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I am so ready for the WEDDING to be here. In the meantime, here’s something to share. It’s Elizabeth and her cousin Joelle, circa 1989. It’s almost as if they knew what the future would hold:
I’m seeing a family resemblance here…
Jay at age 12 or so.
Elizabeth, my 20something.
It’s really a very sweet post by Elizabeth, about why she can never read my books.
A few random Qs from my publisher…
What is your favorite flower?
Magenta cyclamen. In the dead of winter, I can always find a few secretly blooming in my garden.
My friends and family don’t read my blog. They get enough of me in person. So I will list a few of the gifts I’ve bought for people this year. I can’t say who in case they are reading my blog on the sly.
Girl gifts are easy. This seems to be the Year of the Bag (whereas last year was the Year of the Glove). Here are two options that will have you saying, Orla who??? My friend Deb showed me this wonderful stuff from Tutela. All on my own, I discovered Jane Marvel.
Girls who are extra good might get a cashmere bathrobe. It’s the one thing you can be pretty sure your girlfriends will not buy themselves, which is tragic, if you ask me. Maybe we all need this affirmation ball to tell us how great we are.
Guys. Argh. They hate everything except golf carts, sports cars and stuff I can’t say on this blog. But they have to get dressed in something, right, so maybe this Lighthouse Keeper’s jacket? Or how about a dorky hat for the son-in-law-to-be? And of course, toys are aways appropriate–try a bow-and-mallow marshmallow shooter, a lighted Frisbee or perhaps a radio-controlled airplane.
Parents will tell you they don’t want “stuff.” Meh. Get Dad the quinessential Life: The Classic Collection photo book, a pair sustainable slippers and some Woodhouse Chocolates, and you’re done, so there. Make Mom a calendar out of family photos–even more fun, get your sister on the phone and work on it together. Also give her some Chocolate Vitale European Drinking Chocolate. Trust me on this. Then call the best salon in Mom’s town and get her a certificate for a manicure, pedicure, facial, massage and hairstyle. She’s your mom, okay?
So that’ll get you started. Tune in tomorrow to find out how you can really make an impact with your shopping.
Three things I’m grateful for:
- my funny, big-hearted sister
- a good night’s sleep next to a warm husband
- autumn beauty, courtesy of Jay’s cell phone