My mom, the gift giver

My mom is spectacular gift giver. She’s given me amazing things over the years like:

  • An opal ring I pined for but thought was completely out of my reach.
  • A beautiful pair of opal earrings I’m afraid to wear because if I lost one, it would break my heart.
  • Tickets to Miss Saigon that she promptly took from me for safe keeping only to lose, ironically (but she worked it out with the theater because my mom can talk people into almost anything – it’s her superpower).
  • Clothes, boots, shoes, etc. that I’ve barely hinted at liking and then was thrilled to receive.

I mean, I could go on and on and on, but you get the point.

What makes her a spectacular gift giver is that she:

  1. Pays attention. I’ll make an off-hand remark about something and she’ll remember it, use it, and shock me with her follow-through – sometimes months later.
  2. Loves to make people happy. I think truly good gift givers delight in finding that perfect something for their loved ones.

Before Christmas 2012 I’d mentioned that I was looking for a very simple silver necklace, but that I was having a hard time finding the perfect thing. Bam. My mom nailed it. And I wore that necklace almost daily for nine months.

Then, during the hub-bub of packing up my place while the St. Vrain River was rising behind my house this fall threatening to flood my home, the necklace fell on the floor, became a tangled mess and got a knot I just couldn’t get out. I was pretty bummed about it. Honestly, I have a ton of jewelry and wear about five percent of it. I become attached to a few things and they become my signature pieces.

So, on Christmas Eve, after everyone else had left or gone to bed, my mom, as excited as a little kid, says, “Hey! Want to open a present early? I get to pick it, though,” and hands me a little box from a very clever source…


Get it? As in the St. Vrain River making up for the situation. She’s pretty great, my mom.


Etsy Shop – SigalitAlcalai

Wow. It’s been a REALLY long time since I did one of these posts! I used to peruse Etsy all the time when I was bored. Now it’s Pintrest. Blame Pintrest.

My mom sent me a link to this shop the other day. Initially, I was not all that impressed. But then a few things caught my eye. And then I started to notice the intricacies in her work and fell in love with some amazing pieces!

These are my favorites:








5 things I’m loving right now

  1. lovehandLaughing so hard you can’t breathe. I had the occasion to do that a few times in a row recently and it’s one of my most favorite feelings.
  2. My new cozy throw blanket and bamboo sheets from my parents. As if my bed couldn’t get any better! (I find it totally hilarious that my dad decided my sister and I needed the same throw blankets he and my mom have. He usually doesn’t weigh-in on gifts, so it’s just so amusing when he does.)
  3. Dancing. It’s possible nothing makes me happier. I NEVER thought I would say that.
  4. Red Stag cinnamon whiskey. Less sweet than Fireball and very yummy!
  5. This quote, which feels so true to me right now:

Wherein I wreck my mom’s favorite gift request

{I asked my mom what she wanted for Christmas a while back and was reminded of what used to be her standard answer…}

When my sister and I were little kids we’d do things like sneak out to my mom’s car, snag a couple of tapes (ah, tapes), wrap them up, and give them to her for gifts. “It’s the thought that counts” personified, no? The reason we did this is that her standard answer when we asked her what she wanted was, “A few kind words.” A beautiful sentiment that we didn’t quite grasp at the time. So we went with what was more tangible.

Then, one year, for mother’s day or something like that, I tried to put something tangible to “a few kind words” by peeling the label off an old bouillon jar, filling it with rose petals, and affixing a new label that read, “A few kind words” to the top.

My mom was perfectly lovely about the gift – touched, I’m sure, by my literal child brain, despite the fact that I’d just stolen her catch-phrase gift request as she has never asked for “a few kind words” again. She still has the jar, though.

I’ll be honest, I regret making that jar. Not because her catch-phrase got me off the hook when it came to presents, but because I ruined the sentimentality of it. I really did consider each petal inside the jar as a representation of “a few kind words.” So, maybe I wasn’t totally off the mark?

5 things I’m loving right now

  1. lovehandSpending a bunch of time in bed reading and watching Nashville. My bed is totally one of my happy places.
  2. How learning the footwork to one dance sets you up to pick up the footwork to several other dances fairly easily.
  3. That feeling you get when you have four days off, wake up on a Friday morning (whenever the hell you please) and realize, “Ha! I have three more days off until I have to go back to work. Yessssss!”
  4. Being in a ridiculously good mood on Thanksgiving. Sometimes I can be a brat at family gatherings. I’m not sure why, but I can get irritated and annoyed easily. The good mood is attributed to all of the extra energy I have lately!
  5. Having all of my Christmas shopping done before the 1st of December. (And no, I wasn’t part of the nightmare that is Black Friday.)
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    My mother is an encyclopedia of useless information (sorry, ma, but it's true) - no one can beat her at Trivial Pursuit. As I age, I become more like dear old mom everyday. I routinely tell people about resources, recipes, tips, tricks, or websites I've heard about, tried, live by, etc. until one of my clients urged me to start a blog. So here it is! My perpetual ramblings. I hope you find them useful and amusing. If you don't, you can either keep it to yourself or leave me a well constructed critique.

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