Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Christmas shopping

Well, I just started my shopping today. It's already the 12th and I just started. Am I pathetic or what, especially since I have a shit load of people to get presents for.

But one is done; my oldest Nephew who's 17, he's getting books. One of them is the final book in the Dark Tower series by Stephen King. I'm so proud that he's reading. I was the only reader in my family up until about 10 years or so ago. Finally two of my brothers started to read and now my nephew does. It's nice since I can now discuss books with my family without being picked on for being a bookworm.

I also found a couple books on dinosaurs. H Ditty's nephew, Anthony who's 4 1/2, loves dinosaurs. One of the books is a popup which I think he'll love.

Normally I am completely not normal. I love shopping at Christmas time. I know, very weird. The only thing that really bothers me are the people who stop in the middle of aisles, ya know, basically rude people. Otherwise I don't mind the crowds, they actually stimulate me into shopping. Christmas time is the only time of the year that I like to take my time in shopping. Any other time of the year I want to get in and out right away.

I mean take tonight. I went to two stores, Borders and Hallmark. I was at these places for close to 2 hours. Now granted, I stood in line at borders for 15 maybe 20 minutes before I reached the checkout, but all the rest of the time was spent browsing. In just two damn stores!! And the only complaint I have is that my big toe on my left foot and my back are aching. Well, actually, my back doesn't even ache anymore but my big toe still does. That's it, I didn't mind standing in line that long. Any other time of the year I would've said fuck it, I'll go back another day.

So I guess what I'm saying is, and I don't think I even really implied it anywhere, is that I hate that I won't be able to shop and spend the way I have in the past. With me not working we just don't have the disposable income as we've had before. But it's not the amount of money, it's the thought. I know, I know, but a lot of thought would go into the amount of money I'd end up spending on everyone. It wasn't that I wanted to be the one spending the most and therefore I'm better. It's that I wanted to get that right gift for each person and quite often it would end up being more than one thing, that's why the amounts would soar.

So yeah, I gotta watch that this time around. Which really and truly sucks the big one.

On a lighter note, we're supposed to be trimming the tree tomorrow night so I should have a picture up in a couple days of it looking pretty.

Media quote of the day: This is what romance gets you - a noose around your neck and a crazy woman with two guns somewhere behind you. - Roland's voice in Eddie's head (Drawing of the Three from Stephen King's Dark Tower series)


Samantha said...

Two things:

1. I am happy to hear that someone else believes in giving books as gifts. I am an avid reader and I think a book is a great gift. This year I gave everyone on my list a copy of The Giver by Lois Lowry. It is one of my favorite books.

2. I learnd a long time ago to all of my Christmas shopping online. Christmas time makes me very thankful for the Internet!

Debbie said...

I did all of my shopping online. This is indeed a good Christmas. I didn't have to go to the mall once.

Katrina said...

Samantha: First off, thanks for stopping by, you're welcome anytime.

I love giving books. Two years ago that's all I gave. We try to have one person open a gift at a time so everyone can see what everyone received but with 7 youngens that's not always possible. A few different times I heard my brothers ask their kids who gave them what and when their kids would point to a book my brothers both said, "Oh, you're Aunt Katrina gave you that." Even with two of the guys reading now everyone knows it'll be me giving the books.

I'll do some shopping online but not much. I really do like going out to the stores and wandering around looking at everything. The only time I really don't like doing it is when HD comes with me because he's just as bad as a kid with the "When are we leaving" or "Are we done yet" or "One more store then we're out of here" so I only bring him when I feel I have to. Heh

Anonymous said...

I love books for gifts too and luckily everyone on my lists loves them too. It always makes things easier. I am more strapped for cash than usual this year too. It makes things hard.

Katrina said...

I hate hate hate having to watch what I spend this year. It's truly a battle for me.