I took part in the Winter Gift Exchange this past month, and kind of blew it. The person who was to send me something emailed but it went into my Spam folder. However the month got away from me on a number of levels, and I never CHECKED my spam folders, so I didn’t see the message until, like, a week ago. Yes, I suck. Katie was AMAZING, however, and fired off the most wonderful and thoughtful package, priority mail.
In the signup, we had all been asked to specify things that we liked so that our partners would have a clue about what to get us. What I said was “I love scarfs and jewelry, but dislike candles and anything that sits on a shelf waiting to be dusted. [The exception to that last part is really grumpy looking owl stuff…the grumpier the owl looks, the more I tend to love it.]” And she NAILED IT. She sent this lovely black and sparkly silver scarf that will go with more things in my wardrobe than I can possibly count, an owl ring and my absolute favorite, a purple (my favorite color, btw) owl candle. I absolutely LOVE him because he looks REALLY grumpy; like he’s about to smack someone one of those wings.. LOVE it.
I sent a gift to Melissa at http://sarcasticremark.blogspot.com/ – She had the great idea of sharing her etsy wishlist, making it painfully easy for me to find her something appropriate. As a certified lip blam addict, I sent her a wonderful peppermint flavor from Aquablossom along with a couple of yummie smelling body butters. If you check out her reveal post you can check out other gifts as well!
Finally, the last part of the gift exchange was a charitable gift as well. I volunteer year round at the Arizona Animal Welfare League, the largest no-kill shelter in the state, but for this challenge will be taking part in what is called the K-9 Head Start program. We take dogs who have been at the shelter for a long time and need some additional training and perhaps basic obedience to make them attractive to adopters and work with those dogs for several weeks. All dogs deserve a good, loving home, and this will help a few more find theirs.
Finally, speaking of dogs, you all deserve pictures of the two most pampered, spoiled rotten dogs on the planet; mine.
This is Zoe, our 6 year old Rottweiler. We adopted her from a local rescue group after she was found living on a golf course at somewhere around 6-9 months old. It took a lot of work, but she is now a lap dog and sweet as can be. Seriously. Here is a picture of my 16 month old god-daughter hand feeding her from last week:
Esme loved Zoe; Zoe would her the “human puppy” around the house, and every once in a while Zoe would knock her over and Esme would laugh and try to bark at her.
And this is my baby, Simon. He’s 2.5 years old, a German Shephard Corgi mix.
(It’s easier to see the corgi mix when he is standing up and you can see just how short his legs are in proportion to the rest of him.) Simon is the sweetest, gentlest, most devoted dog I’ve ever had. He follows me everywhere, and stealthily managed to figure out how to sleep on the bed between my husband and I. (This occasionally results in achy backs, though, if he gets turned around funny.)