It’s that time of year.
— The time when you joyously battle other happy-go-lucky people in parking lots to go into the mall.
— The time when you wait in lines of cheerful, friendly people to purchase over-priced, seemingly discounted items
— The time when you wrap presents and hold your breath, hoping-against-all-hope, that you’ve picked out just the right gift
And, the time when you are asked to provide a gift “wish list” so your family doesn’t need to work as hard to try to find you things that you might like.
Today’s post is about such a list.
Each year we ask hubby to provide a list of items he might want for Christmas. If you’ve been a long time reader, you may remember his list from a couple of years ago where he noted a “new couch”. He slipped it in somewhere between a video game and pajamas. YES, I did say a couch or if you prefer, sofa! (You can read this post HERE). And, much like the new Honda commercial about the un-reality (my own made up word) of buying cars as gifts for people, buying new furniture runs a close second in our house. (if you don’t know the commercial I’m referring to – HERE‘s a link – we just love it, cause, well, we’re not millionaires!)
So, this year hubby asked me for my list. I always have a hard time writing down things I want. I guess I’m very fortunate in that there are not many things I really *need* and therefore I have a hard time putting things on a list. And, contrary to what my hubby thinks… new kitchen items should not go on MY list.
So this past weekend we’re in the car with my parents and my mom says…. “Uhm, it’s almost the end of November. Do you think we might see a Christmas list anytime soon?” And, I grudgingly respond, “I’ve been thinking about it but I’m having a hard time coming up with stuff to write down.” Then, my dear hubby merrily chimes in…..”I know one thing you can put on the list!”. And, I’m like ” Oh yeah, what?”. And he smugly replies, “A new electric skillet”.
STOP RIGHT THERE………………… I say…………….
“I need an electric skillet? ME…. I? Don’t you think you might mean YOU need an electric skillet?” I’m not sure why, every time we need a new kitchen item (for both of us), it becomes a gift for ME? Hubby fills his list with games, toys and a variety of inane bullshit items and my list somehow fills up with toilet brush scrubbers, swiffer pads and new electric skillets??????????????
So, I now feel the need to give you a bit of back story.
Hubby is the “dishwasher” in our house. That’s sort of our deal. I cook, and anything that doesn’t go into the actual dishwasher, goes into the sink to await hubby’s arrival. Sometimes his journey to the sink can take up to 2 weeks…. but that’s a post for a different day…… Anywho, hubby is the one who scrubs the pots and pans… apparently, sometimes, too aggressively. Which brings us to why WE would need a new skillet. The last time I pulled out the skillet to cook, I noticed that a lot of the coating on the bottom of the pan was worn away. So, I asked hubby, “Hon, when you wash this, what do you use on it?” And he responds, “Uhhh… I don’t know probably the abrasive side of the sponge, it was hard to get off all the food”. “You do know that, a non-stick surface like that can be damaged by abrasive scrubbing…. right?” He matter-of-factly replies, “I guess I know that now”. And, that’s how we came to be in need of a new skillet.
So, I ask you…… WHO needs a new skillet for Christmas? I had planned on just going out to buy us a new one. BUT, if hubby wants to put it on someone’s Christmas list, I personally think it should take the place of his request for the director’s cut version of The Lord of the Rings, or perhaps replace his desire of a gift certificate for accessories for his motorcyle….. NOT on my list where it might replace my wish for a new pair of shoes!!
What do you think??? Please weigh in below……………..
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