Tuesday, July 10, 2007

The boss is in England with a meager pile of data to present and I have some breathing space again. I was not able to get all the data she requested and I feel like I disappointed her, but she was nice about it (as always) and I know she is skilled at giving presentations and can make the best of it.

Meanwhile, I have evolved into something that disgusts me - the parent that goes to ridiculous lengths to get their child presents she doesn't need. We ordered a motorcycle for Manther's birthday. Amazon backordered it about 10 times and it's new possible arrival date is Sept 12th. The order was placed on April 24th and this is obviously a hideous amount of time to wait for a gift. My husband cannot tolerate disappointing his little girl with another delay. Manther does not seem to understand or care. She thinks her pink big wheel is a motorcycle and she makes motorcycle noises when she sits on it. I am perfectly satisfied to cancel the order and save $100. Not Hubby. So, I (I guess we, he does have a job and pay bills) spent $110 and I am driving 40 minutes to purchase a display model tonight. I predict Manther will be scared of it and it won't get used the rest of the summer.

Are the suburbs a disease that infects your brain? I am sure I wouldn't have displayed behavior like this a couple of years ago.
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14 comments:

lushgurl said...

Oh my Sara...I used to move heaven and earth to get AAngel gifts, no matter the time or expense involved! I will admit, there are some gifts that she has wonderful memories of, and others, she forgot about as soon as she opened them! It's tough I know, balancing between giving "stuff" and giving time. In the end, I know you both will make the right decisions for what is best for Manther!
Love ya, and want to say, blog more, but I too, have not lately!

Doc's Girl said...

I had problems with a few orders from Amazon like that...drove me nuts!

Make sure you get a bell/horn...! :-P

Redhead Gal said...

If she's little, she'll like the box best, no doubt... But since she's your only, it's hard not to buy...at least I found it hard until I had a couple of more.

Trudging said...

Will you be my mom? (-:

Toni said...

I am sure Manther will warm up to it!



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Tab said...

yikes! try to get back to simplicity..notice the word city in there..lol..
the burbs don't have to brainwash you in to all that material world crap girl..let your hubby know if he is going too far.your manther won't know the difference between a expensive gift or a non expensive..what she will notice is how happy and sincereyou are when she recieves it!
thank gawd hugs are free :)

Tab said...

lol @ Trudge~

sober jen said...

The suburbs are about things, material things. I knew I had to get out of the NYC 'burbs when my neighbor bought her eight-year-old a Rolex watch.

You need to resist the pressure to buy stuff. It only gets stronger.

girl said...

Dude you win the mom award!

vicariousrising said...

LMAO. It is really hard not to spoil your kid. We just celebrated my son's Half Birthday yesterday. He has one of those birthdays close to Christmas and by the time we finish with all the inlaws and divorced inlaws celebrations, my husband and I have nothing left to give the boy. So, we do a half birthday and fuss on him then. But somehow, we've spoiled him the rest of the year too, as have everyone else... poor little dude,

You'll have to let us know what Manther thinks of the motorcycle.

Momish said...

It is surprising when you realize you have morphed into "that thing". I think it is acceptable when it is only once in a while and only about really cool things like motorcylces! Pink ones at that!

Christine said...

yes, the suburbs rot brains but you should see what rural living does
Shit, someone's always got it worse.

therapydoc said...

you can't spoil 'em

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