For Mother’s Day this year, Paul is taking all five kids out of the house for most of the day. I’m…not sure I can find a single thing to complain about there. I plan to buy a box of chocolates and/or a pint of ice cream ahead of time, and spend the day reading and/or watching TV. Then I’ll go to Wendy’s for lunch. Maybe bring the food home with me, just so I can eat the fries with the maximum awareness of not sharing them with anyone.
Perhaps you are not expecting such a nice Mother’s Day yourself? My boss is looking out for you: she’s giving away a $25 Amazon.com gift card to one commenter on this post. You don’t have to comment anything in particular, though of course we all enjoy reading stories of past outrages and disappointments! They don’t even have to be your OWN stories, if a friend of yours had a particularly good-story one. Come on, spill it.
In the meantime, many of us have a little shopping to do for our own mothers.
My own mother greatly enjoyed The Cazalet Chronicles, a series of four books by Elizabeth Jane Howard. (Photo from Amazon.com.) The Light Years (careful: there are a bunch of other books with the same name) is first, followed by Marking Time, Confusion, and Casting Off. The first thing you’ll likely notice is that some of the books are unusually EXPENSIVE for paperbacks. Well, perhaps it wouldn’t be wise to buy all four right of the bat anyway, until you know if your mom likes them. Get just the first one and see. Or maybe the first TWO, since the second one is the cheapest of all four.
Or if your mother would rather watch it on TV, there’s a DVD box set (photo from Amazon.com) of the first part of the book series. My mom liked that too, although she said she was glad she’d read the books first. (She also liked Downton Abbey—for comparison to your mother’s tastes.)
Speaking of Downton Abbey (photo from Amazon.com), I’m having a little trouble figuring this out but apparently PBS broadcast a cut version of the show? So if your mom loved the show, a nice treat might be to get the uncut UK version on DVD so she can see the whole thing: series one and series two (look in “More Buying Choices” over to the right: the one that pops up is over $50, but there’s another set for $20). But I’m a little confused because the series 1 box says PBS on it? But also says “Original UK Edition”? So I am a little fretful. Well, it would be nice to have even the PBS/cut versions on DVD!
Continuing with the theme of “Things Swistle’s Mom Likes,” my mom has and likes this little one-cup brewer (photo from Amazon.com). It takes Senseo pods, and it’s a good way to try out the K-Cup/Tassimo concept in a smaller, less expensive way: the machine is $20 instead of over $100, and my grocery store has 16-/18-packs of the Senseo pods for $4.
And/or a Le Creuset mug (photo from Amazon.com) in Cherry. My mom’s favorite color is red, but for myself I like the Caribbean (turquoise), the Dijon (yellow), or the Flame (orange).
My sister-in-law got me AND my mother hooked on Choffy—it’s like coffee, but made with cacao beans instead of coffee beans. It’s too late to order for this year—well, or maybe you could print out a little picture of it (perhaps one in better focus than the one I used here) (which is from DrinkChoffy.com, I should have mentioned), and say it’s coming soon!
One of my favorite Etsy artists is Kristiana Parn. This sweet otter print (photo from her Etsy shop) would be great for a new mother (or for a new father, if you want to get a head start on Father’s Day).
What are you hoping to get for Mother’s Day? What are you planning to get for your mom? Leave any comment to win a $25 Amazon gift card! We’ll pick a random comment on Sunday, May 13!
Update: The winner was commenter #25, Kate!