Saturday, November 22, 2008

Christmas Wish List...

It's just so much easier for me to think about what to get for other people for Christmas and Birthdays, and so much harder to think of stuff for them to get me...

My birthday is December 14th, so I have to do all my "asking" at the same time of year, too, which is another pain in the neck...

Today I ended up throwing a tantrum because Dave had asked me what I wanted for my birthday and Christmas...

At first I couldn't think of anything... He often gets me DVDs or books or CDs, but to be honest I don't get much use out of these. I NEVER have the time or inclination to read a book these days (I can read the net all day, read magasines, or the newspaper, but a book seems like far more of a committment than I'm able to, erm, commit to... I used to be the kind of person who would read a novel in a day - because I tended to hyperfocus - but that just isn't possible these days)...

I might watch a DVD once, but there are few DVDs I'd be prepared to watch more than once...

I know this will just astound some people (it would have truly FRIGHTENED the teen/20s version of myself) but I NEVER listen to music anymore... With kids, I just can't hear it half the time, and when they're asleep or out of the house, the SOUND OF SILENCE is so precious that turning a CD on seems like sacrelige...

Anyway, so I told Dave I would love a little point and shoot camera to have in my bag for all those moments in time when I want to catch the kids doing something cute or funny or remarkable but don't have my bulky DSLR with me...
  • He seemed to think that was a waste of money because I already have the DSLR, and besides I have the old Kodak Easyshare (from like 8 years ago, and the battery hub is sticky taped in place, and he's not sure where the cable for it is - though he's sure we still have it...)
Then I suggested an el cheapo photo printer...
  • He felt that the cheap ones would just break down immediately or not produce good enough quality prints - hmmmm, as opposed to the past 3 years or so when we've produced NO prints whatsoever...
So, I looked online to see if there was anything else I wanted... I thought of a digital photo frame, but figured he'd think that was a waste of money... A panini maker, but then he'd say that we have no where to store it and besides we already have a jaffle maker...

And this is when I got MAD!

Can you see why?

Well, seriously, it's MY present!!! I should get to choose whatever I wanted (within his budget of course, which is very small), and it's not for him to make a value judgement on what I choose! So, I told him... Or rather, I burst into tears and yelled it at him...

Ok, so now we understand each other and I'm making up a list of what I that he can afford...

Here's what I have so far...

  1. Ergonomic laptop stand - to save me from having to hunch over my laptop to see the screen (I want this for my birthday!)
  2. Digital point and shoot pocket camera
  3. Lexmark wireless all-in-one printer/scanner/copier
  4. Satin PJs
  5. Sandwich Press

4 comments:

Nic said...

Absolutely you can pick, he did the asking and your just telling him.

I like the idea of number 1 as well.

Spiralmumma said...

arrghh how annoying! Too right it is YOUR choice (within his budget of course). I'm right there with you on the P&S camera to carry around! It does seem silly on one level when one has a good DSLR, but I totally agree with the portability at all times issue. I have a mobile phone cam of course but the quality isn't very good and when you're used to a DSLR... I've got my eye on the canon IXUS 980 which also has some SLR type functions. . I'm also after a multifunction printer. *sigh* I can see Kevin's handout disappearing very fast at this rate!

Juniper said...

Sif, I totally agree, it is not for him to make a "value judgment" on your present - he asked, you are telling, and it is for *you* not for him, so as long as it is in "budget", he can just suck it up LOL!

In the past (and even sometimes now), I have found that my DH has bought me what *he* thinks I should have, rather than what I really want. If he thinks what I want is 'frivolous" or not what he thinks is worth something, then he got me something else. The last thing he did this was my birthday, when I asked for a sewing machine, and he bought me an iPod Touch. Now, I am not complaining, I LOVE my iPod Touch, and it was a very extravagent present, but ....

Amanda O. said...

Another one who agrees with you - and grumps about the value judgement thing... N will do this on occasion too or as Jenn mentions - get something that is along the lines of something he'd like/find worthwhile. (Although he's been growled at sufficient times that the frequency with which he'll do so has lessened significantly...)

And also have to agree about the digiP&S pocket cams... I want one for exactly the reasons you mention. Plus some of them take DANG good shots and you can capture so many precious moments you might miss out on otherwise when a photo op comes up during the million and one times you didn't plan to take pics and didn't bring a big camera.

The only thing I can kiiiiind of agree with(not on his right to value judge but on the fact that they're a pita) is the photo printers. We spent $450something on one and it's a total waste. It's a major ink hog, the ink (roughly $120 to refill all colours) and paper is exxy so I'm reluctant to use it most times as price per print works out to be 3x over what printing at photo store is when it doesn't stuff up and use 4-5 papers before printing correctly. As good as the print quality is on it when it works, it's still not as durable as ones from the store either. X_x

Um, not to be stupid but is a sandwhich press the same thing as what Nic terms a 'jaffle (sp?) maker' thingie?

Teenagers and the failing parent...