Monday, February 18, 2013

Another Deep Dark Secret...

Yes, I have two secrets! The first was from my post last week and my husbands lack of romance. *sigh* So, I suppose it's only fair to dis on myself a bit too.

I suck at buying presents!

My husband's birthday was a couple days ago and I still haven't bought him a present! Now, I'm not usually this bad. I usually have a present for him several days early, but this year, I had NO IDEA what to get him. Seriously! There's nothing he wants or needs that's less than $1000, which makes it pretty much unaffordable. And... the stinker, wouldn't help me with any ideas. His best answer was, "I don't know. Nothing, I guess." 

ARGH! Very frustrating!

I did work hard to plan a special date to take him out though. I scheduled a couples massage for us, because he loves them and I know his backs been hurting. Then we went to dinner at Tepankyaki, which he got to choose the place. After dinner we hit the movie, IDENTITY THEIF, which is more his kind of show than mine, but I have to admit, I thought it was hilarious. I love Melissa McCarthy. I would have liked it more with fewer f-bombs, but the show itself was cute.

Back to presents though - I didn't just suck with his birthday this year. I was bad when I had to buy something for a boyfriend in high school, or when it's my best friends b-day or something like that. And the more I try to get something special, the worse it is! It's aggravating because I really WANT to give good presents, but alas... it just doesn't happen.

I'm even worse at picking out cards! I don't buy them. My hub is the king of cards though. He always remembers them and always picks a good one. And yes - I didn't get him a card either. DOH!

It's your turn? Tell me one thing you're really good at and one thing you're bad at!

Now hop over to Falling For Fiction! I'm posting over there today and we have a fun "Matchelor" game coming up where we will help match you with critique partner(s) if you're looking for some!

29 comments:

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

I love gift giving! But I do understand, my husband is hard, too. Same thing, the things he really wants or needs are all crazy expensive.
Hmm, one good thing, one bad. Well I can come up with the bad easily, it's staring me in the face right now. For some reason, I'm bad about putting laundry away. I wash it, fold it, and then sometimes it sits on the table for awhile. Like right now. My computer is surrounded by stacks of folded clothes.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Nothing is usually my answer as well, because if I want it, I buy it. I'm really good at getting gifts for my wife though. I know exactly what she likes.

Suzi said...

I'm really good at procrastinating and I'm really bad at getting things done around the house in an orderly fashion. :)

I would be happy if we could eliminate all gift buying for anyone under 10, or whatever age when you can't buy toys anymore. It'd make life so much easier. :)

Rena said...

I love giving gifts, but only when I have an idea and I have the money. There's nothing worse than staring at the perfect gift for three times the budget.

As for something I'm good at, I make people laugh. Something I'm not that good at... I suck at hyphens. No really hyphens and I are not friends.

Jenny S. Morris said...

Sounds like you did a great job for his birthday. ;) Man, a couples massage sounds heavenly.

Jessie Humphries said...

I am always a last minute gift giver. I know the go-to things he likes though and always end up giving him those: golf, sushi, a new shirt. Lame, I know.

Jessie Humphries said...

And I missed saying goodbye to you the other day, but it was awesome to see you! I wish I would have been able to talk to you more. We will have to hang out at Storymakers.

Laura Marcella said...

I'm great at sending special cards! I love picking them out. (FYI: Target has really terrific ones.) If I can't find a good one, then I make it on my computer!

I'm really bad at math. I have to use my fingers to help! I can do some math in my head–you know, like 2+2–but if someone is watching me or waiting for me, then I can't even do that, lol. I don't get writer's block, but I pretty much have a constant math block in my head!

S.P. Bowers said...

I miss Tepanyakis!

I'm horrible at presents too. It's really bad. Every year I stress so much and think, and over think by which time I just have to grab whatever is in front of my face because the day is upon us and I still haven't made a decision.

Carrie Butler said...

Aww, I love gift-giving. It's always fun to pick up on subtle things people mention in passing, and then use that as the basis for their next present. :)

I suck at giving comfort, though. When people are upset and/or crying, I stare at them all horror-striken! LOL

Jolene Perry said...

I'm fantastic at buying presents - especially when it's not for an occasion.
I SUCK at remembering friends and family's birthdays, anniversaries...

Krista McLaughlin said...

I love gift giving! But it depends on the gift and for whom. I love giving baby gifts and just because gifts. I'm not very good at buying presents for family members. It's hard!!

Charlie Holmberg said...

I always write down anything my husband says he wants or is cool regardless of the time of year, then pull out my ammo sheet for his birthday/Christmas. I get more surprised reactions that way.:)

Let's see... I am good at... scheduling. Planning and being punctual. :)

I am really bad with interrupting people. I do it all the time. I can't stop myself. What if I forget the funny thing I'm thinking RIGHT NOW??

Mark Koopmans said...
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Mark Koopmans said...

What's a "birthday" and "anniversary" anyway :)

Aren't they things that men are supposed to forget?

I bet it was a harried husband who'd forgotten again that invented the gift card :)

Melissa said...

I'm not good at gift giving either. Sounds like you made it up to him, though. :)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

My mother-in-law is the killer to buy for in our family. No clothes, scents, knick knacks, books...she is as practical as a man and has everything. It is really hard. Everyone should be like me. I WANT everything!!!

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

I like giving gifts to most people, but not my husband :) He's impossible! A nice dinner out is about my best bet!

Patricia T. said...

Leigh, I love your romantic gift of a massage, dinner and his favorite movie. I would much prefer the thought that went into planning a fabulous gift like that.

My husband and I usually give "together" gifts for birthdays, Christmas. And, they are always around music -- season tickets to the symphony, the opera, a musical or a book or a trip. I like to buy gifts and cards, but have cut back and focus on what we love to do togeher. That's why I loved your gift. I may steal yor idea. :)

Cortney Pearson said...

Man, I'm like you! No gift with gift giving...uh, did that make sense? Ha! Me no good! I usually end up doing gift cards or something because I can't ever think of anything else. Lame, I know. :)

Lydia Kang said...

I am not good at buying gifts. I tend to think of the perfect thing, like two months later.

Coleen Patrick said...

I am great at planing family vacations. :) I struggle big time with assertiveness. Ugh.
I think your gift sounds great!

Cindy Keen Reynders said...

I'm good at planning dinner. I'm bad at cooking it.

David P. King said...

I'm horrible at getting gifts, too. Even worse, I can't tell people what I want. "well, I have an amazon list ... and home depot cards are always nice." Not exactly original, huh? :)

Leslie S. Rose said...

I've gone over to the dark side of gift cards. So easy. *hangs head in gift giving shame* I'm good at coercing people from different parts of my life to come together.

Lynn(e) Schmidt said...

I'm not so good at the gift giving either. During holidays, I'm usually AT LEAST a few months late, by then everyone's forgotten I'd planned to give them anything anyway...birthdays are worse...

Rebecca Green Gasper said...

I had trouble with the birthday gift this year, too. I ended up taking him shopping, but he stalled and said he didn't know what he wanted...and I still ended up without a gift for him. Aah the joys. :) I'm normally not so bad at the gift giving thing...was just plain out of ideas.

Jeff Hargett said...

Oh yes, that was me at Christmas trying to find just the right thing for my wife. Even wrote a post about it. It just isn't fair when our significant other won't even give us a clue!

Adeeva Afsheen said...


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