Saturday, January 10, 2009
I bought rolls and rolls of Christmas paper the other day. I also bought some nice ornaments and other decorations. I just can't help myself - I love a bargain. My problem is that every year I buy things "ahead" and then forget about them. If I'm not careful, by next Christmas I'll totally forget I have this paper and I'll buy new rolls at full price and then uncover these rolls when all the gifts are wrapped. It's the story of my life!
Last year I went in to a shop in town that was selling everything half-price before they closed for the winter. I bought sweatshirts and tee shirts for every member of my family - children and their spouses, husband, and grandchildren. Three big shopping bags holding thirteen bulky items. Those bags lay in the corner of my bedroom for months. My plan was to give them as birthday gifts - a whole year of shopping done in one hour! What a genius I am! The problem was I never remembered they were there and as each birthday rolled around I went out and bought some other gift. I finally remembered at Christmas and wrapped them all up then so everyone received an extra gift this year. It was their birthday gift wrapped in Christmas paper. Not such a genius after all.
I always think I'm very organized. But then life happens and my best intentions go by the wayside. And at the end of the day I should have just waited and paid full price. Although they did get nice sweatshirts for Christmas...