Gift-Giving: The Good, the Bad, and the Weird

Giving gifts is an act fraught with significance and anxiety.(1) How much should I spend? Will the person re-gift this? How the hell do I wrap and ship a live goat?(2)Never fear. Here are some tips on what to do, what to avoid, and how to make sure your gift is really special.The Good. My husband, Dan, is the best gift-giver I know. His strategy is to follow me discreetly around a mall or exhibit hall, note what I ooh and ahh over, and sneak back to buy it.(3)...more

How to Make Your Spouse a Better Gift Giver

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Or, as I like to call it, that special day of the year when countless women will be pining away for the perfect gift, only to end up bitter and disappointed when it fails to meet their sky-high expectations.Isn’t there a better way?...more

When Gifts Are Crappy

"It's the thought that counts."From the time we were kids, those words were drummed into our heads, almost as a caution. If someone gives us a present, we shouldn't be greedy, ungrateful, or rude. Rather, we should look past the thing and into the heart of the giver, finding gratitude for the intention behind the gift....more
Oh, my lord this is absolutely hysterical and touching.more

Sara's birthday chair...

The most important thing to me at this moment is being in Iowa with my mom and dad...they've both withstood trips to the ER and ICU this year and lived to write the check that covers what Medicare didn't...amen....more  I LIKE THAT Robin!  You know what, I'm going to tell her that ...more