburbs with her is out the window, which means that my secondary plan of bringing a big bag of laundry with me to do at her apartment is also not going to happen because I’ll be taking the train out instead. So now I have to go to the laundromat today after work instead. All I want for Christmas is for my landlady to replace the fucking machines in our building or agree to reduce my rent so I can use a laundry service, but unfortunately she is the worst.
Oh this also means that I will be driving for the first time in ~8 years this weekend because my mom needs some errands done and my little sister doesn’t have a license and my older sister isn’t coming until Christmas Day.
Gotta bake fruity pebble rice crispy treats once I get home, but the big hurdle is make a twelve hour drive with two kids under three. Pray for Mojo.
That was an accidental downvote that was supposed to be a very supportive upvote. You can do it!
Our attic is… semi-finished (it has floors and walls). We’re cheap-o converting it to a space for the two kids to hang out. What does that entail? Used bamboo floating floor planks, a big TV (free from Craigslist), blu-ray player (free from a neighbor), and an IKEA leather sofa (picking it up from someone on Craigslist after work today). We’ll never get it 100% complete in time, but they’ll be so excited to have a new place to be apart from us (and vice versa!).
I still need to get something for my mom and my 11yo niece. I think the niece will get A Wrinkle in Time and some Legos, I just need to commit and buy them. I have no clue for my mom.
I’m almost done with presents. Although I still want to make homemade dog treats for my dog. I also have to make Christmas Eve dinner and Day brunch, but I’m not worrying about that until I need to hit up the grocery store.
My sister’s mother seems to not be hosting her Christmas party this year, which I’m thankful for. Partly because buying gifts for about ten people is annoying and receiving gifts from ten people is also annoying (almost all that stuff ultimately goes to Goodwill). I’ve been finding myself cutting back on presents this year mainly because I just don’t want all that junk around the house. These days my standing order for gifts is booze, candy, and warm socks. Two of those things will go in my stomach, and the last is easy to store.
I also wanted to swear off the party last year because my sister’s mom’s house is kind of depressing. The house is basically getting torn apart by her mentally ill son, and being there gives me some unpleasant associations with the three Christmases that took place while my mom was dying. That’s probably a big reason why I’m so anal about my Christmas Experience, I don’t want to be reminded of that time. But I had to go because my boyfriend’s sister wanted to go, but now it’s not up to me either way, and I’m very happy with that.
I saw Star Wars! It’s fucking great, I can’t believe people are mad about it. It’s not perfect, but it doesn’t need to be. The dialogue is so much better since George Lucas’ departure.
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