My favorite part of Gift-giving: Wrapping the presents

Last year, I made a plan to try and make either the varnished paper baskets I had so patiently crafted years ago in Manila, or sew together felt gift bags for this holiday season.  Of course that turned out to be all but wishful thinking, because my daily routine has not eased up any even if Angel’s now a little bigger than last year — so none of that actually got accomplished.

It’s a good thing that I have a good stash of holiday gift wrappers and ribbons in the attic which I will put to good use this year.  I probably won’t even have to buy any additional gift wrappers — my only expense to this end has been to get additional gift boxes and tissue paper so far.

Two years ago, I purchased practically a dozen rolls of silver and gold motif wrappers from IKEA after the holidays at a steal.  I think I bought them for $1.50 a roll, and I have at least 4 or 5 rolls still in its plastic casing, left unused.  Around January of this year, I purchased left over christmas ribbon stocks and I think I still have enough even if we used almost a dozen of them for Alan’s little chocolate gifts to his officemates, so I’m still pretty good.

I am running low on gift boxes because we had used them up during the year, but that should be easily remedied through the dollar stores.  I did have Alan get some classy ones from Nordstrom Rack for his boss’s shirt, but otherwise, I’m good.

I’ve made it a habit to save gift boxes throughout the year, requesting for additional gift boxes which are usually given free by the stores when you purchase items from them, so I have a couple stashed away in the coat closet throughout the year.

Who knows?  I might yet get those baskets together for next year. 

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When things go wrong as they sometimes will…

Sometimes you just keep running after something and it keeps slipping through your fingers.  You just have to say you tried.

One thing I have learned in the almost 40 years I’ve been around is that sometimes, you just have to take things as they come and accept that there is only so much you can do.

It’s days to Christmas and I haven’t quite finished shopping for gifts yet.  The extended family party thing adds to the burden but it’s actually something I’m really looking forward to.  For Christmas, I have to say the more the merrier indeed!

"Promise Ain't Enough"

One of my all-time favorite groups is HALL & OATES.  I’ve been listening to their music since I was a teener, but one of their lesser known songs is very close to my heart.  Ever heard of the song with the same title above?  I didn’t even know it was them when I first heard it, and next to “Kiss on my List” and “Wait for Me”, this is the song I find most endearing in their body of work.

Alan and I watched their concert at Jones Beach last year and it was one of the best concerts we saw — I was singing with them and Michael McDonald all through out.

Took a lifetime to find what I want — I won’t let it get away.

(Took a lifetime to find my heart, and I give it all to you.)

If a promise ain’t enough, then a touch says everything.

Got to hold you in my arms — til you feel what I mean.

Know that my heart just tells me what to say

but words can only prove so much.

If a promise ain’t enough, hold on to my love.

Feeling sentimental again.  This is one song that lifts the spirit and warms the heart.  I think of Alan when I listen to it — and I think of the good feelings and thoughts associated with it even if I’m probably one of very few who are even familiar with the song.

I knew I wasn’t going to hear it during the concert last year — but hey, I can always play the CD and loop it to play over and over again.  We meant to watch them again last year but they played New York when we were on our own with Angel, so there was no chance we could pull it off.  Maybe next year..

And while they might not sing it, I have the song in my heart.