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17 March 2004 @ 07:29 am
Birthday requests  
So one of the questions I get most often around this time of year is "What do you want for your birthday?"

My answer is generally consistent - a hug always makes me happy. Most of my friends don't accept that, so I point them to my Amazon wish list. (I suppose this year I could request a Kick the Cheat plush as well, but it's not really a necessity...)

The thing is, I'm not being sarcastic or anything when I request a hug and nothing more. When it comes to birthdays and holidays and other such events, I personally am really bad about giving people gifts. It's just a talent I don't have - I don't know if it's 'cause I'm self-centered or something, but I just can't get myself to a store (brick and mortor or online), think of what someone would want, and pick it up just because it's that time of year. I pick up little presents for people for no reason occasionally because I see something that strikes a chord of "they'd enjoy this" but it has always seemed a little forced to me to try to shove that in a timeframe. So anyway, I'm really bad about giving gifts, so when it comes time to receive them I feel really guilty when these people that I really do care about but don't tend to give stuff to, give stuff to me. But a hug is usually heartfelt (at least when it's from a friend), is free, and is always appreciated.

So anyway, I guess that's just another little aspect to the insanity that is me. Now what are you waiting for? There are links up there! Go buy stuff! =)
lindasings on March 17th, 2004 11:17 pm (UTC)
Wish List
FYI: If one searches for your wish list indicating your address as Anaheim, it says you don't have one. As long as you're updating with new "wishes," you should update your address.

Glad to see you have a wish list, since I don't know when I'll be able to hug you. :(
Idtechnomonkey on March 18th, 2004 01:30 am (UTC)
I actually saw that this morning when I was getting the link, but couldn't find the setting for it in my quick-and-dirty search. I'll have to look again, I guess....
gretchenreegretchenree on March 22nd, 2004 07:33 pm (UTC)
Not all your gifts are terrible . .
I am looking at one gift from you right now, course it is entirely covered in papers, wires, and video game boxes, but we are still using it, after many many years! Do you know what it is? And also, Ainzers loves LOVES her Monster's Inc. shirt. Libs sleeps with her little Mickey Mouse every night. And, well, to tell the truth I still have the wrapping paper said first gift was wrapped in! So see, you DO have a talent for gift giving, you just don't know it! LOL!
Idtechnomonkey on March 23rd, 2004 09:19 am (UTC)
It's not that the gifts themselves are bad...
...it's just that I'm bad at giving them. In other words, I tend to miss occasions. For example, when's the last time you saw a gift from me on your, or even on Kevin's, birthdays? I have most people's birthdays in MS Outlook, so it's not like I don't know when they happen - I'm just bad about recognizing them.

Other people who aren't as organized as me, who have to rely on organic means of memory, always tend to get gifts for me - which I really do appreciate, but I'm very bad at reciprocating when the time is appropriate. That's all I'm saying.