Monday, December 27, 2010

Holiday Hangover

Good Monday Morning everyone. I hope you are not suffering from the apocolyptic snowfall. Stay warm, stay home. Unless, of course, you work for the DPW.

I hope you all had an enjoyable holiday. It snowed here on Christmas Day. Which was an 'event'. (Truth be told, anything weather related is an event.) The day was nice. Monster Baby is growing up to be a wonderful child. I thought for sure she was going to grouse about not getting what she really wanted (a remote controlled dog) but she was really sweet Christmas night when I asked if she had a good day.

"Oh, it was great."

"Did you get everything you wanted?"

"Yes."

"Are you sure there's nothing more you want?"

"No, Mommy, I got everything I wanted."

"What was your favorite present?"

"The dump truck." (Tonka T.S.4000 series - not a true dump truck but called a Haul-Pak in Nevada which are monumentally huge)

(Me, totally surprised, thought for sure it would be the Barbies) "Why is that your favorite?"

"Because I can help you out in the yard when you move all the dirt again."

Did I raise a great kid or what?

On another note -- Did anyone else rewrite their notes from Santa? I have always written a thank you note from Santa for the milk and cookies (helps to remind MB of writing thank you notes for her gifts). Anyway, I read the first draft and found a typo. Wrote a second draft and realized I used the word 'good' three times. Third draft the Sharpie laid a big fat black spot on the bottom of the page. Finally, four drafts later, I had the perfect letter from Santa.

Question -- Is there anyone out there as anal as I am?

21 comments:

Melissa Gill said...

That is so sweet. She might have to get a new nickname. That's funny about the thank you from Santa. Did you change your handwriting though? That's key.

Anne Gallagher said...

Melissa -- I did change the handwriting but I think she still knows it's me. She believes in Santa but has been told Mommy has his phone number so she knows me and Santa are very close.

Rula Sinara said...

She's so sweet! You must be a proud mama :)

Anne Gallagher said...

Rula -- Very proud. I'm very blessed to have such a wonderful child. Even when she is a Monster Baby.

Bossy Betty said...

What a great answer! She is a sweetie indeed!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Your Santa letter story is amusing. Our snow came late Christmas Day.

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

well if it makes you feel any better, instead of milk for santa, we used to put out beer.
Ahhh, good times

notesfromnadir said...

That's cool that she's so honest about her favorite gift. It's also great that she had the proverbial White Christmas.

Excellent idea about writing a Santa note on so many levels. Nothing wrong w/ rewriting a note -- it shows you care about your writing no matter what. Bodes well for your forthcoming books.

Theresa Milstein said...

I'm glad your daughter had a great day. It's good to focus on the good we have rather than what we want. There's always something to want.

Mac said...

I met someone more anal in the institution I was once committed in. No, I take that back. You may be worse

;O)

Donna Hole said...

My thank you notes pretty much say "THANK YOU".

She does sound sweet. Enjoy that while it lasts. They grow up so fast . . but they always remember the lessons they grew up with. Eventually :)

.......dhole

The Words Crafter said...

That's so sweet! I actually preferred trucks when I was little, lol!

Love the Santa letter story:)

We got just over 8 inches here....did you guys get more? I haven't watched the news...

The Las Vegas Writer said...

I have a hard time writing 'thank you' notes. My handwriting is never perfect, I've misspelled a word, or no one can read it. So I try again and again and again. Then I'm out of "thank you" cards.

SAMUEL PARK said...

That is very funny and charming that you rewrote the note from Santa! And the photo is adorable, by the way. Finally, a belated congratulations on your award. Very well deserved.

Elliot Grace said...

...all three children received Wal-Mart gift cards in their stockings, and spend the day pleading for a trip to the store in order to purchase goodies they each felt was necessary for their survival, despite being bombarded with gifts over the weekend. Kids...sheesh:)
EL

The Words Crafter said...

I just saw the photo of you and MB, how beautiful!!!!!

Lynn said...

Sweet about MB! And gorgeous picture in your last post. I'd be fixing the letter from Santa too. I have to almost tie my fingers together to hold back from fixing work emails I receive, the majority full of grammar errors!

Michelle Davidson Argyle said...

Oh my gosh, this post is great! She loved the truck, she wants to help you, and you EDIT your Santa letter! I knew there was a reason I love you. :)

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

Sounds like you had a great Christmas. It snowed here in Atlanta too. So beautiful!

Have a Happy New Year!

Saumya said...

Ooh, that's so cute!! Sounds like someone did a great job as a mother ;) You should write advice for the rest of us, haha.
And being anal just means you really care about the details!
At least, that's what I try to tell myself.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

It's not anal, Anne. You just love your daughter. Mark Twain would talk to his daughters on the new telephone contraption, pretending to be Santa calling from the North Pole ... so you're in great company. Have a great New Year! Roland