In the interest of not ruining anyone's Christmas surprise, I had to postpone publishing this one until today. Happy Christmas!
You know how I’m not supposed to write about Hubby because he thinks I throw him under the bus?
Is it MY fault he gives me so much material to work with?
Today is December 24, also known as Christmas Eve. The Day. Before. Christmas. I have had most of my Christmas shopping done for at least a few days now and I have been wrapping like a madwoman so that my family can rip paper off their gifts in a matter of mere seconds. Hubby took the older two boys to a football game today and the plan has long been for me to wrap the remaining gifts while they are gone. Keep in mind that I did much the same yesterday, except yesterday also involved a screwdriver and Chinese directions for items which may require some assembly.
I couldn’t sleep this morning because I kept thinking of all the things I want to get done before our guests arrive for dinner this evening. I am not a morning person, so when I had returned from Target and was already making Rice Krispie Treats with Medium at 8 AM, Hubby literally felt my forehead for fever. What can I say? Mama’s got sh*t to do.
Before he left for the game, he made an online purchase for his parents on behalf of himself and his two brothers. Would any particular member of this little trifecta of siblings be picking up said purchase at the store?
N to the O.
That little task was left to me after Hubby asked me if I could do him a little favor and pick something up for him.
Do you know what he wanted me to pick up for him? A friggin’ television.
Me: How am I going to get it out of the store?
Hubby: Oh it won’t be a big deal. They’ll have it all ready to go once you get there.
Me: Remember, I’ll have Small with me.
Hubby: You should just be able to run in and run out.
Me: Um, it’s the day before Christmas. I'm having some doubts . . .
So I drove to the store, loaded Small up in the stroller, and headed in to “just run in” and pick up my purchase.
Wah? There’s a line?
We waited. Small wanted his cup. We waited some more. I broke out the snacks. We waited some more. “I wan git out,” he says.
Finally it was our turn with the sales representative. She checks my ID and the purchase order and then steps over to find my item. Except she returns empty-handed and tells me my husband just cancelled the order.
I’ve just waited in this line and there are at least 10 impatient customers behind me, who are beginning getting a little testy when my phone rings.
Me: (super friendly and brimming with adoration for my spouse.) Yes.
Hubby: Hello Dear. So I’m making things more complicated for you.
Hubby: I talked to Cluer (my brother-in-law) and he measured the space and we can get a different size for the same price, so I cancelled the order and all you have to do is pick up the different, even bigger, tv.
Me: So now I have to wait even longer so they can bring a different tv up from the warehouse and then I need to stand in line, again, to check out?
Hubby: What’s wrong? You sound annoyed . . .
Me: I sound annoyed? (this comment was met with chuckles from several members of the Last Minute Shopper entourage waiting in line behind me.)
Hubby: What’s the big deal?
Just so we’re clear . . . the big deal:
1. It’s now naptime. I left the house in plenty of time, but I’ve had to wait and now Small is cranky, squirmy, and loud.
2. It’s crowded. I don’t like crowds of people as I get easily annoyed by people who stand too closely to me or who have complete disregard for the line of people who apparentlyarejuststandinghereforourhealth, hello???!!
3. There’s no way to look cool while pushing a toddler in a stroller AND maneuvering a giant television.
4. WHY did you and your brothers wait until the day before Christmas to make this purchase, and WHY is it that not one of YOU is doing anything more strenuous than clicking “make purchase” on the website?
I am wrapping that bad boy tonight. And I’m signing the card:
TO: Hubby's Parents
FROM: the woman who went to the store on the day-before-Christmas to wait in line, pick up the gift, load it into the car, and then got to go home and wrap it, all with her tired toddler in tow. And also the Trifecta of Morons who waited until yesterday to buy your gift.