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Well, I haven't dropped off the face of the earth, much though I feel like I have. My boss been making a lot of comments about cracking down on internet usage, so I've been mostly offline at work. I don't think he's been tracking what we've been doing so far, but it seems like a good idea to be careful.

The downside to slightly obsessive list-making is a slight obsession with crossing things off the list. Last night at midnight I was wandering around the house trying to find things I could do quickly and quietly so that I could get a couple more things off my huge To Do Before Christmas list. I really have a lot more done than the list reflects, because a lot of it is half-finished.

My parents' holiday plans are finally set, and it looks like the family Christmas is going to be Wednesday next week, down at my grandparents' as usual. I need to ask my boss if I can leave work a couple of hours early that day, since it's about a two hour drive. My brother's bringing his girlfriend up, and I'm looking forward to meeting her. Not sure if I should be bringing a present for her, though.


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Dec. 21st, 2004 09:04 pm (UTC)
Personally, I wouldn't bring my brother's girlfriend a gift if I'd never met her (ok, perhaps we'll use sister instead of brother for this example because I *like* my sister). If they've been together a year or two, it might be something to consider, but if they've been dating six months or so and you've never met, I personally wouldn't bother.

For one thing - she'll probably feel odd receiving a gift from someone she's never met, and plus, you don't know her. You don't know what she'd like, so the gift would be a token with no real consideration for her tastes. Even then, it could be dangerous - you could buy her chocolates only to find she's allergic, hard candies only to find she's diabetic, a stuffed animal only to find she hates toys, etc. Even a gift card is just sort-of, "Gee, I don't know you. Here's something I could do without any real thought." If you wanted her to feel "part of it" without feeling like she's getting a gift from a stranger, perhaps a card would give that impression?

If you do decide to get one, ask your brother what she'd like.
Dec. 22nd, 2004 12:51 am (UTC)
Oh, I started by asking my brother. And (since the journal entry) I got an answer I actually like - he suggested candles, which I both like and have enough of around the house to be able to put together a cute but not terribly expensive gift.

And it's kind of an odd situation - technically they've only been dating since early spring, but she's been the only woman in his life for 2-3 years. It's complicated, and I don't know all of the details. But, while I haven't yet met her, that's mostly due to bad timing on my part, the impression I get is that it could be pretty serious... so, I want to be as welcoming and friendly as possible. And my parents really like her.
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