which isn’t really obligatory at all. but I think it looks better if it appears I’m being forced to show off my presents…
Michael is one of the best gift givers I know. but somewhere along the way I’ve lost my gift receiving enthusiasm. not that I don’t love to get gifts, because I do. it just seems I’m incapable of an appropriate gift receiver reaction. I can’t muster a sincere “ooh” or “aah” to save my life. I haven’t always been like that, maybe only in the last 10 years or so, and I’m not exactly sure what caused the change….
anyway, this year I got a stove. which was a Christmas requirement. not a request. I had to have a stove. without it my head would start spinning or maybe i would curl up in a fetal position and rock. it wasn’t a surprise. I went to the store myself and picked it out. but I was somewhat surprised that it was delivered 1/2 an hour later!
underneath the hood it has three burners. and conveniently, the propane fits right beside it…
Michael’s impulse gift to me – these are usually something I haven’t asked for, may never have mentioned wanting or just casually mentioned, and are almost always something I love – was a Mahjong set. from China. you can’t get much more authentic than that.
I am slightly intimidated by it. I’ve played plenty of solitaire Mahjong on the computer, but I’m not sure how well that will translate to real play.
from A12 I received a candy dispenser. I think in her 12 short years of life she has noticed that some days just go better for us all when mom has a little chocolate.
and S9 gifted me with a very cute change purse. which will come in most handy for all the baht coins I’m always digging around for at the bottom of my purse.
there were a few family gifts. a desk top computer. which sat right beside the tree for probably an hour and 1/2 before S9 noticed it and asked, “hey, who’s the computer for?”
and, lastly, another family gift.
table tennis, anyone?