Christmas Wrapping

Last night, I started wrapping the mountain of gifts we have to distribute.

More than half of the pile was actually for school and work, and I zipped through those presents in about two hours.

Except that left everything for our families still unwrapped.

This morning I expectedly woke up at 4:30 AM and decided to make the best of the situation, so I was up to my ears in paper and tape with “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” as company.

(Don’t judge. I know).

I was also very surprised to find someone sleeping on sofa instead of his bed.


Waiting for Santa?

I always wrap presents in paper that is decidedly non-Christmas-y.

I’m not sure why, but I’ve been doing this for about 20 years.

Often I use plain brown craft paper with fancy ribbons.

This is my favorite style from this year:



Other papers I’m using:

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Tip: Spend a little extra and get the nice, heavy paper.

It’s so frustrating to try to slide a pair of scissors along a roll to cheap gift wrap and get a crumpled mess instead of a clean cut. The nice stuff also tends to have a grid on the reverse side that makes cutting straight lines easy breezy.

Here’s one finished pile from my A.M. project (massive cup of coffee not visible in photo):







Merry Christmas (To Me)

Did I mention that I needed to start my holiday shopping?

Spouse and I made a list last night of all the people we needed to gift, plus what we’d already accomplished.

Summary: The list spanned more than 50 people and the fait accompli section was a mere 20%.


Yet, despite all of this, the same this happened as does every year: the accounting showed that I had purchased some pretty sweet gifts for myself.

Seriously, the deals this time of year are impossible (for me) to resist.

(I know, I know).

I spent a portion of last night opening the mountain (yes, fair descriptor) of packages piled at the front door of Fancy Pants Ranch and discovered two items that were just for me.

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The first was an ice-blue cashmere scarf from Banana Republic that I got for 40% off and the second was a tee shirt from Bombas with a motivational message.

Since my resolution for 2015 is to be authentic, this shirt hit home with me.

Bee better.

So true.




Holiday Shopping

Ugh. I really, really need to get in gear with my holiday shopping.

I haven’t even started on the easy people yet (my Lego crazy 7 year old and “Frozen” crazy 5 year old; I mean these are total softballs), not to mention the challenging recipients who require rare acquisitions that demand sourcing, prep work and occasional trips to strange stores that don’t even have signs out front.

I think I’m also going to need to select some type of emergency rush shipping option that involves uniformed butlers hand-delivering the goods to my front doorstep.

That should be cheap.

Meanwhile, I’ll dream of strolling through New York and viewing the fantastical window displays . Here’s a roundup of 2014’s best holiday windows, as per the “Today Show.”