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In Defense of Gift Cards

Posted by saraherthanyou on December 3, 2009

When did everyone decide to hate on gift cards? People think that they are tacky, show no thought, etc. But here’s my argument in favor of gift cards.

Jim and I live in a 530 square foot apartment. There is not a lot of room for stuff, so it’s difficult to brainstorm a list of appropriate gift ideas. Also, I am unemployed. (You’d never guess from my blog, right?) So I haven’t exactly been making lists of things I want. Right now I’m focusing on the bare necessities (anytime I use that phrase, the song from The Jungle Book pops into my head).

For me, a gift card gives me the opportunity to go into a store and not feel guilty about buying some makeup, a fancy shampoo or a shirt I don’t really need. Or, if I get one of those credit card-type gift cards, I can use it for a dinner out at a restaurant I wouldn’t consider going to while unemployed.

Why are gift cards so wrong? When pressed for what I want this season, I’m asking for gift cards. I don’t think that’s unreasonable.

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Say No to Faux Thanksgiving

Posted by saraherthanyou on November 23, 2009

Jim and I alternate holiday plans. Thanksgiving with one family, Christmas with the other, the following year it switches. This year is a Jim-family Thanksgiving. But. BUT! My mother, in her infinite wisdom, decides to move Thanksgiving to Saturday (as in this past). She wants to go to Rehoboth for actual Thanksgiving, so she hosted faux Thanksgiving.

Great in theory, right? 2 Thanksgivings for the price of 1? More family drama and more leftovers? Guess again. I came down with the cold to end all colds 2 days before faux Thanksgiving. First it was in my chest, then it was in my head and it just wore me out. I’m pretty sure it’s not swine flu (or as my friend Libby likes to call it, bacon flu), but it still sucked. I managed to suck it up and prepare my dishes without breathing on them too much and off we went.

Terrible, terrible idea. I was so tired and had no appetite. I should’ve stayed in bed. But it’s faux Thanksgiving! All the food looks so good. And the stuffing! So I made myself a plate, even though I could taste almost nothing and then immediately felt worse. I didn’t want food, but I wanted to taste food, and now there was a rock of faux Thanksgiving sitting in my stomach. We left early and I crashed on the couch as soon as we were home. But now it’s Monday and I still don’t feel great and haven’t gotten my appetite back. And the thought of the leftovers sitting in the fridge makes my stomach turn. Did I just ruin Thanksgiving for myself forever? Will I even be able to stomach it on Thursday?

Faux Thanksgiving, terrible plan. Though maybe I just invented a new holiday diet.

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New Year’s Eve: Bust or Blast?

Posted by saraherthanyou on November 17, 2009

It’s not even Thanksgiving yet and I’m already supposed to make New Year’s Eve plans.

You’re aware that’s 43 days away, right? But my friends have already picked their party and hassled me about buying tickets. And I caved.

But New Year’s Eve is one of those nights with a lot of anticipation that’s never as fun as you imagine. And it’s one of those nights when restaurants and bars jack up their prices for the sake of increased profits, not providing a greater service. Just ask any couple that’s celebrated Valentine’s Day at a restaurant.

Two of my favorite New Year’s memories sit on opposite sides of the spectrum. My sophomore year in college, one of my best friends from high school invited me to celebrate in NYC at her friend’s family’s restaurant. (Did you follow that?) The restaurant was close to Times Square and was filled with college kids. I don’t remember how much we spent, but we had an amazing time and were even able to run out to see the ball drop at midnight.

My other favorite memory was a house party a friend threw that cost virtually nothing. The party was with my closest friends so we all counted down to midnight together, and all it cost was a case of beer.

What are your favorite New Year’s Eve memories?

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