20 April 2010

just call me suzy homemaker.

last week was a busy, CRAZY week at work (story of my life these days...), but Thursday was Amos' birthday and I wanted to do it up right. In my family, we don't do birthdays, we do birthweekends, unless that's not enough time. Then we resort to birthweeks.

I wanted to kick-start the birthweekend off right. I had finally decided what I was going to get the boy -- my first two ideas, while fabulous, were prohibitively, mind-blowing, I-wish-I-was-a-kabillionaire expensive -- so I was down to the wire. Late Wednesday night, I ran out to REI and snagged some gear to support his newly acquired triathlon habit.  I mean, I didn't hold back. The kid got the Cadillac of goggles.

Then came time to wrap it. It was Thursday afternoon, and I hadn't gotten wrapping paper. I looked in the drawer and we only had duct-tape. Amos was due home any minute. I remembered some fantastic, crafty blogger out there who had wrapped all the Christmas gifts with paper grocery bags. Eureka! I was going to show create beautiful wrapped presents while saving the planet. Goooooooooo me!

Except my brown bag wrapping job looked like crap. It looked like an intoxicated 5-year old wrapped it.

Amos was due home in T-minus 3 minutes...

Mother Eff. My back was up against the wall. Panicked, I decided it was time to embrace the siutation. I needed to wrap my hands around the fact that I am not yet the type of person who stocks their house with wrapping paper, ribbon, tape, or even sharp sicssors. I began a staring contest with my abominably wrapped present. I waited for inspiration to hit.

Tick-Tock. Tick-Tock. Slowly, I started to unroll the duct tape. Unroll lots of it.

I made a duct tape bow to compliment my paper bag wrapping paper.




You know what? It kind of looked cool.

I also got balloons, broke out the Mud Slinger beer, and ordered the meaty-est meat pizza there is, just to really get the party started.

Score: Suzy homemaker is up by one.

6 comments:

  1. Ha! I love it! I don't keep a lot of wrapping paper around, either. One year I wrapped all my Christmas presents in construction plans, since I worked for a contractor at the time. It actually looked really fun! And I colored in some of the parts with crayon :-)

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  2. Completely love this. Plan on doing this for someone and claiming the idea as my own. Thank you very much! :)

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  3. That looks awesome!! Love the bow. We totally rock the brithweek around here too, there is really no other way to do it!!

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  4. It looks totally cool! Very impressed! Definitely looks intentional - and even if it hadn't, surely the beer and meat pizza did the trick :)

    PS: I definitely just typed 'bear' instead of 'beer', if you had gotten him a bear it would have been even cooler, albeit dangerous and hard to wrap.

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