All the good stuff happens when you've misplaced your camera. I had a birthday party yesterday (38 yrs old now, thank you very much), and got so many nice gifties. My mom made me gloves out of sock yarn, self-striping, and they look so cool. Pictures as soon as the clapper on my camera starts working. The gloves came with a matching hat, also very smart looking. She also bought me a gift certificate (for yarn) and a spindle! (Thanks, Mom!) My brother gave me a coupon for baby sitting time from him - yay! Then later in the evening, my husband and I smashed up grapes for wine, which would have made such a good picture. No, we didn't use our feet, but just the smell of the fresh grapes took me back to my childhood. Mmmm, smashed grapes....
Oh, and the kids gave me a pet rock, and The Sims 2 computer game, and a can of beets. The beets were taped to the video game, and I thought it was to disguise the gift so I wouldn't guess it. Apparently, though, at some point in the past I'd complained that no one else in the family liked beets, so I never got any. My daughter remembered that and made sure I got my own can of beets for my birthday =) Funny, no? I have a great family. Even better, the three-year-old kept saying, "We got you beets" before I opened my gifts, but I just didn't understand what she was saying, or why my husband kept laughing. Hee, hee. Now I get it.
I also knitted bookmarks, one for a friend's birthday later this week, and I have to get it in the mail (along with her book). So there shall be no pictures of that one =(, and it's cute, too. I got the bookmark idea from Criminy Jickets, where a lot of my inspiration seems to come from. He's got a great blog, with lots of good gift ideas, so check him out, if you haven't already.
As to the contest of what's the oddest/oldest/silliest thing you've kept and need to throw out, please leave those comments on the actual blog entry, to be entered in the drawing. That will make it much easier for me to keep track of and draw names, so thanks! We're getting some great responses, very funny, and I don't feel so badly about some of the stuff I've failed to throw out.
Now I'm off to recover from too much cake, and deal with the umpteen birthdays that are coming up this month. You may gather from the sheer number of births around here that November and December are very chilly months. Have a great day!