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A Retarded Moment

December 16th, 2009 · No Comments

I have so few reserves in the patience department that I try to wrap presents a few at a time so as not to accidently whip any of them out the back door. I started wrapping gifts but had forgotten to pick up any gift tags, so I used a Sharpie and wrote an initial on the bottom of the packages. I was brilliant enough not to write a J on Scooter’s gifts because I had already used J for Boy’s gifts. However, I wasn’t brilliant enough to not write an R on Scooter’s gifts because I had already used the R for Hubby’s gifts… Now I have no idea if Scooter will be opening size 2XL sleepy pants or perhaps an electric shaver? What if Hubby opens the remote control Barbie ATV or the Pretty Princess Doll? Ugh!  

Needless to say, some packages almost went out that back door, but then I was inspired. Martha Stewart, you saved me again! I saw in her December magazine an entire section of easy-to-make decorations, wrapping and gift tags. I pulled out some Christmas cookie cutters and used them as templates to draw on construction paper. I cut out the shapes of snowmen, trees and candy canes then proceeded to decorate each one with a plethora of crafty items I collect in a purple, plastic tackle box.  

Here comes retarded moment number 2: 

I got so carried away with all of the items I had to choose from that I over decorated all the tags and now there is no space to write a name! Oh, yes, those snowmen have tiny puffy balls as buttons down the front, they have plastic google eyes and orange noses. They even have ribbon scarves! The trees have glitter, stars and silver bulbs and ribbon garland! Oy!  

As usual, Hubby tried to make me feel better, he suggested that I just hang them on the tree they make terrific ornaments. Of course, some may now be found in the back yard along with a shiny package or two…

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