The dreaded birthday list
It’s that time of year again, when family ask me what I think I’d like for my birthday.
The question makes me sigh pensively.
My hubby refuses to purchase anything I put on a birthday list. He believes he should find me something I don’t know that I want. That’s resulted in some interesting gifts, like the backyard lounger that was really thoughtful but is now barely used, and the digital photo keychain that won’t hold a charge long enough to look at any photos. Last year he swore he had found the ultimate gift – a boxed set of Roald Dahl books. That one was pretty good, but it didn’t make me squeal with joy.
Last Christmas he actually bought me the one thing that I asked for – a guitar. That was fantastic.
But now, seriously, I have no idea what to say. I have a $30 voucher for the mall that I haven’t used because I haven’t found anything I want to buy for myself. My mother usually sends me money and I struggle every year to find an approved something that would qualify as a gift. (I’m not allowed to buy groceries, things for the children, or kitchen stuff with the money, usually!!)
The stuff I really want is too expensive. Things like a piano. An iPad2. A fancy phone. Heck, even getting my engagement ring fixed would be great ($400!). Or, it’s stuff no one will buy me. Like a range hood for my stove. Or stuff there’s no point in buying at the moment, like a new stereo for my car (the car’s not going to last much longer!!)
So what do i say? I’m not a girly girl that likes buying clothes and at any rate, I’m too big to find clothes shopping “fun.” I don’t wear makeup. I wear minimal jewellery. Perfume gives me a headache. Chocolate makes me pimply, fat, and grumpy. I get all my books from the library. I don’t collect anything but dust and I don’t need more dust collectors.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m quite happy and want for nothing. What I’d really like for my birthday is a night with my friends playing card games, eating cake and the dreaded chocolate.
And if that’s not good enough, hey, I’ve got a garden full of weeds that needs desperate attention. Getting rid of those would make my day!!
P.S. – I’m away for a National Meeting this weekend – I won’t be able to respond/approve comments until I get back! 🙂 Have fun while I’m gone!