Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Good News Is: Two Months of Cake

There are a LOT of birthdays in our family this time of year.  It starts with Loris in early May (usually the same weekend as Mother’s Day), then Aunt Lynda, me, my mom, Leland and Joe (same day, also usually Father’s Day weekend), and then Jamie.  Plus all the friends’ and friends’ kids’ birthdays (there are several).  I’m on a bit of birthday overload.


I usually start looking for gifts on Amazon or Etsy and then buy locally if I can (I often can’t – we don’t have a new bookstore here, for one thing).  If not, Amazon works for me because orders arrive quickly and the destination-based sales tax ensures that Mount Vernon gets some of the money I pay in tax.  Leland’s gift is already here, one for my friend Liz is on the way (ha!  Now you get to wonder for almost a whole month what it is, Liz!), and my mom should get her gift by Monday.  I got her a very special “card game for terrible people” (you know the one) and instructed her to make sure she and her friends have a few drinks before trying it out.  I hope we’ll play over Independence Day, because I can hardly wait to experience the hilarity.


I’ve sought out books for Jamie for his birthday, as I do every year for my kids.  He’s really into trucks and tractors and trains right now and I get so stinkin’ tired of reading the same books again and again every damn day. 


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That should about do it.


The best part of farting around on, though?  All the weird shit for sale there.  I’m often reminded of when we used to get the Oregonian delivered my senior year in college and I would browse the classified section for the strangest things for sale.  Once, I found an ad for a 2500-lb meteor.  Now why would anyone sell that?  Here are my current favorite things on Amazon:



Caffeinated soap.  Yes, please.


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Octopus surprise mug.  Because why not?



Soap dispenser, anyone?



I did not get these for Leland for his birthday, but perhaps I should have.



This is just ridiculous.






To go with your 2500-lb meteor.


The internet is a straaaaange place, y’all.

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