Ok..Now, I’m just irritated.

April 17, 2008 at 11:02 pm 3 comments

As Isaac’s birthday gets closer, the Outlaws become more and more…shall I say…DESPERATE.

They’re pulling their usual one-upsmanship. They find out that my ‘rents are doing something super cool and nice…and they have to attempt to top them, in a desperate attempt to make Isaac love them.


So, today, we get an overnighted postal envelope addied to Isaac. After yesterday’s debacle, I didn’t want the little guy disappointed again with something completely innapropriate, so while he was taking his daily “break” (we can’t call it rest or nap. That will set off hissy fits…), I tore into the envelope. Inside was a padded envelope addied to the Monkey again…and inside that envelope were 2 more envelopes. (Does anyone get the image of the old box in a box in a box trick that we all used to pull on our friends? No? Sorry. My brain running on…I just remember someone doing it to another friend of mine…but we won’t go there.).

So, I break into the first envelope, and it was the obligatory mushy card (completely adult card…not for a 4 year old) and inside was an internet receipt for brand spanking new NASCAR bedding for the Monkey! Cool! And the note we’ve been waiting for since oh, last year…or even 2 years ago…the go ahead to go and pick out a new twin bed (of our choosing-not their desert meets faux hunting lodge taste) for Monkey.

Ok. So far, so good.


Here’s where they lose all sorts of points…


We open up the 2nd card, and it’s cute. It’s Nemo…ok, we can deal with that so far…

Inside, is a gift card to pet smart…and the following…and this is exact wording…

Take this and get a fish tank-the set up and fish! Get it home, set it up, and enjoy your new pets!

What? You’re kidding me…right? Really…you have GOT to be kidding me. 2 cats and 2 frogs aren’t enough for me to take care of? You mean you actually want me to add a fish tank into the mix here? Oh, wait…DID YOU EVEN FREAKIN ASK ME???

Aren’t gifts of pets supposed to be approved by the parent, especially the parent of a child who is turning 4?

And what’s really sad was I thought it was a decent gift until what was written really sunk in, and I went and checked the balance on the gift card…

And now, the more I think about it, the angrier and angrier I get. This is damn presumptuous…totally presumptuous. They assume we WANT a fish tank…with 2 cats rolling around the house…and that I really want another water-based pet…and they also assumed (as we found out) that the fish tank that they so desperately wanted him to have would be housed IN HIS ROOM.


Can we say carpet flood anyone?


I swear…they are bound and determined to be the death of me. I swear, they’ve never gotten over the fact that when they asked when Isaac could have a gerbil, my response was “Never.”


So, let’s recap the last 2 days of gifts…

1 infant gift sent by Princess Pretendtocare

1 unwanted pet gift (thank goodness it’s a gift card…but the point remains…we were supposed to get animals with this sucker!) sent by Vapid and Colostomy!


Entry filed under: annoyances, outlaws, parenting hell.

Delusional. Delusional, I tell you! Happy Birthday, Monkey!

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. cam  |  April 18, 2008 at 9:19 am

    Hi Laura,

    I just wanted to let you know that the package has not arrived yet. From your last note in Ravelry it looks like it was mailed on April 7th. Did you get an estimate on when it would be delivered – it usually only takes 2 -3 days.


  • 2. sjsmart  |  April 18, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    WOW! This just keeps getting better and BETTER! Yeah, that gift card would be getting returned or used to buy cool stuff for the pets you already have…..a bitchin’ cat condo or some cool frog stuff (I don’t know what frogs need).

  • 3. Chris H  |  April 18, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    YOu didn’t mention if the amount of the gift card would even *cover* the full extent of the intended gift. (And, yes, no matter what, “new pet” gifts MUST obtain parental approval before even being MENTIONED to the children!! I KNOW that one’s in the rule book somewhere!)

    My brother-in-law once gave us a “family” gift of a gift card to a restaurant that the kids were (and still are) particularly fond of. The note with said something to the effect of “now you call all go out to eat”. One teensie-weensie problem – the card was for all of $20!! Yep. all four of us were supposed to go out to dinner for only $20!!

    The problem was, the restaurant was the Old Country Buffet. It was NOT McD’s, so it’s not like we could choose low-priced stuff. At that time, the cost for the four of us was about $33-$35 or somewhere in that neighborhood. Oh, and did I mention that I wasn’t working, so it’s not like we had extra cash to make up the difference? And that this was a grown man, LIVING AT HOME (and therefore with absolutely minimal expenses!)??

    Yeah, more and more, I think yours and mine are related…LOL


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