Yesterday, from early in the morning until somewhere in the middle of evening rush hour traffic home, I shopped and shopped and shopped.
Here are a few of my scores:
From the LL Bean Store...
It's an ice cream maker! You put ice and salt in the chamber in the middle, the ingredients in the ball part, close it and then pass it around. After a while, presto! you have ice cream!
For Maggie, who loves combs, a subject for combing...
She calls them "tomes" and if you or anyone (including Santa) asks what she might like for Christmas, she always replies matter-of-factly "Tomes". She has about 30 or 50 of them. She carries them around in a little satchel and takes them out occasionally to study them or to run them through her hair or anyone near's hair. I thought she'd appreciate this little model to comb. I had one when I was little and I loved it. Mine was the more glamourous Barbie variety. I like how sweet this French one is.
For my niece Ashley, who just graduated from college...
There are a few other things here and there. It's funny. It seems like so much but when I try to think of it to tell you, I can't come up with much. Still I have only a few more presents to buy.
For the first time, my family decided to pick names for the adults in the family. This was a huge step since my family goes super crazy through the holidays, buying way too much for everyone. So much so that by the time it is all said and done there is no room left in my parents' living room.
I picked my sister Jessica's name. Rich picked my sister Jennifer's name. I can't tell you what I got for them because they are daily readers (hi, sistahs!) I wish I could tell you because it is sooooo good.
We pick names at Rich's house and have for years. But Rich likes to still give a little something to everyone. To make it easier (um, did I ever tell you he's one of eleven!!! 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11! children!) I am getting the same thing for all the girls and the same thing for all the guys. Rich picked the guys gift and I just have to go buy it. It's a peculiar thing that he's thought of this year...a sharpening steel. I was a little skeptical but he did a sampling (called his brother Steve) and asked which he would rather have "a nice box of chocolates or a sharpening steel"? Have you ever noticed that when you give someone a choice (especially when you give a child a choice) they will pick the last thing you said? I wonder if the results of his one-person survey would be different if he said "A sharpening steel or a nice box of chocolates". At any rate, I'm going sometime today to Sears to buy 7 sharpening steels.