Thursday, February 14, 2013

Date Fail #1

Although I'm a cynic to all things romantic, I decided I needed to branch out and do some dating. So I went on a date with Bashful.

Bashful's a good guy. He fits every little girl's checklist. And he'd make any momma very happy indeed.

Bashful took me to the zoo. A great idea except he was so quiet and didn't make any conversation except to mimic the noises the animals were making. Seriously. I don't understand "ooo ooo ahh ah". Is that monkey for "what are your passions in life"?

At dinner, the waitress looked between me and Bashful asking, "Together or separate?" He whispered, "I'll pay."
I really don't think the waitress was going to bit him or anything.

While I ate my swiss and mushroom burger with gusto, Bashful barely picked at his food. "Aren't you hungry?" I asked as I reached for my Coke. He poked a french fry with his fork but didn't look up.
"Not really."
I scrunch my eyebrows together thinking about how hungry I had been from walking throughout the zoo. I felt my eyes widen as a thought hit me. "Don't tell me that you're too nervous to eat!"
He still didn't look at me. I decided not to push the issue.

I pried words from him by asking him tons of questions. I found out that he owns a hedgehog named Mike, believes that traveling is walking from his bedroom to the living room, and that he lives in a glorified shack in his parents' backyard.

Yeah, he sounds like a keeper. I'll just need to erase "long talks on the beach" from my list of must-haves.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Break-up Survival Kit

A dear friend of mine recently went through a break-up. Now, we all know how painful break-ups can be. The loss of this special other person feels like the loss of your dreams for the future. Or sometimes you just can't get over how you were stupid enough not to see his/her faults.

Anyway, it's rough.

So I came up with The Break-up Survival Kit!

Obviously, you need to tailor your kit for your friend. But this one is for my friend. The coolest thing was that it cost me about $7.

When I began this process of kit-building, I asked myself, "What does a person need when they're dealing with a break up?"

And I did better than just a bar of chocolate. I chose Dove Chocolate. Why? Because each wrapper has a positive sentiment written on it. Chocolate and words are good for the soul.

When I was at the dollar store looking for a pretty basket, I discovered this fun coca cola glass and I thought, "Why not? It makes drinking water even fun!" I ended up dumping the Dove chocolates into the glass, wrapping a strip of newspaper around the glass, and then sealing it with a blue pipe cleaner.
But here's the glass!

Right before I was going to check out, my eyes snagged on the Valentine's (I have future plans of making some friends a Valentine package). And I saw these wack-a-Valentine. Yeah, you smack it, shake it, and throw it on the floor. A chemical reaction is supposed to occur inside that blows up a small balloon (I tried one and it needs a lot of shaking and smacking).

Cards are a must in my book so I made this one.
"When life is crappy..."

And here's the inside!
"It's okay to cry."

Sitting on my bed with all these new purchases spread about me, I thought that I should open my junk drawer and look for tape. I also found this which totally had to go into the kit!

I mean who wouldn't want a nerf gun?!

I also found some pipe cleaners which I twisted into flowers. Then I decided that I should finish my kit off with a little list.

And what more, I cajoled two friends into helping me get the kit to the friend dealing with the breakup. Tonight, she'll walk into her room to find this kit waiting for her!

Have you ever made a surprise package for a friend? What was the reason? Do you have a no-fail package that you make for people?