We zipped through 1/2 day of classes today. I'm not entirely sure why we got a 1/2 day off but we did. 1/2 day of meetings followed. I got Miss Jewel's birthday present and came home to rest. Very tired. I'm not on antibiotics or anything like that, but the hole in me, apparently lets energy seap out along with the poison. I just go home and can barely move for a few hours. Get up, read a bit, and "meditate" for a bit a couple times, and then it's off to sleep what I can while I can. I saw a clip of Britany Spears saying her life was so boring it was like Groundhog Day everyday. I'm feeling that a bit myself. But I bet her day is WAY more interesting than mine. It's at least skinnier.
Still have to figure out a present for Eric. He's my mystery person in a modest year of giving. Guys are always a mystery to me though. Someone, somewhere would do the world a favor if they'd just come up with something cool for a guy that isn't a tool, (I think that's like giving a George Foreman grill to mom for Christmas.) or a tie (My taste is not likely your taste.) or the lame old gift certificate or $$ (both scream to me -- You're an inadequate gift giver -- you don't even care to figure out something special for this loved one). Guys don't appear to have favorite artists you can buy a small print of, or a hobby you can add to (Golf is like the esoteric hobby of all time -- everything is customized for YOU and it all costs BUX and you're pretty much guaranteed to never get the right gizmo.). Why can't a guy have a hobby like mineature railroading where a train is a train is a train, or collecting historical documents, or lusting after some accessory like a woman's perfect purse or a great piece of jewelry. You see, it just doesn't transfer. Accessorizing for a guy just doesn't work. What is a conscientious MIL to do for an adored SIL without being a dork???? I want to be the giver of the surprise gift that is COOL. But, I've lost all cool when it comes to guys. I am..........a guy gift underachiever.
Bah. I must think outside the box, and unfortunately I haven't found "the box" yet, in order to imagine outside it.
Someone do an informal pole of their men folks and give me some ideas of what's cool in the mens world that's won't break the bank, because an LED wide screen TV is out of the question. He hates fishing. He could camp indefinitely in the case of a nuclear attack with all the cha chas necessary to make like comfortable. He's not a member of the Moose Club, Elks, Masons or any other fraternal or service organization. I mean WHAT'S A PERSON to do???????