Groceries: including 4 lbs chicken, 10 containers Yoplait, bananas, Julia food (Gerber stuff) and other food I can't remember totaling $24.33.
I have subscribed to quite a number of blogs, and I do love it. Even if I only check in once a day, I have oodles of blogs to read. Sometimes when certain people post I feel like I need to grab some popcorn and get ready for a fun time. I guess it's like when a new book by your favorite author comes out. (Hey, my life isn't all that exciting. Good blog reading is about the highlight of my day.)
What makes me sigh are the giveaway posts. It's a way bloggers earn exposure, I suppose. They have some product and you get a chance to win it if you promote their blog by promoting it on your blog.
I suppose if I had something worthwhile and was into blogging for actual exposure and revenue, I might take pleasure in giving away crap that's just taking space around my house. Or stuff that a manufacturer sends to me in the hopes that I will give the manufacturer exposure. But at this point in my life, I just find the whole giveaway thing nonsensical; however, I read all those posts because I think there's something important I might miss if I don't.
You know, the idea of giving away stupid crap taking up space in my house is starting to look very appealing.
It is only September, and I am already quaking in my clogs about Christmas. Oh how I wish I could go into hiding for Christmas.
1 - I am the worst gift giver ever. I like practical gifts myself, so I tend to give practical gifts. Most people hate practical gifts. Fine, then I'm cool with making people cookies as gifts. Oh, cookies are practical and you're on a diet? Blah. Gift card? Gift cards aren't 'personal' enough? Oh, for heaven's sake!
2 - I don't ever know what to get for my husband. Yes, I know him. I know his likes and dislikes. But that still doesn't make it any easier. Friends and family are in that same category. It doesn't help that I don't like to shop. I rarely wander around stores aimlessly, so I don't happen to ever bump into anything that would be just perfect for ____.
3 - I never know what to get for my mother. She never wants anything or needs anything. And she gets mad if you don't give her what she wants. Yes, she has stopped talking to people over the Christmas gifts people give her. It's a lost cause, which probably created all of my Christmas angst to begin with.
4 - One year my mother asked what we wanted. She insisted on getting us something. So I told her a set of bowls we can microwave. We did get microwavable bowls. They were kinda funky - that green tinted glass. Not so much a fan of them, but they work. See, we're not on the same wavelength. I'd like to pick out my own bowls. She'd like to pick out her own toaster oven. Let's just not exchange gifts anymore.
5 - Due to my awful gift giving and persistent angst over Christmas, I keep suggesting we do NOT exchange gifts. With S's parents, we've made that agreement before. And then they give us blue silk pillows for our green couch, and we don't have anything to give them. ARGH!
6 - I know, it's the thought. And gosh I think hard about all this. The family politics, the appropriateness of gifts, the stupidity that gift giving takes center stage to the religious holiday.
7 - I would love to model that it's the holiday season of generosity and helping out the less fortunate that makes it so wonderful. I'd like to take Julia to help in a shelter. I'd like us to go visit someone who is in a nursing home that doesn't have grandkids. Hmmm, Julia's probably too young for the homeless shelter, but I bet she isn't too young to take her to the nursing home. We could pick a person off the tree and bring them cookies and a new blanket. I like that idea.
Now if I can solve my other Christmas dilemmas, I'll be set.