Well, that might be overstating it just a tad. But, I am starting to feel mostly back to normal, and since the last few posts were dwelling on so much woe is me downer type stuff, this post is going to talk about some of the fun things that have happened lately.
And what could be more fun than getting presents!!! Yep, not only did I get a few rad things last week, but I am passing on the joy of presentsing to you! (It is too a word). That’s right . . . if you can make it all the way to the very end of this post, and slog through all the self-congratulatory
bullshit joyousness, then you can also feel the heart swelling feeling of being gifted upon. So, stay tuned!
A few weeks ago, I entered a giveaway contest on another blogger’s site. It was Mandi‘s birthday and she was giving away some prizes in honor of the festivities. All you had to do was write a poem or limerick or haiku or something. Well, of my many gifts and skills, poetry has never been one of them. So, as much as I love me some Mandi, I basically told her to fuck off with her poetry (with love!). But, she guilted me into at least trying. So I did. Pretty unsuccessfully, I might add. But, despite my poor efforts at Wordsworthing . . . she ended up just picking names out of a hat (her husband did, actually). And, since my odds were 1 in 4 . . . I won!! So, last week I received my bounty. This is what she sent to me:
It says: I have a very busy day of being stunning. Yeah, so obviously this mug was made for me, right? 🙂
Oh, but that’s not all that was in the package. I also got this kick ass magnet. And y’all know how much I love me some magnets . . .
And the flipside:
So that was definitely a fun treat to get all that good stuff in the mail. I love mail!!
The next fantastic items I received actually arrived on my husband’s birthday. Birthday for the hubs = presents for me! Huzzah! Really, it’s as it should be, no?
The first was not really a present, since I ordered it myself and was expecting it. However, based on shipping expectations, I didn’t think I would get it until this week. I was so very pleasantly surprised that it came so early:
Guys. I cannot stress this strongly enough: YOU MUST GET THIS BOOK!!!!!! This is a hysterical biography! If you have been living under a rock and don’t know either a) who The Bloggess is, or b) that she wrote a book, then really there might not be any help for you at all. But . . . if you know all of that (as you should!) and just haven’t gotten around to it or are waiting for the paperback version (that was totally my excuse at first), you must put away all childish thoughts and run to your local B&N/Target or order it immediately from Amazon!!
I have never laughed so hard or as vocally reading any book in my entire life. And that is really saying something y’all, since I am not only a voracious reader, but was an English Lit major in college. I have read a lot of books in my life, is basically what I am saying. And this one gave me cramps in my stomach from laughing so hard and so long. I got pissed at one point because I was laughing so hard that tears started impeding my vision and I could not read the next sentence, and that really bugged me because I needed to see what on earth she was going to say next! That is the sign of a good book, y’all. Read it NOW.
It took me four days to read it, and I probably could have done it in one sitting if I didn’t have silly things like the hubs’ birthday, work, kids, chores . . . basically stupid life holding me back from this brilliance. (There is a very good reason that I needed to get the book and read it relatively quickly as well, but I’ll get to that in an upcoming post next week).
The next item that I received was not expected, but also arrived on the hubs’ birthday. This was from my friend and sister wife, Jen, who said she was just thinking of me and decided to send something to brighten my day. Well, brighten it she surely did. The first awesomeness was the card:
I mean, really. Obviously bacon would trump any thoughts of anything else! But the best part was the gift that came with the card:
Seriously . . . what could be more rad than knee-high bright green socks with the word PORTLAND written all up each side? And truly, when you think of me, how do you not imagine me wearing these socks? 🙂
When I wrote to Jen to thank her for the gift, I told her that I was starting to envision a huge secret closet in her apartment that was just filled with Portlandia souvenirs and memorabilia that she would hand-pick from and send to her friends when they were feeling down, just to make them smile. I have to tell you, she did not deny the accusation. Hmmm, I’m starting to suspect some type of C.S. Lewis wardrobe action happening here, perhaps . . .
And lest you think that I could possibly resist trying on these bad boys . . .you obviously don’t know me. And for your viewing pleasure . . . my modelling of these fine examples of hosiery:
I would never deny you all of such a brilliant display of sock modelling. And why yes, I do know how sexy my leg is, but I thank you for noticing, just the same.
Then, of course, there was Mother’s Day, where I received some lovely gifts from my kids/husband. My oldest actually made this for me in school:
And then there were the gifts:
My oldest purportedly picked out this monkey for me at the mall. Love it!
Ahhh, now we’re talking!! How well do my kids (the hubs) know me!! Mommy drinks cuz you’re bad! (Kidding kidding . . . mostly). The only thing missing was the bottle of Tequila. I’m not really sure what the hubs was thinking. Except maybe “it’s inappropriate to take your 6 year old to a liquor store to buy booze for his mommy?” Nah, that can’t be it.
These were fun little things. Especially that voodoo doll. Hmmm, I’m thinking that just might come in handy at work! Who wants me to plan something, again??? :p
This was more a gift from the hubs than from the kids, even though they gave it to me. It has my birthstone (amethyst) and the stone of the month in which we were married (October . . . not sure what that stone is). See what I mean? If it was more from the kids, I would think it would have their birthstones. But it is really very pretty. I have another amethyst necklace I got for my birthday that I haven’t worn yet. I need to get some amethyst earrings or something, cuz I don’t have anything to match these things. I don’t even have anything heart-shaped. Hmmmm . . . . .
And of course this very pretty mini-rose plant that my youngest informs me “we got from Giant.” Ahh, all the best roses come from Giant! 🙂
So, really, in the last week, I’ve kinda made out. Both the wonderful gifts from my blogging buds, a fantastic book, and the very generous and thoughtful gifts from my kids/hubs. I am a very lucky girl.
Hi. Still there? Haven’t run away screaming from this super long and incredibly self-involved post yet? Still waiting for your chance to win something? Well, here it is!!!
Even though the pic does not do it justice, this is an awesome iPhone cover that looks just like a cassette tape. What’s a cassette tape you ask? First, if you are asking that, you are not old enough to be on the internet, so go take a nap and drink your bottle and leave this to the grown-ups. And second, it was a piece of plastic filled with this film type thing wherein music was imprinted, and you would put it into a player and listen to about 30 minutes or so of music before the tape ended and you would have to eject it, flip it over, and then play the other side for about 30 minutes. It was truly magical.
If you don’t have an iPhone, this is not going to mean anything to you, obviously, so I have something else for the rest of you:
Basically, you can choose which one you want. Even if you do have an iPhone and like this notepad better. If you win, you get to pick the prize.
Ok, so here’s the rules . . . in order to win one of these fab prizes, you must do one (or more than one) of these things:
1. Like my Facebook page (see all the way up at the top right of this page —^).
2. Follow my Blog (also up up up top there on the right).
3. Comment on this post. But not just any comment . . . I want you to tell me something that has made you happy lately. Something unexpected that brightened your day. Based on the comments I received on last week’s post, it seems that I am not the one who is dealing with the blues lately. But everyone has something that momentarily brightens their outlook for just a brief time. Even if you do return to the funk afterwards (but hopefully not). Share what it is that has recently made you smile, even if only for a moment.
I will pick a name in a couple weeks. Or make my kids do the dirty work for me, as usual. I mean, what good are they if they can’t take the brunt of all the loser’s ire, right?