Next weekend is Mother’s Day and in my family that means that you must shop for a Hallmark Mother’s Day card at least 10 days before the holiday to make sure it gets mailed and received on time. There is nothing worse than getting a late Mother’s Day card in the mail the following Monday or Tuesday morning. You will be shamed for that mistake for the rest of the year – or until her birthday when you do have a second chance to make it up to her with lavish overspending a nice Hallmark birthday card and extravagant gift.
I went to the grocery store a couple of days ago and found a huge selection of Hallmark cards for Mother’s Day. I spend over 20 minutes reading through all the poems and sentiments expressed on each card and critically examining the card designs to find the perfect one for my mother. Then I bought a nice gift card to her favorite restaurant and took them to the post office Friday night. Surely that is enough advance time to get the card in her hands before Mother’s Day? Last time I mailed a letter to her it only took 3 days to be delivered. So I am doubling that and allowing 6 days for delivery. I actually considered sending it priority mail, but that has gotten pretty expensive lately, so I decided to take a chance and go with regular first class mail instead.
Mom – if you are reading my blog – be on the lookout Wednesday and Thursday for my card to you!
One of my Facebook buddies in England had asked me for my mailing address back in December. I thought she was going to mail a Christmas card to me, which is what I sent her when she gave me her address in return. Well, I got a big surprise today – a late Christmas gift from her!
I guess because it was coming from England that the shipments take a lot longer to arrive. She mailed it 2 weeks before Christmas and I am just now getting it. That was a long time in the mail – even though I admit it was a very long trip from England across the Atlantic to probably New York and then all the way down here.
I feel badly, though. I only sent her a Christmas card and did not send her a gift. I wish she had said something – I would have loved to pick out something uniquely American and send it to her as a gift. I guess I will have to find out when is her birthday and send her a birthday gift, instead.
Last night was our office’s annual holiday party. This year we had it at the country club of a gated community in the rich part of town. You have to show ID at a gate to get in the neighborhood and the guards need to either see an invitation with your name on it or they call the party host to get their OK to let you in. Wow! That was a trip!
The club house is huge is not only well decorated with very nice furniture and art, but the holiday decorations were fantastic. They had one of the tallest indoor trees I’ve ever seen, with a miniature train track running around the base of the tree and along part of the wall. And poinsettia flowers in big pots were everywhere.
We had a live band AND a deejay to keep music going the entire time. The dinner was surf and turf and we had an open bar. I was just so very impressed with how extravagant the party was compared to last year. I know we have all been working really hard this whole year, and I guess we deserved this special treat at Christmas.
At the end of the evening, our CEO made a few announcements. One was a big surprise, our VP of HR is leaving the company and moving to California. I was not expecting that and can’t believe our rumor mill overlooked that big news.
The best part was we each left with a Starbucks coffee mug and a Starbucks gift card preloaded with $100 on it. And in the mug was also a gift card from the Galleria Mall for $500!!!! I can use the gift card at any of the stores or go cash it in. Woot! Thank you, boss!
The county that I live in has banned fireworks for years, but the county next to us has not. So, for the two weeks before the Fourth of July holiday, there is a steady stream of people from my county driving over the county line to buy fireworks. There are huge circus-like tents set up in shopping center parking lots and on vacant grassy lots on both sides of the road at every entry point into the the county. Fireworks is big business and a fun celebration if you are careful and don’t do anything stupid like blow up your hand or catch the trees on fire.
I think that the economy must be getting better because the people in my neighborhood have been spending a shitload of money on fireworks to celebrate the Fourth and setting them off every night since July 3. That shit is expensive and its starting to get bothersome.
Every night since July 3 there are bangs, pops, sizzles and whistles starting from the edge of darkness well into the next morning. No one calls the cops – that is surprising, considering some of the assholes who live near me – or the cops aren’t making much effort to respond to those types of nuisance complaints.
I’m not really complaining, either. Most of the fireworks have been visible from my own front yard, so I’ve been getting a free show for four nights. Celebrating at home beats the hell out of driving downtown, paying $20 for parking and putting up with all the drunk, stinking rednecks who drive in for the fireworks show on the riverfront. I just wish the dogs would not get so upset. Every bang makes them bark.
I’ve been asking family and friends to give me ideas about what they want for Christmas. So far they all just shrug and don’t really say much of anything. And it makes me wonder if the answer they give me is the same answer they are giving anyone else who asks them.
When I was a kid I don’t remember ever having any problem a long list of toys and games that i wanted from Santa. We went every year to sit on Santa’s lap and assure him that we’ve been good all year and truly deserve all the toys of our dreams. I still make a list of things that I want to buy, but instead of giving it to Santa I keep a running wish list on Amazon.
The cool thing about the Amazon wish list is that you can access it from any computer or mobile device and price shop or decide to get it from the local source or Amazon. If I get it, the item comes off the list. If I haven’t bought anything for a while, Amazon sends me a little reminder and says, “How about buying something for yourself for a change? You deserve a treat!” and they list 3 or 4 things from the wish list. I think that is really clever marketing and other businesses would be smart to learn this technique.