We haven't seen Grant and Rich in person since August :(
but Richie is coming here in just 2 weeks!
So I will get to take my own videos of him then.
So I thought I would do a little catalog Christmas shopping last night from a company
I'd never tried before, After taking my order over the phone,
the salesman informed me that I could get
15% off today's order plus save on the $20. shipping by purchasing some card from him.
He said it would allow me to get many gift cards 20% off from places such as Target.
So I'm thinking .....20% off gift cards?...
Den and I were just talking about maybe giving gift cards this year, so I asked,
"So how does this work?'
"Uh.....hmm...uh, can you hold on for a minute?"
I could hear him still breathing on the line so I'm thinking he was going over his script.
Then he says to me, "Well, uh, if you are not satisfied with it, you can get your money back."
"But why would I purchase something if I don't even know what I am buying?"
"uh..." then silence.
"Let's just forget about that card, and you can go ahead and total up my order, okay?"
So he does just that, and gives me my total.
Then I said, "Have a very Merry Christmas."
Poor guy. He didn't know what to do with Merry Christmas.
I'm sure his script said, "Happy Holidays."
I was talking to a friend of mine today
and she shared this great idea.
This Christmas all of her adult children,
and of course grandchildren, will be with them.
So....her kids and grandkids will exchange gifts
but all the gifts will be vintage.
So this means they will give something they already have,
buy something at a garage sale or thrift store, or make something.
What a very interesting Christmas morning they will have, for sure!
Tyler and Karen were interested in what Tyler looked like back in the day
when he was about Richie's age.....
so I went through some videos and found this one in 1986.
Apparently that morning 26 years ago I woke up in a pouty mood, as you will see in the beginning.
And in case you were afraid to ask... yes I did cut my boys' hair,
and yes, bowl cuts were popular back then.
I hope so anyway.
I also thought my sons might enjoy hearing their Dad's voice again.
Yesterday marked 16 years since he died. Much has changed since then,
but I still dream about that house, and my babies.
While making dinner I usually listen to John Tesh.
So on his program not too long ago he gave a list of 5 questions.
He claimed that if you were to ask your Dad these particular 5 questions,
you would learn a lot about this man you have known all your life.
Okay, so I took the challenge and asked my 82 year old Dad.
It was fun, but I can't say there was anything earth shaking about his answers:
1. What was dinner time like as a child?
"Clean your plate."
2. What is your favorite movie?
"Treasure of the Sierra Madre."
3. Who was your best friend growing up?
"My brother Gene."
4. What was the greatest game you ever saw?
"Stanford and Cal.....25 years ago."
5. Have you ever hit anybody?
My guess is that most from my Dad's generation would have answered #1 as he did,
which I think is sad. ...what if they weren't hungry?
And #2 I had never heard of but then I discovered it was made in 1948.
If you were at our house last week, which you weren't, but if you were,
this is what you would have been served:
Roasted Brussel Sprouts on Sunday
Roasted Broccoli on Monday
Roasted Green Beans on Tuesday
Roasted Cauliflower on Wednesday
Roasted Brussel Sprouts on Thursday
Roasted Broccoli on Sunday (yes we did skip 2 days)
You get the idea.
Logan and Amy had plans for a little week getaway to go see his Grandma 650 miles away in Arizona.
However this election turns out, it will be good to see it come to an end
so Dennis can start sleeping again. I've never seen him like this.
Yesterday morning at 7am I found him dozing off in his office chair.
He said he had been up since 3am.
When I asked him what was wrong he said, "What do you think? The election!"
We talked to his daughter Kris over the weekend and she sounded as passionate as her Dad.
When we hung up, Den said, "Wow, Kris is really worked up about this!"
I just turned to him speechless for a moment and then said, "Honey, she's your daughter."
Does he not see it in himself?
Normally our TVs stay off for days at a time. Sometimes weeks at a time.
But no, lately he has his office TV on, plus his computer turned to the news....
2 stations going into his ears at the same time, all the while trying to do his paper work.
Even during our MAC class 2 weeks ago during one of the debates
he was waiting for texts from his daughter, Kim
and my brother Richard, over how it was going.
It nearly did him in not being able to see the debate live that evening....
I'll start with our grandchildren, 850 miles away...