I’m so excited: a good friend and I are going to do a big Baking Day sometime in December where we bake up fancy cookies and treats to use as gifts. The idea is that each person bakes a few different kinds of things and then you each get some of each other’s so that you can create gift baskets with a large variety of homemade goods without having to make it all yourself. It should be fun, and also save a lot of money on gifts. (I should note that this is not my original idea — I got it from a very creative and clever friend of mine.)
For inspiration, I used an Amazon gift card to go on a little book buying spree and got all of the following books used for around $2 each:
- Gifts from the Kitchen (Williams-Sonoma)
- The Perfect Basket: How to Make a Fabulous Gift Basket for Any Occasion
- Favorite Brand Names: Gifts from the Christmas Kitchen
Since Yaya was here this week, I was able to get out and go to the library to do some writing work. I emailed my husband to tell him I was there, and he responded by saying only:
watch out for pirates.
At first I didn’t know what he meant…but then I remembered. (See #2 here). My husband the comedian was still laughing about it when he got home that night.
Yaya spontaneously decided to give the baby a bang trim with kitchen scissors on Wednesday. “Wednesday” as in “Day Before Christmas Card Pictures” Wednesday. Though I wasn’t there, my guess from seeing the results is that she did it blindfolded with one hand tied behind her back. Or something.
Let’s just say I’m glad I’m good with Photoshop, otherwise I’d have to try to convince people that the “stair-step” look is in this year.
Elizabeth Esther’s recent hilarious post about Facebook trying to lure her back in after she quit reminded me of the most impressive unsubscribe guilt trip I’ve ever seen. I love FlyLady and used to get her routine reminders by email, but eventually unsubscribed as an effort to declutter my inbox. I immediately got this auto-reply:
Our members either love our reminders or get mad at them because they hear a nagging voice. These reminders are here to gently keep you from forgetting. They are said in our loving voice and not a negative voice from your past.
[People] join and get overwhelmed by the reminders. I know how much we all hate change. […]
We are here to help you and it breaks my heart that we are pushing away the people that need us the most.
Breaks her heart! She’s trying not to be a voice from my past! Ack! The guilt! But the unsubscribe notice wasn’t done. It then included an email from a reader who had herself unsubscribed a while back in which she shared the real reason she left the list:
I had joined in 2000 and quit after six months. I joined again in 2003, and quit after two months. Here’s why I quit both times: as I read your emails, I heard my mother’s voice. The negative, critical voice. I didn’t like being bossed around, and being reminded I was a failure. That’s how I read your messages, despite all your efforts to the contrary. [She ended up re-subscribing and all was well. -JF]
So if I don’t re-subscribe, FlyLady is going to think that I thought she was bossing me around and making me feel like a failure?! Should I contact her and clear things up, explaining that the issue wasn’t that I thought she was telling me that I was a failure but just that I was actually failing and too lazy to care? It was agonizing.
Although…if I ever start an email list I’m going to remember this tactic. 🙂
My husband and I are going to watch our annual movie this weekend. We only watch one movie a year, to play in the background while I work on Christmas card stuff. (And we actually haven’t been to a movie in the theaters since 2004!)
All that is to say, we don’t even know what’s out there. Any suggestions? What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the past few years?
We did get Christmas card pictures taken yesterday, and we actually got one with all five of us that meets all of my Christmas card photo requirements:
- nobody had their eyes closed
- at least one person was looking at the camera
- less than half of the people in the photo were screaming.
It was supposed to be photo taken in the wan afternoon light, perhaps with a sunset glowing in the background; by the time we got everyone dressed, groomed and out the door it ended up being a night photo. Maybe people will think we were being artsy.
We had a lovely day yesterday. My 94-year-old grandfather fixed up a feast and my mom made some wonderful pumpkin and apple pies. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!
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