Karen's assignment for this weekend was appropriately posted on the day after Christmas:
Weekend Assignment #248: What was the most interesting or unexpected gift you received this holiday season?
Extra Credit: What was the most interesting gift you gave this holiday season?
I really didn't have any "expected" gifts this year. I didn't even make a list, since I couldn't think of much to ask for, and none of it was especially big-ticket stuff: some new earrings for my recently-(re)pierced ears, more Buffy the Vampire Slayer on DVD (since I only had through Season 3), and gift cards for bookstores and iTunes. I received everything except the iTunes gift cards, and other goodies as well - more TV on DVD, treats, other gift cards, and some actual books (my husband read that book-wishlist post I put up last month - I probably should edit it now and take a few more things off it!).
The most unexpected gift I received this Christmas was one that came in a green envelope that I opened at my mother-in-law's house on Christmas afternoon. My not having a "list" this year affected her too, since she would normally get some of the items on it passed on along to her by Tall Paul, and the two of them must have had some discussions about what she could do about my gift when I had no specific requests to grant. My husband remembered a couple of things I'd mentioned to him - unrelated to the holidays - and he does read my blog.
I was pleasantly surprised to open that envelope and find a generous check from Mom-in-law, written just to me. Since I hadn't asked for much this year, a nice infusion of "mad money" to entertain myself with was fine with me! When I thanked her, she said, "Did you see what it's for?"
No, I hadn't read the memo line - tacky of me, I know, but I'd just looked at the amount. Not "mad money" after all? I re-opened the envelope, read her note on the check, and gasped. Thanks to my husband's input, my mother-in-law was paying my way to attend BlogHerCon '09 in Chicago next July!
I registered and made my hotel reservations the next day. It's my first blogging conference and my first trip to Chicago! I'm excited but nervous now - "nervous" will probably escalate to "terrified" by summer, but I think it will be worth it and that this is the time. Thank you, Mom-in-law and Tall Paul!
Of all the gifts I gave this year, my favorite is one for my husband. Unlike me, he was able to produce his usual lengthy, detailed wish list, so he gave me plenty of ideas. I looked forward to seeing his reaction to his new Indiana Jones fedora on Christmas morning. He likes it a lot, and I was right; it does look really good on him!
Did you get any gifts that were surprising and totally cool this holiday season? Post about them, if you haven't already, and leave a link in the comments section of Karen's "Weekend Assignment" post at Outpost Mâvarin!