I took Rob to an orthodontist appointment yesterday, and the orthodontist said to make the next appointment in 8-9 weeks. The receptionist said, “All right, so that brings us into January….” Do you realize what this means? In 8-9 weeks, the holiday season will be over. OVER. We do not have much time. Except for panicking: we have plenty of time for panicking.
I’m going to start by unloading a list I’ve been keeping for awhile of gift ideas that don’t seem to fit with other lists.
My sister-in-law bought me a bag of Choffy: she thought to herself, “Ooo, fun product! I want to try it! Who would want to try it with me?” ME. I DID. This is ODD STUFF. Picture coffee beans, and how they’re ground up, and then you make coffee out of them. This is the same thing, BUT WITH CACAO BEANS. The same beans used to make chocolate. Just let that sink in for a minute: it’s like making coffee, except you use GROUND-UP CHOCOLATE BEANS.
It takes a little getting used to, because if you’re like me you will be expecting hot chocolate, and it’s not hot chocolate. It’s more like….coffee. Made of chocolate beans. There is a definite chocolate flavor, almost like eating baking chocolate. But the liquid isn’t thick/creamy like hot chocolate, it’s thin/translucent like coffee, and it’s not sweet. My sister-in-law likes to add sweetened vanilla creamer, which is DELICIOUS and makes it more like a very dark hot chocolate. I like it that way, but I also like it with just milk, or plain. I also like to make a pot of coffee with half coffee grounds and half Choffy.
I think it’s best when made in a French press (though I’ve also made it in the regular coffee pot), so a good gift idea would be a bag of Choffy and a French press.
I asked my sister-in-law if my guitar-strumming brother would want one of these ThinkGeek guitar-pick punches for Christmas. She said yes, he would have—except that he’d already bought one for himself, and had liked it so much he also bought one for each of his musical friends. It lets you make guitar picks out of old credit cards or old customer cards or whatever. Cool AND fun AND reuses a very small amount of plastic!
Paul bought me two pounds of pens from American Science & Surplus as a gift, and I LOVE THEM SO MUCH. It’s an assortment of advertising pens that didn’t get printed quite right (typos or ink-quality problems), and I got some from a funeral home, some from a horse-riding place, some from a church, some from a bank. I put them on my wish list again this year, because we lose pens like crazy and I love being able to just reach into my big bag o’ pens to get a new one.
Please don’t get me an anatomy coloring book for Christmas; I would be so grossed out. But doesn’t it seem like a cool idea for SOMEONE?? There’s also a veterinary version.