Tuesday, September 18, 2007

I Have Returned

I have returned from my trip and now I have ten thousand billion hundred and seven things to do to get my home and life back in order before I am allowed to write for you all again. Also, tomorrow is my mother's birthday and I have school for the next two days, so I am a bit short on time.

The good news is that I had a happy New Year and a wonderful trip. I had one confirmed bear sighting and I am over my cold now and do not have bronchitis. I do however have a mouthful of canker sores. I feel like I ate poison ivy.

And now I must unpack.

I assure you, Dear Readers, that I will be back very soon.

Oh, any ideas on what to get my mom? She doesn't read this so she won't see. I need ideas. The woman has everything and what she doesn't have she doesn't like. Personally I'd like to hire a company to take crap out of her house rather than get her one more thing to put in it, but that doesn't make for a meaningful birthday gift now does it?

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why not a housecleaning? I get it for my mother all of the time - she loves it. And as you say it's one less thing to dust.

MP said...

What about taking her to your girlfriend to get her nails done..the dollar ones of course then out to lunch?

Personally I like massages and spa things. My bday is November 10th
:-)

saintseester said...

A massage.

Wylee said...

Try etsy.com for your mom. If you can't find it there... oh that's not quite how it goes, is it?

Anonymous said...

I have no idea what to get your mom---she has too much stuff. I want to give someone a "Bacon of the Month" membership: http://www.gratefulpalate.com/?p=Category_11

Canker sore tip: don't use tartar control toothpaste, it'll make the sores worse/heal more slowly.

JG

Subservient No More said...

MP NO WAY!!! MY birthday is November 10th too!!! Is it not the best birthday ever. I love being 11/10.

Subservient No More said...

JG I nearly died. Vosges is now making a chocolate bar with bacon in it. I must try it. BACON!! In Chocolate!!! Can it be bad?

On my trip I got curry truffles and wasabi sesame truffles as a present. I havent tried them yet. The chocolate gas station guy would have loved them.

faithful reader guy said...

As a gift, I often take my mother to a live theatre performance. She loves the excursion and we get to spend some time together. Plus a nice dinner....nice but not necessarily expensive.

jeff said...

1-800-GOT-JUNK gift card?

bbElf (a.k.a. panda) said...

It's cheesy as hell, but mother-daughter glam shots? With drinking before? I always like to do activities over giving stuff.

Green said...

Happy birthday to your mommy! Actually, for Hanukah one year, my brother gave me the present of somebody coming and helping me find the floor of my huge walk-in closet in my FL apartment. It was the best present ever.

He found the girl on CL, and aside from helping me with loads and loads of laundry and ironing, she taught me to iron properly, and I have NEVER let my messes get that bad ever again. It's a great present.

Or you could just give her a fancy lunch out with her favorite daughter, which I'm sure she'd love.

Anonymous said...

My birthday is on 10/10, so I always say it makes me a "Perfect 10, just like Bo Derek"! :)

Happy Birthday to your mom! I know that you want to do the right thing and get her a lovely gift, but may I just say that having a talented daughter like you is the best birthday present ever!

Lurker said...

Give her a day. Tell her she can have you to herself for one day. If she wants to use that day to get you to clean, then you'll do it. If she wants to go out, then you'll do it. That's what I gave my mom for her birthday this year and she loved it.

Anonymous said...

Give her a homemade gift certificate for a complete day with you...no cell phones, no email, no nothing except mom/daughter interaction. Trust me, every mother longs to spend time with their busy grown children. You can't buy something for someone who has everything, so it's got to be homemade. Or, in the alternative, adopt a goat or chicken or whatever you purchased for those third world country people some time ago. That might make her feel good. Or, knowing your mom (based on your depiction), pick up a homeless person and take them shopping for clothes and lunch. (This might be risky, but would provide a wonderful blog story.)

Mrs. Qball said...

I like the mother daughter glamour shots, or how about making her an album of "through the years" pics of you and/or your entire family? Kinda like a picture story book?

Oh, and November is a great month for a birthday, but the 17th is a better day! (mine is 11-17!!)

Fairfax said...

Oooooh, curry truffles are so good. Unfortunately, I can't follow that up with a good gift idea for you mom. Good luck!

LJ said...

Hey, your mom has the same birthday that I do! I've reached the age where I'm *giving* presents on my birthday, instead of getting them. It's my prerogative, after all. Meanwhile, I have the family trained that I want edible or wearable for presents now - nothing that needs to be dusted, packed, or moved.

Sparkling Cipher said...

For those kinds of people, I usually go for events. Last year I took my mom to Cirque du Soleil. Another time we took a weekend shopping trip. I do the stuff with her that my dad wouldn't be caught dead doing.

Also, services are good. Most people who don't already have a cleaning person would love the housecleaning. Spas are good. My next gift - mom keeps saying how she wants to redo the bathroom wallpaper, but it's such an unpleasant task....

Traca said...

What about one of those fancy tea things at a nice hotel or tea house? My mom would like that with the whole dress up and hat thing. I also vote for the clean my house thing. That is what my sister gets me and I love her best.

Anonymous said...

I'm with the others on the spa and/or massage and/or manicure/pedicure with you ideas for your mom.

For the canker sores, take an L-Lysine supplement a couple of times a day from now until a couple of days after the last one heals. It will help them heal and prevent them recurring frequently.

booda baby said...

I LOVE the housecleaning gift idea. I have family with housecleaners who repeatedly toy (ha!) with me, kind of promising or pretending to promise that they'll get me one of those as a gift. It's maybe not the ultimate luxury, but it's pretty damned up there.

Anonymous said...

Long time lurker and dedicated reader - LOVE your blog/writing - Decided to de-lurk for a moment, even if this seems odd to pick up on this little detail, at the idea of possibly helping a fellow canker sore sufferer.

Canker Sores -

Treatment (from my mother, a nurse, and my son's pediatrician): Rinse (and spit out) with concotion of half liquid Benadryl Elixer (children's) and half Maalox. Weird, but effective.

Preventative: Acidophilus (I like Natrol Brand Capsules - 3/day)
Taking this on a daily basis has reduced my occurence of canker sores probably by 90% or better - before being introduced to this product I was very, very often miserable with the little buggers. It's an over the counter dietary supplement found in most pharmacies near the vitamins.

Hope you don't mind the unsolicited recommendations too much.

Architect Critic said...

That's so cool - my birthday is also Nov. 10th. Nine months after Valentine's Day makes early November a busy time for birthdays.

I hope you enjoyed Trinity County. That whole area up in the Shasta Cascade range is beautiful and full of natural wonders.

Anyway, I agree with some of the previous comments - the best gifts are ones where you do things together, not stuff. Unless that stuff is food.

Morrigoon said...

Suggestions:

Spa Day
Theater/Symphony
Housecleaning

or...

Just show up with a ginormous bouquet of fresh flowers! It's great because you can always have more fresh flowers in your home, and when they wilt you toss them, thus having nothing left behind to clutter the home!

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