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   Posted 12/15/2008 6:11 AM (GMT -7)   
So my son sends the entire family mass e-mails in November telling all of us that we are to go to the dollar store this year and buy my granddaughters crayons and coloring books for Christmas...last year the girls, 2 and 4 years old, spent four hours opening gifts and he doesn't want them to think that Santa Claus in Bill more opulance.  I don't see my granddaughters that often because they live so far away and my husband has to work during Christmas so we are never with them.  But I agreed not to spend more than ten dollars a piece.
I bought my four year old granddaughter a Disney princess jewelry box and the 2 year old some kind of crayons and books that don't rub off on the rug...and side walk chalk.  It took me two hours to wrap this stuff.  First, I couldn't get the cellophane on the wrapping paper roll off without stabbing it a million times with a steak knife...I know the rules about 'safe' packaging but really...whose gonna lace wrapping paper with cyanide? The scotch tape kept sticking to the roll and could I find the beginning of the stupid stuff...rooted around until I found another roll and it must have been too old because it had melted to itself.  Wanted to write on the cards with glitter pens and again...has to stab and the packaging with the knife...Missed being able to get all the gifts in one box by a rat hair and had to look around for another box...found one in the garage and it was littered with mouse poop...
The packaging tape snarled around itself and that took me ten minutes to unravel but it did discover it makes a fine fine dog hair picker-upper off the rug.
By the time I was done I was on fire from head to toe.  There is no moral to this story...just a vent.
I can harldy wait to go to the post office!
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   Posted 12/15/2008 7:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Finding simple task difficult to do Donna??? What is that a sign of???
We had granddaughter's birthday party at a roller rink yesterday. about half way through I went out to the car for a quick smoke. I get done and start looking for my keys, check all my pockets, look on the floor and check under me on the seat before I realized they were in the ignition, I had the car running to keep warm. smhair
I do hate sending packages so I'm glad all mine are close by.
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   Posted 12/15/2008 8:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I was lucky this year. I went to the city with a friend to do my shopping. She knew where to go and where all the sales were. I got the most of it done in one day. Then did the wrapping the next. I am not the best wrapper, but when the grandkids get their gifts, they just rip them open anyway. So no problem there.

But I paid dearly for all that one day shopping. I was so sore the next day and had leg cramps all that night. But I am done for the most part.

I hope that you feel better soon. And remember this comes but once a year. Now you can relax.

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   Posted 12/15/2008 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   
oh, donna i feel your pain! i've been a mom for almost 16 years now, and let me just say that scotch tape is now my nemesis. every time christmas or a birthday comes around, i bring that stuff out, set it on the table, and glare at it for about 5 minutes because i know what's coming. i swear i can see it wearing little miniature chaps and holster and whipping out its little miniature guns every time. devil

i dread wrapping. more than shopping, even! especially since wrapping really wears on my shoulders, arms, and hands, which makes my carpal tunnel act up, which leaves me in pain for a couple of days. boo hiss!


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   Posted 12/15/2008 12:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I can totally relate to your story!
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   Posted 12/15/2008 12:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Christmas is always a lot of work for me, so I start it early.  This way I can take my time shopping and finding bargains all year around.  I buy for many people and have wrapped over 50 presents this year!  But, I buy one of those Scotch Pop-Up Gift Wrap Tape Dispensers.  They are wonderful and make the job of gift wrapping so much easier!  The dispenser fits over your hand kind of like a bracelet.  You pull on the precut tape to get it out of the dispenser and the next piece pops up!  You can get refills for it too.  It is more expensive that a regular tape dispensor, but you don't need three hands to wrap a gift with the Scotch dispenser.   smilewinkgrin   They do sell these at Walmart.
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   Posted 12/15/2008 1:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Omg I just got through with a marathon wrapping session, I am talking 8 hours!!.  I thought no biggee I can do this and started having jay bring down all the loot from upstairs.  But then the pile kept growing around me and I started feeling a sense of dread specially since Jay only wraps my presents.  And I had got a late start to shopping this year so this last month I have been shopping every week and where last year I did at least half of my shopping online this year it was me out braving the stores and then hauling it all home(remember no car here).  After the first present my shoulders were on fire and my mid and low back were screaming but I kept going and after a while I just sorta went numb till I got to the very last present(thats right I wrapped presents for all 4 grandkids,my daughter,my mom,my brothers and SILs ,niece and nephew and thats multiple gifts a piece all in one sitting)but anyway I got to that last gift and all that pain came rushing back at once omgggggg owwwwwwieeeee!!!!  I told Jay I could not wrap one more gift and I didnt, there is only one left, sad I know.  I did also discover the wrist tape and will never go back to to the other tape again,no more searching for the roll and having it get all stuck in a ball and trying to hold the paper just right while you try and get a piece of tape off.  But I found my dispenser at the dollar store and bought tons of re-fills for it so hardly no cost there hehe.
So now we move on to this morning or should I say this afternoon? since I didnt wake up till noon.  I got up and took some pain meds at 5 am cause I was hurting so bad and then just passed out,maybe my bodys way of trying to heal?  so now I am here waiting for my meds to kick in again and oh my I hurt everywhere so bad,oh and I forgot, to make the pain worse me and Jayson decided to go for it with the whoopiiiii yesterday and it did work out great for a change but that is more added pain so hoping it doesnt go into a flair.  We did finally get the tree up too and what a big mother it is,almost 8 feet tall and a very full noble but so beautiful and of course I got to decorate the whole thing.  Jay did put all the lights on but left me to the rest he is just not into it and says I am too anal about wanting all the decorations placed just so.  This year he wanted a blue and silver tree so all new ornaments and house decorations since the green and gold wouldnt go with it so all new garlands for the bannister and doorways.  And we put all LED lights on it and omg talk about neon!!!! took some getting used to at first it made me sick lol but if you buy them you dont need near as many as the reg lights since they are so bright and they are spaced 6 inches instead of 4 apart so they go farther, needless to say we bought just as many as when we used the reg lights so have extras but these will burn for hundreds of hours so they are worth the cost.  Hope everyone tries to not do like me and pace themselves yikes but ya know next year I will probably over do again I always do!!!
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P.s. to vestabula........high five on keeping it to just 10 bucks on grandkid,that would make me nuts!!! and I did cut back from last year.  One big present and then some books and pj's for each kid instead of lots of big exspensive gifts each becuase it truly was over kill and they were getting spoiled.

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Post Edited (QTKaren) : 12/15/2008 1:43:02 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 12/15/2008 1:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I have made it even easier the past few years buy putting gifts in recycled shopping bags :) Trying to be environmental friendly as much as possible, plus it saves me so much time and stress :)
Much Love, Hugs, Peace & Comfort :)

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   Posted 12/15/2008 11:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I have discovered the perfect fibromyalgia gift-giving. It's called shopping online from the World Vision gift catalogue. It was so fun. Basically, all the money you send (via Visa or one cheque) goes to World Vision, but you allocate it to various aspects of their work in the "name" of each person in your family. Then they send you a cute card to give the person that explains what each person got donated in their name. For instance, for my little nephew I bought someone "three little pigs". For my son in the medical field, I supplied a whole medical unit. For my son-in-law the teacher I supplied a classroom. My daughter the soccer player? Soccer balls!

It's really cool and different and the best part is - NO WRAPPING! Woo hoo!
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   Posted 12/16/2008 12:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I began my marathon of wrapping today. I've been having terrible back pain but still managed to do some shopping with my dad today. I ran out of steam after 4 packages and couldn't even get ribbon on them. I just spent the rest of my low-pain period (you know, the time before you have the terrible pain that makes you regret doing anything that day and leaves you bedridden) sitting on the floor with my rabbit. I was pleased that if I asked my dad to do something to reduce my pain, like go get me a box, he'd do it. I'm so used to being told to do it myself, thus causing more pain.

Hopefully I'll be able to do more tomorrow because I need to wrap my mom's presents while she's at work!
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