DISCLAIMER: THIS POST IS FOR MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY THAT KNOW ME. I DON'T WANT BIRTHDAY STUFF FROM BLOG FANS. THAT WOULD BE CREEPY.
Okay... my countdown tells me it's forty-six days until I hit the big one. So I figured a good post this week was to clear up the issue of birthday gifts.
First of all... I love getting gifts FOR people. It is one of my love languages... in other words.. it is one of the better ways I know how to show people I love them. I like finding things that they might like, be able to use or maybe make them a memory. That is one of my passions.
But next month the tables are turning. It is my birthday... and a big one at that. I understand my family and friends might be thinking of what to get me to honour such a prestigious occasion. So I figure a post of "What I want for my birthday?" would be appropriate.
Let's see... where to start.
Okay... that is my first request. I really don't want more stuff. I have a hard time keeping my house clean and organized as is. And I am running out of wall space for anything I need to hang on the wall. I can't do flowers in my house because of the cats, and it would be great if I wasn't showered with an abundance of chocolate either. (I can hear my hubby saying..."Hey, wait.. I like chocolate!" okay... any incoming chocolate can go to him. His birthday is in summer.. I'll hide it in the freezer for him.)
2. Birthday Cards:
I always have room for Birthday Cards. Birthday Cards don't require dusting... and they are filled with warm thoughts of love. I can even keep them for years to come and look back at them when I feel sad or lonely. They are a gift that keeps on giving. So if you want to send me a birthday card... I really like 50 and funny. When I hit the last big one... I collected my own 40 and funny cards. (Maybe I didn't mention this.. but card shopping is another on of my hobbies). I think I ended up passing most of them along over the years.
So if you don't mind browsing the card racks at Walmart or wherever you shop... and you find a 50 and funny card... You can pick one up, put a stamp on it and pop it in the mail. (if you don't have my snail mail address... ask me for it. But I'm not posting it here.) And if you are the more sentimental soul and funny doesn't cut it for you... that is okay... Greetings of all kinds from my family and friends always bring a warmth to my heart.
3. Quality Time:
I guess the best gift I could get for my 50th birthday is quality time. I thought at first it might be nice to have a big to do... but thinking it over, I would much rather have a one on one get together than a big party where I can't here people talk to me and can't spend more than 5 minutes with them. So this is what I am proposing. A lot of individual dates. I know scheduling is always an issue, but if you want to hang out with me for my birthday... lets make it easier.. Let's extend my birthday to cover the whole year. I am very flexible outside of my work hours. I don't have too many commitments that I can't work around. So if time is something you want to give me for my birthday... let's figure something out. We have all year!!!!
4. iTunes Cards wrapped in hand towels:
Let me explain. I have started reading again and the cheaper, more space conserving way of reading is called Ibooks (The Mac version of a E-Reader) . I have a nice growing library in my Ibooks. I have a very vast taste in literature as is evidenced by my electronic library. I am usually in the middle of 3-5 books at a time. Ibooks gives me the option of sampling a book before I buy it. The picture is a snapshot of my sample books that are just waiting to be downloaded and read.
So if you want to pass along a meaningful gift that will contribute to my increased knowledge and inspiration... again for years to come ... iTunes gift cards will work.
"Then why the hand towels?" you ask.
Well... I am low on nice hand towels for my bathroom and kitchen... and they make for a much more useful method of gift wrapping. I have enough washcloths and beach towels... just hand towels seems to be lacking in my house.
There you have it. And in case anyone actually finds that Teddy Bear with my name on it.. I won't turn that down either.