It's never too early to start planning, right? Each year it seems to get a little harder to remember exactly what everyone asked for - even if they asked me the week before!
Last year, my hubby asked me for an iPod Nano. I promptly forgot what he asked me for. Weeks passed, and soon I was convinced that he said he wanted a GPS. Oh, he liked the GPS alright, and I got him a good one, but after Christmas, he said, "Whatever happened to the iPod Nano I asked for?"
Was I ever embarrassed and humiliated. My brain was starting to betray me. It's kind of okay, though, because he didn't get me the Kindle I asked for either (mostly because of the cost and the long, long waiting list). We had a good Christmas, nevertheless.
Even my son's 21st birthday, which happens tomorrow, is fraught with land mines. He told me he wanted a memory card for his phone and a game. Now I can't remember what kind of phone he has nor what game he wanted. So I'm getting him a Best Buy gift certificate. That way he can get exactly what he wants.
Still.... The thrill of opening up a gift certificate doesn't compare with the thrill of opening up exactly what you asked for. I know that, but the old brain isn't as good at retaining data these days. I'm not sure all of that is due to age. Some of it is probably medication-related, and other people with Chiari Malformation tell me that they have tons of memory problems. At least I think that's what they said. Hmm, can't remember....
So this year, for the record, I want a Nintendo DS with the Brain Age software. That way I can sit around like the old farts on the TV commercial and play video games to improve my memory. Hubby had planned to order the Kindle way in advance, but I told him to forget that. I would much rather continue to hold actual books in my hand when I read. Yeah, it seems like a pretty cool device, but then I wouldn't be able to share the books I've read with my sister afterwards. Seems wrong somehow.
I think hubby said he wanted a plasma torch, but I'm not sure...something geeky like that. I'm hoping he'll leave me a comment telling me exactly what he wants. Consider this my Christmas list, babe!
And the rest of you? Get crackin'....Christmas is right around the corner, you know. They already have the first Christmas items on display at Costco! Before you know it, every open shop door will be spewing the scent of apple/cinnamon potpourri at you! Salvation Army Santas will be asking for your change (does anyone still have change in the age of plastic??)! You will be looking at the date on the calendar and realizing that you haven't even started your Christmas cards yet!
You'll thank me in the long run. Get started now! And write down the things your loved ones want. You never know when the memory fairy will start to sneak in and steal your brain cells.
Peace - D
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