What did I get my husband for gifts? I can't tell, because he might read this. He generally doesn't, but he might. Better safe than sorry.
There are only two holidays I actually care about each year - Halloween and Valentine's Day. I'm a huge fan of both. I love having the pink hearts everywhere in the midst of winter, and the black-and-orange decorations in the middle of autumn. Oh, I also care very much about our Pagan holidays - the Wheel of the Year - but when it comes to really getting into something, Halloween (or Samhain) and Valentine's Day (or Lupercalia) are the ones for me! Of course they have Pagan origins, but I'm going to admit to getting very much into both the commercial and spiritual aspects.
They should be fun days! I love the idea of going to a slasher movie on Valentine's, whether you are in a relationship or not. I also love the traditional candy hearts, cards, flowers - especially perfect red roses - and more.
Yes, I know that's a lot of love.
Anyway, let me just say hubby's gifts are coming from ThinkGeek.com. One appeals to both his spiritual beliefs and his intellect at the same time. One appeals to his love of a specific series of TV shows. One appeals to his love of a certain series of movies.
For his birthday, I gave him seasons 1 through 5 of "The Big Bang Theory" on Blu-Ray, and I trolled his gift, which was hilarious! That is, I wrapped the box set, then put it in a box and wrapped that box. Then I put that box in a larger box and wrapped it. The unwrapping took about 10 minutes, because he was trying to unwrap carefully, thinking we could re-use the paper. After all, the first box he opened was pretty large. But once he got down to the third unwrapping, we were both laughing so hard, we were crying. So the process took a while, but it was well worth my efforts.
This time...? I'm going for sweet, not funny. Though I always buy any greeting cards that appeal to me. Does that sound weird? It's just how I am. I'll buy a serious one that says something mushy, but true. Then I'll buy a funny one too. I'm really thoughtful about the cards, though. They have to resonate with "us" for me to choose them, but I'll buy 2 or more if they fit.
My husband has a funny Valentine's Day pattern when it comes to me. The gifts he gives me seem rather unlikely: a wireless mouse in 2011, along with a book off my Amazon wishlist (Juliet by Anne Fortier), and Skull Candy headphones and Vera Wang "Princess" perfume in 2012. Notice each year he has given me something technological. I hope he remembers that my computer needs speakers... I'd also love the typical flowers and chocolate this year, and - of course - a book.
Meanwhile, totally random thought: I don't taste the difference between mayonnaise and Miracle Whip. I know the culinary difference, of course. But to me they're both just icky, globby white condiments, neither of which has any flavor, nor do I care to have them anyway. I know. My taste buds are strange.
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