I'd like to say I've had a chance to start looking over my plans for 2012, but that'd be a nasty lie, and it's rude to write lies outside of fiction. (And occasionally within fiction when not executed properly.) Quite honestly, though, I don't care. I'm quite happy about the events that unfolded this week.
It's been a lovely whirlwind of a week, though. Two Yule parties, one of which I had the honor of guarding the Solstice flame all night while baking cookies with a new friend (mother of another friend). After that, my overtired quota was hardly filled—it was like being in college again! Seeing the sunrise by choice is much more magical than when you are not expecting to see it (my usual state of sunrise viewing: Oh crap! I'm still up?!).
Christmas Eve has changed; we spent it with good friends as Scott's aunt has moved to Maine. It was a wonderful dinner where we made excellent strides in corrupting our friend's 17-year-old daughter. We came home, I finished a few more batches of cookies and baking while Scott finally put the decorations up for the family coming over in the morning… er, later morning, as it really wasn't until about midnight that we started hard-core last-last minute prep.
Now, as Scott will be traveling, we had gotten – or so I thought – all our own presents to each other done early. He wanted & needed a kindle and a laptop that could be used for both gaming and his job-related stuff. I had wanted an Outback coat that I could steampunk up, but found another I liked, with another pair of riding jeans and a pair of riding boots that were also fashionable all for the price of originally desired coat. Ta-dah! Presents accomplished.
So, while I had nothing to sneak into the pile of family presents, I felt bad leaving him to finish his part of the wrapping and cleaning when I finished mine around 3AM-ish, so I started putting together and wrapping the stuff for my side of the family. As it was now into Christmas as opposed to Christmas Eve, I was oblivious that his grouching for me to "just go to bed" was anything more than him likely being overtired, too.
Eventually, I did go to bed before him. When I was getting my coat to pick up my Mom-In-Law, I learned of his sneaky machinations.
"Dear, before you go, can you grab me the box out of the living room?" he asks as he was getting ready to start the griddle for our traditional Christmas Breakfast.
Grumble, grumble… I zip up my fabulous new boot and tromp over to the living room. I'm late picking up Joyce. I bee-line for the pile of empty Amazon boxes that we've collected over the past few months. "Which one?!"
"The big one. In the middle of the table?" I hear him coming in my direction.
There in the middle of the collection of family presents is a Kuerig coffee machine with green streamers on top!
He laughs. Because, y'know, I walked right by the big, unwrapped box and didn't notice it.
"Thank you!!!" I'm getting teary. I totally don't have any surprise for him this year. I wasn't planning for it at all! I'd been thinking of getting one of those for a while, especially for when I'll be the only one drinking coffee for some time. I'd complimented friends on it, but I don't remember mentioning it more than once, maybe twice. He really does listen to me!
But, wait! There's more!
He slips one more wrapped box out from under the pile and hands it to me. Two sniffles from desperately needing a tissue, I unwrap the box and… it's my own Kindle!
About a week ago, when I started going through the slush pile and editing for Spencer Hill Press, I had told him, something to the effect of, "Damn, I should have just had you get me a Kindle, too, when they were on sale. I didn't think I'd use it then… but now I see how I could really use it." It was a lament, though… I hadn't expected anything.
And now it was in my hands!
Yep, needed the tissue… and kept going through them all the way to his mom's apartment. (Shush – I was also PMSing, so totally logical reason for me to be all weepy!)
If that wasn't enough to garner another Husband-of-Awesome award… after hosting an excellent Christmas Breakfast, after spending a good day with my family at my mom's house, he stayed at my mom's house until 12:30AM fixing her computer that we calculated as being 8 years old.
Yep. :) Husband-of-Awesome.
I'll get work done later. Now, I just want to appreciate him!