Do Not Hire Me to Be Your Personal Shopper
Apparently, I never learn. Or I’m very stubborn. Cap’n Firepants would definitely nod his head vigorously to the latter. Of course, he’s the source of my frustration right now, so he has no right to be assassinating my character.
Cap’n Firepants usually leaves birthday shopping to me. Our beautiful daughter, Dimples, has her special day this week. So, I, the forward thinking, obsessive compulsive wacko mom that I am, have been stacking up gifts for her for awhile.
The day before the day before her birthday (actually the night before the day before – 10:00 p.m., to be precise), the Cap’n casually questioned whether he needed to contribute anything to the Big Day. I noted to him that I had pretty much bought her just about everything on her list except for rats and a 200-piece Crayola art case. As he is disinclined to allow her to become a rodent owner, I suggested that if he was determined to put some of his own physical effort into the Big Day, he could roll on down to Toys r Us the next day and buy her the art case which was prominently featured with stars and hearts encircling it on her list.
After he Googled the nearest Toys r Us to his office, and I e-mailed him the exact specifications of the art case, as no substitutes would do, the plan was set.
The next afternoon, Cap’n Firepants texted me that he had dutifully made the trip to Toys r Us.
“I bought her the Clownfish Air Swimmer,” he texted.
Fortunately, there were no students in my classroom in the moment (which there wouldn’t be since I never check my phone while I’m teaching anyway), as I think I may have mumbled a few not-so-appropriate words when I read his text.
Allow me to digress for a moment. Trust me, it relates.
Readers of this blog during the last month or so might recall my three-part series regarding the X-box Kinect Debacle of last Christmas. It’s full of drama and suspense, so I highly recommend it.
I concluded the story with my great idea for this year’s joint Christmas gift for the Cap’n and Dimples – an Air Swimmer – THE hot toy this season. (If you haven’t seen the video for this, you must. It’s highly amusing.) Anticipating the run on this
puppy fish that would occur once everyone’s shopping got into full swing (and once my multitude of readers read that day’s post), I made sure that I ordered and received the gift way, way, way ahead of time. It’s been sitting in my closet for almost a year – O.K., well maybe a month.
I had already made plans with the guys at work to fill it up with helium for me and do a few test runs so I could scare the bejesus out of Dimples and the Cap’n on Christmas morning. Wonderbutt’s reaction would be an added bonus.
And with one short text, Cap’n Firepants had let the helium out of my balloon.
I know. I know. Blah, blah, blah. Why does it matter that she’s getting it a little earlier, and that the Cap’n is the Surpriser instead of a Surprisee? Don’t lecture me on the Spirit of the Season and thoughts that count and all of the other clichés that come to mind. I realize that there are children starving in Third World countries and that me whining about this is like a teenager whose
day life is destroyed by a pimple in the middle of her forehead big toe and it’s not even sandal season.
I get it. Big Deal.
Apparently, I am not Nostradamus because:
A. The Air Swimmer has not even come close to being sold out
2. It is now cheaper than it was when I first bought it.
This means I will not be Craig’s Listing this rip-roaring redundant brand new toy. And giving it to Dimples and the Cap’n anyway is not an option either because, way before Christmas rolls around (probably in the next week, I’m guessing), they are going to be sick of Air Swimmin’.
So, creative People – you got a suggestion? Let me have it.
Posted on December 2, 2011, in Cap'n Firepants, Children, Dimples, Dogs, Family, Humor, Marriage, Parenting, Relationships, Wonderbutt and tagged Air Swimmer, Cap'n Firepants, Dimples, gifts, humor, presents, toys, wonderbutt. Bookmark the permalink. 27 Comments.