OK, that cold finally caught up with my ass and kicked it pretty hard. I know what the problem is… pre-motherhood my colds were short-lasting, just a couple of days. This was largely due to the fact that I would just sleep through the illness until it left. Motherhood = no opportunity for extra sleep! Thus, the cold that has been hanging on for TWO WEEKS NOW, rendering me half-functioning at best. Well, today it decided to settle in for good (I don’t think the head-butt to the orbital I took yesterday helped either… oh yeah, AND the late night concert with the drinking the night before).
I admit it’s partly my fault for not slowing down (but I still blame the germs!!). But since today Keen was already set up to babysit as I was supposed to visit my girlfriends, it became the perfect (and unavoidable) day to sleep. I’m feeling a little better now, thanks.
So, of course, I’m right back to the next thing on my list… Christmas shopping! I consider myself behind this year… it’s not as if I have all my shopping done by this point normally, but I usually know what I’m getting everyone. This year I am still in the brainstorming process. I’m good on most of the adults, but I’m also shopping for a pack a kids. My dilemma, as I was discussing with a friend, is that last year I got the kids some really cool shit. I got all the kids on my list a big glass canning jar full of polished gemstones, seashells, marbles, wheatie pennies & foreign coins, a couple of fossils, and other miscellaneous cool stuff. I divided the objects of the jars by age, the little kids got non-swallowable items and the bigger kids got smaller pieces. It sounds deceptively simple, doesn’t it? I’ve always been into these kind of things and I have a bunch all over the house; a bowl of shells here, a bottle of marbles there, cool rocks and coins, etc. and I had noticed the kids were really interested in them when they came over. I remember being fascinated by this stuff when I was a kid (I love natural history) and some of the pieces I have are things I collected when I was really young. I keep them because not only do I still think they’re cool but they remind me of that feeling of discovery every time I found something new. I wanted to give these kids o’ mine “starter” collector kits and I hoped they would enjoy the process of discovery as much as I did. And you know what? All the kids went nuts for these jars. They loved ‘em. It was a very gratifying feeling.
It’s not as if I want to top last year, but it would be nice to match the coolness factor at least. I would ask you all for suggestions except people who I am shopping for also read this blog, darn it all. I hate to spoil the surprise (even if it’s just the adults).
So now I am doing research. Thank god for catalogs and the Internet. – the weirdgirl
BTW, there is some crazy shit on eBay. They actually have toddler tricycles on there for $6-8 dollars each! Does this seem suspiciously cheap to anyone else?