Thursday, December 23, 2010

elf story

Yesterday, I took an hour in the morning to wrap some gifts.

Tall son was due to come home from college last night, and I was using his room to gather paper, scissors, tape, tags, and: gifts. Had it all nicely together, brought out from various hiding places. This year, I gave myself a break - or rather let myself off the hook - and didn't knit things for everyone. Rather, I went shopping here and there, trying to accommodate the moderate wish lists of a teenage daughter and a son in his third year at college; thinking of what relatives might like. I had already brought gifts to Germany when I went there in October, so that part was done.

I proceeded to wrap the gifts, and knew the whole time I was missing something. One gift card. You know, small, practical. The kind where the recipient can fulfill one larger dream or several small ones. I had gotten it a while back.

First I had kept it in my purse, to remind myself that I had it.

Then I thought that I had better take it out of my purse, because what if it fell out somewhere? So I hid it.

When I went to find it yesterday, it wasn't in the spot I thought I had put it. I proceeded to wrap some more gifts, and thought Oh well, it'll turn up.

By the time I had to go to work at our food co-op, putting in a longish shift all the way till 9 pm, I let the matter rest. I was hoping it would just come to me, that I would suddenly recall where I put it. You know how sometimes the more you try to remember something, the less you do remember? But dinner break came and went, and I was none the wiser. Just more tired. By the time work was finished, I still had no clue.

Crafty Girl was at a friend's house, Tall Son had run out to meet some friends. Once again, I was safely ensconced back in his room, wrapping. I was nearly done. (Not that the pile was so huge. It takes me longer than the average elf to wrap gifts because it is not one of my strong suits. I will never be able to get a job at the Macy's gift wrapping department.)

That dratted card! I needed to find it. Dear husband had by now picked up Crafty Girl. She sat up reading. Where was the card? Everyone was giving me blank stares, including the cat. I finally ran out of places in the house to look, so I went into our bedroom, where dear husband had already gone to bed. Sorry honey, I need to turn the light back on. Can't find a gift card in the dark.

By 11:30 pm, my dresser drawers were very nicely organized. I found socks I thought I had lost, old pantyhose is now in the trash (can't even remember when I last wore hose.)  But that card? Still elusive. Hubby snored on.

On to the next drawer-- I was determined, or delirious from being tired, I couldn't tell the difference. That card must be found.

is he laughing at me?

Another set of drawers cleaned out (do I really need to hold on to old sweaters?)

1 am. I finally find the card. Bottom drawer. The last place I was going to look of course. I wrap it up quick, clean up the room, go brush my teeth. The front door clicks downstairs, Tall Son is home. No, I didn't stay up for you, I promise.

Two more days til Christmas. I made a mealplan days ago.

Now where did I put that grocery list?


  1. Oh, how I know that feeling. Why is it that the perfect place when I hide something away ends up being the last place I think it would be when I try to reclaim it? I am off to find some well hidden gifts right now. I guess I need to get wrapping since I just finished the knitting!

    Have a happy!

  2. Yeah! So glad you found it. It was so nice to see you last night. Merry Christmas!

  3. I am so glad you found it! My experience with gifts purchased well in advance has not been as successful. Enjoy a wonderful holiday with your family :)

  4. Hee hee hee! That happens to me, too. If I'm trying to be "efficient", I put it somewhere and then I CAN'T FIND IT. I searched all over for 2 days straight to find my younger one's Christmas presents - turned out that they were hidden in the basement. Augh!!!

  5. Oh Karin, you're so funny! Whenever I lose something it turns up only when I go looking for the next thing lost. At least you found yours before the second item got lost. Oh... no... wait... the grocery list. SEE! It works!!!

  6. No assistance from the cat? Whatever next!

    Hope you and the family have a wonderful Christmas. x

  7. I'm glad you found the card! I don't think he's laughing at you, he's laughing in merriment WITH you.

  8. Hahaha Sounds like me at my house! I just searched hi and lo for a cookbook i had just bought as a gift at the bookstore today. I turned everything over and finally said a prayer to St Anthony... Oh well i thought, i may as well finish wrapping the present i had started. As soon as i picked up the just wrapped present, i found the book i was looking for...under the wrapped gift. oiy...i need a vacation...Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your lovely family!


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