Like I said in the last post – when it comes to Mike, I am totally a lame gift-giver (although I loved Nora’s suggestion about getting him something that he could do with the boys – making it actually more of a present for me!). And its so sad, because I really do love my husband, and put a lot of thought into what he might want.
The problem is that Mike is completely non-material things focused (unlike me and my furniture obsession). He wears a uniform to work, so his clothes tend to last a LONG TIME, and he doesn’t really care about clothes (we have that in common). So its hard to get him just THINGS.
Another problem is that he has a hard time getting seriously into a hobby because he spends so much time out of town for work. When he’s home, he wants (or is ordered to) spend time with his family. I really don’t think I’d be okay right now with a husband who was gone half the time, and then wanted to spend his weekends at home golfing or hunting or something. We do love to camp, but that’s a hobby that will wait until we get back to the States, for a variety of reasons.
What he would be really impressed with is romantic gestures – like the year before last for Valentines Day, I made him a, ummm, romantic coupon book, if you get my meaning here. And he loved it. But he said I’m not allowed to give him something like that again if I’m not going to actually let him use the coupons when he wants to. And right now? I can’t make any promises, buster.
Anyway, so I try really hard to think of what he might like. I also ask, multiple times. This year, he tells me that he wants a spatula and an electric griddle, so that he can cook breakfasts like his dad did when he was growing up. I think that these are fabulous ideas – I purchase the spatula and try to get a large electric griddle. Except they don’t sell them at our BX. And I can’t get one in England, because the voltage here is 220 instead of 110 (we live in base housing, so we have outlets for both). AND I can’t find a place in America that will ship one to an APO address. So I decide to put my thinking cap on again and rack my brain for anything that he might have once mentioned that he wanted having.
I came up with this – over a year ago he mentioned that he would like to have a digital picture frame that he could bring to work. And our BX actually sells these things. So I bought one. I was pretty proud of myself, sure that I was going to put a smile on Mike’s face last night.
But…when I gave it to him, he kind of sighed and said, oh, I did once say that I wanted one of these, but I heard a while back that those things sometimes carry viruses that can then crash your computer, so I’m thinking it might not be such a good idea to try it.
So tonight I’m trying to redeem myself here. On the menu – his favorite: roast, mashed potatoes, carrots, with brownies for dessert. All homemade.
Because I do REALLY love my husband.
Oh, a tiny clarification: Kodi, is, indeed, a dog. Thank you Lord that none of our children eat poopy diapers…so far.
And one last thing, HAPPY WORLD BOOK DAY!! This won’t improve my street cred any, but I think I should have been a librarian when I grew up.
Noah went to school dressed as a knight, along with the book How To Be A Knight (only because we don’t have a Ben10 costume, which is the book he wanted to bring to school).
My favorite books include Beach Music by Pat Conroy, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape by Peter Hedges (fun fact – he went to my high school in Iowa, and some of the characters in the book are named for teachers there). I also adore the Mitford series by Jan Karon, and will read anything that Michael Crichton wrote, or that John Sanford writes. Oh, I could go on and on, because I LURVE to read.
Sawyer’s favorite book is The Snail and The Whale by Julia Donaldson (we love anything by her).
Noah’s favorite book is …any book about Ben10 (at least its reading, right?).
Emmett has not expressed preference for any one book over another, although he is a fan of the black and white picture book his physical therapist brings for him to gaze at while working on sitting.
As for Mike’s favorite, I’m not sure. He loves Tom Clancy of course – ooh, and one other author that I can’t remember. I’ll ask him and let you know. Book he reads every day? The Bible. He actually hasn’t done any pleasure reading in who knows how long because he’s working on his ACSC stuff (a military thing), and I, being the slave-driving wife we know I am, won’t let him read fun stuff until he finishes his work (in my defense, he has to get it done by this summer).
What are y’all’s favorite books?