Today is the day that Johnny dreads above all other days of the year. It’s my birthday. Johnny feels immense pressure on my birthday to make sure all is blissful in Joanna-ville. It makes me laugh a little but not a lot because I hate that he gets stressed out over such a silly thing. I don’t know what I do to make him think I have such high expectations on my birthday. Johnny told me last week that it’s hard to tell what I’m actually thinking about a given situation. That also makes me laugh a little. But mostly I wish I made it more obvious to Johnny how happy I am on each and every birthday.
I will say this. I love me a day of being pampered and gifted. It’s just so fun! And if one of my family members asks me what I want for my birthday as a rhetorical question, they will regret it. Because I will unrhetoricalize that query! I’m a self-diagnosed “browser,” meaning I look at my favorite websites regularly. And at any given moment I have at least 10 items on a mental wish list.
Whew, I’m just sounding better by the second, right? Not like a diva at all…
This birthday I told Johnny that I just wanted some alone time. He looked at me with a horrified expression. And so I clarified. “I mean some time without a baby. To do me stuff.” He still looked completely confused. “Like giving myself a pedicure and editing pictures on the computer.” “Oh! Okay! We can do that!”
So I’ll be enjoying a few hours of “me” time today, but I first wanted to let you in on a little budget-minded gift-giving tool that we were recently introduced to.
Ziftit is perfect for birthdays. It was designed to make the shopping process enjoyable and easy while eliminating the guesswork out of gift giving. For my birthday this year, I created an account and made a list of gifts I wanted. I then emailed my list to Johnny. And when family members asked me what I wanted for my birthday, I sent them the list, too.
Johnny always asks for help when my birthday nears. And while getting anything is awesome, getting something that I’ve actually had my eye on for a while but couldn’t justify buying otherwise is even awesomer. Such as this skillet. Because really great skillets are actually kind of exciting when you’re an adult. Just me? Don’t answer that.
Also, we’ve got quite the combined brood of siblings/parents (15 between the two of us) and that means lots of birthdays. We try to stick to a budget of $20 for family birthday gifts. But unfortunately, that’s pretty limiting. But with the site, you can invite others to pitch in on a gift, allowing us to stick to our set-in-stone budget. So while I’d never be able to justify getting one sibling an Amazon Kindle, if just a few siblings pitched in $20, we could totally make it happen. Score.
Because of my list, Johnny had some ideas of what to get me. So hopefully that helped to alleviate some of the stress and pressure on his end! Now pardon me while I go and enjoy a little ME time! Peace.
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